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Room 216 News and Notes ~ 9/16/16

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Happy Friday Everyone,
First off, thank you to the group of parents who helped with popcorn this morning. It went very smoothly and was done in record time! We could use donations for paper grocery bags if you have any laying around the house.

This week in room 216:
LIteracy
Individual reading assessments are almost complete. We only have two left. I am testing the students who are new to our classroom and Hannah is assessing the returning fourth graders.
We are reading Charlotte's Web as a class book. While we read we are practicing the skills of summarizing, looking up new vocabulary, marking interesting passages and keeping track of characters.
We have completed writing our goals for goal setting conferences.
I am currently reading The Tale of Despereaux, which is  a great mentor text for foreshadowing and second person text.
We took our first spelling test today. Thanks Vic! Remember that spelling words come home on Monday of each week to practice for the test on Friday.

Math
We are currently working on two math skills. Making change from dollar amounts (ie. $5.00 - $1.56) and data and graphing. In the data unit, fourth graders are are also reviewing their multiplication facts. Third graders are practicing combinations that make ten and one hundred. Third graders should be practicing addition facts at home. If they are secure on addition facts, they should move on to subtraction facts. Fourth graders should be practicing multiplication facts  for homework. If they are secure with multiplication facts, they should be practicing division facts.

Science
This week we learned about stars. We looked at the patterns of familiar constellations like Orion and Ursa Major. Students drew their own constellations from star patterns.

Have a great weekend!
Rebecca and Hannah