Friday, May 3, 2013

Room 8 Update

Reader's & Writer's Workshop
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us for our Poetry Cafe this week! I thought the students did an excellent job reciting their poems aloud!  I hope you enjoyed reading through your child's poetry anthology.
We started our nonfiction unit of study this week.  We have explored the differences between fiction and nonfiction texts.  Students learned they could make a prediction about a nonfiction text just as they can with a fiction text.

Math Workshop
This week we started Unit 10.  Please read the Unit 10 Family Letter by clicking on the Math tab at the top of the page.  We have focused on writing money amounts using dollar and cents notation.  We have also practiced solving money word problems.  Students learned how to play a new math game called Pick a Coin.

Science & Social Studies
We have worked through Chapter 8 in social studies this week.  Students have discussed the difference between needs and wants.  They have also learned how to be a wise shopper.  Next week your child will bring home his/her social studies text book to reread Chapter 8 with you to prepare for his/her social studies test on Thursday.

Students have continued to investigate balance.  This week students tried the "pencil trick."  Using wire and clothespins as counterweights, they discovered how to balance a pencil on its tip!  They also created a mobile using straws, paperclips, rubber bands, and index cards as counterweights.

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