Update 2/22/22

Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:

 

  • 2/21 No School- Presidents Day
  • 2/22/22 Twos day = Tutus or dress as Twins for this Twosday (school wide)
  • 2/25 Early Release- End of Second Trimester
  • 3/10 Early Release Student Led Conferences (will be held virtually) 
  • 3/11 Early Release Parent-Teacher Conferences by request only

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 NEXT WEEK:

Reading and Writing,  

This week our spelling homework will be based on the sort introduced last Tuesday (2/15) with a test scheduled on Thursday (2/24).  Students should follow the normal spelling homework as it is written in their agendas this week.

Next week, our normal spelling routine will be back! Students should follow the normal spelling homework schedule the following week (2/28).

 

In writing,

We are finishing our unit on persuasive writing. Last week, students have completed their rough draft on a persuasive essay. This week students will be revising their writing to make sure they have strong persuasive elements. Then they will edit their essays for punctuation, capitalization and spelling. Final drafts are due on Friday 2/25/22. 

Following this,  students will also be writing a persuasive letter. Students will persuade a candy company to create and sell a new candy they have  invented. They will support their opinion with at least three very persuasive reasons and details for each reason.

 

In reading,

We have started our next novel, “Sled Dog School” by Terry Lynn Johnson. “Sled Dog School” is about an eleven year old boy who needs extra credit in math. One of the options is to start a business and he decides to use his family’s passion for sled dogs to open a dog training school. 

 Students will work on comprehension questions and activities throughout the story. Chapters and assignments will alternate from being read aloud and completed together to reading and completing assignments independently. This chapter book will span several weeks to complete.

We have read chapters 1 and 2 together and completed the comprehension questions as a class. Next, students will read chapters 3 and 4 on their own. Following this, they will also answer the questions and writing prompts on chapter 3 and 4. 

In addition to this, we will continue to work on our spelling words, typing and cursive. 

 

3rd grade Math,  

We just finished Unit 4.We are now starting Unit 5 which focuses on reviewing multiplication, and division. Unit 5 will also introduce the concept of area. Unit 5 returns to the study of multiplication, especially as it relates to division. Students again build arrays, but use them to model and solve division as well as multiplication problems. Story problems play a major role in the first two modules, helping

students to connect their everyday experiences with division to more formal mathematical concepts. As they solve and pose story problems, students encounter two different interpretations of division—sharing and grouping—and have numerous

opportunities to build understandings of both. Much of the work in Modules 2 and 3 revolves around fact families, while Module 4 features an introduction to area. 

In the next two weeks we will work on module 1.

Module 1:

In this module, students are formally introduced to

division, working from what they already know about

multiplication to understand division as the inverse

operation, just as subtraction is the inverse of addition.

After taking the unit pre-assessment, students work

together to make a class chart about things that come

in 4s. In the second session, the teacher guides them in

labeling the class chart with multiplication and division

equations, and beginning to link the two operations.

The rest of the sessions in the module provide numerous

opportunities to understand the meaning of both

operations and how they relate to each other, via arrays

and story problems set in the context of a game store.

 

 4th Grade Math

 

This week we are finishing our current module. We have been working with units of measurement (time, weight, distance, and capacity) as well as addition and subtraction strategies.  I will be sending home a study guide on Monday and we will be reviewing it as a class on Thursday February 10th. Then, our post-assessment will be Friday Feb. 11th. Students will be assessed over the various strategies we learned in this unit (give and take, removal, friendly numbers, constant difference, and the standard algorithm) as well as using different units of measurement to solve word problems. Next week we will start unit 5: Geometry & Measurement.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at aluckey@pccharterschool.org. 

 Science/Social Studies,  

Students are continuing our unit on electricity. Students have read about the basic concept of electricity and how it travels. Students have also created a simple circuit. Next, students will learn about electrical symbols. Students will also create series and parallel circuits. 

We are continuing phenology and solo spots, alternating each week. Please make sure your student is prepared to be outside on a regular basis with warm outdoor clothing. 

 I hope you have a wonderful week!