Friday, May 15, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week

All third and fourth graders in Equinox are currently working on a research project about a peacemaker of their choice.  Students are using a variety of resources both in print and online to support at least 2 reasons why the person is considered a peacemaker.  Students are practicing close reading and notetaking strategies and are taking notes/beginning their writing using tools that work best for them (recording notes in their reader’s notebook, using Google Slides template, etc).     

With 3 sessions of SBAC testing in math, we only had 3 “regular” math sessions this week.  Third grade math students are exploring early probability concepts through the calendar collector this month, and our calendar has some interesting and complex details including area, perimeter and fractions of rectilinear figures.  Fourth graders worked on solidifying multiplication and division strategies.  Students will be learning multiple double digit by double digit multiplication strategies!  Ask them to show you at home.


Our information writing is nearing completion.  Most students are in the editing phase, and have shared their work in a common shared “class” folder.  All students have at least 3 chapters (or equivalent) about the topic of their choice.  

Thank you so much for all of the love in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.  The special treats, breakfasts, flowers, snacks, desserts and gifts really made us all feel like superheroes!  Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. 

There is still at least one confirmed case of lice in Equinox.  Please check your child’s head regularly and keep long hair pulled back.  Hair product (spray, gel, etc) is also a great ‘repellent.’ Thanks for your attention to detail!  Also, Save the Date: the morning of Wednesday, 5/27 there will be an open house and brief performance to celebrate our learning and work accomplishments about Peacemakers.  More details will be forthcoming.

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