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Friday, November 8, 2019

A Big Bite

Black and White day was a huge success!  We completed some end of book assessments about Mr. Popper's penguins, played penguin Pictionary, completed an art project and watched March of the Penguins.  We made a great bar graph of all of our black and white snacks.  It was great fun!  Thanks so much to the O'Connor family for sharing the book, 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental.  We were able to make so many great connections to Mr. Popper's penguins and solve some fun math problems at the same time!

 Our Student Council candidates gave wonderful speeches and everyone would have been a great representative for Room 23.  Congratulations to our winner!

 We continue to give many book talks in reader's workshop and inspire each other to try new books.  Here are just two examples of some of the most recent book talks.

Last week we listened to Mrs. Castro-Rivera tell us all bout Dia do los Muertos in Mexico and this week we played Kahoot to review for the open notes quiz.  Everyone did a great job!  Several 4th grade students are working on developing a community service project for a school in Mexico...more information to follow!

In math, we have started multi digit multiplication.  The goal is for students to UNDERSTAND and MODEL a multiplication problem through manipulatives and drawings.  It's not enough to use the traditional algorithm to solve problems, students need to understand why and how the numbers are arrived it in a problem.  More of this over the next two weeks!  Parents are always welcome to join us for a math class to see how we are solving math equations.  If you would like to attend, just send me an email and we can set up a time for you to observe and participate in a lesson.
In writing, we are working on fiction stories and quick writes.  The authors in room 23 have great ideas and such creative stories, I love reading them!
As part of the social/emotional curriculum standards, we are continuing to meet daily, sometimes twice a day, to review classroom situations.  Our goal has been to "build each other up," and to focus on strategies to reduce stress and anxiety.  Breathing is A GREAT strategy for reducing stress and anxiety and LAUGHTER is a great way to reduce tension.  We will continue to work on these skills and concepts.
Have a great weekend.

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