Friday, September 11, 2015

9/4/15 - 9/11/15

September 4th - 11th

Hello 4/5 families!  Please see below for information about what we've done this week and some news about what is coming up.

Reading:  We finished our whole group novel, The Kid in the Red Jacket, and the students all clapped and cheered at the end.  It was great to see them all engaged with the story and enjoying it to the fullest.  Next week, the fourth and fifth graders will be doing in-class projects related to the novel while I test students' individual reading levels.

Writing:  All students at AISB completed the 6 + 1 writing assessment this week.  Students wrote  an informational piece on a topic of their choosing.  I was impressed by students' effort and focus and I look forward to analyzing the writing samples.  The students also helped each other push their thinking and organize their ideas on their story arcs so that they are ready to draft scenes from their realistic fiction story.  Next week we will be focusing on how to "show" and not "tell" to make our writing interesting.  

Math:  We began new units at both levels this week.  Grade four is doing addition and subtraction and has completed lessons on addition properties and subtraction rules, using place value to recognize addition and subtraction patterns, and mental math strategies.  Grade five is working on multiplication.  The students reviewed prime and composite numbers, practiced prime factorization and learned about exponents.  They also learned a bit about powers of ten and how to quickly multiply with zeros.  Click on the following links for review videos on prime factorization and an intro to exponents.  

Social Studies:  With their groups, students are creating brochures, maps, and menus for their theme parks.  We aim to finish next week, before the long break.  

In other news, we have a new fourth grade student joining us on Monday.  Her name is Dior and we are very excited to have her as part of our classroom community!  A new fourth grade boy, Pablo, will be joining us right after the break.  Many students remember him from a few years ago and are eager for his return.  

Upcoming Dates

September 19th - 28th:  Tabaski break, no school

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