May 11, 2017
This week in 4th Grade mathematics we worked on two digit multiplication and long division with 5 digit dividends. In 5th Grade we practiced algebra with variables and created variable expressions; we also worked on exponents, and reviewed area and circumference.
In English IB we finalized our alternative research projects and presented our work to the class. In Spanish IB the class is writing and editing their research essays, and they will present next week.
*The Awards Ceremony will take place in the MPR on Wednesday, May 17, from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Queridos Padres de Familia,
This week in Spanish IB, we finished the Grid of Knowledge (tablero del conocimiento); includes Energia Solar, Energia del Carbon, Energia Eleolitica, and Energia Hidraulica. In mathematics and according to grade level; we reviewed fractions. (This is a difficult concept for a vast majority of 4th and 5th graders).
This week in English IB, we focused on our alternative energy research and advertising report. We devoted sufficient class time to this project as it is due on Thursday, May 11. Your child has a checklist which will help him/her remember the necessary tasks for completion. There are also instructions on the class webpage.
Mathematics centered on problem solving and reinforcement of concepts necessary for success next year. 5th Grade practiced working with variables and volume while 4th Grade worked through word problems and factoring.
*The final day for 4th grade tutoring was Thursday May 4th.
*The final day for 5th Grade tutoring will be Tuesday, May 9.
April 21, 2017
March 31, 2017
The 4th and 5th grade students worked on the reading “Una biblioteca para Juana” this week. Questions 4 – 5 is for 5th grade only. Question 1-3 is for 4th grade only. This reading was emailed directly to you and the report is due on April 11th However, several students in both grades are done with this reading and presented their report today. WOW! Our students are overachievers!!!Thank you for validating CIS target language at home.
March 17, 2017
This week in both mathematics classes we worked on word problems, fractions, and for Pi Day took a virtual field trip to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In English students filled out an NCAA Bracket, which we will use to calculate fractions, percentages, and points when students return from break. In IB (integrated conceptual unit), we continued with research and inquiry, reading according to our unit, reading for comprehension, and analyzing the unit readings. As you know, students also finalized and presented their science projects during Science Night. Mr Diaz is also asking that students keep a brief journal of their spring break experience. This is to be simple and not time consuming, nor is it required. Your child will simply record one event for each day (9) of spring break. They can do this digitally or with a pencil and paper. The expectation is one sentence per day, nothing more unless they wish to elaborate.
Again, several parents have asked for online resources to practice for academic achievement and improve skills. Students can practice 15-20 minutes using matematicas mamut (in Spanish) http://www.mamutmatem
March 9, 2017
This week we continued our mathematics review. We practiced fractions and real word problems, as well as numerous other concepts and skills which were already taught. We also reviewed triangles and will move into more Geometry next week. Additionally, we worked on equivalent fractions as several students were eager for more practice!
In Spanish IB/Language Arts, we continued gathering information based on our lines of inquiry and central idea. We discussed and answered both readings: Mi hermano Martin and El find de la esclavitud. In class, we supported 4th and 5th graders during these readings. Next week in Spanish we will move into Economia Centroamericana. In English we identfied various types of human-made systems and created unit related questions as part of our inquiry process. Students also performed several writing exercises and turned in their creative writing assignments. There were several mandated tests administered as well.
Again, Mi hermano Martin is due on March 14th, which is next Tuesday. To reiterate, this assignment was read, decoded, and questions answered (in class) during the last two weeks.
*This is the final week to finish science fair projects as they are due on Thursday, March 16. Students will present their work to our school community that evening. Please support your child in completing their experiments and project packets. You can find this packet on our 4th and 5th webpage. We hope to see everyone there!
March 3, 2017
This week in English and Spanish both grades continued working on How We Organize Ourselves through reading and gathering information. In Spanish we continued reading Mi Hermano Martin and discussed questions 1 and 2 with both grades. In mathematics we reviewed previous mathematics units and continued with algebraic number sentences and word problems.
We encourage students to continue arriving on time to our classes (4th and 5th grade). There are still students who show up several minutes late, and this interrupt the instruction and shows a lack of respect to the ones who are on time. Because our students do not drive, it is our duty as adults to support them, while also modeling and encouraging responsibility.
