daw.com - February 2
We also spent Wednesday morning cooking up Banana Bread and again, given that there was none left, it must have been a hit. This was part of our fractions unit that also included conversions as the recipe had the temperature in Fahrenheit while our ovens are in Centigrade. There was one loaf that was undercooked, but after checking things out, I believe it was a problem with the over. The group doing the cooking did the conversion correctly and the settings on the over were also done correctly. I hope to take them into the kitchen once more for our math unit before it is finished towards the end of March.
Our writing has seen us complete our first drafts and many of the students complete their final drafts. These will be part of their writing treasury for the year and shared at student conferences as well as sent home once assessed. The next story will be done with the context of "The Hero's Journey" which you can watch here on Youtube if your want to learn some more. I expect this will take us until after the holiday to complete.
Please keep your students reading. I feel that this has waned over the past few weeks and yet it is the single most important aspect of moving forward with language learning at this stage. Reading will encompass all areas of learning starting next year and most of the learning after grade 5 will not include how to read so it is important that this skill be fine tuned by the end of this year. Once a night, all seven nights can really help this skill along. The time is not important - just a quiet, uninterrupted, individual reading time where they read out loud to someone or by themselves. We are working on theme in a book at the moment and looking back over the books we have read as a class to determine theme in the books.
There is also a parent coffee next Tuesday February 6th at 8:30 in the ESCAFE. The theme of this is ES Math. If you have questions about math, this might be the opportunity you have been waiting for to get them answered. The math vertical committee will be on hand to help assist with questions and showing what we do in class.
One quick reminder, as we get ready for Chinese New Year, please let me know if you will be leaving early or returning late from the holiday. This is just to help with my planning in the class. Shoot me a quick email to let me know. A reminder that CNY starts early this year with the last day of class on Wednesday February 14th.
That is about it for this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and I will set up a time that we can meet together.
Posted by H.Daw