Rm. 21 Update
I hope that your winter break was relaxing and that you are enjoying the break in the rainy weather. The commute to Lexington was pretty exciting last week- I think I now know just about every possible land route from Santa Cruz to Lexington!
I would like to say thank you to our Room Parent, Candice Pacheco, for putting together a fabulous holiday party. The activities were outstanding and the kids really had a good time. (I hope that there were no gastronomical repercussions from the quite impressive cookies the kids created. They were truly magnificent!) I would also like to say thank you for the kind wishes and thoughtful gifts. My family and I are still enjoying many of them.
Here’s what’s happening in Rm. 21
In reading we will be focusing on informational text. Goals for this standard include:
-Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
-Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
-Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, ideas or concepts, or steps in a process using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
-Use text features and search tools to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
-Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
In writing we will be focusing on writing informative explanatory text. Goals for this standard include:
-Introduce a topic and group related information together.
-Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
-Use linking words and phrases to connect ideas within categories of information.
In mathematics we will continue our work with multiplication and begin work with division. Goals include:
-Know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
-Multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (fact families!)
-Use arrays to interpret products
-Interpret whole number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56/8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares.
-Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems.
Our new IB unit is, Where We Are In Space and Time. The unit is an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives. Lines of inquiry for the unit include:
- The lifestyle of indigenous people (Form)
- Comparing indigenous cultures (Connection)
- The results of interaction between indigenous and non-indigenous people (perspective)
We will be making a study trip to Sanborn Park on February 6th for this unit. Please be on the look out for permissions slips.
That’s all for now!