Today was a day of three endings: the week, the month (last school day in October), and the 1st quarter. It is difficult to believe that the first quarter has ended and we are now ¼ of the way into the school year. The next two months are among the shortest of the school year. November and December will quickly come and go and before we know it, it will be a new year.
The weekly parent email has been sent out. As I mentioned before, I try to hold off as long as I can since there are times when we will get a late notification from the office about adding something important to our emails. I usually hit "Send" around 4:00, right before I pick up my students from specials.
The field trip money was due today and unfortunately, I will not be able to collect any money on Tuesday. We are under a deadline to turn in money to JA Biztown and this was the last day we were able to collect.
If I do not have your child's permission form, I can send another one home for you to fill out as long as I get it before the 11th, which is when we go.
In literacy, we continued with the five new Caesar's English words and then time was devoted for students to apply for their JA Biztown jobs.
In math, we focused on two and three digit multiplication. I will be going over the lattice method on Tuesday and area models on Wednesday. Thursday will have a mini-lesson on the Japanese method and after that, students are free to use whichever method that they are most comfortable with using. Thursday and Friday will also be devoted to long division. Reviewing multiplication and division as well as using both for problem solving will round out the month of November. December will be about area and perimeter of squares, rectangles, and regular polygons (all sides are congruent, or equal in length).
In science we had a special activity in the spirit of Halloween and autumn in general.