January 14, 2019
Last week the students were very busy working with fraction snakes, which focused on halves. They spent all week thinking about drones and researching information about their uses. As a result of that work, they crafted an argument draft of what they thought, what they learned, and their updated thinking about drones. While we are not taking this writing to final draft, the kids learned how to use research to build their knowledge and help support their writing with claims and evidence. They also painted really cute snowmen, now on display in our classroom. And finally they learned about snow crystals and designed beautiful hexagonal snowflakes.
This week in math we will continue our work with fractions through a variety of activities. We will learn about the moon and its phases in preparation for our month-long moon journal observations, which will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20 with the full moon, blood moon, and lunar eclipse—all visible here in San Diego. This is a must see! The students will be using their moon journals for an entire month instead of the regular homework journals. Full instructions are in the moon journal for you to see the expectations.
Our next field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22. We are going to the Palomar College Planetarium. The presentation is based on the planets and constellations visible in our night sky during this time of year. Since we are starting with our moon journals, this is the perfect time to go. I will need parent drivers/chaperones. We will meet in our classroom at 8:50 and should return to campus about noon. We will be back in time for lunch. Please note that no siblings are permitted on this field trip. Please sign and return the permission slip, along with the $7 fee per person, by Tuesday, 1/15.
Dates to keep in mind:
- Tues, 1/15, field trip permission slips due
- Thurs, 1/17, book orders due
- Mon, 1/21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no school
- Tues, 1/22, Palomar College Planetarium field trip, 8:50-noon
- Fri, 1/25, Ocean Adventures Assembly
Have a great week!