Nov. 14, Newsletter

 








Newsletter  Room 203

Week of 11-14-16

Mystery Reader 11/18/16, at 9:30 Cassie Neu  (wait outside the door) 

Reading:

Good readers use clues in the text to help them figure out what the author doesn't tell them directly. This strategy is called making inferences. Making inferences means using text clues, plus what readers know, to make an educated guess about characters, ideas, or events. Authors usually give enough information in a story so that readers can make inferences. Good readers look at the text carefully and identify the clues or details that help them understand what the author doesn't say directly.

Reading homework includes reading 20 minutes each night.  The 20 minutes should include time when you read to your child and when your child reads independently.  A student needs to read 95% of the words correctly to be at an independent level.  Use the five finger rule.  If they miss five words on a page they need an easier book.  

Spelling: 

Students will review contractions.

Writing:

Students will publish a personal narrative. We will also explore images for early Native American writing.

Math:

Students will learn to compare weights by feel or "heft" and to measure weight using nonstandard and standard units. We will study kilograms, grams, pounds, and ounces.

Please complete pages 51-54 in the Extra Practice book.  Students will keep the book at home and tear out the completed pages. They can return the completed pages.  Do not work ahead in the book! I will give you different math homework if you want more! 

Math Homework:  Students need to memorize the addition and subtraction facts to 20 and multiplication facts for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 by the end of the year.  Start practicing and take it slow! 

Social Studies:

Students will be learning about the two Native American tribes of Minnesota. The field trip to Gibbs Farms will kick off the unit and we will study the tribes through the month of November.

Two major Native American tribes—the Dakota (or Sioux) and the Ojibwa (Anishinabe or Chippewa)—lived in the area that is now Minnesota. Small groups from other tribes now also reside in the state, including the Winnebago, who once had reservation land there.

Science:

We will start the Balance and Motion Unit.