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Weekly Update: October 27

Posted on: October 27, 2013

Dear Parents,
It was wonderful to see each of you during conference week. I appreciate your willingness to take time out of your busy schedule to collaborate with us to discuss ways to help your child succeed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Important Dates:

Tuesday October, 29—map skills test

Friday November, 1—spelling test

October 28 – November 1: Drug Free Awareness Week

Thursday November, 7 Kroger Math Night

Friday November, 22  School Spirit Day

11-25 – 11-29 Thanksgiving Break

Oh, The Places We Will Go In Our Learning…

Reading – This week we are continuing to read our extended text, The One and Only Ivan. We are focusing on the characters from the book as well as the character traits, based on the actions, words, and thoughts of the characters. Throughout the story we are also practicing using our strategies and SIGNPOSTS: Tough Questions, AHA Moments, and Contrasts & Contradictions. We will continue to discuss strategies to help us understand the story and its characters better and have been practicing inferring and looking for evidence in the text to support our ideas/opinions.

In guided reading we are working on the skill of context clues. The first way to figure out the meaning of a word is from its context. The context is the other words and sentences that are around the new word. When you figure out the meaning of a word from context, you are making a guess about what the word means. To do this, you use the hints and clues of the other words and sentences. You won’t always be right, but many times you will be. You might not be able to guess the exact meaning of a word, but you may be close enough to get the meaning of the sentence it is in.

Writing – I am so proud of the progress we are making with our narrative writing! I can’t wait for you to read your child’s creative story. We are finishing up our narrative essays on Monday. We will be moving onto opinion writing later in the week.

Social Studies – The students have been working hard on map skills. The students were busy completing their study guides in class, and should have studied each night during conference week. The unit test will be on Tuesday.

We will start Native Americans this week. The students will learn all how early Native American cultures developed in North America by locating where Native Americans settled with emphasis on the Arctic (Inuit), Northwest (Kwakiutl), Plateau (Nez Perce), Southwest (Hopi), Plains (Pawnee), and Southeast (Seminole). The students will also describe how Native Americans used their environment to obtain food, clothing, and shelter.

Math – This week, the students will be learning about factors and multiples. This standard requires students to demonstrate understanding of factors and multiples of whole numbers. This standard also refers to prime and composite numbers. Prime numbers have exactly two factors, the number one and their own number. For example, the number 17 has the factors of 1 and 17. Composite numbers have more than two factors. For example, 8 has the factors 1, 2, 4, and 8.
A common misconception is that the number 1 is prime, when in fact; it is neither prime nor composite. Another common misconception is that all prime numbers are odd numbers. This is not true, since the number 2 has only 2 factors, 1 and 2, and is also an even number.
Prime vs. Composite:
• A prime number is a number greater than 1 that has only 2 factors, 1 and itself.
• Composite numbers have more than 2 factors.
Multiples can be thought of as the result of skip counting by each of the factors. When skip counting, students should be able to identify the number of factors counted e.g., 5, 10, 15, 20 (there are 4 fives in 20).

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Winsett

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