All Time All Star Weekly Update
March 23-27, 2015
Hello All Star friends and families,
The kiddos came back happy, relaxed, and ready to pick up where we left off before break. We held a special spring break wrap up during morning morning, and we enjoyed hearing how each of us spent our time away.
This is a full week, but the next two weeks are short due to Good Friday and Easter weekend:
Friday, April 3rd - Good Friday - No school
Monday, April 6th - Easter Monday - No school
Tuesday, April 7th - Faculty In Service - No school
Our Flow for the Week...
In math, we will be investigating the relationship between multiplication and division, and division and subtraction. We will continue to grow our multiplication mastery this week as we prepare for division practice.
I sent a packet home today with some math practice opportunities. The packet includes the websites found here:
Schoolhouse Rock - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnx6r9S_SJ7I_Msib-Nj-zgROaicmyqA8
Kakooma (multiplication) - http://gregtangmath.com/kakooma
You can also download Kakooma Multiplication as an app for your iPad or iPhone at:
You can download the app for Android devices at:
BreakApart - http://gregtangmath.com/play?game=breakapart
On the top of the packet, it is recommended that the learners practice using one of the games or websites included on Monday and Wednesday night for 20 minutes. If you have another multiplication practice game, please feel free to use that, also. Additionally, 8 Dreambox lessons should be completed by Friday.
*See photos below to view some of math games we played in school today.
Writers' Workshop continues with opinion writing this week. Today, writers worked on writing, and signing, petitions. (See photo below). Writers are doing an excellent job of putting their hearts into their work. I am proud of their dedication and growth as opinion writers!
Grammar will take the place of word study this week. Word sorts, Vimeo links, and packets will come home next week.
Readers should continue to read each night for 25-30 minutes. Kiddos will continue to log their nightly reading on their reading log. Students should write two thoughtful jots from each night's reading.
The 2015 Iditarod was successfully completed, despite unseasonably warm Alaska weather that forced a change of route (for the first time in race history!). Before break, each student selected the names of three race veterans and one rookie. A small prize for the student with the winner's name, and also the student of the last musher to finish, "The Red Lantern", will be awarded tomorrow.
Enjoy the amazing weather, and have a wonderful week!
Opinion Writing - adding signatures
We transitioned from speech writing to petition writing as part of our opinion writing unit. Writers composed a "flash draft" petition today, many shared, and kiddos added their signatures to petitions which they felt connected.
I used to play a game called "midnight Baseball" growing up - and today we played it to practice our multiplication facts.
More Multiplication practice..
Some kiddos chose to play "Up to Twenty" to practice their multiplication facts.