Mrs. Vaughan's Classroom



Weekly Update 11.1.17

By In News & Updates On October 31, 2017

Be on the Lookout for…

  • Wow! 1 quarter down and 3 to go! I’m so proud of all the growth and learning that has already taken place this year. Our class is truly #owlsome and we have a lot of fun things ahead!
  • Please fill out this Google form to help me gather contact information for our room parent. It will take less than a minute! Thanks:)
  • Tuesday folders are coming home today.  It is full of work samples this week. Please review and return necessary papers as you are able. Report cards will come home this Friday 11/3.
  • Our first field trip is this Friday. It is pajama day for Oakview, but I ask that you please dress your child in regular clothing for our journey to the Fletcher Theatre in downtown Raleigh. We will have our own pajama day in the near future to make it up! Students will be back by 1 pm, and eat lunch in the cafeteria once we return. word-field trip
  • Our book fair is here! Our class will be able to purchase during arrival once they check in with me. Spirit week continues this Wednesday 11/1: Western Wear dress like cowboy/rancher/Wild West outfit Thursday 11/2: Character Day Dress as your favorite book/movie character! Monday 11/6: Hip, Hip Hooray! Team Day! Wear your favorite team shirt/hat/jersey!
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have partnered with WCPSS to motivate kids to read! We are jumping on board in hopes we will motivate readers and win some free hockey tickets! Please use the link to log reading minutes and use the printed calendar so I can award dojo points weekly for completion. This will also help keep track in case your child can’t make it to a device to log nightly. You can backdate, catch up, etc as needed. 

This week in Literacy:

Students are reading an informational text called “The Athabascans: Old and New Ways” to identify text features and main ideas. Students will read and reread to answer surface level and deeper thinking questions about their reading. This sets a lot of great background knowledge for our next chapter book.

Students will finalize their planet research and begin a Google slide illustrating all their findings in an attractive, organized, engaging presentation. They will have 2 extended sessions to work on these, but students often want to carry their learning outside the classroom walls, so I am fine with them adding to and tweaking their presentations at home as long as it’s their work:)

This week in Math:

Students are working primarily with unknowns and the PROPERTIES for multiplication (commutative, distributive, and associative) and are continuing to solve MULTI STEP addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through number lines, arrays, visual models, and more!  Multiplication/division will be the MAJOR focus on 2nd quarter. Memorization of facts is not the goal (YET…) rather, I want to ensure students know when and WHY multiplication should be used. There are tons of great resources for this skill- please check some out here in this amazing math review resource organized by skill.

Concepts to review: place value, addition with regrouping, subtraction with borrowing, rounding to the nearest 10 and 100, quadrilateral, parallelogram, trapezoid, rectangle, square, rhombus, arrays, repeated addition, commutative property (flip flop rule), number line, product, distributive (break apart method), associative property

A year long “Scope and Sequence” which lays out our math curriculum pacing for the year can be found here

This quarter in Science: Students are studying objects in the sky and will conduct research and experiments to help understand the following objectives: 

3.E.1 Recognize the major components and patterns observed in the Earth/Moon/Sun system.
3.E.2 Compare the structures of the Earth’s surface using models or three-dimensional diagrams.
4.E.1 Explain the causes of day and night and phases of the moon.

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