Mrs. Carlson's Weekly Newsletter

A Peek Into Our Busy Classroom!

The Life of Mrs. Carlson

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I am so excited to be your child's teacher, we are going to have a great year!

For those of you who haven't heard the news, I am expecting! Mr. Carlson and I are thrilled for our first baby due in January! I am currently 23 weeks! This picture we took when we went apple picking last week.

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Reminders and Annoucements

Scholastic book orders are placed the last Friday of each month. Please click on the link below to place an online order. Due to the Scholastic Book Fair, the next order will be placed October 28th. If you would like an order placed before then, just send me an e-mail and I would be happy to place your order. :)

Reading Log: Students should be logging 30 minutes of reading at least 4 days per week. After reading is complete students should fill out the reading log and have you initial.

*September Reading Log is Due Friday September 30th.


  • Fall Festival/Book Fair- Friday September 23rd 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Fun Run Kickoff- (Student only event) Thursday September 29th

Late Start Dates:

September 21st

September 28th

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • Did you book shop this week? What books are you currently reading in Reader's Workshop?
  • Did you check any books out of Mrs. Carlson's library this week? If not, try to find a book and bring it home this week!
  • Tell me about what you have learned about growth mindset. How are you going to change or maintain your mindset this week? Click on the video link to watch the video with your families!

  • Did you bring home your Friday Folder?
  • Can you share your planner with me?
Growth Mindset Animation

Last Week

Math we started a unit on adding and subtracting fractions


  • Took the math NWEA
  • Took the math unit 1 pretest
  • began reviewing how to identify and produce equivalent fractions using multiplication and division.

In Reading we started our Launching into Reader's Workshop unit

  • Took the Reading and Language NWEA
  • Learned about "Reader's Workshop Rituals" which are things they will do in reader's workshop all year to grow their reading community. Such things include keeping a daily class and at home reading log, keeping a list of books they have read and want to read, and keeping track of the genres they have read.

In science we started our semester long inquiry project

  • observed in different environments and asked questions
  • took those questions and narrowed down the top 5 things they are interested in learning about

This Week

READING: Unit 1- Launching Reader's Workshop

Students will...

  • create workshop norms
  • discuss strong reading habits
  • discuss the books they are reading

MATH: Unit 1 adding and subtracting fractions

Students will...

  • continue practicing producing equivalent fractions
  • compare fractions with like and unlike denominators
  • convert improper fractions into mixed numbers
  • add fractions with like and unlike denominators


Students will...

  • brainstorm resources (people, places, things) that they will need for their projects
  • work together in team building activities and reflect on the challenges