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December 4, 2012

Dear Parents,

     We are having such a great time in class.  Students are willing to share their thinking, work together in teams, and we are having a great time learning together.    Pictures to come!

Halloween Fun! 

 

MATHEMATICS (Everyone!!!)
Whole Number Division, Partial Quotients, Mean/averaging, Multiplying Fractions, Add/Sub Fractions, Dividing Fractions, Add/Sub Decimals, Fractions to Decimals, Prime/Composite Numbers, Square Numbers, Divisibility Rules, Problem Solving, Place Value Models.  WOW!!! What a great group of Mathematicians we have here. We hit on these topics intensely on our math days.

We will be moving on to area/perimeter and geometry in the next month.  The students will be able to construct a diagram/blueprint of the entire schools surface area and perimeter.Lots of fun around this activity.

Writing (Donovan Clark)
We just started causal chains in class to improve our ability to write a persuasive piece to Santa or our parents about possible gifts.  The Causal Chain looks something like this:

I would love an X-Box 360 for christmas.  If I get the X-Box, then I would be able to work on my hand eye coordination.  If my hand eye coordination improves a great deal, then I would be a better baseball player.  Becoming a better baseball player would help me to get a scholarship to college and eventually make it to the professional level.  I would then make millions and help you retire earlier. All of this would be possible if only I could get an X-Box for christmas.
 
What-Why-How

Our writing format looks like this at least 3 times a week.  
1) 5-10 minute mini-lesson
2) 10-20 minute student choice SILENT free write. They get to choose any of the lessons already completed.
3) 5-10 minute Author's Chair
4) Conferencing
5) Publishing

READING (Aylyn Cruz and Alex Mitchell)

Informational (Non-Fiction)
Invertebrates
Storms
Yawning
Electricity
Pandas
Symmetry


Literature Circle (Fiction)
The Giver
Tuck Everlasting
Knee-Knock Rise
Where the Red Fern Grows


SCIENCE
We have been studying basic circuitry and are about to get our first stem design challenge question in the coming week.  The students have had a great time making flashlights and switches.  I am sure you have seen the students excitement at home.  Hopefully we will have a class STEM project to display at the science/stem fair.

Question and Hypothesis have been collected.

Materials/ Procedures and safety concerns are due next Tuesday


HOMEWORK

Homework will be given out on Monday in a packet.  In the packet you will find:
2 Pieces of Math Homework (Meant to take 15-20 minutes each)
2 Pieces of Reading/Writing Homework (Meant to take 15-20 minutes each)
1 Science Homework 
1 Reading Log (Meant to be filled in each night and recorded with the number of minutes student read)

The homework packet needs to be brought home and back to school each day.  We will review the items in class and score them.  The packet then goes home on Friday and the reading log stays or goes home for weekend reading minutes.  
  

Sincerely,
Ryan Lopez

Ryan_lopez@sumnersd.org

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Battle of the Books 2013

Nominees for 2013 Battle of the Books

Sasquatch Reading Award
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (4.5)
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur (3.7)
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (3.7)
Books of Elsewhere #1 The Shadows by Jacqueline West (5.1)
Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (3.8) prior nominee

Young Reader's Choice Award

13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison (5.3)
Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (4.7)

Favorites

I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis (4.3)
Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors (4.3)
Who Was Amelia Earhart ? by Kate Boehm Jerome (4.3)
Candymakers by Wendy Mass (5.0)
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (5.0)
Alcatraz versus The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (4.9)
Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee (4.1)
LuLu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst (4.8)
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery (5.3)


Mr. Lopez's Reading List
This list consists of my favorite books ever!  Read them and you will see why.

Where the red fern grows by
Tuck Everlasting by 
Charlotte's Web by
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Where the mountain meets the moon by
Holes by
 


Specialist Schedule:
P.E Fridays 10:15-11:15
A-Day is Science

B-Day is Library
C-Day is Music


Recesses are 11:45-12:15 & 2:00-2:15
Late Start Recesses are 11:30-12:00 & 2:15-2:30