Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 25, 2018 News


This week, we looked at the important geographical features of Minnesota and took our map quiz.  Everyone passed with flying colors!  Today and tomorrow, each group will make a plan for their cookie map.  Next Tuesday, we will form the cookies in the shape of Minnesota.  Then, we will decorate our cookie on Wednesday morning.  The children will pass one more “quiz” before they get to partake in the cookie! 

Next week, we will finally dissect owl pellets!  The children are so excited!  Be on the lookout for a skeleton and/or bones to come home. 

In math, we have learned about equivalent fractions and fractions of a set (i.e. 2/3 of 15).  We also have learned different ways to compare fractions.  We continue to use our multiplication and division fact knowledge in all our fractions work.  I am sure your child is tired of hearing me, “The facts are important!”  We also talked about we need to be flexible in our thinking when it comes to the facts, since we can manipulate the numbers to create equivalent fractions. 

We finished The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Katie DiCamillo.  What insight your children had into the main character of Edward Tulane.  We discussed internal traits of him and also discussed how characters can change over time.  We reflected on the impact Edward’s journey had on him and discussed what lessons he learned.

Check out suggested summer reading titles here from Mrs. Jones.

Important Events (repeat from last week)

There will be no school on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 31st is a non-uniform day.   

Friday, June 1st will be a full day of school with our Lower School Closing Program at 1:30pm in the Chapel.  Children should come dressed in semi-dressy attire.  There will be a reception immediately following the program. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 18, 2018 News


So many special events tomorrow!  Don’t forget to remind your child to bring his/her books for our Read-In that will be first thing in the morning.  Come join us for our Minnesota Movie premiere at 11am in the Theater.  Grab a seat and we will join you shortly thereafter!  Lastly, Field Day is in the afternoon.  Lunch is 12:15-12:45pm (BBQ outside) if you want to stop by and the events will take place from 1-3pm.  The theme is Carnival and students are encouraged to wear anything that fits that theme, blue and gold, or Breck spirit wear. 

This week, we have been working on our Minnesota maps, along with learning about our state’s symbols.  Most of the children are done with their map.  Next week, we will discuss the important geographical features of Minnesota and take a map quiz.  We will also make plans for our cookie maps.  During the last week of school, we will have our map cookie project.  The children will need to pass one more “quiz” before they can partake in the cookie!

Fractions are all around us!  The children have been excited to study fractions.  This week, we discussed unit fractions and equivalent fractions.  We will continue our fractions unit for the remainder of the school year. 

We continue to read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  We are discussing how characters can change over time.  We have had lots of conversations about Edward Tulane, the main character, and what changes he has gone through throughout the book.    

Important Events
There will be no school on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 31st is a non-uniform day.

Friday, June 1st will be a full day of school with our Lower School Closing Program at 1:30pm in the Chapel.  Children should come dressed in semi-dressy attire.  There will be a reception immediately following the program. 
Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 11, 2018 News

Happy birthday to Minnesota!  Minnesota turns 160 years old on May 11th.  We will be able to enjoy our state food and drink for snack (blueberry muffin and milk).  In honor of Minnesota’s birthday, we have been doing some research on our state symbols.  Be sure to ask your child what (s)he has learned so far.  We will continue this research across the next few weeks. 

We have also been knee-deep in our Minnesota map study.  The children have been so focused on their map, which is the first step on their way to the cookie project!  In the next two weeks, we will finish up the maps and look at important geographical features that children need to know and we will prepare for our map quiz.  We will take part in the final project during the last week of May. 

We continue to read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  We have enjoyed discussions about happiness and love, character traits, and what it means to be “real.” 

This week in math, we wrapped up our multiplication and division bar modeling chapter.  We will take a few days to review all that we have learned thus far and then begin our Fractions chapter.  We will continue this across the next two weeks.  Next week, we will also sprinkle in our spring assessment on the basic math facts.  You can continue to help your child practice the facts, even those that your child has already mastered.  We have found that some children need some brushing up on their addition and subtraction facts since our main focus has been on multiplication and division facts.  Thank you for continued help and support! 

