Newsletter 12 – 11/14/14

Cardinal Stage Update

On December 18, 2014…we will be going to see Shrek! The Musical. We will need $6.50 to cover the cost of tickets for this performance. We happily accept donations to help those who cannot cover the cost of their ticket. You can send money in with your child any time before the performance.

Writers Workshop

This week in writers we are publishing our identity essays some of the essays have been on google docs and some on loose leaf. the due date was this week on wednesday. We are going to have a celebration in early December. Right now we are working  on our  demand pieces we will be working on persuasive essays.

Readers Workshop

This week in readers workshop we had our book meetings. Many people are finding that the books they are reading are much sadder than they thought their books would be. We had a special assignment in wich they think about their beleifes what they think and do and how they feel about the book they are reading.  Students are learning how they can have multiple responses to a text: emotional, moral, intellectual, and social. When you’re young scholar gets home please help to comfort them.  Two weeks ago we finished Flora and Ulysses!Now we are reading “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key”.

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we finished taking notes on glaciers,volcanoes,earthquakes, wind and water and where small rocks come from. We are starting to write comics about them. We will share them with our book buddies when they are finished.

Math Workshop

Ms. Kalei’s Math Group: This week in math we have been working on fraction work, including mixed numbers, improper fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and making equivalent fractions. Also, we have been working on number menus. Now, every week we do a multiplication assessments. The multiplication assessment is out of simple facts where we need to memorize them.

Mr. Jim’s Group – We have been working on our 1,s through 9,s multiplication facts. We are working with egg cartons to make fractions. We are thinking about clocks and rulers and how they are the same and different.

This week in Ms. Kandi’s group we played a new game called Moolah in My Mind.  This game is designed to provide more practice with multi-digit multiplication using the landmark numbers provided by coin values.  A Home Connection providing more practice multiplying coin values and quick sketching multiplication arrays was sent home.  Toward the end of the week we learned another new game called More or Less Multiplication which offers practice with basic multiplication facts, as well as multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers.  We also extended our work with solving multi-digit problems to writing our own story problems.

In Ms. Pam’s math group student have been working on understanding a new process called the “Giant One”  students used this process to simplify fractions and make equivalent fractions.  We also got our second project.  We have to connect the project to the real world using fractions of some sort and connect it to our through lines.  We also have to make a visual representation for everyone to see.  Some ideas student have are creating a model of the globe and discussing populations around the world or connecting the idea of consumer and producers and taxes and how the economy counts on us to buy things.

Morning Meeting

Hello – in activity – we have been pulling sticks and they pick 3 people and they  pick an game and we played statue garden and  we had to talk to the group and we talk about how people were being not respectful  or caring for each other and not making it work and it is getting harder to play. Students had a chance to discuss the difference in competitive and community building. As our community grows it’s a continued challenge to negotiate conflict.

In greeting, we did the switch people greeting. This is how you do it  you walk up to someone you have never greeted before and give them a nice handshake. Now go sit next to the person you greeted .

Book Buddies

In book buddies we were talking about something in our life that made us proud. We have still been working on helping our book buddies sound out words that they don’t know.

Current Events

This week in current events and issues, students spent time comparing and contrasting Indy Kids and Scholastic News. Students wrote about the features/sections, types of stories, and speculated on the point of view in each publication. We had a brief conversation about how news stories get formed and get fame.

Performing Arts

In performing arts we are having the variety show December 17! (Please come)! We are auditioning for it and we’re very, very excited! Some of the things we can do in the  variety show is, singing, dancing, playing an instrument and you can even do gymnastics! Along with that we finished our identity pieces on Wednesday and worked on them Monday.

Visual Arts

We have been working on our identity projects. So if your child brings home their project make sure they they don’t get it lost because they really want to get it done. The kids in the art class have been working really hard, and might I say they are doing awesome. So I hope you had fun reading this article.

Committee Updates

Blog Committee – we have been blogging our hearts out. we all love it and  hope to keep you informed.we love when you read our work.

Gender Committee –  It started from an group of outraged girls about a dress code.Now it is a group on how stereotypes originated and more!

Library Committee – we spend our monday and wednesday sorting and rating books.we all have a love of books and want to share it with our class mates.  

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • Are you going to do anything the variety show?
  • How are you helping your book buddy learn?
  • What identity project in art are you doing?
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