4I Mr. Ruggiero's Class rm#94 fruggiero@staffordschools.org  phone ext. 1190
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    Important dates for December: Winter Party December 13th.  Half Day on December 20th.
    Students should be using their guided reading books, or Reading A-Z booklets for Reading Logs.
    Agenda books should be signed every night.
     For math check out the Think Central Library for the Student Interactive Button It is a GREAT way for your child to review math concepts.  This could be used as a review at home to prepare for tests.
    Check out my GOOGLE CLASSROOM . For great videos on math and test taking skills! Encourage your children to view them.  Some videos contain great songs to promote math concepts.
     Math-Just finished unit 3 with 2 digit multiplication. Students should still be encouraged to practice multiplication facts, and regrouping that is one area that they can still practice.  Students can still contruct models to help solve number stories and will be helpful for Unit 3 two digit multiplication.   Students are encouraged to use and keep a graph paper notebook.  Timed multiplication tests up through the twelve's are also practiced daily.  Students are encouraged to practice at home as well.  
    Social Studies- Students created a Google Slide presentation with animation. The project was to have them teach using technology from topic that we covered.  Presentations included slides that taught the American Revolution, The Constitution, and Immigration.  We will continue the Northeast Region of the United States.   The class will explore it's climate, mountain ranges and landforms, resources and the native americans that live there.  
    Science-The class participated in Mystery Science learning about pollinator's, giant spiders, and the skeletal system.  The class will ake great findings through various readings and with "Plants and Animals."  A great tool for reviewing the material was KAHOOT. Students are encouraged to reread the Science unit A  to review vocabulary and concepts.  Students already have a great background on the subject from our STEAM lab activities.   In A-Z Science there are texts, text on careers, videos and quizes.  If they forget a book to take home to read, A-Z Science is online with great reading material that support this topic.  Another great tool to use for learning.
     In Health we have been studying exercise and all of the good benefits that we get from it.  The children really enjoy the Gonoodle website we use for student's to be more active. (moving around exercising in the classroom.) 

    Reading-We have been working on the role of our classroom community of readers  We will be reading like scientists to dig deep into gathering and recording information.  The class has also started the unit of NONFICTION.  We will be examining nonfiction text features and the three types we will look at are reference, biography, and literary nonfiction.  Students are encouraged to ask questions, before, during, and after their readings of fiction.  
    Students will stop and jot information with the elements of nonfiction and a how chart to help them organize the information.  Students will also have A-Z Readers that they will be working on at school and at home that are kept in folders.  They can mark them up annotating information.  Students will be assessed on their individualized reading books, students will use sticky notes, index cards and their note books to find evidence and respond to their readings in notebooks.  Students will read for gathering information directly from the text.

    Writing-  Students will be working on Feature Article Unit. They are working on how authors work. We have studied the process of writing a Feature Article. We have looked at writers craft, adding nonfiction text features, what is the purpose of our writing.  We we use mentor books and text as models to analyze, discusss, and compare to their own writings.  We will look at many models and discussed what their angle is in writing one. Students are encouraged daily to write in their notebooks. In class as well as home.  Students will be expected to mine for gems in their notebooks to develop into published pieces.  Students will be expected to follow a rubric, work with partners and have teacher conferences.  Don't forget Spelling quizzes every Friday.