It's Volcano Week!
This week we get to learn about earthquakes and volcanoes! We will read about what causes these Earth events, how scientists study them, and how they affect people. The geology is actually a 4th grade science standard, so we are building background knowledge while working on our reading skills: asking and answering questions about our reading. We are getting better at looking back in the text to find support for our answers. You can help at home by asking your child questions about what he/she read.
We begin subtraction in math tomorrow. We will learn how to subtract using base ten blocks and number lines. Only after your child can consistently and accurately explain regrouping of tens and hundreds will I show him/her how to line the numbers up and "borrow" like many of us were taught in school. This ensures that your child continues to grow in his/her number sense and that he/she actually understands the subtraction process. This being said, you may support at home in whatever way you feel comfortable. Don't be shy about showing your child "your way" of thinking about/doing the math. Your way may make more sense to your child!
Three events to look forward to at the end of the week:
1) Quarter 2 report cards go home on Thursday. Please let me know if you would like to meet to discuss your child's progress.
2) Friday at 1:30 we have our annual school-wide Peace March. Parents are welcome to attend. Students are currently working on an opinion writing about what peace means to them.
3) Students will build and program robots designed to help people affected by earthquakes and volcanoes. As this is an issue very close to home, students will be given the option to design a robot beyond the prescribed Lego directions. It will be interesting to see who takes the challenge and what they create! Please talk story with your child about earthquakes and eruptions on our island. Last spring/summer was a very long time ago in their 7 and 8 year old minds:)
I hope you have a great week,