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The News Oct 6 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013 6:20 PM

The News from Room 209
Picture day is tomorrow! Our scheduled time is 8:30.

Magic Tree House Research Project
We will be traveling the world and going back into history with Jack and Annie, the main characters in Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series. The topics have been selected and partners identified, so
This week students will:
• read the fiction text and notice factual information
within the fiction text
• start reading the nonfiction research guide
• learn how to take notes

Last week the students participated in Place Value Scoot, an assessment that covered these aspects of our place value study: expanded notation, standard notation, rounding, numbers 1000, 100, or 10 more or less than a given number, reading and writing numbers with numerals and words.

We will be taking a break from focused attention in this math strand. Fourth graders will be moving on to multiplication and division., while the third graders will work on addition and subtraction strategies with 3 digit numbers (not the traditional borrowing or carrying algorithm). Our problem solving work will provide opportunities for students to continue developing skill with large numbers.

Stamp Club
The new members are signed up, and the 4th graders have been sharing the benefits and teaching the skills associated with Stamp Club membership. Last week’s topic was soaking stamps and this week they will learn about mounting stamps for safekeeping. After the MEA break, serious business begins: research projects and presentations on topics prompted by interesting stamps.

The daily attendance in Room 209 consists of 29 students, 1 teacher and 1 bearded dragon, named Spike. He has grown quite a bit in the last year, and this month is the 1-year anniversary of his adoption! The kids take very good care of him, feeding and handling him 2 times a day, cleaning his cage, and reminding me when he is running low on greens, mealworms or crickets.

There are two ways families can help. You can donate to the “Spike Fund” to help with the cost of food and replacement light bulbs, etc. You can also consider hosting him over a school break. The 2 upcoming breaks, MEA and Thanksgiving, are covered, but the winter break will be coming soon. He has a smaller traveling cage, and comes with explicit directions. The students all know what to do.

On the Calendar
Wednesday, October 9 – National Walk and Ride to School Day
                                        National Anti-Bullying Day – Wear Orange
Wednesday – Friday, October 16 – 18 NO SCHOOL (conferences and MEA)
Friday, October 25 – field trip to Fort Snelling
Wednesday, November 13 - Wild Rumpus Book Fair

In the Backpack
• October Reading Calendar
• Request for funds for Time for Kids and National Geographic subscriptions and Handwriting book