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10.16-10.20 News

Dear 318 Families,

 

Happy FriYAY! It was great seeing a bunch of you on Thursday at our Family day. Kids learned a lot of new facts about the NYC Subway System and had a wonderful time!

 

The Transit Museum trip was changed to Tuesday, November 14. Chaperones will be Chloe’s mom, Noga’s mom, Cruz’s dad, Sara’s mom, and Isobel’s mom. We have one more slot if a parent would like to attend.

 

Parent teacher conferences are approaching. An email will be sent in the next couple of days where families can sign up for a 15 minute slot. I will have conferences on November 16 and some following Mondays in case families can’t make it.

 

In writing this week, kids worked on revising their drafts, giving/getting partner feedback, and publishing their final pieces. These book blurbs will be laminated and put on the back of books in our library.

 

In reading we started to talk about series books and how there are several books in a series about the same character(s). Later on in this unit, kids will create their own series books! Ask your child what their favorite series books are.

 

In math, we began our geometry unit. Kids got to explore Geoblocks and learn about different aspects of geometry. Kids learned about two dimensional and three dimensional figures, how three dimensional figures have multiple faces, and what a prism is. They are all really enjoying this unit!

 

In our subway study we started looking more deeply into maps and why they are so important for commuters. We also talked about trains that go above and below ground. Ask your child why and where trains are above ground.

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have Library this Tuesday. If your child is finished with their book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

-There will be a bake sale on Wednesday, October 25 to help raise money for next years farm trip. After dismissal go enjoy a treat!

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, November 6 – Tenement Museum

Tuesday, November 14 – Transit Museum

Thursday, November 16 – Parent Teacher Conferences

 

 

Lindsey

10.9-10.13 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone enjoyed their week as much as we did!

The field trip to the Tenement Museum on November 6 is confirmed with chaperones. We will be having Alexis (Gavin’s mom), Padma (Rowan’s mom), Sarah (Lucy’s mom), Shira (Noa’s mom) and Dana (Ava’s mom).

I’m still looking for some chaperones for the Transit Museum on November 16. So far I have Loredana (Chloe’s mom) and Ossi (Noga’s mom). I’m inviting parents who’ve already chaperoned before to help out since we need 3-4 more volunteers.

In reading and writing this week we discussed book blurbs. Kids read different books, picked their favorite and wrote a book blurb. First we organized our thought with a graphic organizer. Then we completed the first draft. Next week we will complete a second draft and publish! Talk to your child about the book blurb they wrote and all about their blurb!

In math, we worked on problem solving strategies and models. Kids are trying to use these new tools instead of counting by ones. The open number line model was the most popular model. Kids are working hard on keeping the bigger number whole and only splitting the smaller number. Kids noticed that when adding on the open number line we “jump” to the right and when subtracting we “jump” to the left. Ask your child to model how they problem solve!

In word study we talked about words with closed syllables and what it means. Kids came up with some closed syllable words like cat, bath and flash. They noticed closed syllable words have one vowel closed with one or two consonants and does not make the vowels sound.

In our subway study we started learning about maps and why people use them. Kids also learned about different features that all maps have. This weekend kids will have an optional homework assignment. They can choose a room in their house and draw a map of it. We did something similar to this with our classroom, so kids have a good idea of the expectations.

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have open access this Tuesday. If your child is finished with their book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

Upcoming Events:

October 19 – Family Thursday in our classroom 8:45

October 19 – Picture Day

November 6 – Tenement Museum

November 16 – Transit Museum

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Lindsey

10.2-10.6 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! We had a great week of learning and really enjoyed our walking trip. Thank you to the parents who volunteered!

Next week this email will only be posted on our schools website. Please check the website for updates!

We have 2 more confirmed trips:

November 6: Tenement Museum

November 16: Transit Museum

*I’m looking for 6 chaperones for each trip. I will be choosing parents of kids who’ve not yet come on a trip first. Please email me if you would like to chaperone.

In your child’s folder today you will find an index card. The index card has a username and password for Dreambox. The username is in all in lowercase letters.

In reading and writing this week we learned about book recommendations and book blurbs. Kids will eventually be writing their own book recommendations and book blurbs, so it was important to explore some this week. Things they noticed were that book blurbs are on the back of books and are created by authors of the book while book recommendations give an opinion about a book and are created by people who’ve read the book before. Talk to your child about the book blurbs on the back of their books from their book baggies.

In math, we worked on solving number strings. We scanned the number strings before solving looking for 10’s facts, doubles facts and near doubles/doubles plus one facts. We talked about how it’s more efficient to use these strategies then to count by ones.

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have Library this Tuesday. If your child is finished with their book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Events:

October 9 – School Closed

October 19 – Picture Day

November 6 – Tenement Museum

November 16 – Transit Museum

 

Lindsey 🙂

9.25-9.29 Recap

Thank you to all who volunteered to chaperone our waking trip that will be on October 5th. Teresa (Zaria’s mom), Dana (Cruz’s mom), Valentina (Sara’s mom), and Martin (Thomas’ dad) will help out this time. For upcoming trips, I will be choosing kids whose families have not chaperoned first. This will allow all who’ve not chaperoned get a chance.

In writing, we talked about our writing goals for this school year and how we can achieve them. Kid’s goals included writing for longer periods of time, not forgetting punctuation, sounding out hard words to help them spell and learning how to edit their work.

In reading, we had conversations about what a just right book is and what we could do if a book is too easy or too hard. Kids came up with great answers! We also got our book baggies this week. Inside the bag includes 3 books that are just right for them, a non-fiction book, and a choice book. As discussed in class, these books are to be brought back to school each day. Kids understand it’s their responsibility to take care of these books.

In math, we began learning about addition and subtraction strategies and models. We learned that in addition we can count all, count on, decompose/split, count by one’s, and use an open number line. In subtraction we learned that we can count all, count back/down, count or add up, use a combination you know, decompose/split and use an open number line. The kids really enjoyed the open number line model! We are still working hard on knowing our 10’s facts, so please talk with your children about ways to make 10.

In word study, we talked about digraphs, blends and digraph blends. Kids are starting to notice these things while reading which is awesome!

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-Monday October 2 from 1:30-2:30pm there will be Yoga on the roof with our P.E. teacher Gabriella. All donations will go to hurricane relief efforts.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Events:

October 5 – Walking Trip

October 9 – School Closed