Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sun, Moon, Stars, Heritage Project, and Properties!

Today we began our study of the sun, moon, and stars. The students are creating lap books for this unit. You will get to see an example of a lap book from Social Studies that came home today. In our lap books, we created a KWL chart to show what we know, want to know, and what we have learned about the sun, moon, and stars. We also read the book Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle. All of the students took an AR test on this book. Ask your child what their AR points and percentages correct are at this time.

In math, we learned the three properties of multiplication. We have been discussing these throughout our multiplication unit, but today I directly taught all three. We will have a multiplication test on Friday. This will have arrays, repeated addition, properties, and multiplication problems and word problems. Please check my website for how to work with your child on these concepts. Continue to work with your child on the flash cards. We will have a multiplication timed test every Friday.

The students brought home their Heritage Project's today. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail, call, or write a note. This is supposed to help them learn more about their own heritage, but also allow them to share with the rest of the class, so that we can all learn about different heritages. I want the students to understand just how important where they and their friends came from has helped us to create the community that we live and work in today.

We are also beginning to look at how important it is that we graduate from high school and go on to college. They are the class of 2020. I want them to start thinking about what they truly want to do when they grow up. We are going to begin writing about this in our daily journals and then expand on this in our writing lessons.

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