Thank you so much for your support!
February 28, 2017
February 25, 2017
Queridos Padres de familia,
This week in both classes we finished Where we are in place and time and started the new transdisciplinary theme,How we organize ourselves. In English we started a creative writing assignment using specific proper nouns and other aspects of the writing process. In Spanish students finished and presented their essays, although not all presentations are complete.
In mathematics we revisited a difficult word problem from last week and also spent time working on pure computation and logic puzzles. Students reviewed mixed numbers and fraction word problems as well. 4th and 5th Grades also conducted several science experiments during the week. As a reminder, science projects are due on Thursday, March 16, and will be presented after school. Time to be announced.
Our Social Skill this unit is EMPATYH in English and Solidaridad in Spanish.
Transdisciplinary theme: How we organize ourselves
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made system and communities; structures and function of organizations; societal decision-making economic activities and their impact on human kind and the environment.
Government resolve conflict and protect human rights.
Lines of Inquiry:
Governments as organized systems
Political conflicts and change
Key concepts: Function, Responsibility, Causa
February 17, 2017
This week, in English the students were assessed on either Bloomability or Walk Two Moons. They also presented their memorized poems for a rubric score. These poems were fun to watch and the vast majority of performances were very well done. We also dedicated research time to our explorer flip books, which are now due on Tuesday, February 21st. Our new transdisciplinary theme will begin next week.
In Spanish, we finished our unit #4, we are not done with presentations (we will finish next week). Wonderful essays, excellent process of writing, websites, power points, and oral presentations all happened this week. Also, 4th grade started the Robotics science application according to our IB.
We read Mi diario de aqui hasta alla by Amada Irma Perez every day in class, also we discussed and answered questions 1 and 2 for 40 minutes this week. It is important to clarify that all the content is discussed in both languages and no home-school connection is sent home before discussion. Also, I (Ana Perea) give enough time to work on it. If there is any question please do not hesitate to contact me.
In mathematics both grades focused on difficult word problems, one in particular, as well as volume. We will continue utilizing problem solving and reasoning skills as we move into other aspects of our math curriculum, specifically algebraic equations, coordinate planes and geometry.
Parent teacher conferences are almost done. Thank you to all of you for your support.
In English we completed Inside Out and Back Again, which is a collection of free verse poetry written by Thanhha Lai. Each student will present their memorized poem to the class on either Thursday or Friday of next week. We also dedicated time for explorer research and provided students with the necessary paper to complete their explorer flip books. Most, though not all, students finished reading Bloomability or Walk Two Moons, both books will be discussed and assessed early next week. Several students are required to bring their novel home in order to finish, so please make sure your child completes the novel over the weekend.
In Spanish we finished the Essay (4th and 5th), there are some students who will finish on Monday, but almost everyone in both classes finished editing. In mathematics, both grades we revisited long division and continued with fractions through pure computation and word problems. Students also worked on converting measurements. And 5th Grade explored algebraic equations and how to create and use them as well. Also, the 4th and 5th grade student teacher will conduct a curriculum activity on Tuesday.
In addition, this week we conducted couple of experiments in order to practice and give ideas for science nigh.
As a reminder, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (02/15 – 02/17) are half days next week, so please plan accordingly. On another note, science projects are due on Science Family Night which is on Thursday, March 16. Please make sure your child is making progress and using their packet as a guide.
Please don’t forget: candy is not allowed in the classroom. If you have any question regarding our food policy please contact administration.
Have a nice weekend.
Brend Diaz & Ana Perea
February 7, 2017
February 3, 2017
I am a student teacher; my name is Martha Diaz and I will be in your student(s) class from Mondays- Wednesdays to complete my student practicum in my journey to become a teacher and within this time I hope to teach and learn from them as much as possible. I will be with your student(s) for 6-7 hours.
I am currently studying at CNM and my major will be in English and History. I am bilingual as well, and I know this is a great help in such a school that is culturally rich. I want to become a teacher because I had always enjoyed being in school and furthering my education as well as being with children.
