Friday, October 2, 2015

9/29 - 10/2: News of the Week

September 29th - October 2nd, 2015

Hello 4/5 Families!

I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing break last week.  During this short week, we had MAP testing. All students were focused and gave their best effort.  This test is one way teachers can see what each student knows at this point and where their strengths and weaknesses lie.  Using this information, we can adapt our instruction and activities in the hopes of this resulting in greater academic growth for all.

Reading:  Students worked hard to finish their DRAs and their reading projects.  If students were not able to finish, they are expected to finish them independently at home this weekend  We also began our word study groups.  Students are grouped by their level of phonics understanding and are working to sort words based on various criteria and to find similar words in a variety of texts.  So far, it's going really well and the students are very engaged.

Math:  We focused mainly on problem solving when we had time for Math this week.  The students are learning various strategies to find elapsed time.  You may have seen a problem solving homework sheet go home this week.  I understand that multi-step word problems are a challenge for many students.  Using the graphic organizer provided, students are able to inquire more deeply about the problem in front of them, even if they are not able to reach an answer at the end.  I have told students to do what they can and to try different strategies.  I do not expect all students to be able to correctly complete this kind of work independently.  

Next week, we will resume the normal schedule in each subject area.  We will be starting with our first Science unit of the year:  The Human Body!

Upcoming Dates:
October 15th - Grades 4/5 hosts assembly
October 21- End of First Quarter
October 22nd and 23rd - No school

Enjoy some pictures of the students hard at work this week!

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