Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thankful to Be Back to School!

Student Led Conferences
It was fabulous to meet and talk with all of you last week during our student led conferences and I am thankful for our team! I enjoyed talking with parents and students together.  I also learned a lot about my students and I hope the process was beneficial for you as well.  When we get back from the Thanksgiving vacation we will continue to work on our goals.  Thank you for your support and interest.

Why is this new math so different?

Many parents asked me about the common core math we are doing right now.  Our classroom is using a combination of Pearson/Envision Math for CCCS and Engage NY.  Both programs are aligned to the Common Core standards and will prepare your child for future learning in math, as well as the Smarter Balance testing.  I think this video explains it well.  If you have 10 minutes to spare and are interested in learning some reasons why the "new way" of doing math has many benefits, please check it out...

What can I do to help my child become a better reader?  
  • Consistent daily reading helps increase your child's comprehension and builds confidence.  Read with your child as often as possible.  Or at the least, check in with he/she daily.
  • Ask questions about the story or non fiction book.  Here is a document Mrs. Hauser gave to some parents at her conference last week to use as a guide. I liked it, so I wanted to share it! Click on this link to download it.  Have a discussion using these questions.
  • Read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.  The Common Core Standards consist of a  balance of the two types.  

If you have any more questions please let me know.  Thank you again for attending the conference and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

This Week in:
we will be continuing multiplication, focusing on problem solving
There are some FABULOUS math games on Pearson Realize
Click here:
You will need to use your Pearson Realize username and password

Language Arts, 
we will be continuing to work on figurative language, preparing to create a resource book. We will have a test on Chapters 6-10, Winn Dixie on Wednesday. Vocabulary to focus can be accessed by clicking on the VOCABULARY tab above

we will learn about electricity conductors and insulators

California Location Movies are DUE ON 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Giving Thanks!

Room 20 had a delicious day today!
We got to chop stir, and enjoy 5 scrumptious soups today!

Thanks so much to 
Mrs. Keating
Mrs. Le
Mrs. Avellanda 
Mr. and Mrs. Patino
Mrs. Howell
Mrs. Berumen
Mrs. Escobar
Bala family
Dave family
Bhandari family
And Miss Wendy
For making it all happen!