Newsletter 31 – 5/9/15

The entire newsletter was teacher written this week! 

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Thank you for the snacks! Kids were testing during many sessions this week and felt a lot better having special tasty treats. Many fifth graders are done with testing, and 4th graders will take the science assessments next week. We had a conversation as a class about how we function as a community during testing. Students were insightful in the discussion, pointing out how the community is out of routine and needs different opportunities to be together and remain connected.

We finished The Watsons Go to Birmingham this week and had a discussion of the historical accuracy of the text. We did a written reflection – What will we do? What do we believe after reading this book? What are we thinking about? What do we feel?

P3 Workshop

This week in P3, we went back to the early 1800s-the 1900s to discuss The Underground Railroad, the Native Peoples loss of territory, and the Civil War in Indiana.

Math Workshop

In Mr. Jim’s math group this week we finished up our tile graphs. We talked about probability and percent.

In Ms. Kalei’s math group this week we studied algebraic functions, expressions, and equations. We discussed how to identify a pattern in a sequence of tiles, and how to graph a function.

In Ms. Kandi’s group this week students explored strategies for adding decimal numbers.  Through sharing and comparing their strategies for combining money value pieces, students continued to develop understandings of decimal fractions as well as effective and efficient methods for multi-digit decimal numbers.  Students used base-ten pieces to explore strategies for subtracting decimal numbers.  Through sharing and comparing strategies, students continued to develop understandings of decimal fractions as well as effective and efficient methods for subtracting multi-digit decimal numbers.  Independently students solved story problems involving the addition and subtraction of decimal numbers.

Readers Workshop

In Readers this week we finished up some work on digital slide presentations. Using Google Slides, students presented work about setting, plot, characters, author’s purpose, theme, and author’s agenda. They created these presentations around a text they finished over the past few weeks and celebrated their work together on Friday.

Capstone

This week in capstone, we narrowed our focuses. Students identified 3+ essential questions that they have answered in their process of researching so far. They will be elaborating on answers to these questions using multiple sources and gathering this information into paragraphs.

Questions to Ask Your Child:

  • What are the three questions you’re answering in capstone?
  • What book did you read in the author’s agenda unit? What did you learn about the book?
  • How has morning meeting been different this week?
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