**October 8-12**

**Parent/Teacher Conferences:**I will not be holding parent/teacher conferences this week. I plan to hold our conferences the week of October 22-26. I want time to get to know your child before we meet. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

**Reading**

**Great Readers Read To Learn**.

**Homework:**Read 20+ minutes each night Monday - Friday

**Math**The students have started the year with multiplication. They need to figure out the number of groups and how many items are in each group. For example: 5 groups of 3 equals 15 also can be written as 5x3=15

**Homework:**

Monday - Math Facts / page 41

Tuesday - Math Facts / page 44

Wednesday - Math Facts / page 55-56

Thursday - Math Facts / page 57-58

Friday - Math Facts

**Words Their Way**The students should use their WTW activity card each night to practice the word sort, along with their assigned homework. We do a two week rotation for each sort throughout the year.

**Week 1**

Monday - Categories/pictures

Tuesday - 8 sentences and 2x5 ~ ABC order

Wednesday - Word Hunt (6words)

Thursday - Rainbow words

Friday - No Homework

**Week 2**

Monday - Print words once/Cursive words once

Tuesday - 8 sentences and 2x5 ~ ABC order

Wednesday - Word equations

Thursday - Cross Out

Friday - No Homework

**Why Read Twenty Minutes A Day?**

**The answer to the Question....**

**“Why can’t I skip my twenty minutes of reading tonight?”**

**Let’s figure it out mathematically!**

**Student A**reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;

**Student B**reads only 4 minutes a night…or not at all!

**Step 1:**Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 min./week Student B reads 4 min. x 5 times a week = 20 min./week

**Step 2:**Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month. Student A reads 400 minutes a month. Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

**Step 3:**Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year. Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year. Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the End of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days. Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days. One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly will school performance.

How do you think student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder:

Which student would you expect to read better?

Which student would you expect to know more?

Which student would you expect to write better?

Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?

Which student would you expect to be more successful in school…and in life?