Happy Sunny Friday!
We had a busy 5-day week! In math, we took our test on perimeter of shapes, which included area from a previous unit. Math tests went home today. They all did a FANTASTIC job on such a tricky test!! 🙂 We started our unit on two-step problem solving. The homework may be causing a bit of frustration, and this is typically a difficult unit. Trying to determine which operations to use can be challenging at this age. We are working on asking: “What do we know from the problem?” and “What are we trying to find?”. Drawing bar diagrams has been a helpful tool for many students. We will continue to practice solving different problems at the start of next week, and then take our test. We continue to work on mastering our multiplication facts. Please encourage your child to practice the Timed Test app in the evenings. It is set for the same time they have in class, and they know how to set it up for their current fact challenge.
In reading, we started book clubs this week. I am reading Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. As we study the main character, Opal, students practice our daily strategy in their own books. They are jotting their thoughts and meeting with their groups to discuss their group book. Listening to others and commenting on each other’s jots are additional skills we are improving. 🙂
February is Black History Month. For our social studies, we are currently learning about slavery and the Underground Railroad. We are keeping an ongoing timeline of events and learning about many important people. We will also be focusing on the Civil Rights Movement.
Next week we begin our science unit on Force and Motion and our writing unit on fairytales.
Thank you to all who contributed to our Valentine/Michigan celebration!!
- 2/15 – Parent-teacher conference sign up link sent out
- 2/26 – Honors choir concert
- 2/28 – Parent-teacher conferences
- 3/1 – Parent-teacher conferences
Have a wonderful weekend!