Newsletter 23 – 2/21/14


This week we had a VERY exciting visit, from the one and only… Ms. Emily Rosen-King!! She joined us on Wednesday for the whole entire day! WE shared laughs at lunch and fun at recess. We are also counting down the days to ISTEP. Some of us are excited, like the author of Featured, Kyra, and the new co-author, Iris. We have a feeling that most of the people in this class are not excited at ALL for ISTEP. But we all have to cope with the fact that ISTEP is almost here and is looming scarily over us…(like a shadow)

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s Math Group, Ms. Emily was visiting our math group! (That is why this is a special edition.) In case you don’t know, Ms. Emily is a returning teacher from last year. She is awesome! We are continuing our work with stations in little groups. Ms. Kalei is having conferences with certain people. We are also continuing our work with (OH JOY…) ISTEP prep. I think it’s fun, but a lot of other people are not as enthusiastic about it. In Mr. Bryan’s math group we went over place value up to a billion. We did three and four digit subtraction and addition with and without regrouping. In Mr. Jim’s math group we did multi-step problem solving with varying mathematical concepts.

Readers Workshop

In readers workshop we are doing ISTEP prep and practicing how to write or respond to make a new story of our own. We have been doing ISTEP for about a week. In about a WEEK starting next Thursday. ISTEP is going for four days tops. We have been learning about snakes in the ISTEP prep paper. We have had two ISTEP prep papers. We’re looking at prompts in ISTEP writing right now, discussing the six point scale for scoring and discussing voice, audience, planning, and organizing writing. 

Writers Workshop

In writers this week 17 out of 53 people have finished their historical essays. First, you take notes in your notebook. Second, you outline your essay. Third, you draft your essay in your notebook. Fourth, you proofread your draft (soon-to-be essay). Fifth, after proofreading and editing your draft (soon-to-be essay), you write your essay on loose leaf. Sixth, you proofread your essay that’s on loose leaf. Finally, you take it to your line teacher and they can put it in the folder along with your proofreading checklist!


Questions to Ask Your Child

  • What is your nonfiction research paper about? What did you learn about American history?
  • How are you feeling about ISTEP – is there anything I can do to support you?
  • What concepts have you been reviewing for ISTEP this week?
  • What did you do during the floor debates – did you vote for any legislation this week?
  • What is your new passions? Are you getting in flow? How do you make passions choices?

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