What a delight it was to come back from Spring Break to a class of eager learners. We jumped back into our routine without skipping a beat. We’ve been spending our writing time preparing for our Publishing Party by putting the finishing touches on our Character Trait Essays. Thanks to all of you who attended our Publishing Party. A new list of spelling words was sent home on Monday. The test is scheduled for next Thursday. In reading, we are beginning a new round of book clubs where children have the opportunity to read through a book in groups of 2 or 3. Each group will set their own pacing schedule, and I will check in with groups regularly to monitor comprehension. A Scholastic Book Order was sent home today. Orders are due next Thursday, April 12. Our class was full of curiosity and enthusiasm during our latest science unit, and although we have wrapped up our study of rocks and minerals, our probes have been finished and are now on display in the hallway. Come and check them out! In math, we are starting to delve in to fractions. Fraction concepts can be tricky for some students to master – IXL can be a great resource if you are looking for more practice with fractions (or other math concepts). We are working towards having a solid understanding of fractions as parts of a whole, using the number line model for fractions, and recognizing equivalent fractions. We are also working to become comfortable with writing and reading fractions and being able to use fraction vocabulary (numerator, denominator).