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Classroom Update 9/3/13

posted Sep 3, 2013, 9:01 PM by Craig Yen   [ updated Sep 17, 2013, 3:45 PM ]
This section of the class website will typically be updated at least biweekly. We will utilize mostly some of the other forms of communication to keep you up to date of what's going on in the class.

We are just beginning to get into the routine of things! Be sure to check out a few of our art activities where you might have seen them at Back to School Night including reflections of summer as well as our footprints where w are taking a step in the right direction. One of our theme songs for which I love the message is Sara Bareilles' song "Brave" which I did share with the class during those first week of school. An activity that ties closely to this is where students are recording their goals for the school year. This is a work in progress at this point, where they will finish recording their results onto "helmets".

Math
Flipped math instruction has begun! Your child should be watching videos, working on additional activities, and more! Follow up math activities within class include a little teacher instruction, group work, as well as some homework and practice pages. We will also be completing math journals as briefly discussed at back to school night.

Science
We've been going over the scientific method within science class. We will do a plants and animals cell activity as we begin 5th grade with life sciences.

Language Arts
We started reading the first story within the anthology, Earthquake Terror. We have also started with our reading warm ups where students are reinforcing language arts skills such as vocabulary, comprehension, and more. Students will be doing some more writing soon for their memory books about the first days of school.

Volunteer opportunities will be starting this next week... as per email that was sent out to the class, we have the following available.

Library (Mondays 9:10 - 9:40 AM)
http://vols.pt/v6XHzy

Wednesday Stations (Wednesdays 8:20 - 9:40 AM0
http://vols.pt/cXbzLh 

Friday Stations (Fridays 1:10 PM - 2:35 PM)
http://vols.pt/d1Gm2Z 

Additional volunteer positions which are not listed in volunteerspot to be filled are Room Parent as well as helpers for their Friday mailboxes.  Please email me should you wish to help with those two positions.

Thanks again for getting this school year off to a strong start!  More updates to come.