Mrs. Connor's Newsletter September 11, 2015 Classroom News MAP testing will begin next week. Our class will be taking the Reading MAP test on Tuesday, September th 15 and Math MAP on Wednesday, September 23rd. Sarah Adams students have begun lessons in the 4Rs which are Reading, wRiting, Respect and Resolution. These are lessons that help develop children’s social and emotional skills. The overall thrust of the 4Rs is to create a caring classroom community. Your child will be bringing home a 4Rs Family Connection Parent Letter with activities to do at home that support their lessons at school. Please check the calendar section of the class website for upcoming dates and special events. Star Student Posters I will be completing a Star Student poster about myself as a model for the students to follow. When your child brings home a poster, please look for the due date on the back side of the poster. Reading Workshop The boys and girls are enjoying the time they spend each day reading and discussing all kinds of fantastic books. This week, we shared our thoughts and feelings about our reading. I read the class a story about a little chicken that gets very excited and involved when her father reads her a story. As the story gets going, the little red chicken jumps in and interrupts her father in mid-sentence. She just can’t help herself because she is so excited about the story. The boys and girls reflected on their personal experiences reading with family members. It is important for the boys and girls to stop and reflect what they like to read and why. This week, students are talking to their “turn and talk” partners about their favorite book topics and types of books they enjoy reading. In an effort to help your child see that reading happens all the time, for various purposes and at many different places, please take a minute to discuss your personal reading experiences with your child. I will be sending home a chart for you to circle all that apply to help guide your discussion. Please have your child return the chart to school. Enjoy! Reading Logs I will be asking each student to share their Reading Log with me next week. I will ask them to reflect on the types of books they are reading and share their favorite stories. I will check in with each student making sure they are self-selecting good fit books. Email address: email@example.com Phone Number: (847) 540-2874 Science The boys and girls are enjoying our first science unit on pushes and pulls. They have learned that pushing and pulling are two forces that move objects. Push moves things away from you and pull moves things toward you. Also, direction is the path an object takes. Our next experiment has the students investigating how they can make a paper cup move on strings without touching the cup. Social Studies The first lessons in social studies focus on the different types of communities; rural, suburban and urban. Look for an assignment to come home that has your child finding “City Facts” about Lake Zurich! Math The students are working in Module 1 and have completed about half of the lessons. They have been busy working on reading and writing two and three-digit numbers. Students have used a place value mat plus base ten blocks to model numbers up through 999. Students are gaining a firm understanding that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens and ones. They used a hundreds chart to locate different numbers. For example, I would ask where is the number that is five more than 20? OR Where is the number that is five before 80? They cut out four paper strips and joined them together to make a long number track going from one to 85. The trick was to figure out what order to place the strips on the track when the only numbers they were given were 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80. They did an awesome job assembling their tracks! The boys and girls enjoyed asking each other where certain numbers such as 37 or 69 would be located on their track. . Words Their Way Your child will have their first word sort to complete this Monday evening. I will attach a letter that will explain how they should sort their words and complete the Monday evening assignment. This will be their Monday evening homework for most of the school year. Please let me know if you have any questions. Tests are on Friday. Next week: Comparing and Ordering numbers on a number line, even/odd numbers and Solving Number Puzzles! Writing As we begin our classroom Writing Workshops, the boys and girls are decorating a heart shaped puzzle listing all the people, places, things and activities that they love. This will help them come up with ideas to write about this year. I will be reviewing the steps of the writing process using the Write Source textbook. The first piece of writing your child will be working on is a descriptive paragraph. I will be modeling each of the three parts of a paragraph: the topic sentence, body sentences and a closing sentence. To begin, I will model my own descriptive paragraph about my grandson, and we will write a descriptive paragraph together!