Dear Mrs. Hayden's Class,
Thank you for the Starbucks gift card. It was so nice
of you to think of me this holiday season.
In content this week we are continuing our study of winter changes. We are learning about the changes that people, animals, and trees make in winter. You may want to discuss the following points with your child at home:
- The temperature gets colder in winter.
- If it is cold enough, we will have snow instead of rain.
- The sun rises later and sets earlier in winter.
- Plants conserve energy in winter.
- Deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter.
- Evergreen trees keep their leaves year round. Most evergreen trees have needle-shaped leaves.
- People wear heavy clothes to go outside in winter.
- People may sled, ski, or go ice skating in winter.
- Many animals must make changes to survive the winter.
- Some animals (some bears, chipmunks, and mice) hibernate.
- Some animals (some whales, monarch butterflies, and geese) migrate.
- Some animals adapt. The Arctic hare changes its fur from brown to white to camouflage with the snow.
We are beginning a supplemental math program in class to practice and master quick recall of basic math facts. This program is called Math Masters, but your child may refer to it as "Rocket Math" since our score sheets have a picture of a rocket. The quiz will come home either with a star, indicating that your child met his/her goal and will proceed to the next level, or with a smiley face, indicating that your child should continue to practice the facts on that page and will try again next time. The goal number is derived from a quick measure of your child's writing speed. That way the math masters assessment is truly individualized for each student.
Practicing math facts will be the substance of our math homework for the next several weeks. If you would like to help your child with additional math fact review, please click this link: http://quizlet.com/_arvl9 to access a set of flashcards online. Or, you can try the game called Scatter that is embedded below. Just match the addends with the correct sum.