Your child took the Unit 1 math assessment and I will send this home next week. One beauty of the Every Day Math program is the ”spiral”. We will revisit the concepts from unit 1 over the course of the year and your child will gain confidence and a deeper understanding as these ideas spiral back through. I am extremely pleased with the overall class test scores, way to go Room 8!
The skulls returned to our classroom this week and your child became a skull detective. After learning about eye placement, tooth size, shape, spinal cord/skull connection location, and physical traits of predators, prey, carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores, your child worked to identify the 7 skulls in our room. At the big reveal, there were some surprises and quite a bit of celebrating! Most were able to identify the turkey, coyote, and rabbit, but the squirrel and skunk had most stumped. Next week we will look into inherited traits and physical & behavioral adaptations.
Our Kiddo! poet Ms. Glass had the kids writing color poem. Did you know that green is not trustworthy, or that pink likes to gossip? The kids used the 5 senses and personification as they wrote poems about colors. Friday, I introduced the class to Google Classroom and Google Docs and your child began typing up their favorite poems. I will use this platform to teach keyboarding, layout skills, conventions, spelling, grammar…it is really exciting to get the kids on board!
The school wide character trait this month is being Knowledgeable. This includes being knowledgeable about people and events in our world. Your child read about the Hindenburg tragedy in Scholastic Storyworks Jr. this week. We watched a video in which Lauren Tarshis, the author of the popular “I Survived” series explained about zeppelin technology, travel back in the day, and the cause and effect of the tragedy. It was riveting, and your child answered many extended response questions about the article. Vocabulary this week included the following words; tragedy, monstrous, gourmet, flammable, pause, brief, observe, spectacular, and gasp. Be sure to check in, and prepare to be impressed by your knowledgeable child!