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October 25, 2021

The students were very excited to start our first chapter book of the year, Underworlds the Battle Begins. The students are reading the book, answering questions, and learning vocabulary words. There will be some of the Greek myths we learned about referenced in the book. We will be reading this book for the next few weeks.

Writing

The students have completed their second realistic fiction story. We have now moved on to how to expand on our ideas with a lot of additional details and ideas. The students also wrote a few short paragraphs about a person, place, or thing that is special to them. Next week we will begin an opinion essay about the person, place, or thing that is important to them.

Math

In math, students are solving two-digit multiplication problems using a variety of strategies including breaking the numbers apart and using arrays. When we did division problems the students had to figure out what to do with the remainders. At first, students were telling me the answer to how many groups is 4 r 3. We are working on deciding if you split remainders, leave some behind, or need another group for your answer. Unit 2 assessment will be this week. This week will be spent reviewing concepts taught in this unit. We will play math games and do extra practice pages.

Social Studies and Nature Time

In social studies, our class’s business plan is really coming together. Monday they will be making applesauce using the apples from school and some locally sourced apples. We will be working on advertising and an order form soon.

On Thursday this week, we will be cooking sweet potatoes and white potatoes that were grown in our gardens. They will be roasted with olive oil and herbs. Students will get to eat the potatoes when they are cooked.

I hope to begin our science unit on light concepts this coming week. Students will be encouraged to bring a battery-powered flashlight to school so everyone can participate fully in the experiments.

During our time with Naomi, she has taught the class how economics and nature are related.  She compared many things in nature to our economy. This past week we learned that there are more than 3 R’s- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The students came up with a list of other ways to help the environment including rot (compost), refuse, rehome, and remain (leave nature alone).

Crew Meeting/ Class Meetings

We have 2 short class meetings almost every day. We have been using this time to get to know each other, practice following rules, talk about things bothering us, for sharing time, and to learn social skills. Currently, we are working on improving our impulse control. I am using the terms melt or freeze. The students are given different situations and asked how to freeze in the situation.

Halloween Party

Students will be allowed to change into costumes on Friday at about 1:30. If at all possible, the costume should fit over the clothes worn that day. If your child wants to dress up for Halloween, please make sure they do not wear a costume mask that covers their entire face, or clothing/accessories that depicts violence. No weapons, real or fake are allowed.  If the weather cooperates for a parade, students will be wearing a face mask during the parade. Our party is planned for outdoors.

Scholastic Book Orders

You can choose to have your books shipped to your home or delivered to me with our class order. With a \$25 order, you can pick a FREE \$5 Book (use code: READS).

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Upcoming Dates

• Monday, October 25, 2021- Cook applesauce
• Thursday, October 28, 2021 – Joey FineRhyme Assemblies
• Cook sweet potatoes and white potatoes.
• Friday, October 29, 2021-Halloween Parties

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Homework Document

This will reflect the information in the assignment notebook. Ms. Hahn’s Homework