Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Blog

What's Happening In Our Classroom!

Students are working on the comprehension strategy of making inferences.  We have been reading multiple fiction and non-fiction passages (Ladders,, TFK).  As we practice this strategy together, students are working on transferring what they've learned to their own work.  Students are learning how to use text clues and their background knowledge to infer the meaning of unknown words, how to infer authors' unstated meaning, and how to merge their background knowledge and information from the text to create a new meaning from the text.  We are also reviewing how to annotate using the strategies and why those annotations are important . 

We have started the genre: informational writing.  The students are learning how to craft an informational piece. The purpose of the informational piece is to teach others about their selected topic.  Students chose topics based on U.S./Colorado History.  Students are currently using their number notes outline to take notes on note cards.  They are adding details and examples. From there, students will use their note cards to begin drafting.  Author, Justin Matott, will be joining us on Friday, January 3rd.

We are in the process of concluding our study of U.S. Measurement and the Metric System.  Students continue to learn how to convert from one unit of measurement to the other, calculate perimeter and area, classify polygons, measure angles, and how to accurately use measurement tools. In addition, they are working on symmetry, finding halves, area of polygons, and area of angles.  Learning is differentiated through small group instruction, as well as extension activities that will challenge all students.

Young AmeriTowne
Students are learning about the Free Enterprise and Economics.  In the next few week we will be discussing:  choices and decisions, supply and demand, what is banking, intro. to checking accounts, how government works, how to write a deposit slip, campaigns, filling out a job application, interviewing, voting, advertising, developing laws, philanthropy, debit cards, budgeting, investing, stocks, mutual funds, CD's, and savings.  We will need volunteers, please look for the letter that will be coming home with your child.  Students will be attending Young AmeriTowne on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Our new unit will be "The Sun, Moon, and Stars".  The students will learn what causes night and day, how the sun creates shadows depending on the time of day, the phases of the moon, stars, and constellations. 

Students thoroughly enjoyed our time in the STEAM Lab.  They were able to use the new apps to code our robots Dot and Dash.  The lessons have been designed to connect with the math unit we are currently studying. For example, students created coding paths for their robots using their knowledge of the metric system.  The class is excited to go back!

February is Kindness Month!  
  • We will be working on developing and strengthening our classroom community.  
  • Secret Pal Valentine Breakfast - February 14th
  • Friendship Soup - February 14th (letter to come)
  • Spring Break - 17th-31st
  • PARCC - April 4th-7th                                                                                                                          Please make sure your child is here on those days and try to schedule appointments around testing times.  Thank you.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.