Newsletter 22 – 2/16/14

Hola mis amigos. These next few weeks are going to get a little more tense as they lead up to ISTEP! At the end of this snowy month we are going to be taking ISTEP. Honestly I don’t mind ISTEP. Now this might sound like a horrible excuse but you get out of classes that you don’t want to do.  Also we are diving deeper into our play HONK! On Friday we figured out our roles! We also had Congressman Todd Young in the classroom Friday afternoon! 

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Q.How do you make seven an even number?

In 4/5 we are being sorted into Senate and House of Representatives. About 2/3ds of the class are in the HB. The others in the senate. The teachers are the justices, so talk to them like this: “Hello, Justice Jim! Have you seen Justice Kalei?” We are not normally talking like that, but I just said “Good-bye, Justice Kalei!” So, if you want to, I’m not going to stop you.Ms. Cathy is considered the Governor. She can veto the bills once they pass Mr. Jim and Ms. Kalei Making sure the are constitutional (Agreementatienal!) and the House and Senate are passing them before they go to the Justices. We just voted for our President Protem and Speaker of the House in P3 today, and these were the runners-up for the House Speaker: for the House: David, Ella, Nathan J. Caiden, Celie, and Moses. The winner, with 15 votes, was Celie. For the President Protem: Cian, Natalie, and Iris. The winner, with 8 votes, was Iris.

In this unit in writers, we are working on our American Historical Essays. Where are you in this process? Are you working on your topic sentence? Are you drafting? Are you already on loose leaf? Remember, this writers unit ends on February 19th. Make sure you get your essay done in time! A topic sentence is a hook for your paragraph. Many great topic sentences have been floating around the room. What is your topic sentence? What are you writing about? Colonial life, The Constitution, Declaration of Independance? Maybe you are writing about Ben Franklin or George Washington. All of these topics are quite interesting. All these essays will be great!

This week we are working on ISTEP prep for the end of this month. We have been working with passages and answering the  questions. We also threw the passages have been learning about Golden Eagle Hotshots they are like a mini firefighter but in the woods. This week we have also finished the Sharon Creech posters about the book we have read. We have many posters about “Chasing Redbird, Bloomability, Walk Two Moons” and many more posters. We went over an acronym for ISTEP prep – R.A.C.E.R. – Restate the question, Answer the question, Cite evidence, End with an explanation, Read through for edits/proofreads. 

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In Ms. Pam’s group we are working on a new packet for ISTEP prep. The new packet is on connecting percents and decimals. In Mr. Jim’s group we finished our unit on geometry.  Students learned how to plot points on a grid, how to find lines of symmetry, and how to rotate, translate, and reflect various geometric shapes.  This next week we will work with decimals.  We will discuss how to convert fractions to decimals and how to perform basic operations with decimals.  We will also be doing some multi-step problem solving. In Ms. Kalei’s group we reviewed the ISTEP constructed response rubric and started our practice. We are still working on geometrical concepts – we looked at the difference in congruence and symmetry, studied types of lines, and continued our work on measuring with a protractor.

Questions to ask your child:
1) What is the ISTEP “formula” you talked about for the reading test?
2) What stage are you in in the writing process? What needs to happen before you publish?
3) What have you learned about the foundations of the United States in P3 and Writers Workshop so far?
4) What are some of the newer greetings you did in Morning Meeting this week?
5) What is the legislation you wrote in P3 about? How does it relate to the classroom agreements?

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