Newsletter August 20, 2017

Ms. Hahn’s Newsletter

August 20, 2017

 

Reading

 

This week the students listened a variety of books to the students including First Day Jitters, Mrs. Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, 100 Dresses, and Bad Case of Stripes.   I used Bad Case of Stripes over the course of many days.  The students learned about character traits, how a character can change over time, and cause/effect.  Next week we will compare the main character in Bad Case of Stripes to a character in a chapter of Wayside School.  I will also be testing your child’s reading level using the Fountas and Pinnell system.  You can find information about this system at http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/assessment/.

 

Writing

 

The beginning of the year brings beginning of the year assessments.  The students have completed 2 of 3 writing assessments the first week of school.  The first assessments were an opinion piece and a narrative piece.  Next week the students will write an information writing piece.  These writing samples will help me plan future writing lessons.

 

Math

 

Students were very excited to start math this year and see their new workbooks.  The students have three workbooks that go with the math program.  They are the student book (SB), home connections book (HC), and a number corner book (NC).  This past week the students reviewed multiplication story problems.  They are learning different ways to record their thinking.  We will continue reviewing multiplication and division next week.  Please check out the math parent letters that I previously sent home for more information.  You can also check out the great resources at https://www.mathlearningcenter.org/families/bridges2.  

 

Science

 

We dove right into science this week by doing different science experiments.  This will lead the students to learn more about the scientific process.  One of the favorite activities this week was using observation skills to try to figure out what was in the mystery boxes.  Next week the students will do a science experiment called Dancing Raisins.  Within the next week we will begin learning about magnets.

 

Eclipse

 

On Friday the students learned a little about why we have eclipses.  We made pinhole viewers to see the eclipse on Monday.  Mrs. Steinbeck and I stressed the importance of not looking at the sun.  We take the safety of your children very seriously.  We will go over the rules and the importance of following instructions again.  The class will have approved viewing glasses and the pinhole viewers to see the eclipse on Monday.  Mrs. Steinbeck and I will closely monitor the students to make sure they are being safe.  If you have approved eclipse viewing glasses for your child, it is fine to bring them on Monday.

 

Wish List

 

  1. Two very small microwaves
  2. Extra composition notebooks
  3. Snacks for the classroom- fruit cups, granola bars, cheese sticks, soups, Easy Mac., Noodle in a cup

 

Upcoming Events

 

August 21- Eclipse viewing 1:00 at the soccer field and Band assembly at 8:15

August 28- NWEA testing

August 29- NWEA testing

September 5- Curriculum Night from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm