Friday, December 18, 2015

Dec. 18th

Dear Families,
It is hard to believe that we are approaching our winter break. It is amazing how quickly the beginning of the year goes! Please be aware that there is no school from Wednesday 12/23 through Friday 1/1. All students will return to school on Monday, January 4th.

Here is a recap of what we've worked on these past couple of weeks:

Reading groups worked on a summative project - this is the "big learning" in which students can show their understanding and application of the essential learning targets. Readers showed us that they understand story elements and the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when and why) of fictional stories. We will move on to nonfiction texts in mid-January. Students will learn how to use text features (i.e. glossary, index, table of contents, etc.) to locate facts and information. You can give your children a head start on this learning goal by reading nonfiction texts at home.

Students spent an incredible amount of time writing and illustrating The Important Things About My Family. These books are designed to be gifts for you this holiday season. Students designed the front and back covers, wrote several pages of text and a poem for the book. They will bring these home to you next week. They truly did their best work for these books - I know you will enjoy them very much!

Students continued to learn about grouping and skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. They looked for patterns and rules in these sequences. We used our knowledge of grouping to solve word problems about arms, legs, fingers and toes. Students had to decide what type of grouping would make sense to solve the problem efficiently. For example: "There were 34 ears at the lunch table. How many people were there?"

We revisited coins and coin equivalencies with a game called "Collect 50 cents." Partners had to roll two dice and collect coins to match the roll. They traded in coins as they went along. The game was over when both partners collected 50 cents. Students have a solid understanding of coin names and values. Our next goal is to understand coin equivalencies and counting coins to find the total.

Junior Achievement
Mr. McHugh visited Thursday to teach our final lesson. The students learned how money "moves" using a song and posters depicting different "stops" money makes as it travels through the community including businesses, banks and the U.S. Mint. We are very grateful to Mr. McHugh and the Junior Achievement program for a wonderful experience!

A Note About Homework
Students are not bringing home their homework folders today. Instead, they will bring them home on Tuesday with a special 100 Minute Reading Club recording sheet for vacation. There will be no spelling words or spelling homework sent home until after they return from vacation.

Enjoy your winter break!

Mrs. Bradstreet

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