Dana's Weekly Update 9-19-13

posted Sep 20, 2013, 10:26 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Families of our fabulous fourth, fifth and sixth years,


We’ve had another great week of learning and fun!  Check out some of the things we’ve been working on:


Math: This year students will be having several diverse opportunities to practice math in the classroom.  During independent work time I will be meeting with groups to work on grade level math standards, working on everything from number sense to algebra.  We will use a guided interactive math journal to create our own “textbook” resources, and use Montessori materials to introduce, review and practice concepts.  Naomi will be working with math groups once a week on explicit problem solving skills and practice.  In addition, we will use “Drops in the Bucket” to review operations and math games and Khan Academy to allow for additional practice and review activities in different formats.


Writing:  This week we worked on identifying appropriate research materials and on gathering facts from those resources.  Students learned to use “fact fragments” to collect information without the danger of plagiarism.  We practiced this skill and then used it to begin research on our first calendar subtopic. We also began our weekly journal writing time with our “prompter of the week”, Jeremy.


Science: We started an engineering challenge this week.  Students formed building groups that are working together to create structures out of paper straws, glue, tape, paper clips and toothpicks that will support two standard sized dictionaries!  The goal is to create the tallest structure that can fulfill this job while still staying within the supply budget and time deadline.  The kids are having a good time brainstorming and trying different shapes and designs.  I will keep you updated on the height of the towers as we progress.  J


Calendars: We are making progress with this big research project!  Students have already created math problems for days 1-6 (that’s 72 problems!) and collected facts for the writing of their first subtopic.  I have checked out books for all the students on their individual topics from the Eugene Public Library.  If you see the books at home, please be sure they are returned to school the next day.


Volunteering:  I would love to have parents help out in our classroom, particularly during morning work period from 9:30-11:30.  Please let me know if you would be available to help.  Remember that if you would like to help in the classroom or on field trips, you will need to have a background check and (if you are transporting students) an up-to-date copy of your license and insurance on file with the office.  Please take the time to do that soon so you will be ready when opportunity knocks!  ;)


Upcoming Events: 

9/24- RCO meeting (6:00)

9/26- Room 8 class meeting (6:30-7:30)

10/2-  All school Town Hall meeting(6:30)

10/4- Vision screening (students should wear their glasses if they have them)

10/9- Bike & Walk to school day


Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us!  Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.


Dana and Naomi