In my spare time, I like to read books. I am an avid reader. I also enjoy running and taking my dog out to the park. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact Ana Perea at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to working together,
This week in Spanish LOS MARAVILLOSOS de 4th and 5th grade worked in the process of writing (Six Traits). This is a hard process in both languages, so please encourage your child to continue with their biweekly Spanish reading report. This practice will support and improve your child’s writing process skills in both Spanish and English. Many students are done with their Spanish essay so please allow them (under your supervision) to practice typing their essay on a computer, but remember typing is NOT required.
In English we continued reading our classroom novels and nearly every student finalized their poem choice for memorization. Please ask your child if they have picked their poem as presentations begin in two weeks; they should also be practicing at home. For many this will be a challenging task! Today we introduced a min-research report on famous explorers. Students are expected to choose an explorer by Monday so they have enough time to adequately research and produce their flip books.
We are conducting classroom experiments in order to practice for our annual Family Science Night in mid-March (March 16). Students should decide on their science project as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, February 10. These science projects are meant to be fun and educational. While we are providing experience and guidance in the classroom, students are expected to complete the project and accompanying packet at home. Whatever you do, don’t leave it until the last minute! We look forward to seeing every student’s creation.
Fractions were again emphasized and practiced during mathematics this week. We added, subtracted, multiplied, ordered, and found equivalencies with all types of fractions, including improper and mixed numbers. Students also practiced converting measurements and exploring probability.
Again, several parents have asked for online resources to practice for academic achievement. Students can practice 15-20 minutes using matematicas mamut (in Spanish) http://www.mamutmatematicas.com/ejercicios/. Khan Academy is another great resource for all your academic needs http://www.khanacademy.org. And if you would like testing practice, use PARCC https://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/ .
One final note. We will be sending out a link to second trimester parent teacher conferences in this weekend’s newsletter. These will start on Monday and slots will be open for two weeks. If your child received a midterm progress report or you would like to meet and discuss your child, please sign up for any of the available slots.
January 28, 2017
This week in Spanish we continued working on our unit theme and lines of inquiry: 1. consequence of colonization; 2. migration and settlement; 3. cultural exchange. We are also reminding students about respect. How do you see and hear respect? Most importantly, daily reading and reading reports are nonnegotiable, so please make your student is accountable. There is never a home-school connection that is not well discussed and modeled in each class and in both languages.
In mathematics both classes continued working with decimals, both in pure computation and word problem formats. We worked more generally with various types of related word problems, as well as areas, perimeters, and order of operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide according to math rules).
Parent-teacher conferences are in mid-February and you will receive a notification (online schedule) shortly.
Several parents have asked for online resources to practice for academic achievement. Your student can practice 15-20minutes online math using matematicas mamut (in Spanish). Khan Academy and practice PARCC on https://parcc.pearson.com/p
January 20, 2017
In English and Spanish, this week we worked on finishing our unit(s). This began with student presentations about various natural and man-made disasters. Each student also received peer and teacher feedback, be sure to ask your child about their presentation feedback. We also spent time reflecting, not only on the unit, but also the research project itself.
Yesterday and today we introduced our new social skill, RESPECT. In mathematics we focused on volume, word problems and areas of circumference, and time.
In Spanish, 5th and 4th graders have their new assignment, Reading Report mini-books. Please encourage your student to read daily for at least 15 minutes and to present their reading report on time. In Spanish, I do not have the vocabulary list for the new unit. I am still working on it; this weekend it should be done.
Here is our new Unit:
Transdisciplinary theme: Where we are in place and time
Exploration leads to opportunities, challenges, and new discoveries.
Lines of Inquiry:
Consequences of colonization
Human migration and settlement
Types of cultural exchange
Key Concepts (Related Concepts):
December 16, 2016
Happy resting time.
Queridos Padres de Familia,
This week in Spanish we focused on the writing process. The rubric stated that students should write five paragraphs using complete sentences while applying proper grammar. This was a difficult task for many of our students; therefore, several of our students will finish during break. Please do not forget to choose a daily reading in the target language (Spanish). In mathematics, we continued with fractions and word problems in both grades based on current student levels of knowledge. Additionally, a few students in both grades are challenged by the multiplication table. The break is a great opportunity to practice this important skill, maybe play a game of multiplication war. We use these math facts daily and in every math unit, so please help your child acquire this important skill.
