It's hard to believe that January is almost over. We are officially halfway through the school year. Time certainly does fly. Here is a look at what we've been up to:
In social studies we have been studying life in New Netherland and New Amsterdam. These were the first European settlements in New York. We've been learning about the colonial way of life and talking about slavery. The children are researching roles of men and women as part of their center work this week. We are also reading the book "Go Free or Die", a story about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In in attempt to combine S.S. and STEM, we decided to make butter last Friday. The kids had a lot of fun shaking the heavy cream. It took only 20 minutes of shaking (and dancing) to make the butter. I even created a fun "Shake it up" song list. The butter was delicious! Take a look at some of the photos below.
We have been working hard at fractions in math. Topic 8 math tests have been recorded and sent home. Please review these concepts with your child at home. Also, remember that if your child receives a grade lower than 80% it needs to be signed and returned to school. This week we continue with our study of fractions. We are working on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. If you would like some extra review or practice, your child can access the Pearson Realize website for extra help.
Our next math test will be given the week before February break.
We certainly have been very busy in ELA. In writing we have been working on making inferences and responding to texts using our RADD strategy. The kids have done an amazing job of using what they have learned in class. We have read a variety of genres while practicing this strategy.
In writing students have been working on a variety of pieces. The first is a snowflake point of view writing. Students are writing creative stories about being a snowflake, falling from the sky and landing anywhere in the world. These final drafts are being published on our classroom Chromebooks.
The other writing is an informational piece about the pyramids of Giza. We are working on using graphic organizers and using checklists and rubrics to keep our writing organized. Look for these to come home next week.
Thursday, 2/1 - Choral Festival at CHS
Friday, 2/2 - Sports Day : Wear your favorite sports jersey to school
Tuesday, 2/6 - Band Festival at CHS
2/19-2/23 : Winter Recess
3/7: End of 2nd Marking Period for K-5
- Students need proper outdoor gear for recess each day. The field out back is VERY muddy, so even though there may not be snow, boots are strongly recommended.
- Please remember to sign your child's agenda each night. This will no longer be a requirement during our last marking period.
Have a wonderful week! Please reach out if you have any questions!
- Mrs. Kusche