Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 10-15

The week of October 10th has been very busy. We have been working on writing compare and contrast papers. We compared and contrasted plants and animals using graphic organizers. Then, students were able to compare and contrast a topic of their choice. We have also been discussing compound sentences during writing.

In reading, we have been discussing making connections to text, author's purpose, and asking questions. Students enjoyed reading a book by Patricia Polacco entitled Mrs. Katz and Tush. Ask your child about their favorite part of the story.

We have been learning about and practicing place value, estimating, and measurement. Students discussed why a standard unit is important and devloped a standard size class shoe to measure items in the classroom.This coming week we will begin measuring using standard units, such as inches and centimeters.

Our topic for the next week in science is ecosystems. We have been discussing what makes up an ecosystem. We will continue discussing what kinds of ecosystems are around our world in the upcoming week.

1. Scholastic book orders are due by October 24, 2011.

2. A math sheet was sent home on Friday, so your student could practice place value. This sheet will be due on Tuesday, so if there was little time to work on it this weekend, do not fret!

3. Tomorrow, I will be sending home a sheet students can use to practice basic math facts. I will also be sending home a couple sheets students may use to practice cursive. Students are not required to complete and return these. They are optional! However, I strongly encourage you to work with your child on these over the course of this week.

Once again, thank you for all that you do! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at, or you may call the school if you would like to speak with me.

Ms. Ritland

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