In English we continued working on our Disasters Research Project. The final creation and presentation will be due during the first full week of school in 2017. Ask your child if they will be prepared. They might need to work a little over the break.
Just a reminder, all of Fourth Grade should have received the Every Kid in a Park Pass. This was handed out a few weeks ago and allows everyone in the vehicle (or a family) to enter any national park free of charge. But you must have the paper in order to be issued the card. Here are the details: https://www.everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/
Have a wonderful and restful winter break. See you in 2017!
Ana Perea, M.A.
Attached are the rubric and due dates for our Natural Disasters Research Project.
December 3, 2016
This week we finished the transdisciplinary theme: How we express ourselves. After break we will start with Transdisciplinary theme #3: How the world works.
Unit #3 Nature’s Fury.
Our Central Idea: Disaster can shape the Earth, communities and humans
Concepts: Form, Function, and Causation
Related Concepts: patterns, facts, conflict-resolution
Lines of Inquiry: Natural Catastrophes.
Human – cause calamities
Dealing with disasters
In Spanish, 4th and 5th graders have their books; the reading report due date is November 29th, 2016. There will not be a vocabulary test next Tuesday, Nov 29th. However the vocabulary quiz will be posted as soon as I have it ready and it will be on December 6th, 2016.
Thank you for all your support; have a nice week.
Ana Perea & Brent Diaz
November 5, 2016
In English: this week students worked with order of operations and decimal multiplication. We also continued reading Green Glass Sea and will complete the book early next week. 5th Grade is in need of small metal and plastic parts (bolts, nuts, lego pieces, anything you no longer need) for International Day. And if you have appropriate costume material, please have your child bring it Monday and/or contact Jessica Rice (email@example.com) as she is helping organize the students’ outfits.
In Spanish: this week students worked in their unit “How We Express Ourselves,” and prepared for International Day. We also worked in Mathematics collecting data from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade, we made tally tables, pictograph tables, bar and lineal graphs plus geometry. This is a lot, therefore; we will continue on these themes after Thanksgiving. Thank you for your patience and support with daily reading and multiplication tables.
For International Day, please arrive at 12:30 to our classroom (4th grade) so you can enjoy our Nicaraguan museum. The activities outside of our classroom will start at 1:00 P.M. As part of our cultural experience we will have Gallo Pinto Nicaraguense, Tostones, Ensalada de Repollo con Limon, and Orchata (Mrs. Vazquez’s courtesy).
Our class’ costumes are almost done. All our girls have their skirts, I asked for white shirts; one of the parents suggested peasant style; if your child has one great, but no worries and please do not buy anything. The boys have sashes (red or blue), white shirt for the boys to contrast with the sash. The pants for the boys can be kaki, blue (as our dress code), or white.
Again, Mrs. Olivas (Katia’s mama), Mrs. Maestas (Nikki’s mama), Mrs. Rivas (Erin’s mama), Mrs. Vazquez (Jesus Aaron’s mama), and Mrs. Acosta (Yareczi’s mama) worked hard finding materials and/or making the costumes for all our kiddos. MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS. We still looking for the “sombreros” or hats, let me know if you find some; we need only 8 for our boys.
October 28, 2016
In English IB we continued reading Green Glass Sea while emphasizing figurative language and WWII history. We also discussed Franklin Delano Roosevelt being elected to 4 presidential terms despite his disability. We discussed colors and and what they can communicate as well. We will move into the importance of various codes as language next week.
In Math, we are continuing with fractions. 4th Grade is working on finding equivalent fractions while 5th Grade is using fractions to find percentages.
In Spanish IB we continued with Los Habladores del Codigo Navajo. Our wonderful students are working hard on the lines of inquiry in our unit “Comunicacion como forma de Expresion”. In mathematics we continued with geometry.
