Thank you for all your support with UN Day. This being my first celebration, I was truly blown away!
4A Important Information
- This is just a friendly reminder that students should be reading nightly for at least 30 minutes in English or home language.
- In the coming days we’ll be launching our upcoming Unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet. We’ll be exploring the central idea that access to opportunities affects equity for all children. We’ll be inquiring into the rights of children, the circumstances that determine a child’s opportunity, and our responsibility towards equity.Next Tuesday, October 29th, we’ll be putting students into random groups across the grade level where they’ll experience strikingly different perspectives of equity depending on the ‘luck of the draw’. We anticipate kids will raise compelling questions and might come home disappointed (or delighted) at the lot they’ve drawn. We encourage you to reflect together over dinner that evening.
Explorations This Week
- Over the past two weeks we have been tracking our efforts relating to our goals. Today your child will bring home his or her reflections. This sheet is meant to prompt conversations rather than just be put at the bottom of a backpack. I would appreciate if you could speak to your child about how his or her goal is going. We will continue to track efforts relating to our goals until new goals are set the week of November 18th.
- Our unit of inquiry exploring How the World Works has come to an end. Students will be posting unit reflections and summative demonstrations on their SeeSaw blogs. This unit has sparked countless action in the form of students being researchers. I’m highly encouraging students to keep wondering about how the Earth’s surface changes over time. The rock museum will live on!
- We have begun Book Clubs! For this first round, students across the class are reading the same book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, so that we can have common understandings about Book Clubs structure. This text might spark powerful conversations about our next unit of inquiry.
- In math this week we have been focusing on rounding and estimating. Students are finding out about how numbers are connected through estimating and how to use a number line to model thinking. We are continuing to discuss the importance of referencing place value when rounding.
Something to Try at Home
- Building mathematical fluency is critical. Yet, how is this done without prompting anxiety and arguments? Fluency without fear is a fascinating article that provides research and reasoning for why math is taught in a certain way in our classroom. While it is aimed at teachers in the profession, there are similar themes that apply at home. I’m happy to be building powerful teaching partnerships with you so that your child is best supported.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have additional questions.