# Camp Can Do News

## Getting Back into the Swing of Things and Non Fiction

It was great to see the campers as we all returned from our Christmas Break last week! So many great stories of fun and relaxing! Many activities including time spent with family, movies watched, books read, video games played, alarm clocks turned off, presents opened, and holiday activities attended and planned! We worked hard to get back into the swing again and remind ourselves about routines. It had been over two weeks since we had ordered a lunch, sat in a desk, put our name on a paper, walked in a line together, and had to wait for a snack at 10:30!

I am super excited that this also ties into our writing unit of informational writing! The campers will work to become expert how to writers as well as scientific and information writers. We started off by writing about what we feel we are experts about. This is our baseline for our unit. We will work to add to this text and revise it as well as read and write about other topics we are wondering about.

Mrs. Patterson is helping us with this writing and reading genre by helping us dig into the non fiction section of the library. We worked with the how to book section whit week and our teams are hard at work on their own how to paragraphs. These will teach the other campers how to draw their team mascot. After having really explored the how to books, they discovered some structures that were very important to a how to book and also were not always found in other non fiction books. Next week we will see how clear their how to's are!

## Multiplication/Division and Common Sense

We have completed unit 4 on multiplication and division. Much of our work was done with exploring how these two operations are related to each other and how knowing that can help us solve both kinds of problems. We also worked on looking at the multiplication families from 0 - 6 and closely looking at the power numbers of 0, 1, 2 , 5 and 10. Though we are moving on to place value, we will continue to work on multiplication during our math block.

We have begun to move through the facts of multiplication at an individual pace. Some of the campers have a little work to do yet on subtraction as well. Each day we will spend 5 - 10 minutes with practice, fast math, and fact fluency interviews. The campers will work on their own to practice using their carabiner cards, take fast math exercises, and once a week check in with me on their facts. The goal of the combination of these activities is to have the campers understand the facts on their own and how they relate to other facts, become fluent with the basics of calculation, and have strategy to find the answers when calculating. You can find your campers' cards in the pouch in their binder! Great practice options are below!

Here is the link to Kakooma, Math Magician, and Math Fact Practice! Play Kids Games.

http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/mathfact/mathFact.htm Math Fact Practice

Math Fact Practice us new to us. You can choose the operation, even mix them up, the level of difficulty, and the time.

Everyday Math website for great practice in fact fluency and math skills. Usernames and passwords are inside your camper's binder.

## âś¨Congratulations Corner

Lots to celebrate this week!

*Cougar Crew Member: Congratulations to Elizabeth E. and Kate B. for their nomination this and last week!