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The News, January 6
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:40 AM

The News From Room 209
January 6, 2013

Welcome Back
Happy New Year and welcome back. It was a short week, but we sure were busy! We spent some time every day preparing for our Sun, Moon, and Stars Celebration. That work included putting the final touches on poetry and learning more about the “tools” that poets use to create interesting and powerful poems. We will share that learning with you on Tuesday evening. Hopefully, you have put this date on your calendar:
               Tuesday, January 15 from 6pm to 7pm in Room 209 and the upper hall.

Friday Architects
On Friday the 209 and 211 architects completed a project comparing human and animal architecture. Each student created a document with images and text that compared specific architectural features and their function in a human-made structure and an animal-made structure. I was very impressed with the quality of their work and the understanding that was evident in this work. Look for these to be displayed in the hallway soon.

Hot Cocoa
Send a mug! Some mornings it is just too cold, and therefore, necessary to start out with a hot cup of cocoa.

We will be swimming this week: Tuesday through Friday. Permission slips went home on Wednesday and the cost is $12 for the 4 days. Swim gear can be left in the classroom to dry overnight.

The math focus in the next several weeks will build on the multiplication work of the past 2 months. I will be continuing to make the connection between multiplication and division, and adding in the very complex topic of fractions (rational numbers). I will send a math update in the next week or so. Until then, any opportunities that arise at home to talk about these big ideas will support your child in his/her learning: equal groups, multiples, factors, parts of a whole (single item or group).

The curriculum I will be using is called the Rational Number Project and includes hands on activities with each lesson. The 30 fraction kits have arrived and need to be assembled. If you have some spare time this week, I could use some help. The work is easy; punching out circles and labeling each item in the set. Let me know if you can help and I will send 4 or 5 (or more) envelopes home with your child.