**Math**

**NEW: **** **On Wednesday (9-27-17), the second addition and subtraction timed test will be given. This timed test is the same exact test the students used for their baseline score.

**NEW**On Tuesday (9-26-17) should have topic 2 lessons 1 (pages 50-52) & lesson 2 (pages 56-58) should be completed. Ample time is being provided in class for the completion of these pages.- In Topic 2, the students have been discussing 3 mental math strategies that they can use to help solve simple math problems. (
**compensation**,**breaking apart**, &**counting on**). I understand that these mental math strategies can be challenging for the students to understand & use. When a problem is being modeled for the students, it is my intention for the students to be able to recognize & identify what mental math strategy is being used. It is okay if they don’t completely understand the mental math strategy. As a class, the students have modeled and solved many problems using the above mentioned strategies. The students recorded some problems in their math notes. Other problems were modeled using the dry erase boards. Using the dry erase boards, allowed for instant feedback and any necessary follow up help. In math all students will be starting work on**Topic 2**(**Fluently Add and Subtract Multi-Digit Whole Numbers**)*.*It is okay if a student would like to leave their workbook pages attached in their math workbook. If a student wants to staple them, I have communicated to all that I would like to have the**entire**topic 2 stapled together.- Since we are going to be starting a new topic, all students should take the time to clean out and organize their 10 pocket folder for math. They should keep the “
**7 Bites to Problem Solving**” in the math pocket. If you would like a copy of the “**7 Bites to Problem Solving,**” please have your child communicate that to me and I will get you a copy to keep at home. **NEW:**Kudos to the 2 students that created a you tube video at home that demonstrated and explained how to use some of the mental math strategies that we are using in the classroom. I put a challenge out to any student who could create a video at home that demonstrated and explained any particular math strategy or problem solving technique that we may be using in class. Both videos were very enlightening and professionally done.- Below I have attached 4 short videos explaining
**Compensation, Breaking Apart,**&**Counting On**

**Science**

**NEW: **This past week the students have used the chrome books to look up the definitions of their new science vocabulary. The students should become very familiar with these words (**erosion, weathering, delta, sediments, jetty, river system, headland, bay, meander, & hydrologist**). The students also used the chrome books to obtain images of each of the science vocabulary words. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday (9-27-17). Images of the each of the words will be shown on the smart board along with the definition. The students will match the correct vocabulary word with its correct image & definition.

All students have also received a larger science packet that contains notes and other papers that the students will use to discuss the content of pages A10-A15 in the science books. This packet will act as the notes that the students will use to help prepare for any upcoming quizzes or homework assignments. I am providing ample time in class for the students to get started and sometimes complete their science work. We are also completing some of the pages together. *If the student chooses not to use their time wisely, then they may end up with more work than their peers.*