- Cottonwood Heart Challenge JUMP DAY - Friday, February 7th (during specials)
- Friday Frenzy - Friday, February 7th - after school in the gym
- Valentine's Day Class Party - Friday, February 14th (1:15-2:45pm)
- Sock Hop - Friday, February 28th - 6-8pm at Cherry Creek High School West Cafeteria
What We've Been Learning...
We have been working hard to understand the relationship between multiplication and division this week. Students have been practicing their multiplication and division fact families, as well as solving division story problems. Students even wrote their own two-step story problems for other students in the class to solve. They had a blast doing this!
*** PLEASE REMEMBER - Students need to be practicing their multiplication facts at home on the nights that they don't have math homework. The expectation is that students have their facts memorized by the end of third grade to ensure math success in fourth grade.
This week students focused on characters in a fiction story. We discussed how characters can change throughout a story based on the things that happen to them or the experiences they have throughout the book.
Students have also been hard at work discussing the books they are reading in their student-led books clubs. In these groups, each student has a specific job for each time the group meets. The students lead the discussion through the jobs they have completed. At the end of each meeting, the groups work together to decide when their next assignments and jobs will be due. I am really proud of the collaboration and cooperation I have seen in each group. Students are really taking responsibility for their learning and they are having great discussions about their novels!
We have been super busy with our endangered animal research project. This week students finished researching their animals, and we began writing our five-paragraph essays. We write one organized and informational paragraph at a time, so students don't feel overwhelmed about this large project. In the end, the students' essays will include information on their animal's:
- why they are endangered
- how we can help
We began our second science unit this week - Rocks and Minerals. Students learned more about soil and why it's so important. Students participated in a science investigation where they determined what makes up soil. They also worked to identify the environments that four different soil samples came from - desert, mountains, forest, river delta.