Daily Update

Today was busy! We wrapped up our math/art work using rectangles and a review of subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with regrouping. Several students began a new math/art review using protractors and multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. Want to see their work? Stop on by and take a look at the walls. They’re looking more colorful!

Reading. PLEASE encourage your child to continue reading Sea Otter Heroes at home on their devices. We will start looking at book reviews and begin thinking about what essential details should be taken from the Sea Otters book to be used for the trailer we’re producing.

We’re continuing to use Padlet to get students to reflect on their learning and thinking. Here’s an example of what an in-class reflection looks like! Ask your child to explain how Padlet works. They’re catching on VERY quickly. Not all reflections will be public. Some will be between student and myself, too.

Made with Padlet
We began diagramming sentences today as you might be able to tell by the Padlet above. This is a great way to get students looking at language and taking it apart in order to put it back together. This will help with our study of appositives and independent and dependent clauses. If it’s been a while since you’ve done this, it’s never too late to brush up on your skills. You can go to IXL for some practice pages that also come with answer sheets, too! Remember what an indirect or direct object is or a coordinating or subordinating conjunction? Your students will be diving into this and more soon enough.

Homework: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Finish Questions for poem “Narcissa” by Gwendolyn Brooks

Please fill out back to school forms and return by Friday. Thank you to the parents who were able to make it to back to school night Monday and returned forms already! 🙂

Mission Springs update: If you would like to chaperone, we would love to have you. I can take 2 male and 2 female chaperones. If more chaperones ask to join, there will be a lottery held to determine who goes.

Chaperones are needed October 3-7. The cost is $175. We ask that you commit to the full week. If it’s absolutely necessary to split a week with another parent, we can make that work, but it’s not preferred.

Please send an email to jbentley@egusd.net to let me know you’re interested in attending.

Genius Day Progress

I hope you’ve all had a great off-track time. As advertised on our track off day, I’ll offer a “Genius Day” to any student who reads 31 articles during our 31 day, off-track period. I’m posting an image with the tally so far. There is exactly one week left to meet this challenge.

Students who read 31 articles and quiz on them will receive one full school day to work on a project of their choosing. These are all the students who are in the double-digits. It’s not too late to make the goal. Keep reading! 🙂Screenshot 2016-03-28 15.38.12