March 1, 2014
Let’s begin with the amazing 100th Day of School. The students arrived and were surprised to find our classroom filled with more than twenty work and activity centers. It was a day of exploration, independence, responsibility and academic choices. Ask your child about their favorite choice and I am certain that they will tell you about 100 snacks, 100 steps, 100 math facts or 100 domino trains among many others. In addition, they enjoyed a wonderful story The Very Kind Old Lady and Her 100 Dogs followed by a scavenger hunt for all 100 dogs. The students then worked cooperatively to strategize ways to count the groups of dogs, create an equation and solve it with their knowledge of place value. Other stories such as 100 Snowmen, 100 Day Worries and Centipede’s 100 Shoes were shared as well.
Our science unit is The Properties of Water. We began with some very wet exploration that resulted in many ideas about the way that water looks, feels, sounds and behaves. The students worked with water drops to discover that water tends to be sticky. They used pennies and pipettes to determine the number of drops that fit on the surface of a coin. This week, our work will include the way that water moves through objects (absorption) for survival.
As you know, we are learning to do research like marine biologists. Mrs. Turtora introduced a new project involving our class mascot, dolphins. In class, we used a variety of books to find new information about dolphins and shared it with classmates. Your child will take their turn to bring home the packet to do their own research with online resources. If you are unable to do this at home, please let us know and we will do the research in class.
Warning: writing workshop may be dangerous! The students are learning about persuasive writing. They are expressing their opinion about a topic and supporting it with meaningful reasons. In I Want an Iguana, the main character Alex asked for a pet iguana. You may receive a convincing letter soon…
Trip reminder— the class to Patriots’ Theater is very soon. Please send in the fee no later than Wednesday 3/5. We appreciate your cooperation.
Ask your child about…
- Mrs. Turtora speaks French fluently and is teaching us some words and phrases. We can say My Name is… Teach your parents!
- Solve this equation with any strategy you know: 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+9+8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1=____
- We visited the front office this week for a special award presentation--who got the award?
- In the number 555, what is the value of the ones, tens and hundreds place.
Mrs. Magid and Mrs. Turtora
Getting Better Together