April 5, 2016
Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a relaxing and fun break.
This week we are beginning our study of Ratios in Topic 10. We will also be doing some preparation for upcoming PARCC testing over the next few weeks.
In Block 5 math we will be taking a deeper look at Ratios and Graphing Ratios in Topic 12.
This week the students learned of the horrible camp living conditions that soldiers on both sides faced during the first two years of the Civil War. Next week, the western theater of the Civil War…the raise of Grant and Sherman.
This week students took their final NWEA tests of the year. There are a couple of students still finishing so once they are all done, I will print out the reports and send them home with your child.
Students also continued writing in the poetry stations set up around our class. I’m looking very forward to seeing and hearing the final pieces.
Additionally, ask your students about our class “press conference” on the topic of Freak the Mighty. Your son or daughter may have played a fictional character from the book or may have been a reporter.
Thinking ahead for summer reading, please know that we will be discussing some titles. If your son or daughter is looking for a good book, a recommendation from a friend or family member and visits to the library are wonderful places to start. Best practice includes daily opportunities for reading where student choice guides the selection (National Council of Teachers of English).
Whatever book choice is made, especially if it is a classic or very challenging text, I find that the students benefit if a friend or parent reads the title as well so they can discuss it together.
Here are just a few titles that some students or I have enjoyed this year:
*A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen (historical fiction) *Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (nonfiction-there is a YA edition)
*Unwind series by Shusterman (dystopian fiction) *And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (classic mystery that shows up often on the GBS summer reading list)
Have a beautiful weekend, families!
P.S. Students have been asked to hand in my classroom books, so if you see any around your house, please send them my way—thanks!