Important Events

MN Movie (Amazing Race Destination Project) will be shown in the Theater next Friday, May 18th at 11:00am.  The movie will be approximately an hour.  Immediately following the movie, we will head out to the BBQ lunch!

Field Day is ALSO next Friday, May 18th.  Our lunch is 12:15-12:45pm and the activities will take place from 1-3pm.  The theme is “Carnival” so children are encouraged to wear anything that would support this theme or blue and gold/Breck attire.  It is a non-uniform day (dress in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes).  Children should also bring a water bottle and hat/sunglasses if they wish.  Join us for lunch and the activities if you are able!

In addition, on the morning of Field Day, the entire 3rd and 4th grades will gather in the Lower School Library for our annual Read-In event.  What better way to start the day than with some peaceful reading time?  There will be a special surprise guest joining us as well!  The children may bring books from home or read books from the Library.  No blankets or stuffed animals, please. 

There will be no school on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

Friday, June 1st will be a full day of school with our Lower School Closing Program at 1:30pm in the Chapel.  Children should come dressed in semi-dressy attire.  There will be a reception immediately following the program.  Just a note that the Chapel doors will not be open until 12pm on this day. 
Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 4, 2018 News


What gorgeous weather we have enjoyed this week.  I hope you can get outside this weekend for family time!

What amazing Word Masters scores we had this week!  Your children should feel proud of their accomplishments with Word Masters throughout this school year. 

We have solved many real-world problems with bar modeling this week.  The children have used all four operations in solving these problems.  We will continue this chapter next week. 

This week in Reader’s Workshop, we began reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  We have discussed internal and external character traits of Edward Tulane, the main character, as well as other important characters.  We will build on our knowledge on how to build theories about characters and we will discuss how characters can change over time.  This book allows us to practice many reading comprehension strategies.  The children have been enthralled with the book so far.  You could hear a pin drop as I read the first few chapters aloud!  I love that your children love listening to stories and books. 

The children have enjoyed studying our state symbols this week.  Be sure to ask your child what (s)he has learned so far.  We will continue this research next week, along with beginning our Minnesota map unit. 

Don’t forget that the “release party” of our Minnesota Amazing Race video project is Friday, May 18th at 11:00am in the Theater. 
Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 27, 2018


Spring has finally sprung!  The children have enjoyed playing outside without all the bulk of their winter gear!

Our last Word Masters challenge will be on Monday.  Your children have been busy studying analogies and all the vocabulary words, as some of the words from the first two lists may appear on this third challenge.

We will have three more spelling word sorts, including the one that came home today. 

We began a new chapter in math.  We are putting our multiplication and division facts to use as we solve real-world problems with bar modeling.  Keep practicing the basic math facts! 

We have been busy writing paragraphs about our owl research.  We are writing three paragraphs from our research and will finish them up next week.  Once we are done, we will study the state symbols of Minnesota and move into our Minnesota map unit. 

Thank you for your help and support of the Minnesota Amazing Race destination project.  I have received almost all of the video clips!  I will be compiling them into one movie.  Once I secure the Theater, I will email you the date for our “release party” to debut our film!
Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 20, 2018 News


Your children did a wonderful job with the ERB standardized tests.  I think they are relieved to have them under their belt now.  I really emphasized that these tests were meant as practice, so hopefully your child did not experience any unnecessary stress. 

Minnesota Amazing Race projects are due on Monday!  Please email me the video or send it in with your child on a flash drive.  Let me know if you need help or an extension.  I currently have two projects. 

Our last Word Masters challenge is on Monday, April 30th.  Next week, we will practice on Quizlet Live, which the children love. 

Curricular highlights

We finished up our long division math chapter this week.  Some groups were also able to discuss area and perimeter.  Next week, we will extend our multiplication and division knowledge with real-world problems and bar modeling. 

The children have either finished their Minnesota owl research project or are almost done.  Most children chose to create an iMovie project about their owl.  They have really enjoyed learning about this program.  Next week, we will spend some time writing paragraphs about our owl research.  Once we are done, we will study the state symbols of Minnesota and move into our Minnesota map unit.