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Weekly Update: November 8, 2013

Posted on: November 8, 2013

November 8, 2013

Dear Parents,
It has been another wonderful week in our class.  I can’t believe there are only two more school weeks before the Thanksgiving break! 

***Please make sure your child is fluent with his or her multiplication facts. It will be very hard for your child to find factors in math, without being fluent in multiplication facts.***

Important Dates:

Tuesday, November 12–  Native Americans test
Wednesday, November 13– High Touch High Tech in school field trip

Friday, November 15—spelling test

School wide Important Dates:
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 continuing to work 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 & Grammar – We are beginning our opinion writing unit. Last week, we discussed the various opinions in class. We are writing a class essay to tell why ice cream is our favorite food.  Last week, the students finished writing their information into a graphic organizer.  This week, we will learn how to grab our readers attention through literary grabbers or hooks.  In grammar, we will learn about subjects and predicates.  The students will be responsible for knowing simple, complete, and compound for both subjects and predicates.

Social Studies – The students will take their Native Americans test on Tuesday.  They should be able to locate 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.  Please have your child study the study guide in preparation for the test.  We will begin our early explorers unit this week.

Science– We will begin our unit on sound.  The students are participating in science experiments in the science lab.

Math – We are continuing to learn 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).

We will also review multiplication strategies for one digit by a multidigit number.  We will learn how to apply those strategies to double digit by double digit multiplication.

Thank you for all of your help and support at home!  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Winsett


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