Friday, January 15, 2016

Circle Letter 01/15/16

January 15, 2016
Dear Families,
      Our mornings have been dedicated to drafting our persuasive writings… and the students are making great progress as they develop each reason to support their thesis or opinion.  Many are working on their conclusion at this point and will revise next week.  Great job writer’s.
       In math this week we have finished unit 4 which started out with a geometry focus and moved to measurement, perimeter and area.  We have taken a two-day assessment that has also included a cumulative test on concepts taught thus far in the year.
       And we have officially begun our biography study with our non- fiction narrative genre study.  At this point most students have selected a person (or two!) to read about.  Please consider stopping by Rice Public Library this weekend and check out the kids’ biography section.  It’s a good one!  Our focus will move beyond dates and basic facts as we read.  Rather we will try to understand the person’s character traits and what helped him/her prevail; also teasing out obstacles and difficulties that the person faced perhaps due to the time period that person grew up in; and lastly who was influential in this person’s life to help him/her succeed.
        Our cursive practice continues, slow but steady.  You might consider writing a sentence in cursive for your kiddo to practice reading in the Family Letter! It is great watching the kids practice each new letter for they are very focused, attentive and determined to master it.

       Our read aloud book, Hoot is a highlight after lunch.  Each chapter is a rollercoaster of excitement as the various sub plots come colliding together for a big bang of a conclusion.  We are on the edge of our seats.                            Have a great MLK three-day weekend…