Mrs. Toritto
Dear Families, 

Happy Spring!  It was great to see everyone at conferences.  It's hard to believe that we are in our last trimester of the year!  We have a busy week ahead.  Please be sure to check the website and your child's assignment book for updates!

This week in math we will be finishing our unit on fractions.  The children will continue practicing comparing and ordering fractions and will be introduced to ways that they can make equivalent fractions.  We will be keeping this very simple for now.  Please stick with the strategies in the book for now!  There will be a test on chapter 9 next week.  Please be sure to practice a little bit each night!

This week we will be reading a play called "Two Bear Cubs".  The children will have a chance to learn about reading a play with expression and following stage directions to make the story flow.  We will be discussing how the setting affects the characters in this story.  In ELA we will continue working on the in class adjective projects, and we will add in adverbs as another type of descriptive writing.  We will be using adjectives and adverbs in our descriptive poetry writing too!

The soda bottle people came out great!  I loved seeing the projects and hearing the many interesting facts that the children shared.  We will continue our journey around the world this week as we stop in Russia, Mexico, and China to see parts of the culture in these countries.  We are lucky to be able to learn so much about different cultures.

This week we will begin our last Lenten project, a book called Holy Week in Handprints.  The children will be using their handprints and fingerprints to illustrate the stories of Holy Week.  Everyone should bring in an old t-shirt on Monday to wear while we are painting.  We hope that these books will be a special way for your families to share the story of this special week.  
I hope that everyone has a great week!
Mrs. Toritto

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