Reading: We continued to read Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. Students are keeping a literary response journal in which they respond to the different chapters, situations and characters
THANK YOU to Ms. McDonnell for coming in to read with us on Wednesday. Please go to our class calendar on www.lotsahelpinghands.com to sign up for reading groups in the next few months. (The email address is SanchezCats@gmail.com, password is catscountry.) We need 4-5 adults each Wednesday from 9:15-10:15. Thank you!
Our Chris Van Allsburg author’s visit continued with the book The Wretched Stone. Ask your child if s/he made a correct prediction or connection after our book jigsaw.
Writing: Student continued to write meaningful paragraphs and detailed sentences. This week students have been learning how to make (and create) inferences. We have also been practicing our letter writing skills in the form of literature responses and to our MOSAIC classmates who have been gone all week at MOSAIC camp!
This week we have been practicing how to identify larger decimal values and compare fractions and decimals. Students have played several games to help reinforce concepts—most of which can be played at home with a deck of cards. Ask your child to show you!
We continued to practice daily Mad Minutes. The template I use is attached. Please reproduce and have your child practice at home. Thank you.
Students are finishing up their paragraphs on a specific feature of a region. This is part of a group writing project. This paragraph will ultimately become part of a 5 paragraph essay on a California region. Ask your child about his/her paragraph.
It’s finally happening! Students have started to see progress in their terrariums-including sprouts and roots! This week groups added a special element to their terrarium: animals! Well, not exactly animals, but living organisms—pill bugs and darkling beetles. Ask your child what s/he learned about the environmental preferences of these organisms and living/non-living factors that affect the ecosystem. *Check out the photos of the new critters and terrarium growth in the gallery on the class website!
*Monday, October 22nd is a staff development day. NO school for students.
*Wednesday, October 31st, we will celebrate HALLOWEEN in room A4 at 10:35, and then again as a school at 1:00 on the field. Parents are welcome to both festivities!