# February 22

Hello Families!

I can’t believe it’s almost March! The school year is really flying by. The kids are working away and are putting in great effort to master their knowledge and become lifelong learners. Here’s what we’ve been up to in class:

Reading: We are studying the craft and structure of literature. In a nutshell, that includes understanding vocabulary, studying first- and third-person narration, and learning about and comparing the elements of poetry, plays, and prose. The kids are also striving to meet their personal AR goals, and about half have met them already. Great!

Writing: We are taking some time to apply what we’ve learned thus far about writing. Students read a couple of articles about bullying and have been tasked with writing a letter to school leaders sharing their plans for creating a bully-free school. We’re talking a lot about task, purpose, and audience as a means to keep writing focused. When they revisit these three elements throughout the writing process, it helps tremendously. Ask them about their plans and see where the discussion takes you. Some of their ideas have been very innovative.

Social Studies: We are reading the third book in The Adventures of Charlie Pierce series. The Last Calusa tells the story of an adventure to the Everglades in a quest for the elusive and valuable Ghost Orchid. The kids are really enjoying these historical books while learning about Florida’s interesting history.

Math: Decimals was a breeze! I keep telling the kids that it’s because of all the work we did with fractions. Connecting hard work with ease of learning is so important. The kids need to realize that they are building knowledge, and connecting new knowledge to previous skills and practice is vital. We are now working our way through customary measurement. Students are using conversion tables to help them convert between smaller and larger units (where were these when we were kids!?).

Science: This week the kids worked on a poster project to inform about the three types of rocks and the rock cycle. The posters are almost done and are really looking great! Next week we will move into the properties of minerals and using properties to identify minerals. This is always a fun unit as most kids really like rocks.

Thank you for taking the time to check in!

Mrs. M