We would like to say special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Kehoe (Sophia’s mom and dad) who contacted Bernalilllo Public School Transportation. Also, to all 4 th and 5 th grade parents who came this morning. THANK YOU!!!
For international day Nicaragua: Mrs. Oliva’s , Mrs. Rivas, Mrs. Baca, Mrs. Acosta, and all the moms and dads who offered support THANK YOU. My apology if I forgot someone.
October 21, 2016
There are several students who come late to 4th grade mathematics class. Please, take into consideration that we start instruction at 8:00 A.M. if your student is late, your student will miss part of the lesson for that day. We are role models for our students, please think of your message to your student and to the ones who come on time and are ready to learn. If you have any question regarding attendance or CIS schedule; please check our web or contact CIS’ registrar Dawn Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check the web page 4/5 grade often, many of your questions could be answered there. You can also email us or call us to 505-344-9733 and leave a message, as soon as we can we will call you back.
Field Trip on October 28th, 2016. There is a charge of $6.00 per student. Parents please be prepared to pay your own entrance fee. Please no siblings. If your student comes with us they HAVE to return with us. Dress code is required, dress appropriate for the weather, and please come with comfortable shoes, disposable lunch bag and bottle of water. NO electronics. We prefer chaperones finger printed.
In Spanish this week, we continued with Unit #2 How We Express Ourselves, we studied in class ways of communication. We linked Nicaragua, culture, flora, fauna, and language to this unit (for International Day). In mathematics, we continued with numbers and operation, geometry, and word problems. It’s imperative that 4th graders master the multiplication table and continue with their nightly reading. These last two points are not negotiable. They need multiplication for algebra components and they need to acquire fluency and comprehension to understand all subjects including mathematics.
In English IB, we continued reading Green Glass Sea while identifying various literary tools, specifically figurative language. This was reinforced through musical lyrics and journaling. In math, we moved from factoring to fractions. Fifth Grade worked on word problems and modeling related to fractions while 4th Grade was introduced to decimals and how they are equivalent to fractions (parts of a whole). We will continue exploring fractions next week and throughout the year.
October 14, 2016
This week in English IB, we continued reading the Green Glass Sea. We connected various symbols, euphemisms, and idioms from the book to our unit theme on expression. Students also began researching their topic and questions on Indonesia. We also identified types of expression and how and what they communicate. In math we delved into factoring, including greatest common factor and prime factorization.
This week in Spanish IB, we continued reading in class, La Comunicacion Como Forma de Expression. We read several mini-books, we decode, and made examples of reading report (4th grade only). Our 5th graders still started their research in Comunicacion, simbolos, senales y formas de expression. In mathematics we continue with number and operations and geometry. Some of the students are exploring algebra (according to student’s level).
Parents: your student has daily reading, multiplication table (until they mastered), Reading report due on Tuesdays, (except 4h grade that is every other Thursday, check previous letter), and vocabulary test on Tuesdays. This hasn’t change since August 2016. Please make your student accountable as part of our IB social skill.
October 11, 2016
October 11, 2016
Dear 5th Grade Parents,
Please let me know if you have other clothing ideas or cannot find an outfit resembling any of the pictures below.
This week in English IB, we completed our compare and contrast final drafts for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We fully introduced COOPERATION, our new social skill, as well as our new unit focusing on various methods of expression as communication. Math centered on identifying ordinal and cardinal number, and the difference between an expression and equation. We also found factors and prime factors for various numbers, and prime numbers were defined and explore as well.
En Español, we completed our first unit Who We Are. We introduced the Social skill cooperation; as well as, How We Express Ourselves and explored different ways to communicate. In mathematics we continue with numbers and operations (place value, multiplication, division, and re-grouping). Also, we explored some algebra concepts for advanced students.
4th grade worked on Reading Report and Vocabulary both are due date on Tuesday the 11th . Many students took advantage and wrote notes (as I asked), but several didn’t so let’s see what happens this weekend?
Thank you for your support,
Brent Diaz & Ana Perea
September 30, 2016
In Spanish, Thank you to all the parents who responded to my call/email about International day. There are some pictures for the dress (male and female) on the web. In class we just finished the Unit Who We Are, and now we will continue with How We Express Ourselves. Our social skill is Cooperation. However I will continue using the social skill Respect every opportunity possible in to support our students IB profile.
