Too bad the snow day had to fall on the same day as a field trip. Bummer!!! I will be in contact with the museum about rescheduling and will let you know as soon as I have that information.
Thank you moms, dads, grandparents, step-parents, and babysitters for helping your child remember to read and return baggie books. Our class AR average is 87%. Let's see if we can raise that average above 90%!
I have also challenged the students to increase their non-fiction AR quizzes. Ideally, for every fiction book your child takes a quiz on they should take one on a NON-fiction book (in other words 50/50). Our class currently is at 75% fiction and 25% non-fiction.
We started a new unit in math that will focus on solving story problems. I love helping the kids learn strategies to solve these real world math situations!
Each of you should have received your parent-teacher conference time by now. I am looking forward to sharing your child's progress with you when we meet. Students will have Thursday and Friday afternoons off next week (March 3 & 4) in order to give teachers time to prepare for our adult time together.
Finally, just a reminder that March starts on Tuesday and MARCH IS READING MONTH!!! Please look for information to come home about all the fun and exciting activities we have planned at Jeffers to celebrate our favorite hobby!
Some important upcoming dates:
I am hopeful that this coming week will wrap up our intensive study of non-fiction reading. You child should have been reading biographies for their at home reading this week. We will have a final celebration of all our hard work at the beginning of March, which believe it or not, begins one week from Tuesday.
Students will take a math test over unit 4 this coming week. If you are looking for ways to help them prepare, I would encourage you to do some adding and subtracting of three-digit numbers. Be sure to include problems with grouping and ungrouping (AKA carrying and borrowing). There are several apps on the student iPads that are helpful for this as well, including Moby Math, Splash Math, Prodigy, and Timed Test.
This coming Wednesday there is an honors choir concert. All students in honors choir will be leaving Jeffers around 2:30 to head to the aquatic center for swimming and dinner, prior to their concert that evening.
On Thursday we will be spending the morning at the TriCities Historical Museum in downtown Grand Haven. We should return in plenty of time for lunch, so no sack lunches are necessary. Thanks to the parents who will be able to chaperon that morning!
You should also have received your child's scheduled appointment fore the upcoming parent-teacher conferences this week. If you have not, or if your scheduled time does not work, please let me know ASAP.
Here are some important, upcoming dates:
Our short week was jam packed with learning and fun. During our continued study of non-fiction reading, we shifted focus a bit. This week we began looking at narrative non-fiction versus expository non-fiction.
Math time was spent on subtracting across zeros and doing so in a variety of ways.
In social studies we are continuing to learn about Michigan's history. We got to play some cool Native American games this week thanks to the Tri-Cities Historical Museum. They loaned us an awesome kit to use!
We have LOTS of new apps on our iPads. One of them is called "Epic!" and it has some great books available for kids. And best of all, it's FREE!!! I would encourage you to let your child share it with you this weekend.
A special thanks to all those parents and other volunteers who helped make our Valentine's Day celebration successful.
Information went home least week about an upcoming field trip. I have room for one more chaperon only. If you're interested in joining us, it's on February 25th from 9:05 - 12:20. First one to respond is the winner!!!
Here are some upcoming dates to mark on your calendars:
Our time this week was indeed memorable. Students were given opportunities to summarize non fiction texts about famous African American women. After a few tries, their summaries were awesome! One lesson we discussed from this experience was that it is important to try your best even if no one is forcing you to try your best.
In math, we are adding and subtracting with 3 digit numbers using several different methods (expanded method, place value drawings, and regrouping/ungrouping). The final method is the traditional way you and I grew up doing. Clicking the links will redirect you to tutorials on the other methods. We also traveled to see our first grade buddies this week to show them how to play Prodigy.
Now that a new safety filter has been added to all student iPads, I would like for those to start coming home on a daily basis. There will occasionally be homework on the devices (check planners) and every night they are to be charged for school the next day. I know there are a few students that do not have WiFi at home. If doing HW on the device is ever an issue, please just shoot me an email.
Finally, look for a letter to come home today regarding an upcoming field trip.
Some important dates to keep in mind: