This Week’s News

As you know, our school and district have partnered with St. Joseph Health System and the Petaluma Education Foundation to support and encourage healthy lifestyles.  Included in this partnership are weekly tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Here is one related to activity, including our bimonthly Zumba class:

Make activity fun every day! If you do not like to exercise, make your daily activities fun! Ask yourself, “What do I like to do that involves a lot of movement?” It does not have to be what we consider to be typical “exercise.”

Activities can range from team sports, individual sports, or recreational activities. Here are a few examples: walking, skipping, jump rope, dancing, running, skating, bicycling, swimming, hula hooping, or participating in playground activities or free-time play.

Make physical activity part of your family’s daily routine by taking family walks or playing active games together. Instead of watching television after dinner, find fun activities to do on individually or with friends and family, such as walking, playing chase, or riding bikes.

Additionally, try to limit TV time to less than two hours each day, as this can be a supportive part of increased activity. Removing the TV from the bedroom also encourages more family time and activity.

Activities chosen to ensure thirty to sixty minutes of daily activity should be enjoyable so that it is easy to maintain this level of activity. You might even find yourself looking forward to this part of your day!

This week in math, students learned a new model for multiplication that for some was challenging and for others added new insight into the concept behind the multiplication algorithm.  For many students, the generic rectangle method built on their open array strategy from fifth grade and made perfect sense. The video below not only illustrates multiplication using rectangles, but also speaks to the rationale behind the shift in math instruction in the U.S.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 6

By this time in the school year, your child may have taken a team test at some point before taking an individual test. Team tests provide students an opportunity to check their depth of understanding through collaborative problem solving. They also help teachers identify general areas of concern that need to be addressed prior to the individual test. Students who take notes during the team test process, who ask follow-up questions during class discussions, and who correct their test often experience dramatic improvements on individual tests.

Additionally, keep in mind that the homework assignments are specifically designed to provide opportunities for students to practice developing skills and that mastery of a topic is often not expected until two or three chapters beyond where it is first introduced.

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