Parents,

We had a great first week of February, kicking of our I Love to Read Month with quite a bit of reading in the classroom! Students read silently, in select reading activities with the teacher and listen to a story read out loud by the teacher very frequently and they should be logging their minutes diligently.

In Spanish we are reading a story called Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes, which is about a girl from Japan and her fight with lukemia. Students are also working on the 6 writing traits, focusing on “ideas” this week.

In PYP, 5th graders are making solid conclusions based on their research findings and are continuing to develop their ideas for their action plans. 4th graders have started researching their own topics for the Sharing the Planet unit.

In Math, 4th graders are learning how to do long division. While there are several different algorithms for teaching long division, it is important that students choose the one that makes the most sense for them. 5th graders are refining their skills with measurements, converting between inches and centimeters and applying their knowledge to new situations.

In English, 5th graders developed and wrote out scripts for their Exhibition plays.  They will begin working on backdrops and further developing their ideas next week.  4th graders continued with reading comprehension activities related to the Junior Great Book story Fresh and had opportunities to work on their independent writing projects.

Next Friday is Valentine’s Day, so if your child would like to make Valentine’s Day cards for the whole class, please refer to the class list provided in a previous post to ensure that all students receive a card. The school wide Valentine’s Day party is from 2:00 to 3:00 on Friday, February 14th. Let’s celebrate this occasion as they do in many Latin American countries…. as “El Dia del Amor y Amistad” (the day of love and friendship).