Reading: We began our class novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. This book is about a boy and his family who move to Alcatraz Island during the Depression years. Ask your child what s/he predicts may happen to Moose, the main character, in the upcoming months.
THANK YOU to Mr. Roberts, Ms. Bressie, Ms. Glennon, and Ms. O’Donnell for coming in and launching our reading groups with us!
Our Chris Van Allsburg author’s visit continued with the book Probuditi. Ask your child about the jigsaw activity we do before reading these great books!
Writing: Student have been learning how to write paragraphs with ‘power writing’, or color-coded writing. Ask your child about the main elements of a paragraph.
Technology: Students will be using Edmodo in our classroom. Edmodo is a free and secure social learning network for teachers, students and schools. It provides a safe and easy way for us to connect, share content and access homework, grades and school notices. So far, students have had a good time talking to their classmates about the quote relating to the book Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” -Pogo. Ask your child to reflect on the meaning of this quote.
This week students continued to wrap up place value, reviewed addition and subtraction with regrouping, and began decimals. Whew! Thank you for taking the time to review multiplication facts with your child. I can tell who is practicing at home!
*Thank you to Mr. and Ms. Colletto, Ms. Snyder and Ms. Gilligan for launching our first round of Math Lab on Friday! Ask your child what games s/he played.
Social Studies We continued to learn about the details of the 4 regions of California. Students are putting their paragraph knowledge to work and applying it to the 4 regions. (Ask your child what region s/he is assigned.) We have also had fun with using an atlas and learning about the 50 states.
Science It’s finally happening! Students will be starting ecosystems and environments next week.
*Next Author’s visit is this Tuesday! (No scheduling conflict) Katherine Applegate will be here to discuss her book, The One and Only Ivan. Look for information on our class website.
*Thank you to the O’Donnell family for the donations to the auction box! The first class auction will take place next week—so feel free to clean out some closets and send in any unwanted items!
*Book orders are due next Friday, October 5th.
*Our first field trip is scheduled for next week. THANK YOU to the parents who volunteered to drive! We will be visiting Star Route Farms in Bolinas, and learning about how (most of) the produce we eat comes from these local farms.
*Check out the photo and video gallery for pictures of classroom and school events!