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October 31, 2016

This past week  I read Borreguita and the Coyote by Verna Aardema.  The students will be recounted the story and comparing the characters of this story.  We also had time to talk about how you make connections to books.  You can make connections to yourself, another book, or the world.  Next week we will spend time learning about Jason and the Golden Fleece.  We will be seeing the Opera on Wednesday.

We have almost finished the book Chocolate Touch in reading groups.  The students are doing a great job answering the comprehension questions.  Most reading groups will finish the book next week.

Math

We measured the perimeter of real word objects and then took a short assessment on perimeter.  In the middle of the week, the students began learning about area.  It is important that students understand the concept of area not a formula using multiplication.  The students will be covered different polygons with squares objects to determine the area.  Next week we will have time for the students to solidify their knowledge of area.  The students will continue to use square units to cover polygons.

Please remember to have your child play math games at home at least two times a week.  Please indicate your child played the math games above the spelling list under reminders.  I would encourage your child to practice skip counting at home by all numbers 2-12.  This will help him/her memorize their multiplication facts.

Science and Social Studies

This week the students will began labeling a map of Illinois.  We will finish labeling the map next week.  Next week the students will continue to learn more about Illinois History and the land forms in Illinois.

Writing

In writing this week the students made their final revisions to their true stories.  Students worked on organizing their writing into paragraphs.  On Monday the students will make the final version of this true story.  Next week the students will begin a second piece of narrative writing.  It is important for students to tell their story bit by bit.

Earthkeepers

Halloween Costumes

Students will change into costumes at 1:30.

No excessive violence depicted by the costume

No face masks or hoods which render students unrecognizable

No “Creepy Clown” masks or “Creepy Clown” face paint

No Weapons of any kind, real or toy.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 31- 1:45 Halloween Party

Nov. 1- Green Challenge Assembly

Nov. 2- Field Trip to CLC , Early Release

Nov. 4- Earthkeepers Due