March 12, 2018

Dear Families,
Thanks to everyone for a fantastic round of conferences.  The students were able to reflect and learn a lot about themselves as learners during their preparations for their student led conferences.  If you have any reflections you would like to share about the student led conferences, I would love to hear them.  Thanks.
In math we are working on fractions.  We have been doing work on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators.  We also worked on comparing and ordering fractions with and without a common denominator or numerator.  We will be working with mixed numbers and improper fractions in the coming week.  We will be finishing our fractions unit before spring break.  After spring break we will be exploring geometry.  
In reading, we continue to work on being able to find and use evidence from the text to support our thinking and answers.  We have been working on vocabulary that the students might encounter in any of the upcoming tests during our word study.  We just finished our opinion writing.  This year, we had to add evidence to support our opinion.  This required some research to be able to complete the writing.
We are finished with the 'official' parts of social studies.  We will be finishing out the year in science.  The class is looking forward to these studies. 
A couple dates to keep in mind as you schedule appointments, etc.
March 15-- OLSAT Test
April 16 and 17--Ohio State ELA AIR tests
Aptil 20 and 23--Ohio State Math AIR tests
May 1--Spring MAP Reading
May 9--Spring MAP Math 
Thanks and as always, if you have any questions, please let me know.--
Julia Barthelmes
4th Grade
Mary Emma Bailey Elementary




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