## WHAT'S NEW? (November 21, 2014)

Hi Parents,
We met with our Buddy Class this week to wish each other Happy Thanksgiving and make a turkey out of construction paper, and we played a few turkey games. The students love meeting with their Buddy Class!

Over the break, the students have been asked to read one 2015 Rebecca Caudill nominees. They picked their books this week and started reading them. Our goal is to finish the book by Wednesday, December 3th. They will be presenting their book to the class through an informal Book Talk.

A special thank you to Mrs. Gibby, Mrs. Paulissian, and Mrs. Welch for teaching us about different pieces of art. Check your child's Friday Folder to see their artwork.

Enjoy your break and Happy Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza

## Math

This week in math the students finished up Chapter 3, adding and subtracting fractions. The students played games and watched video clips to help them "see" the concept.

When we return: Chapter 4 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions.

The Math Interventionists in our district have created a website with many links for math practice and support. Take a look at the link below.

## Writer's Workshop

This week our Mentor Sentence came from the book, Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. The sentence was: "I don't know, but it's hanging by its feet." The students identified contractions and possessive pronouns. We discussed "said is dead" and noticed that other verbs can substitute for "said", which helps to make our sentences/stories sound better.

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students were challenged to find all the signposts while reading fiction. They were given specific passages from text and were asked to identify which Signpost is being used. They were asked to think deeper to respond to questions such as: "What does this make me wonder?" or "How will this affect the character?"

## Science

This week in our Ecology unit, we completed learning our new vocabulary words, made flash cards, and took a quiz. We read the book, Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg, and the students made connections on the ways we impact the environment. We discussed very simple ideas we could do to help our planet. We also discussed the carbon dioxide/oxygen, nitrogen, and water cycles.

In Science Lab, the students had a practice day to review how to use various lab instruments. They measured liquid using a beaker or graduated cylinder to see which one is more precise. They used the dropper to measure volume, the lab balance to find the mass of an object, the spring scale to find the force needed to lift a toy car in the air, a microscope to notice specific items, a thermometer to measure the temperature of the liquid in the beaker, a funnel to fill a small bottle with water, and a ring stand to support experimental equipment. Of course, they did this while wearing their safety glasses!

They also dissected a starfish! It was pretty cool!

## Upcoming Events/Reminders

• Monday, December 1st
• School Resumes

• Wednesday, December 5th
• Rebecca Caudill Nominee DUE

• Friday, December 5th
• Spirit Lunch
• Report Cards distributed

* Study skills when using flashcards
* Our mentor sentence
* The Desk Fairy
* The One and Only Ivan
* Learning songs in music
* Spanish Class