March 1, 2010
Welcome to March! We have a busy and exhilarating week ahead of us. It all starts off with our Book Performances and Read-In Day on Monday. I am anxious to see the performances as I am certain the kids have worked hard at producing quality work as well as practicing for their oral performances.
On Tuesday, we will begin our math unit on fractions and geometry. This is often a more challenging unit for children. I will work attentively with each of our children to ensure they are conceptualizing the arithmetic as well as developing a sense of whole/part relationships. We will also begin converting decimals to fractions; all of which is an extension of concepts already covered this year. We have built the foundation and now we can delve even deeper. I anticipate that they will not only succeed but will enjoy the unit.
On Wednesday, we will be returning to the library to delve further into our expository research. We had an introductory session last week and we will continue to deepen and broaden our skills. I am very proud thus far of the passion and perseverance I am witnessing with our nonfiction studies in both reader’s and writer’s workshop.
There is an opportunity for our scientists to stay after school with me on Wednesdays. We are conducting experiments and holding meetings for our NVSF Teams. If your child needs to meet with his or her team, please note that this time is available to them.
We will have our first school wide circle groups on Friday. This is a lovely tradition in the elementary school. There are over 50 circles comprised of one adult and 7-8 students (approximately one per grade). Our focus will be on bullying. We have had to postpone this circle time because of scheduling conflicts. It is a valuable time for us all. I believe our children will model and teach; they are excellent exemplars of character.
Please note that Monday March 8th is a professional development day and that Tuesday March 9th is Teacher’s Day. There will be no school on either of those days.
Ms. Amy Branch
About the Blogger
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to travel the world and to make a difference in other people's lives. I truly didn't believe I would become a teacher though; however, I am so glad that I am 5D's teacher! I am originally from Washington state but have enjoyed living in both West Africa and Lebanon. I am very blessed to have lived such an incredible life thus far.
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