I’m looking forward to meeting you all for Parent-Student Teacher Learning Conversations! Just a friendly reminder to please bring your child to this conversation.
Explorations This Week
- This week has been filled with demonstrations to explore how the earth’s surface changes over time from erosion. While creating models and conducting demonstrations, students have continued to develop the importance of writing a clear procedure. Students are encouraged to manipulate demonstrations at home! ‘Land’ can be made from 1 ½ cup cornmeal, ½ cup salt and ½ cup water to make 2 cups of ‘land.’ Of course just going out and getting some dirt with some small rocks is also fantastic!
- We have been monitoring our reading by pausing to evaluate using a 4 point scale. If evaluating ourselves is less than a 3, students are encouraged to reread to build comprehension.
- Students have set goals in class that will be shared during our learning conversations. These goals will be targeted for 6 weeks and then a new goal will be set.
- We have begun a new math unit with the central idea:Numbers are connected to each other through a variety of relationships. During this unit we will be exploring :
- The value of a number is determined by the place of its digits.
- Using rounding is an appropriate estimation strategy for solving problems and estimating.
- We can find patterns in numbers and their relationship that help us solve problems.
- Understanding the value of numbers the relationship of those numbers helps us problem solve flexibly.
Something to Try at Home
- I have just begun reading this fantastic book (available in our UNIS library!) called UnSelfie:Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. The book gives practical suggestions for children of all ages. One of the ways to build empathy is by tuning into how someone might be feeling and then mindfully listening. In class we are focusing on mindfully listening to each other by looking at the colors of the speaker’s eyes or the bridge his or her nose. Perhaps this might be a way for your family to more deeply engage with each other.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have additional questions.