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What are we learning?

In math, this month, we will continue working on adding and subtracting numbers within 1000. We are learning different strategies for adding and subtracting numbers. Eventually, students will understand regrouping well enough that they can learn the “short cut” or algorithm–the way you may remember learning in school–but first they have to understand why that short cut works. In science, we will begin exploring states of matter and how something can change its state of matter. This is a very fun, hands-on unit!

In reading, we are learning about how text features can help us understand a text better. In writing, we are learning how writers gather ideas from different sources to write non-fiction. We are currently writing opinion pieces, but later in the month we will write autobiographies and then do research and write a biography.

Winter birthday party

It’s time to celebrate our December, January, and February birthdays! Our winter birthday celebration will be on Friday, January 31. If your child has a birthday during one of those months and you would like to bring in treats, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can coordinate treats. Thanks!

January book order

Our January book order is going home today. Orders are due by next Friday, January 17. You can order by turning in the paper order form or order online by clicking here.

What are we learning?

In math, we are continuing our work with place value. We are focusing on composing and decomposing numbers up to 1000, so that the students understand that numbers can be divided in different ways. For example, 410 could be 41 tens or 4 hundreds and 1 ten with our place value blocks. We are using this knowledge to add and subtract 2- and 3-digit numbers. In social studies, we will be taking a look at different holidays around the world and comparing them to our own families’ traditions. In reading, we are studying the differences between fiction and non-fiction texts, and in writing, we are writing opinions that are supported by clear reasons.

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