IB Curriculum night October 4th and our traditional Balloon fiesta celebration from 8-9 in the classroom. Then we will continue with normal schedule.
Thank you so much for your support. I need to move the Vocabulary test to October 11th . I had no time this week to introduce those words and I don’t feel comfortable to quiz the students without the proper introduction.
Again, Thank you for your support
Ana Perea & Brent Diaz
September 24, 2016
You are all invited to attend to CIS IB Curriculum Night on October 4th, 2016. There are two sessions one at 5:30-6:00 and another 6:00 to 6:30.
This week in Spanish, we are almost done with Who We Are, next week is reflection week and introduction to Nicaragua (culture and geography) to begin with How We Express Ourself/ International day. We finished place value and we started multiplication and division (short and long). The 4th graders started the reading report (way before I expected), we will read the mini-books in class and at home. The reading report is scheduled on Tuesdays. I will continue scaffolding in class until I feel that they can work independently at home. Fifth grade is ready to go!!!! Please encourage nightly reading and study the Multiplication table.
This week in English, we finished reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We discussed and wrote about the components of health and wellness as well as what it means to be human. Last week, we extracted DNA from strawberries. In math, we focused on conversions using time and the metric system, and multi-step word problems too. Indonesia was introduced to Fifth Grade, so we can begin planning International Day!
September 22, 2016
We’ve got a little over a month to prepare for International Day (Saturday, November 12). The country for fourth grade is Nicaragua, and I have included some examples of typical dress for the girls. We are asking the children to come wearing a white shirt (long, or short sleeve), and the boys need to wear white, black, or tan khakis. We need to make a sash for the boys, and the skirt for the girls.
I am able to purchase the materials for the skirt, but I need a parent who is able to help with the process: acquiring the material (a table cloth/draperies/curtains at a second-hand store, a few yards of fabric from a material store, or any other ideas you may have), sizing and sewing, and assistance on the day of the event. Please, let me know you are available to volunteer for this task ASAP.
September 15, 2016
Fourth Grade has no new reading this week. We are reviewing all our readings and vocabulary from previous weeks. On Tuesday (Sept. 20th) we have quiz of the most misspelled words. Also, 4th grade is working on reading report in class so the expectation is that eventually they can do it independently.
September 9, 2016
This week in English, we focused on the form and function of cells. We also continued reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. In mathematics, we solved word problems by converting minutes to hours. We also continued working with decimals through estimation and rounding.
This week in Spanish, we continued working on the Unit Who We Are. We are almost done with the Lines of Inquiry. Next week we will continue working on Reading for Comprehension (main ideas), and will work on steps for writing an essay in Spanish. In mathematics, we solved word problems, we also worked on place value, and the multiplication table.
Both classes are almost done with MAPS.
Fourth grade tutoring will start next week. Tutoring days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:00 P.M. You will receive an invitation this weekend if your child is required to be in tutoring.
- Tutoring is conducted in the student’s first language (Tuesdays English Math and Thursdays English writing)
- Tutoring is not replacement for aftercare and is for students who need it and will actively participate.
- We will have the most one-to-one instruction possible with the students who need the extra support.
- It is your responsibility to pick up your student on time (4:00 P.M.). If your student is not picked up on time your student will be referred to Permaculture and you will receive a bill from Permaculture.
Thank you for your support.
September 2, 2016
This week in Spanish, we continued with our transdisciplinary unit Who We Are, and the social skill Responsibility. We finished the mathematics placement test. Some of the students need support on the Multiplication Table. In fourth grade in Spanish we start Mathematics right on time every single day therefore if your student is late your student misses an important part of our Math component. Also, students who come late disrupt the learning of the ones who came on time. The Spanish vocabulary and reading is posted online. Fourth grade will study the vocabulary only (the test is on Tuesday). The reading is hard; therefore, we will continue reading and working in class. However 5th grade is ready to continue with their reading report and vocabulary (remember most of the 5th graders are used to this routine.)
