Speaking of SNOW, I know we've all seen the forecast. In the event that we are home tomorrow, you child will have a little bit of work to finish that they may not have completed in Reading class. With our 30 minute rotations between stations, many did not finish the Wordly Wise A or the Think About It questions. Your child will either have ONE or the other. They will not need to work on both. Over 2 days, they rotate through 4 stations, and we are only on day 1.
If we do end up coming in to school tomorrow, please make sure your child is aware how he/she is going home if there is an early dismissal. Also, Mrs. Hand sent home a few reminders in a special BUZZ yesterday, I'm copying them here so you can ensure that your child will make it to the proper location in the evening.
- If school is NOT cancelled, please DO NOT call school asking questions about possible school delays or dismissals. We only know what is on the TV or what comes from Andy Jenks, Director of Communications for HCPS.
- If there is ever an early dismissal, you will receive a robo call from Andy Jenks with the information.
- Please make sure your children are aware of what to do in the event of an early dismissal. We cannot make transportation changes over the phone, so please send a note that AM stating "in the event of an early dismissal, my child ________ needs to go home via _______."
Also, the February PTA meeting is coming up on 2/25 and Mrs. Hand is looking for volunteers to help with International Night. Information about this special event came home with a place to sign up. Please make sure to send the information back so we can have this fun night.
Math: We are working with Fractions. I am very pleased with the progress of the students. They all are making great strides with the information. This week we are focusing on finding the Greatest Common Factor and the Least Common Multiple using the Lattice-Box Method. It's a really easy way to find lots of things related to fractions, including the least common denominator, and the simplest form. We are also reviewing how to change from mixed numbers to improper fractions and then changing improper fractions to mixed numbers. We will soon be synthesizing all of this information and applying it to adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.
Reading: I am gearing up for new reading groups and novel studies. I'm really excited about this. I have four novels picked out of the students to read and explore. Wordly Wise will continue to be a component of this as well as applying the novels to the SOLs that we are expected to cover.
Writing: We are working on recognizing and using figurative language. There are 9 different types that they are learning about. They are doing an activity for a different one each day and will then have a test when we are finished. They will also be creating a comic strip to show their understanding of figurative language.
Science: We are still working with Living Systems. Your child knows all about cells, their organelles, and the organelle's functions. We will be moving on to classification of plants and animals in the coming weeks.
Social Studies: We are exploring the Southeast region of the United States. The students have learned the states and capitals, and will continue to explore all that the Southeast has to offer.