December 4, 2015

Language Arts

We worked on verbs this week.  We reviewed action verbs.  We talked about how these are things the subject of the sentence can do (i.e. run, jump, skip, etc.).  We then talked about helping verbs.  These are verbs that “help” the action verbs.  For example, in the sentence “It was raining on Wednesday.” We wouldn’t say “It raining on Wednesday” because that wouldn’t make sense.  We need the helping verb “was”.  We are going to continue talking about verbs next week.

We worked on a reading passage in our small groups this week.  We had to read, underline important information, and answer questions.  These questions had multiple choice, short answer, and vocabulary questions.  We are practicing working with lengthy passages.  When we take the GA Milestones, we want to be prepared to read and respond to longer passages.  We will be experts by the time we get to the test!

Read Aloud: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane By: Kate DiCamillo

Math

This week we continued to talk about division strategies this week.  We learned that many of the same strategies we used for multiplication work for division as well.  We learned how to use groups, arrays, repeated subtraction, fact families, and number lines to solve our problems.  We talked this week about using friendly numbers to help us with our strategies.  For example, if we are making groups and the number we are dividing is large, we can start with the number 5 in the groups to help us count.   Please work on multiplication fast facts at home.  You can use games or flash cards to help learn them.   Begin with the easier numbers (friendly numbers) to count by.  For example, practice 2, 5, and 10.  Continue to add in the others as your child masters the ones they are practicing.  We will be having a test on these skills on Tuesday.  Please make sure your child knows all the material we have gone over so far this school year.

We completed another Mountain Math set this week.  These problems are great for practicing skills we have already learned and previewing skills to come.  We are getting really good at completing the problems and using good strategies! We will continue to work on one of these a week.

Notes and News

  • Our Winter Party is coming up on Monday, December 14th.  We will be doing a lot of fun activities that day!  If you are wanting to attend, it will be from 10:30-11:30.  We would love to see you!  Please note that school age children may not attend.  Siblings that attend Sugar Hill need to remain in their classrooms.  If you are checking your children out after the party, that is acceptable; however, siblings must remain in their classrooms until after the party is over.  Thank you for your help with that.  :)
  • On the day of our winter party, we will be having a book exchange.  This is not a mandatory activity; however it is a lot of fun!  Girls buy books for girls and boys buy books for boys.  Please bring a new, wrapped book to school labeled To: A boy/girl (depending on your child) From: (your child’s name).  The morning of our party we will exchange books.  Only children who bring a book will get a book.  If you would like your child to participate, but this is a financial hardship for your family, please contact me.  I will be glad to provide a book for your child.
  • Please make sure you are checking your child’s agenda every night. This is where we write down our homework and upcoming tests.  I check their agenda each day to see if it is signed.  Encourage your child to be responsible and bring their agenda to you to sign; however, if you do not see it, please ask your child to see it.

   Specials Schedule

 Monday – PE

Tuesday – Discovery

Wednesday -Math

Thursday – Art

Friday -PE

 *Students must wear athletic shoes on PE days in order to participate.

 Calendar

December 10 – PTA Meeting (Chorus Sings)

December 23- January 5 – Winter Break

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