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I am thrilled to announce that we will participate in a Reading and Writing Marathon! We will spend a chunk of our day, going the long distance, reading and writing the genre of your choice. As you know, no matter the genre, it's important for writers to become experts on the topic. You will spend the whole week collecting as much information as you can. Just like all marathoners, in order to perform well, we must prepare for our big day. On our special day, you will read, take notes, plan and publish your favorite genre. Get yourself ready, build up your reading and writing muscles! This Friday, it's going down...get ready to set and GO!!!
1) Ponder and Decide
Your topic/genre choice and why:
2) Go on a materials hunt for your reading & writing
Possible materials that you can bring:
- expository texts
- newspaper/magazine articles
- video clips
(anything that will give you information on the topic of your writing piece)
3) Reading & Writing Marathon Day
(You can dress to "run" the distance, if you'd like.)
Get ready, Set, Go!
I know that many of you have expressed confusion/ frustration trying to help you child with the multiplication and division strategies. Below is a series of resources that I thought would be helpful for you, and the kids. I have also mentioned the idea of having another parent workshop night, but for 3rd to 5th grade, families to look at and learn the different multiplication and division strategies along with the rationale for teaching these - including what the common core expects. I know that many of you have spent time teaching them the standard algorithm for multiplication and/or division. I allow the kids to use these strategies when they can prove mastery over the others. It is fine for them to use two strategies altering or together as a way to self-check as they work towards mastery, I'll keep everyone in the loop.
Area Model - http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?title=Multiplication_Using_the_Area_Model&video_id=215779
Grid Model - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_2fiYzEf8A
Partial Products - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leykN5g6kj8
TERC Multiplication Strategies - http://www.bh.lgusd.k12.ca.us/staff/panderson/documents/MultiplicationStrategies.pdf
Division Expanded Notation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PoArz2KP_U
Partial Quotients (Chunking) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NtxVF5bfqs
TERC Division Strategies - http://investigations.terc.edu/library/curric-gl/sample_g5_u1_smh_p38-39.pdf
Dear 4th grade parents:
I am pleased to help Bernadette and our children this year by coordinating as class parent. We have several upcoming events, and yes, a schedule for snack. Please join me in supporting our kids’ class. Suggestions for ways to help and for activities are welcome!
Party: The class Halloween/October birthday celebration will be this Friday, October 26th from 1:45-2:45PM. Parents are welcome. If you are able to bring or send fall treats to share with the class, please do. Costumes should be left at home this day. Apologies for such short notice, there will be more notice in the future.
Halloween! Ampark will have a Halloween parade in the morning of Wednesday, October 31st. This will be the only chance to show off their costumes at school. Afterwards….
Fishing: After the parade on Oct. 31, students will take off their costumes and head out at 9:30 for 125th St. Pier fishing field trip. 2 Chaperones are needed! (Adults will be helping the kids, not fishing themselves.) Please contact Bernadette at email@example.com
Trip reminder: If you have not done so, please send either $32 in cash or $31.37 by check. Checks can be made out to Bernadette Wilson. This way, all class trips will be paid for in advance, and she will not need to collect money for each one.
Note: Randall’s Island Wetland Program will be rescheduled; it will NOT be Nov. 7th.
Communication: Keep up-to-date with the calendar on the class website, http://amparkbernadette.weebly.com/calendar.html Bernadette has posted information on class trips, projects, and changing photos. You can find copies of the homework sheets too – so much for that excuse.
I will send backpacked notes, in addition to e-mail. If you have not received an e-mail from me, or have not confirmed your address, please respond or let me know your new address. Mich2disco@gmail.com.
Snack: Having a snack schedule appears to be the best approach. Below is a list for suggested weeks. If you have a particular holiday treat, or something to share at another time, feel free to bring it. There are 22 students this year, plus two adults. Check in with Bernadette your week to see how the supply is doing.
We know they love them, but please avoid sugary treats. Snack suggestions, and a copy of this schedule can be found at: http://amparkbernadette.weebly.com/news--updates.html
Oct 29th Alexander
Nov 5th Alina
Nov 12th Amelie
Nov 19th Angel
Nov 26th Angelina
Dec. 3rd Dameon
Dec. 10th Elena
Dec. 17th Giancarlos
Jan 2nd Hannah
Jan 7th Isiah
Instead of spending time creating a snack calendar, I simply ask that families send in snack when they can. So if you head to Costco's and want to purchase several snacks for us to keep in the classroom that would be great. Any time you send in a perishable snack, we will eat it that day. I do request that snacks with a great deal of artificial sugar are not sent in. ~Thanks
WE DO HAVE PEANUT AND NUTS ALLERGIES!!