September 15, 2010

Hello, families!  We’ve have had a lot of new learning going on in the past week!  In science, we have been determing what a system is and how it works.  We have concluded that a system is a group of parts that work together to make something happen.  Today, we analyzed a habitat surrounding a pond and determined how the different plants and animals in the habitat depend on each other.   Our plan is for each team to plan and build a terrarium this week that will house crickets, isopods, and plants.

We have been busy reading during our reading workshop.  We have discussed various genres that the students may be currently reading or may be interested in trying out.  We have also begun practicing and brushing up on our test taking skills in preparation for this year’s MEAP test, which will be next month.

We have learned and practiced a lot of tools during Writers’ Workshop.  We have learned tools for brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and revising.  The students are in various stages of crafting a variety of writing pieces.  Our first piece we started is a personal narrative.

We have been reviewing and building upon our knowledge of geometry during our math workshops.  The students are practicing accurately identifying, drawing, and labeling points, rays, lines, line segments, quadrangles, parallelograms, and polygons.  Look for a study link to come home for homework each night there is a new lesson (which will typically be every night).  The students are saving their corrected study links in their math files (in the expanding folders) so they can use them as a study reference to prepare for the unit test.

In social studies, we are learning about the four types of social scientists: the economist, the geographer, the political scientist, and the historian.  The students collected artifacts at home that represent what each social scientist specializes in studying.  They began sharing them in groups, today, and will finish tomorrow.


  • Homework assignments are written together as a class at the end of each day.  Please be sure to check your child’s planner and have conversations with him/her about what they have learned about each assignment and whether it will be done on time.
  • Curriculum Night is next Wednesday evening.  Please plan to attend as I have a lot of information to share with you that’s not so easy to explain in a hand-out.  If you know in advance that you are unable to attend, please email me so we can make arrangements to touch base at another time.