# Nocchi Airways Literacy Announcements

Nocchi Airways
…where learning takes flight!
February 19, 2016
Announcements
March 10th—Early Release
THANK YOU SO MUCH to Mrs. Schroeder, Mrs.
Astrahan, Mrs. Kafmann, and Mrs. Fridner for all their
hard work planning and executing such a fun
Valentine’s Day party. The kids had a blast!
Literacy
Reading— We have been focusing on the
following skills:
- inferring the author’s message using clues
from the text and our schema
- determining the mood of a fictional text
- determining characters’ traits based on
words and actions
Writing— Writer’s Workshop—Students are
learning to take a piece of writing all the way
through the writing process from pre-writing to
publishing. As we look at mentor texts and discuss
what we can learn from these published authors,
students are beginning to experiment with using
these strategies in their own writing.
Social Studies
We have been learning about the government the
past couple of weeks. So far we’ve learned the 3
branches: executive, legislative, and judicial and
have been learning the roles and responsibilities
of each branch.
I will be chaperoning TAFT next week with the 5th
graders, so I will be out Monday, February 22ndWednesday, February 24th. Please be sure to send in
hard copies (rather than e-mails) of notes regarding
pick-up/bus changes for those days.
Math
We’ve been focusing on partitioning larger shapes
into smaller rectangles to find the total area. For
example, students have learned how to multiply 13 x
5 by doing 10 x 5 + 3 x 5.
Also, we are beginning to look into some geometry
concepts, such as measurements of angles as well as
differentiating between prisms and pyramids.
Students are progressing extremely well with their
multiplication facts. At this point in the year, we’ve
learned how to multiply by 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, and 10.
We’ve also been learning about taxes: what they
are and what they are used for.
Growth Mindset Quote
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you
run into a wall, don’t turn around and
give up. Figure out how to climb it, go
through it, or work around it.”
-Michael Jordan