Feb. 5, 2017
A Quick Month
Valentine's Day Party on 2/14
One for every child in the class. To and From noted on each card. Class lists will come home. A MUST PARTICIPATE activity. No candy or treats allowed. Valentines are print-based expressions of affection. The candy thing puts a completely different emphasis on the exchange.
Baby Contest - Every child needs to bring in a baby picture of his/herself. Preferably in an envelope as it is best if no one sees the picture in advance of the guessing contest. Your child should be 2 or younger in the photo. I will return every photo.
Secret Valentine Contest - Each student should think of something secret, or not commonly known, about himself/herself. This is not the same as "private" as I will explain. Examples from the past include 1) My great grandfather invented the Otis elevator,
2) I have lived in 5 states, 3) We once had 2 cats and 2 kittens, 4) My cousin and I have the same birthday.
This month we will continue to practice division, but our primary focus will be fractions. We will be comparing fractions using models and the number line. We will be learning to add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.
All our fraction work requires rapid recall of the multiplication facts. ST Math will help with fact fluency. Be sure your child is practicing their facts nightly with JiJi.
At that time, we will start the Nonfiction Paired Texts in class. Every child will be picking a pair of science books from those I have collected. I have pairs on ornithology, physics, meteorology, astronomy, forensics, etc.
Students will be tasked with comparing and contrasting their two books. They will need to read the books at a slower pace than fiction requires. Many of them have never before read a nonfiction book in its entirety. The time is now. Word for word. Headings, sidebars, photo captions, the all of it. The skill emphasis will be on identifying the main idea and supporting details in text & spotting text features and text structures. We will do some outlining.