# Atkinson Gazette

## What's UP in Room 203?

This week students have really gotten back into routine! We have spent time learning about fraction vocabulary, as well as fractions of a whole and a set. Students have learned how to add sensory details to their writing and how to notice it in their readings. We have had a GREAT week!

On a side note, Feb. 4th-6th, I will be out for the TCEA Conference in Austin, TX. I will also be out Feb. 10th-11th for the district's Literacy Academy.

Pawsitive Panther for December: Gracie

Super Student: Molly

## Math

Students are deeply engaged in learning all about fractions. Before starting this unit, students were exposed to fractions during our D6 problem solving, but now they understand the key elements of what a fraction is.

Next week, we will continue with our study but go more in depth. Students will learn how to place fractions on a number line, figure out equivalent fractions with pictures, and how to compare fractions with like numerators or like denominators. This is always a hard concept to grasp, so we will try a variety of activities to help them truly understand.

Keep in mind, students will continue to have daily math homework to reinforce skills learned in class as well as Daily 6 Review on Thursday nights. Also, please please please continue to work multiplication facts at home. We will continue to have quizzes Wednesday's and Friday's.

## Language Arts

This week in reading we tied in poetry with sensory details. Students were given a copy of a poem titled The State Fair. During our first read, students were just reading to read the poem. During our second read, students were asked to look for/notice any clues of sensory details. Then together, we filled out a chart with each sense as a different heading and decided where it belonged. We went back to the text to support our answers.

Next week, we will finish up our study of poetry. Students have done a great job figuring out sensory details within poetry and have made some great jots of their own in their stories.

Below, you'll see a chart we made as a class. We had students go to their writing and practice adding sensory details to their personal narrative then we shared. This will be a resource in the classroom for students to use as needed.

*Beginning the first week of February, we will introduce the Wax Museum/Biography project! I can't wait!

## Spelling

Students will begin our first spelling pattern I discussed last week, this coming week. With a short week, we were very busy!! Students will be given a sheet with the pattern rule and some examples plus 5 high frequency words that will go home with them on Monday. The high frequency words will be the tested words, however, the rule examples are just that. Tests will always be on Friday's and students are welcome to take home their Word Work journal to practice the rules during the week.

Please remind your child that these words are not just to be memorized for the test on Friday's then forgotten. They need to be transferred and used in every subject, and most importantly WRITING!

## Science/Social Studies

We are continuing to work on Kool Katering. This week students were placed in groups and started their Code of Conduct. They were begin creating a name, design a logo on the computer, and create a menu (what type of food).

## Genius Hour

I have a handful of students who are ready to share! For those who were ready to share, I spent this last Friday working with them on their presentation skills and how they should present their findings. Once students have shared, they will get assessed by themselves and by their peers through a rubric. Many students will then begin their next project and with this one they can work with a partner of their choosing, so I know they are super excited about this!

*If you student is ready to start creating, make sure they bring their materials to class Friday so they are not wasting an hour. Many are choosing to do digital components, which is great, but some are needing poster board and other things. Make sure you discuss this with your child before this coming Friday.

A special thank you to Mrs. Sara Dean for making the students laugh through the Shel Silverstein poems! We so enjoyed having you!

## News from Miss Atkinson's Class

There was an oil spill because of a pipeline burst in Wyoming! This is affective because people can not DRINK the water and have to use bottled water. Luckily no one and no animals have died yet, but tons of plants have died. This is being fixed and local residents will be able to drink their water.

This is News Reporter Jackson Dean inside UP!

## Important Dates

### 3505 Amherst Avenue

#### Dallas, TX

GRANDest Friend's Day is a great opportunity for our children to show off their school work, art work, teachers and lockers to a grandparent, aunt, uncle, family friend, or any especially GRAND person.

Our time will be distributed like this: 10:30-10:50 Gym/10:50-11:10 Class