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Place value is fun!

March 6, 2012 

Dear Parents,

Math:  Our lesson on the tricky teens was a hit last week.  We learned a cool hip hop song to sing that helps us remember that the numbers 11-19 always begin with the number 1. 

This week is a short week for Ray and for me too.  I will be helping out with ISAT testing so I will be able to only teach math this week.  We will be focusing on place value of double digit numbers.  I want the kids to be able to understand the value of numbers and realize that numbers in the tens place actually have sets of tens for value.  For example, the number 37 is made up of 3 tens and 7 ones.  We will be working in small groups practicing this concept on the carpet before we do our seatwork.  For their seatwork, each table will have strips of paper with 10 squares in a row and single squares, each representing 1.  Each strip is a set of 10. The kids will independently draw 2 cards from a deck of cards and write the number at the top of their paper.  They will then glue the correct amount of strips onto the tens column and the correct amount of squares onto the ones column.  It sounds a little complicated, but the kids should do great with it.

Science: The kids had a blast at the Shedd Aquarium last Friday.  There was so much to see and experience.  The dolphin show was a hit.

The snails that the kids made last week turned out so cool.  They had a great time creating the mucous trail.  I will be sending them home this week.  Have your child point to all the parts of the snail’s body, telling you what they are and what they are used for.  Also, ask them where the heart, lungs and stomach are located?  We will continue our snail unit next week.

Art: We will complete our fish aquariums this week in art and they will be going home next week.  They are super cute, so make room on the fridge.

Wish list: (Please specify that they are for my class)

Watercolors

Ziplock sandwich bags

Wet wipes

Thanks a million,

Mrs. Burks

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