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January 16, 2020



Hi Families,


After taking a blog hiatus, I'm ready to get back in the game!  Let' jump right in with academics:



I just sent home our last unit test with a standards-based feedback form.  These are the exact standards that you'll see on our report cards, which will be coming home next month.


Please review the assessment and the feedback form.  I'd love your feedback as well, so feel free to add your thoughts or questions on the form or you can just sign it.  I'd like them back by Wednesday of next week.


In class, we've been cracking away on our unit on measurement and geometry.  Here is the Parent Letter for the unit which includes breakdown of concepts and tips on how to help at home.  Click here.


We took a day off from math and reading instruction and MAP testing this week.  This midyear assessments help us determine growth and possible group placements for additional support.



Most of our reading and writing time has been consumed with the study of Slovenia!  Through this non-fiction unit we have learned so much about a country most of us had never heard of!  So fun!  We are so excited to share our findings with you!  


We've also continued with fiction focused lessons through our daily read aloud.  We just finished our beloved Peter and the Starcatchers and we're on to The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by the one and only Julie Andrews.  Yes, Mary Poppins/Governess Maria wrote a wonderful book! 

Through our read aloud, we are able to discuss story elements, characters, connections both with other texts and ourselves as a whole class.  This allows for rich discussions and deeper comprehension strategies that students use during this read aloud time and when reading their own books independently.




Like I said, we've focused all of our writing time to creating our nonfiction digital book on Slovenia, but we're now ready to move on to our next unit, opinion writing.  


During this three-week unit, students read and write persuasive essays defending particular opinions as they explore elements of opinion writing. They brainstorm topics they have strong opinions about, and each student selects an opinion to write about.


The students learn to identify an audience and purpose for their essays, state their opinions and support them with reasons, and use transitional words and phrases to connect opinions with reasons. They write clear, direct introductions and conclusions that restate their opinions, and they practice relevant skills and conventions, such as correcting sentence fragments and using adjectives to make their essays more persuasive. They confer in pairs and revise their essays based on partner feedback.


Socially, they learn to express their own opinions while respecting and considering the opinions of others. They also express interest in and appreciation for one another’s writing.  So brace yourself for more sophisticated persuasions!  




Ski for P.E.  starts today!  Woohoo!  I've already sent home all the info that one could possibly need in regards to this amazing program, so we'll just leave it with a Woohoo!  As always, please connect with me if you have any questions.


No school on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


See you tomorrow for our presentation on Slovenia tomorrow at 3pm!  Please be on time AKA a few minutes early.  


I think that's it for now!  So sorry about the hiatus, but I'm not afraid to take a break when I need one!


Thanks for all that you do!








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