Room 219 Update - Week of January 11, 2016 Math: Dear Families,

Room 219 Update - Week of January 11, 2016
Dear Families,
Here is what we are working on in our classroom:
Math: Monday will be spent reviewing for Tuesday’s test on Topic 6, and on
Wednesday we will begin Topic 7. In Topic 7 students will learn how to represent and
interpret data. We will begin by work learning how to read and create picture graphs and
bar graphs. Ask your child about the importance of symbols and scale when creating
and reading picture graphs!
Reading: This week our study of nonfiction texts will come to a close. We will spend
the beginning of the week reading and analyzing narrative nonfiction texts on a variety of
topics, followed by learning how to identify hybrid nonfiction texts. The week will end by
celebrating all we have learned about nonfiction reading, and students will take the postassessment on Friday.
Writing: As I predicted, students have already amazed me with their stellar persuasive
speech-writing skills! I have loved seeing their style and voice come through in their
writing. This week they will be pick a seed idea to take through the drafting, revising,
and editing process. Students will also learn how to gather and organize evidence to
support opinions, as well as how to prove something by showing it in their writing.
Social Studies: We will transition back to a social studies unit all about public services.
Students will learn about the importance of different public services in our community
(such as public schools, firefighting, transportation, etc.), and we will even create a
human bar graph to show the relative importance of the different public services. Ask
your child which public service he/she thinks is the most important and why!
Upcoming Events:
1/13 – Art Goes to School visits Room 219
1/18 – NO SCHOOL - MLK Day of Service
1/22 – January Scholastic book orders due (flyers will be sent home this week!)
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your
dedication to your child’s education!
Kaylee Viscuso