Weekly Update - April 4, 2021

We are going to have a pickup on Friday, April 9th from 3 - 4 so that everyone can get their One School, One Book book, along with some things that are needed for the activities we will be doing with the book.  The reveal for what book we will be reading will be started at the Monday assembly on April 5th and will conclude during our morning meeting that day, so we hope everyone comes to the assembly!  If you can’t make it to the pickup, please let us know so that we can have your child’s materials waiting in the office for when you can get there.  We will begin reading on April 12, so the students will need the books by then.

As we move closer to many of us being at school in person, we wanted to give you some information to help you start preparing.  As we are not allowed to share supplies, students are going to need to have some things with them at school every day.  

  • Their district ipad, fully charged (we are working on getting devices for students who don’t have a district device, as we’ve been told they won’t be able to use their personal devices because they won’t have full access to the district internet)
  • Their bag of math manipulatives (we will try to have these only needed on certain days of the week, but we’ll let you know)
  • A folder - the ones we sent home in the beginning of the year will be fine
  • Pencils (we will have these if needed)
  • The crayons we sent home at the beginning of the year (or another set)
  • A reusable water bottle, clearly labeled with his/her name, and full of water.  No one is allowed to use the water fountains, so a water bottle will be necessary so that no one is thirsty.
  • Clothes etc for being outside.  Depending on the weather, this may be a jacket, or a hat, or sunscreen.  We plan on teaching outside whenever possible.  We may also ask students to bring a towel or blanket to sit on.

We have two upcoming author visits - Jon Klassen and Meg Medina!  We wanted to be sure you had the opportunity to order signed books ahead of time. 

Jon Klassen will be on April 14 at 10:30.  He rarely does author events, so we are very excited to be a part of this one.  He will be celebrating the debut of his new book, The Rock From the Sky.  That book, as well as the books from his Hat series (I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, We Found a Hat), Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, The Wolf, the The Duck and the Mouse, and the shape series (Circle, Square, Triangle) are all available to be purchased as signed copies using the link below.  These are all very popular picture books that also give readers a lot to think about.  Orders are due by April 17th.

https://www.childrensbookworld.com/event/exclusive-jon-klassen-virtual-storytime-and-book-signing

Then a week later, on April 22nd at 10:30, we have Meg Medina, who will be sharing her Newberry Award winning book Merci Suarez Changes Gears and it’s newly published sequel, Merci Suarez Can’t Dance.  As this will also be our first day back in person, it’s going to be an exciting day!  We will be zooming this event so that everyone, no matter where they are at 10:30 will be able to be a part of it.  The first book (as you can tell by the award) is highly recommended and we’re thrilled to be able to be a part of this visit as well.  Both books are available to be ordered with the link below.  Orders are due by April 28th.

https://www.childrensbookworld.com/event/exclusive-meg-medina-virtual-book-talk-and-signing

Coming up Next Week:

Reading:  We are going to take an in-depth look at some of Jon Klassen’s books, looking closely at the art and talking about what the author’s message is, some symbolic elements, and discussing characters.  We will also be comparing one of his books and an animated version of the same book.  

Writing:  We will be practicing paragraphing so that everyone knows where to make a new paragraph in a story.

Math:  Our fraction work continues, with third graders getting more comfortable with mixed numbers and writing whole numbers as fractions.  Fourth graders are working on using multiplication and division to make equivalent fractions and will be introduced to reducing fractions / writing them in simplest form / lowest terms.  We are also starting a unit on measurement, beginning with length and looking at rulers.  In multiplication, the third graders will look at how to multiply with tens and multiples of ten.  Fourth graders will be learning and practicing the standard algorithm that is used to multiply larger numbers.

Science:  This week we will be looking at beams and other elements that help a structure stay up.  

Social Studies:  We are starting to learn about the California Gold Rush.  We will begin by examining primary source images from the time period.  

City Building:  We are going to ask the students to think about, and share on a padlet, what they think a city needs in order to meet the needs of all of its citizens.

Expiration Date: 
Jul 30