Week of Jan. 31st

The second years have been hard at work with their African research, while 3rd years delve into the study of figurative language and first years discover antonyms and practice measurements. The 2nds have asked for an extension on their research, so we will wait until Tuesday, Feb. 7th to present. You are welcome to send in a treat native to the culture/country being researched but I must know what you will be sending, along with an ingredient list by Sunday at 9 a.m.

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Monday is the last day to get your tickets for the Eat, Love, Play Gala on February 11th. We will be auctioning our “SMILE” photography collage along with some other amazing pieces. Check out the Facebook page for other auction items.

Looking ahead:
1st: study of triangles, synonyms, polygons, story retell, addition
http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/geometry.html
Have dinner together. Use adjectives to describe the foods. Which family members gave synonyms (words have have the same or similar meanings) and which families gave antonyms (words that have opposite meanings)?
Each time you read together (and remember this is the single most important thing you can do on a daily basis to help with your child’s education), ask your child to retell the story. Make sure they include elements of the beginning, middle and end.
read daily

2nd: Congruent/similar figures, character studies, checkerboard multiplication
www.reflexmath.com (a great site for building automaticity with all math facts – +, -, x, and /)
When you read together, discuss how the character changes throughout the story. What or who makes them change? Ask your child for direct evidence from the text – “Show me in the story how you know she became happy.”

3rd: Text evidence, figurative language, study of triangles, coordinate plotting, writing reflecting text dependent analysis
Parent resource for understanding Text Dependent Analysis (TDA): http://www.onhandschools.com/resources/text-dependent-analysis

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