WRITING: Students have hit the ground running this week! We have been writing journal narratives about our spring break, using figurative language in paragraph writing and practicing our editing skills in our daily oral language. Students have also been reviewing test prep questions for the upcoming STAR test at the end of the month.
READING: We are enjoying our class novel, By the Great Horn Spoon!, which illustrates the Gold Rush era through the eyes of a boy and his ‘butler’. Ask your child what s/he has learned about the hardships of traveling by boat to California from the East Coast during this time. THANK YOU to Ms. Desai and Ms. Glennon for helping out with reading groups on Wednesday!
Students continue to work on their geometry skills, focusing on area and perimeter. We have been reviewing past skills learned earlier this year such as number sense and algebra. Students are encouraged to practice skills at home using IXL and the math websites found on the Bel Aire homepage: http://belaire.reedschools.org
Students are finishing up their deseño and petitions needed to gain land during the Rancho period of California. We have been writing letters to the governor of California (Mexico), Pio Pico, requesting a land grant, creating a rough map of the land, and committing to raising crops for the local pueblo or presidio. Students are getting excited to the next phase of California history: Gold Rush! *Please see the information packet sent home in your child’s Friday folder regarding the Coloma overnighter.
Digital Citizenship: Students have been learning about the appropriate use of digital media. Ask your child what s/he has learned about being safe using cell phone, texting, and e-mails, and talk to your child about the benefits/consequences of using this popular tool of communicating.
*STAR testing is scheduled for the last week in April.
*Our Gold Country field trip (overnighter) is scheduled for Monday-Tuesday, June 3-4. Please see the information packet sent home in your child’s Friday folder.