# Collins & Co. Room 204

## Welcome!

Hi Parents,

~ Brrrrrr..... it's getting cold outside! Please remember to send your students with coats, hats, and gloves. They will be going outside for Recess on most days between now and Winter Break!

~ It was a short and busy busy week! See what we've been up to below!

~ Our next Scholastic Book Order is due next Friday. The blue box below is a link to the Scholastic website. You can place your orders either online or by bringing in your order form and a check to school.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Collins

## Math

Who thought math could be so fun! Connecting fractions to money and pizza, you can't go wrong. This week we put our great skills about least common denominators, equivalent fractions and multiples to work to help us simplify fractions, change improper fractions to mixed numbers, and then to decimals!

Put your mathematicians to the test and ask them how to say decimals as if they were "precocious"!

We will be taking our Chapter 3 test next week to get it out of the way before Thanksgiving Break!

This week we linked Reading Workshop with KidSmarts. We read the book, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spiries and discussed how the author used feelings and emotions to help her story. We also used the story to help us change the negative things we may think to a more positive one. For example, instead of thinking: "I made a mistake", think "Mistakes help me learn".

This is one of my new favorite books!!

## Writing Workshop

We continued to focus on creating well written paragraphs. We used our new tricks to continue working on introductions to our personal narratives.

Students are also working hard to organize their stories before they start typing them up. They made outlines and blocked out their lists into "main ideas" to get a sense of where and when to start new paragraphs, and when to start wrapping it up!

By Friday, we were ready to put our good paragraphing skills to work and write very interesting and loaded paragraphs about the turkeys that were decorated at home. The turkeys and paragraphs will be on display in the hallway next week to see if Greenbriar can match up the turkeys with the appropriate paragraph.

## Science

In science lab, the students learned about water pressure. They completed an activity to find if there is a relationship between water pressure and depth under the surface of a body of water. They found the answer to "Does water pressure increase or remain constant as one goes deeper below the surface?"

In class we read about the Energy Pyramid and talked about how each level of consumer and the producers play an important role. They then applied their knowledge by creating a diagram of the pyramid in Google Docs.

## Game Day!

The class was rewarded for an exceptional school day by being allowed to play games on Friday. Everyone used their KidSmarts skills to make sure everyone was included, having fun, and playing fairly. They did a great job and it was fun to see them engaged in a new way. We had a blast and learned so much about each other just by playing our favorite games!

• Game Day!
• "Today in History"
• Their favorite quote of the day

## Things to come:

• Friday, November 21st: End of the trimester
• November 24-28: No School- Thanksgiving Break