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Jan. 27 Weekly Update

Another great week in B 20! This week in our Hearing & Sound unit we found out ways to amplify sound and some methods of soundproofing. We discussed the importance of sound and explored ways we can communicate without the use of it. We also began planning our culminating project – the construction of a musical instrument! Your children have written letters to you detailing their plans and the materials they would like to gather from home over the weekend in order to make their projects in class next week. In math we continued our work with fractions, and we also reviewed the many ways to show a 3-digit number (pictures, numbers, words, blocks, pictures). We built upon our strategies for 2-digit addition to help us make the transition to adding 3-digit numbers. Very exciting was the introduction of our latest language arts theme, a nonfiction study of the Middle Ages. We are reading many books and sharing all of our background knowledge about medieval times to get us ready for our research reports and upcoming novel study.

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Jan. 20 Weekly Update

Brrr! What a chilly week! We worked hard to stay warm this week by keeping busy in the classroom. We wrapped up our poetry mini-unit by writing a few more original pieces. We learned about the difference between volume and pitch in science, and even played a round of sound charades. This led to a discussion of what makes some sounds pleasant while others may be considered unpleasant. We continued to look at fractions as equal parts of a whole and began naming different kinds of fractions (halves, thirds, fourths, etc.) Students have been practicng effective organization techniques with their writing topics and have become very good at writing “bold beginnings”, “mighty middles” and “excellent endings”. They have also enjoyed sharing their pieces with a partner to get some peer feedback.

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Jan. 13 Weekly Update

This week in math we explored equal parts of a whole in our study of fractions. We reviewed graphing and creating line plots to show a collection of data, and we also practiced refining our strategies for adding 2-digit numbers. In science we learned about how the ear works, safe listening practices, and how we measure volume. We read a few more poems in our poetry mini-unit, and tried our hand at writing an original poem based on a model. As readers, we learned about the comprehension strategy of visualizing, or creating mental images while we read. We wrapped up the week with our final inline skate session with Mrs. McQuesten and our guest instructor.

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Jan. 6 Weekly Update

Happy New Year! New year = new things to learn about! This week we began several new units of study including our second poetry mini-unit in language arts, a unit on fractions in math, and a science unit on “Hearing and Sound”. We also reviewed our anchor charts in Daily 5 literacy so that we could exercise our “muscle memories” and recall the correct ways to work independently in reading, writing, and word work activities. 14 new words were posted on the word wall over the break, and we practiced spelling them and relating them to many other words that use their spelling patterns. We were especially excited to welcome our inline skating instructor to our gym classes this week, and we look forward to having another skate time with Kenny next week. Thank you to all the families who came out to enjoy our “Family Inline Skate Night” on Friday!

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