Amy Slade

Mohawk Trails Elementary

Carmel Clay Schools

4242 E. 126th Street (Map It!)

Carmel, IN 46033

(317) 844-1158 ext. 1555

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                                   Mrs. Slade's Challenge Connection


Wow - What a fun week last week! The children really enjoyed College Go Week and dessing-up for College Go Week.

Next week, the fun activities will continue! Muffins with Me is from 7:30 - 8:00 am in the MTE cafeteria on October 6th. October 3rd - October 7th is the annual Coat Drive for Hamilton County. If you have a coat that you would like to donate to the cause, please send it in to school. October 5th is Walk to School Day. Turtle Trot has also been rescheduled for Friday, October 7th during specials time.

The class will continue to learn about Habit #2 - Begin with the End in Mind. This habit means: I plan ahead to set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom. I look for ways to be a good citizen. 



Reading: The children continue to do the procedures for the Daily 5 very well. The Daily 5 is a classroom management technique that I use to help facilitate instruction.

Next week, the class will be continuing to concentrate on reading and discussing Salt. It is a whole class novel that is written in poetry form that tells about the same event from the perspective of a settler and the perspective of a Native American. This book is great for discussions. The children are also taking part in a simulation of the book and the characters as they read it.

Writing: The children finished writing narratives using the Lucy Caulkins unit. We will spend next week, celebrating their writing and hard work

Grammar: The children reviewed verbs. Next week, they will learn about adjectives.

Word Work: The children are continuing to work on vocabulary with Salt. We will start vocabulary at the next week. The challenge teachers district-wide have been working on learning a new vocabulary curriculum. The vocabulary study will include learning prefixes, roots, base words, and suffixes. It will be a little different than Red Hot Root Words (for those of you familiar with this curriclum from year's past) in that it will not just be about memorizing roots, but it will also include the usage of words and putting together of word parts to learn the meaning and figure out the meaning of new words. It will be very beneficial for the children and  am very excited to make this a part of our classroom!

The children will continue to work on Sitton Spelling lessons, too. The children will continue to  learn about frequent spelling patterns, such as j, ge, dge, gi, and gy for the /j/ sound.  

Thank you also for helping your child study the priority words in their blue spelling books (This book is keep in the word work part of their binder). One of the goals of the challenge spelling curriculum is to facilitate real life spellers, not spellers just for spelling tests. That is the reason there are no regular spelling tests and lists in the curriculum. Your support at home is greatly appreciated!

Math: I am teaching 4th grade math to the 3rd graders this year. If your child is in 2nd grade, they will be going to Ms. Hayes or Mrs. Higgins for math.

4th grade math - Rocket Math will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the school year. All of the children start on multiplication for 4th grade math. Everyone took a placement quiz this week to see how well they retained their math facts over the summer. The main point of Rocket Math is that the children learn their math facts with automaticity so that they are not struggling with facts as they do more advanced problem solving.

In 4th grade math, the students finished unit 2 over data,  multi-digit addition and subtraction. Next week, they will continue unit 3 is over multiplication facts and problem solving with multiplication.  

Science:  The children finished learning about the moon unit this week. The next science unit will be about light.

Next week, the children will be learning about social studies and how the novel Salt fits in with what they have learned about the agriculture in the Midwest.


 Important Dates

October 5th - Walk to School Day

October 6th - Muffins with Me! (7:30 - 8:00 am in the MTE Cafeteria)

October 7th - Turtle Trot from 8:45 - 9:35

October 21st - Deadline to send in Box Tops for contest 

October 21st - Turtle Tailgate, 5:30 - 7:00 pm sponsered by the PTO

October 22nd - Ghosts and Goblins Run, 9:00 - 10:30 am

October 27th - Folk Festival Parent Meeting (7:00-8:30 in the Music Room)

October 31 - Book Rental Fees due


























































































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