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                               Week of November 4-8, 2019





    November is upon us! Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Autumn weather. I sure am!

    Math has us preparing for our first unit test focusing on Whole Numbers. This unit has stretched student understanding of adding and subtracting whole numbers into the ten and hundred thousands. There has been loads of thinking about what we know and what we do not know about these operations. We’ve done plenty of discussion, teaming up, and reflecting on the learning throughout the lessons. We wrap up our work with some review before the unit test on Thursday.

    In Reading, we begin a new unit on analyzing text structure with fiction, narrative nonfiction, and drama. We’ll be taking a closer look at the elements of narrative text structure, studying character, setting, plot, conflict, and theme. And, in the fiction and narrative nonfiction texts, we will also discuss the use of first- and third-person point of view. I’m sending home a brief explanation of the unit for you this week. Also, students have new partners for their ELA work and this unit will be 5 weeks long.

    And, this week in Writing, we choose the personal narrative piece we will finish a first draft with by the end of the week, plus take that draft and consider use of sensory details and transition words as we revise and edit our work. Next week, we will be doing final drafts, publishing and building our personal narrative books. We certainly are becoming a community of writers in room 102!

              We are focusing on Microworlds Science this week. Students start by noticing all the details on a penny!

    We continue our SEL (Social Emotional Learning) with daily check-ins on the Mood Meter, more regular use of our Re-set Station in the classroom, use of other school tools that help us focus on learning, and those important words in our classroom charter that we’ve agreed to live by in Room 102. We want to feel welcomed, creative, comfortable, mindful of others, and powerful during our learning day. 😊



    Upcoming Events


    Thursday, November 7: Family Sock Hop


    Monday, November 11: Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL


    Monday, November 18-Thursday, November 21: Islandwood Environmental Learning Adventure for Fourth Graders


    Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, November 23, 25, 26:

    Family-Teacher Conferences

    These are 20-minute conferences where the teacher provides families with input into their child’s progress in the current school year.


    Friday, November 29: Last day of the first trimester


    Thursday, December 19: Progress Assessments go home


    Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3: Seattle Schools Winter Break


    Monday, January 13: Instrumental Music Concert, 6pm



    Student Homework


    Find a good fit chapter book.  Read 20-30 minutes, 5 days a week.  Students are welcome to “check out” a book at their current reading level from the Room 102 library or the school library if this helps for home reading. You can also ask for suggestions with book shopping at the public library. I don’t expect students to only read at their independent guided reading level. I do encourage that a part of the home reading be from around this level that they are used to reading at during our IDR (individualized Reading Time).

    In addition, students have a home reading log that they need to fill out each time they are reading at home during the week. Doing a reading log is an important way to support student learning growth in setting good homework habits. Students will hand in completed reading logs each Monday morning at the beginning of the day, but since there is no school next Monday (due to Veteran’s Day), this week’s log is due next Tuesday, November 12th. Thank you for your support in helping your child set these good learning habits at home!

    This week, remember to tell someone in your family about what you are noticing about analyzing text structure (character(s), setting, plot, conflict, and theme) in your reading.J




    Practice your math facts – single digit addition, subtraction, multiplication each night for 5 minutes. Also, for Room 102 math students, I sent home math vocabulary work for students to do at home in preparation for the upcoming Unit 1 assessment, this Thursday.  Thank you! 😊



    Continue practicing organizing and using your binder. 

    The goal is that there should be no loose papers crammed haphazardly into the binder. 

    Proper binder order:

    Notes Home = Left hand pocket of binder’s cover (Home pocket)

    Pencil pouch = On top of first tab divider. 

    Monthly Calendar

    1st tab divider = Homework section (for Homeroom’s homework)

    2nd tab divider = Math (math classwork and math homework)

    3rd tab divider = ELA (English Language Arts – reading and writing)

    4th tab divider = S/SS (Science and Social Studies)

    5th tab divider = Other (for other subjects)

    A small paper supply goes at the end of the binder.



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