3-5 Update and Pictures 10/19

Reading
We focused on talking about the setting of books this week. We talked about setting being the when AND where in a book. We also talked about the impact the setting has on a story and what would change if the setting changed.

Writing
We are so close to publishing our narratives! We are wrapping up our final lessons next week and will be working on creating a fun presentation for you, during Gallery Night. Our final writing pieces will also be published to student blogs.
Our convention lessons this week focused on punctuating dialogue. Your child should be able to explain why and when we use quotation marks. They had a lot of practice in their writing pieces!

Math
Multiplication was the focus for all three grade groups this week. Next week, while the third and fourth graders will continue to focus on multiplication, the fifth grade mini lessons will look at division. Working on multiplication at home can be extremely beneficial. For a simple way to practice, simple count-by with your child. For example, “Hey, let’s try counting by 5s: 5, 10, 15…” Fifth graders should focus on counting by 6s, 7s, and 8s!

Projects
This week we worked on putting our research into presentations to encourage people to visit our county! When you visit our room on Gallery Night, get ready to place your vote for the county you would most want to visit based on the student presentations.

Cohort News
Spaghetti Dinner and Ticket information will be coming home on Monday. We are going to push for more online sales this year. The sign-up for volunteer slots will also be sent home next week Monday, but if you’re itching to get a good spot here it is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044eaaac2fa46-2017

Thank you to those of you who ordered from our book order! We earned enough points to order FIVE new book sets for our reading groups. We are very excited to share them with the kids.

Conferences are October 25th and November 1st. If you did not yet sign up for conferences, you should have received a paper note or an email on Thursday,the 18th. Please contact the office if you aren’t sure of the time you are signed up for, or if you need an appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your child at conferences!


Pictures!
The kids seem to really enjoy working with their words. Three times a week, for 20 minutes, the kids work with the patterns of the English language. Activities include sorting words by pattern, writing the patterns, sorting the words with a partner, sorting the words as quickly as they can and finding words that follow a similar pattern in books they are reading.