Thursday, January 22, 2015

Update 1/22

Important Dates:

Friday 1/23 - Ms L. out for Dr. appointment
Friday 1/30 - No School - Grading/planning day for teachers

Homework link: Homework due THURSDAY


Dear Families,

Valentine's Day Students may exchange cards on Valentine's day. I encourage students to make hand-made cards and not use store bought cards. This will be the homework assignment for the week leading up to Valentine's Day. Either way, please know that we will exchange cards, but NOT treats! (26 kids each handing out candy to 26 kids = a ton of sugar!) 

Reading/History -We continue to learn about food and where food is from. This week we learned about the history of tea, wedding cakes, and birthday foods. Students also chose a specific ingredient to do a research project on such as the history of tomatoes. Students learned about where the food originally was discovered and how it is now used in different parts of the world. 

Math -We are learning all about area this week. You child should be able to find the area of rectangles and the perimeter of rectangles. Your child should also be able to look at a complex shape and break it down into smaller shapes. Here are some five minute video to give you an idea of what your child should be able to do this time of the year with area: https://learnzillion.com/lessonsets/755

Science -We learned all about mixtures this week! What makes a mixture different from a solution? What happens when you mix different liquids and solids? Can your child give you an example of a solution and a mixture that you see in real life?



Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Update 1/16

Important Dates:

Monday 1/19 - No School
Wednesday 1/21 - Late Start
Friday 1/23 - Ms L. out for Dr. appointment
Friday 1/30 - No School - Grading/planning day for teachers

Homework link: Due 1/23


Dear Families,

The students have been working very hard for the MLK day performance. Thank you for coming and supporting us at the performance!

History - We have read many books on the Civil Rights movement and talked about what IB attitudes different leaders demonstrated. Students also talked about what IB attitudes are easier and harder for them. I encourage you to talk more with your child at home. What does social justice mean? What are civil rights?

Math - We are finishing up our unit on multiplication and division. At this point, your child should understand how to solve word problems including multiplication and division that are single digit by single digit. This next week we will be learning about area. Our next unit will be all about fractions!

Reading/Writing - For our IB unit, we are reading about food from all over the world. Students are investigating the history of a specific food and will be writing a report on that food in the upcoming weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Luria

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Some links for the Food IB writing project

For our IB unit on food and culture each student is going to give a presentation about a type of food or an ingredient. Students will write a three paragraph report and then present the report to the classroom.

Here are some links to the history of different types of food


Naan: http://www.desiblitz.com/content/history-of-the-naan

Guava: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guava and http://www.realfruitpower.com/guava-fruit-history

Tomatillos: http://www.foodreference.com/html/art-tomatillo.html

French Fries: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/the-history-of-french-fries/

History of Gumbo: http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/GumboHistory.htm

History of Pizza: http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/a-slice-of-history-pizza-through-the-ages

History of Baklava: http://www.thebaklavaguy.com/history.htm

Bananas, Pineapples, Apples, Popcorn, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Peanuts, Rice, Oranges, Coffee, Watermelons and Carrots: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/food/siteindex.cfm

Tofu: http://ueat.utoronto.ca/nutrition-tip/10-awesome-things-about-tofu/
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/china/food/tofu.htm

Wheat: http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/food/wheat.htm

Salt: http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/food/salt.htm

Sweet Potatoes: http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/food/sweetpotatoes.htm

Cheese and Yogurt: http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/economy/cheese.htm







Friday, December 19, 2014

Homework and update

Dear Families,

I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Here is a link to the optional homework packet for winter break: Winter Break Packet

We had a busy week! Here are a few highlights of the week:

Science Rotations - ask your child about the five rotations they did in science this week! We learned all about life cycles.

Reader's Theater - we put on a play about how different cultures celebrate the new year and other holidays that are celebrated this time of the year. Ask your child about their role in the play. What is something that they learned?

Music - We sang a variety of songs and enjoyed a new year round.

Please enjoy your break. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2015!

Sacha

Thank you and Happy New Year

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for your generous gifts. Both Ms. Eure and I are thrilled to have your students in our midst. They are wonderful, enthusiastic and a joy to be with every day. Thanks for your wonderful support. It makes our job easier.

Happy New Year!

Love,
Sacha Luria and Deane Erue

Friday, December 12, 2014

Update from Ms. Luria

Dear Families,

Homework Link: Homework 12/19/2014
Spelling list 18: List 18


Please remember:

This Wednesday is a late open day - school starts 2 hours late!
Friday is the last day of school before winter break.
Friday we will have our December birthday celebrations around 2:15 pm.

It has been an excited two week. Last Friday we had our presentations for our IB project on adaptations that help living things survive. Students shared their dioramas and creative ideas for a new species and how it would adapt to survive in a specific environment.

Reading:
Students are reading books in their literature circles. Some of the books students are reading include Bunnicula, Tuck Everlasting, Chocolate Touch and Art. Ask your child about what they are reading. Students are summarizing their readings, finding the meanings of unknown words and enjoying their literature circles. We hope to finish our books by this coming Friday!

Science:
We learned all about sugar this week. Students read a Time For Kid article about sugar, and did many experiments on sugar in the classroom. I encourage you to track how much sugar you eat for a week with your family. Ask your child how to find the amount of sugar in a package by looking at the nutrition labels!

Math:
We continue to work with the concept of multiplication. Some students are working on what multiplication means. Other students are working on multiplying numbers by multiples of ten (30, 40, 70 etc.). We are working on writing multiplication story problems and solving one and two step problems involving multiplication and another operation.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Sacha