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March 13, 2020
 
        Students have finished up their report on their influential African American person in ELA and did a great job organizing their notes and presenting to their classmates.  We started a mini unit on the American Revolution to tie in with what they are learning in Social Studies class.  We will focus on looking at different perspectives and opinions on the war. 
        In Science we will work on open and closed circuits. The concepts are that switches either open or close a circuit, and matter and energy interact. The target is that students will state the purpose of an electrical switch and demonstrate how it works.
       Students worked on reviewing 3rd grade concepts of fractions: how fractions are seen in real life, identifying, and comparing to benchmark fractions. They were introduced to multiple ways to break apart (decompose) fractions: 1. Sum of unit fraction 2. Multiplication of unit fraction 3. Combination of fraction sums. Looking at the decomposition of fractions helps students see fractions in multiple ways and are the foundation to adding and multiplying fractions later in our module. The area model was introduced to show two fractions are equal to each other (fraction equivalence) or not. We ended the week looking at patterns for finding equivalent fractions using multiplication. We will continue to look for more patterns next week. 
 
Dates to remember
March 18:. Addams family sneak preview
March 19 and 20: No school
march 31: scholastic book orders due
 
Have a terrific weekend!
Mrs. Blum (lblum@southseneca.org)
 Mrs. Creeden (acreeden@southseneca.org
Mrs. Nguyen-Vo (mnguyenvo@southseneca.org)













March 6,2020
 
 
      Students have been working really hard on their biography reports in ELA class.  We changed our notes from our organizers into complete sentences in a mini essay on our Chromebooks.  We also focused on bold beginnings that are engaging to our reader and conclusions that “wrap up” our writing and show our reader that we are done. Then we used our writing rubric and a writing checklist to make sure we were successful in our writing. We even wrote a biography poem on the influential African-American we learned more about and did a feedback activity that helped us to revise and edit our writing. Ask your child to share what they have learned! 
      In our Electricity and Magnetism kit we will be working on battery and bulb holders. Our target is that students will value and practice using  battery and bulb holders as a means to efficiently assemble electrical circuits.
      We finished Module 4 which was based on angles and plane figures. Students continued to find missing angles by identifying a known angle without using a protractor. We also practiced identifying or "naming" different types of triangles based on their angles and side lengths (ex. isosceles obtuse triangle). We finished the week with a test and will move onto Module 5: Fraction equivalence, ordering, and operations.  
 
Dates to remember
March 12:. (drop everything and read) day
March 19 and 20: No school
march 31: scholastic book orders due
 
Have a terrific weekend!
Mrs. Blum (lblum@southseneca.org)
 Mrs. Creeden (acreeden@southseneca.org
Mrs. Nguyen-Vo (mnguyenvo@southseneca.org)




February 28, 2020
      This week in ELA we started a mini unit on biographies of influential African-Americans.  We did a gallery walk to find out what influential African-Americans we were most interested in learning about.  Your child was paired with their choice and started reading and writing notes about their person.  They also started to plan their writing for an essay they will complete on what they have discovered. 
      We will continue to work on Colonial America in Social Studies. The students are making a book on different aspects of life in Colonial America. We will also start our next Science kit. This kit is electrical circuits and magnetism. Our first lesson is What is Electricity? The target is when given a battery, bulb and wire, the student will successfully light the bulb in four different ways. 
     Students worked on defining and drawing lines of symmetry and related it to real-life contexts such as architecture and company logos. Students are learning about how to identify missing angles given a "friendly angle" such as a right angle, straight angle, and whole 360 degree circle. Students were also introduced to classifying triangles based on side lengths and angle measurements. Students should expect an end of Module 4 test by the end of next week. Please continue to review all work, and continually practice multi-digit multiplication and division with your child. 
Dates to remember
march 31: scholastic book orders due
 
Have a terrific weekend!
Mrs. Blum (lblum@southseneca.org)
 Mrs. Creeden (acreeden@southseneca.org

Mrs. Nguyen-Vo (mnguyenvo@southseneca.org

 



   February 14, 2020
      Students have worked on colonial research projects this week to really show what they have learned from all the research they have been doing in class.  They had a choice to create a flipbook, video, poster, Google Slide presentation, report, multiple diary entries in the perspective of a colonial person, or brochure to show all the things that they have learned about their colonial trade.  They had a chance to share all their research with their classmates this week as well. 
     Students were introduced to using a protractor as a tool to measure angles in degrees and draw given angles. Your child should be able to tell you the 3-steps to using a protractor correctly. We ended the week with a review of previous geometry concepts and had the mid-module test. Please use the break time to help your child review/practice any needed concepts including multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Additionally, help your child see math in real life (Ex. Total calories for all servings for food related math).
     In Social Studies we will continue with life in the English colonies and compare it to our life today. This will include items such as clothing, chores, School and Education, Recreation, Health/Medicine, Food and Jobs. 
 
Dates to remember
February 24: Jared Campbell presentation
 
Have a fantastic winter break!
Mrs. Blum (lblum@southseneca.org)
 Mrs. Creeden (acreeden@southseneca.org
Mrs. Nguyen-Vo (mnguyenvo@southseneca.org
 
February 7,2020
   In Social Studies we will be learning about how the Dutch made contributions to our society then and now. Our target is, I can examine the Dutch influence in the New Netherland Colony after the English took over. 
   Students have continued to become “experts” at their trade and becoming more knowledgeable about the trade they are researching.  We have been reading different texts and learning how to take notes from the text, make summary paragraphs about our trade and even take evidence from the text to support inferences we make about our colonial trade. We even listened to a podcast and took notes.
   Students are learning more basic geometry concepts such as different angle types (right, obtuse, acute, and straight). Similarly they are learning more about perpendicular and parallel lines, and how all of these concepts are inclusive in our daily lives from designing to construction. We will learn how to use a protractor next week, so please help your child review the vocabularies so that they can appropriately reason about angle measurements. Tests are going home this week. Please assist your child in reviewing and practicing the concepts. Additionally, I highly encourage students to sign up for recess tutoring.
Dates to Remember
 
February 13: merry-go-round playhouse visitors
February 14: valentine’s day party
 
Have a terrific weekend!
Mrs. Blum (lblum@southseneca.org)
 Mrs. Creeden (acreeden@southseneca.org
Mrs. Nguyen-Vo (mnguyenvo@southseneca.org