This week in English, we continue reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We continue the sequence of events and briefly discussed the theme of sacrifice. In math we worked with conversions and word problems, specifically hours to minutes and cups to quarts. The 5th graders have an envelope they will bring home and return on Tuesday. They need to write their home address on this envelope and place a stamp in the upper right hand corner. This will be used to send their letter to self home at the end of the school year.
On another note, we noticed that there are several students in both grades that have Unexcused Tardies or students are checked out early. Please note the importance of instructional time. When your child misses class, your child misses instruction.
Have a nice holiday weekend.
September 1, 2016
August 27th, 2016
This week in Spanish, the students worked on “El Cerebro” we read, decode unfamiliar words, and made questions. In Mathematics we worked on Place Value with 4th and 5th graders. In addition, we reviewed mathematics from last year (according to each grades and at their own instructional time). We are not done yet!
Please visit often corralesis.org. The reading of the week and vocabulary are posted since last week. We will continue working in class so please do not worry, as I said before this is a process.
The 5th graders were instructed of Reading Report for Tuesday; however, the 4th graders still working on it, so no worries.
This week in English, we memorized the body systems and began reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The class is also finishing their Who We Are “word clouds.” In math, we solved multi-step word problems and introduced mean (average) to 4th grade. The 5th graders worked independently solving mean related problems.
Thank you for your support,
Brent Diaz y Ana Perea
Agosto 26, del 2016.
Queridos padres de familia,
Esta semana en español los estudiantes trabajaron en el “Cerebro” leímos, desciframos palabras desconocido y formulamos preguntas. En matemáticas trabajamos en El valor posicional con ambos grados. A demás revisamos las matemáticas del año pasado de cada grupo (de acuerdo con el grado y a su propio tiempo de instrucción). Aún no hemos terminado.
Por favor visiten con mucha frecuencia nuestra página de corralesis.org. La lectura de la semana y el vocabulario están ahí desde la semana pasada. Continuaremos trabajando en clase no se preocupen, como dije anteriormente este es un proceso.
Los estudiantes de 5to grado ya fueron instruidos de la simpleza del reporte; sin embargo aún estoy trabajando con 4to grado, no se preocupen.
Esta semana en ingles los estudiantes memorizaron el sistema del cuerpo y comenzaron a leer La señora Frisby y las Ratas de MIMH. También la clase termino las palabras de la semana que pertenecen a la unidad de “Quienes Somos” En matemáticas resolvieron problemas de varios “pasos” y se introdujo el concepto de promedio al 4to grado. Los de 5to trabajaron independientemente resolviendo problemas de promedio.
Gracias por su apoyo,
Brent Diaz y Ana Perea
August 19, 2016
August 19, 2016
Thank you for your support this week.
Each week you will receive an email outlining weekly activities and upcoming important information. It is important that you read these emails as this is our primary mode of communication. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email either of us and we will promptly contact you.
The first vocabulary/spelling quiz will take place on August 30th for Spanish class and September 1st for English. The spelling word lists will be posted to the CIS classroom website one week prior to the quiz. We will spend adequate classroom time decoding affixes, looking for patterns, and defining meaning each week, but students must also study independently outside of class to become successful in spelling and vocabulary.
Spanish Reading Reports will be given to students on Tuesdays beginning next week. The expectation is that students read these short unit-related readings every day. Much of this work will take place in class, especially for students lacking foundational Spanish language skills. Additionally, the majority of the first Reading Report will take place inside the classroom, and as students gain confidence and proficiency they will be required to work independently outside of class in order to accomplish this task.
Our first transdisciplinary theme, Who we are, will focus on the brain and human body. Below is the central idea and the lines of inquiry.
Central Idea: The human body is complex, made of connected systems, and highly adaptable.
Lines of Inquiry:
- Human Body Systems
- Genetics and DNA
We have several exciting activities planned for this unit including a sheep brain laboratory and strawberry DNA extraction. Please contact us if you wish to share your knowledge of this topic through presentations, models, field trips, videos, etc.
Please be aware that every assignment is discussed in both languages; your student should know what is needed in order to complete his/her task.
Ana Perea and Brent Diaz
Corrales International School