Mrs. Baker's Class Newsletter
November 1, 2013
What is going on?
Math: This week we the students will be describing how cent, dollar and decimal symbols describe money. Students will be describing a collection of coins up to a dollar, and beyond in some cases. This week students will be working on a money menu to meet all of their needs depending on their level of knowledge. Students will use partner facts (7-4 and 7-3) as well as turnaround facts (4+3 and 3+4) to help increase their mental math fluency. Students will be problem solving daily to connect math to everyday experiences, while they communicate, and use logical reasoning to justify thinking in their problem solving. Daily: warm up in math - this covers a variety of skills that the students will spiral through. The goal is that the constant exposure will keep all the skills up to date.
Social Studies/Writing: Can you believe this is the last week we will be working on our PBL project! That means students will be putting the finishing touches on their projects, practice their public speaking skills, and wrap-up all loose ends. Please see the invitation below for more information about our big exhibit and showcase!
Reading: The focus in reading will be distinguishing fiction from nonfiction. Students will be answering the question: how do readers know when a book is fiction versus nonfiction? Plus they will be noticing nonfiction text features. Students will determine their purpose for reading a nonfiction book as well as the author's purpose for writing the book, known as TAP (Topic Audience Purpose). Later in the week, students will generate questions. Asking questions helps the reader gain new information or thinking. Friday we will focus on the poem of the week.
Writing: The big idea in writing this week will be researching to gain information and All About Books. Students will continue to add to their All About book, which is a topic they know a lot about. (Landmarks)
You are invited.....
To attend our first ever PBL exhibit! Our exhibit will take place Friday, Nov. 8 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. Students will be prepared to educate and share what they have learned about a local Round Rock landmark. We hope to see you there!
Don't forget to bring in your extra/left over Halloween candy! We will be donating the candy to the TBCH (Texas Baptist Children's Home). Through our landmark research we have learned that the TBCH takes candy donations to distribute to the families and students. Our class thought this would be a great way to give back to the community.
On the calendar....
Thursday, Nov. 7 - Picture Retake
Friday, Nov. 8-PBL Showcase in the Cafeteria
Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!