I cannot believe only 1 more week until the holiday vacation break! I have some great news for you all.
1. The students ROCKED the unit 3 math test on Thursday. The average score was a 95, and many of the students received a good score on both the challenge and open response portion of the test. We reviewed our answers on Friday and I told the kiddos to bring their tests home and show YOU their work. They should be able to show you where their mistakes were made and how they fixed them. The challenge and open response portion of the test are graded separately. Your child should be able to explain the grades on these portions of the test as well. I was VERY pleased to see the number of attempts at these difficult problems - Go Reading Red Sox!
We will be starting our next unit in math on Monday. Prepare yourself for the "crazy" new ways to multiply! The students will be learning how to multiply in a variety of ways (partial products, lattice, and YES, of course, traditional). Although I teach the three approaches to multiplication, I tell the students to use the approach they are most comfortable with. You will be seeing some practice problems coming home in this unit. Multiplication of double to single digit numbers should be mastered by the end of unit 4. On Friday, I sent home the unit 4 family letter with the tests. Please keep these letters for reference, and always remember you can log onto the everyday math website with your child's ID and password. There are some great games on the EM website that will help them to practice their multiplication skill.
We have completed our New Hampshire animal research projects. The finished product is hanging on our wall outside of Ms. Brown's office. In addition, the students created their animal powerpoint. If there is enough time, they will have an opportunity to present them on Thursday. They WILL be presenting their CREATE YOUR OWN ANIMAL project on Thursday from 1:00 - 2:00! I am looking forward to seeing these and you are all welcome to join us for the viewing!
This week we will be finishing up our N.H. ski posters. Each student chose a ski mountain and is creating a poster based on the facts they found about that mountain. The more cotton balls we get in, the fluffier our mountains can be!! Through this project, we are learning about counties of New Hampshire, elevations, annual snowfall (weather and climate), acreage, and more... Ski season is upon us!
This week we will be starting our science unit on "The Human Machine." We will begin by reading about animal senses from our new readers in science. This topic ties in directly to our adaptation project. The students will be excited to jump back into our science lab work!
I am hoping you have all had a chance to see the Sign-Up genius for our holiday class party on Friday, December 22 from 1:00 - 2:00. The students chose Secret Santas and they all brought home a 3x5 card with "ideas" on it. Please don't feel like you need to search to find anything; these ideas are helpful for those of you who don't have time to "guess"! Please feel free to join us for the party. There will be a slide show for your viewing pleasure which includes some great pictures of our trip to the library last week! A big thank you to Mrs. Schoenfield for picking up the pizza for us and bringing it to the community center AND bringing all of the trash home!
I couldn't have been happier witnessing so many students EXCITED to go to the library - this is a dream come true!! I am sure we will make the trip again before our 4th grade year is over. I could go on and on (mainly because your children bring me so much energy and joy) and tell you how proud you should be of them, but I must prepare for the Patriots game! I hope to see some of you on Thursday OR Friday OR both days! Looking forward to a festive fun-filled week with The Reading Red Sox!!