# Mrs. Green's Class Newsletter

## HI PARENTS,

The students had an exciting and fun filled week. They found out their parts for the musical, enjoyed the PTO Sponsored Pizza Day, had fun wearing pajamas and watching a movie during lunch, and experimented with gravity.

Parent-Teacher conferences are next week. If you haven't had a chance to fill out the Google Survey, below, I would love to have your input prior to our conference.

Since next week is very short, there will be NO new Spelling and Vocabulary words.

I look forward to seeing all of you next week,

Mrs. Green and Ms. Ruiz

## MATH

We began Chapter 8B this week, Adding and Subtracting Decimals. This is a chapter from the Fourth Grade book that wasn't covered last year due to Common Core. So far, students have done well with adding and subtracting decimals.

Next week, students will learn and practice how to convert between two different units of measure. If you're doing any baking at home ask your students for help, this is great real-world practice!

This is another short chapter and as of now, the 8B test is tentatively scheduled for next Thursday. A review packet was sent home today for students to practice some of the skills they've already learned.

## Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop, students continued their literature discussion groups. We also continued learning how to get the most out of reading non-fiction. The students learned that by asking the question, "What surprised me?" they pay more attention to the text and can learn many new and surprising facts!

It is getting close to the time to vote for a favorite Rebecca Caudill nominee. The voting will take place in school during the month of February. The students are encouraged to submit a vote after reading at least three of the nominees. (See list below) If you are looking for a new book to read, these all come highly recommended!

## Writing

This week in writing, Mrs. Kowalke joined us to talk about what "hooks" a reader in an introduction. We identified hooks and promises in different introductions and then tried writing our own. Students also brainstormed some topics that they have strong feelings about. These feelings should be powerful enough that they could persuade their reader to change his/her opinion!

## Science Lab

This week in Science Lab, the students used a pendulum to discover how gravity affects the speed and motion of falling objects. They worked to find if adding weight to the pendulum would effect how fast it swings and if a longer pendulum would swing faster. Want to know the answers, then be sure to ask your child.

They also learned about launching a satellite into orbit around the Earth. In order to stay in orbit, a satellite has to be launched with just the right amount of energy. They used a ramp and marbles to practice this by balancing the forces of launch energy versus gravity. They recorded and graphed their results. They learned that several trials were needed to find the most accurate distance.

## SEL (Social Emotional Lessons)

This week's topic in our SEL progam was "Resisting Revenge". Revenge-seeking behaviors are likely to escalate peer conflicts. Students discussed identifying and thinking through the negative conseuences of revenge. Thy practiced applying the strategies from how to calm dow.

Mrs. Mowrey came in to talk with the students about effective communication. She discussed that there are two types of communication that we do each day: verbal and non-verbal. The students played a game of "telephone" to show how words can be misconstrued and often lost in translation. They also played Charades to practice nonverbal communication.

## ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT:

• Food Network in Spanish
• Science Lab
• Our "Pencil Challenge"
• Musical Parts
• Sky View App

## THINGS TO COME:

• Tuesday, February 9th
• Valentine's Day Party (2:45)

• Wednesday, February 10th
• Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:30-7:30)

• Thursday, February 11th
• 12:00 Dismissal
• Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00-8:00)

• Friday, February 12th
• NO SCHOOL

• Sunday, February 14th
• Valentine's Day

• Monday, February 15th
• NO SCHOOL - President's Day