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# ROOM 12!

## MARCH " APRIL 2013

February Calendar
14: Valentines Day 15: Ms. Schwinge gets married! 15-23: Mid-Winter Recess

March Calendar
18: Rohans birthday! 22: Nidhis birthday! 26: Theater Trip (The Reluctant Dragon) 31: No School (Staff Learning Day)

## Here is a glimpse of what is to come at Marin Headlands science camp!

WATER PLANET Science has been quite fascinating and has really opened our eyes to the world around us. Our current unit, Water Planet, is about the wonders of planet Earth. From air pressure to condensation and heat sinks, we are really coming to understand the things we see occurring around us each day. Have you ever wondered why your lawn MATH MATH MATH

is lled with dew each morning or why its more difcult to breathe when you gain elevation? These fth graders can explain that as well as what causes storms to form and how convection currents work. They will certainly be prepped and ready for our trip to camp (which will be here in only 8 short weeks!).

Algebra is amazing! Students are tackling algebraic equations in our current math unit. One of the fun activities used to understand the concept of variables is Menu Math. Students used variables such as f to stand for fries, s to stand for small drink, h to stand for hamburger, etc., and took orders. These orders !

had to be simplied for the cook, added up by the cashier, and conveyed by the customer. What fun! Please ask your child to explain more about this three-day activity. We have also mastered the Properties of Addition and Multiplication. Next up - algebraic patterns and problem-solving! PAGE 1

ROOM 12!
CLASSROOM ROUTINE At this point in the year, the students have Room 12s schedule and expectations down, pat! When they arrive in the morning, they move through the morning routine smoothly and efciently. Transitions are quick and lessons are focused. At the end of the day, students write in their homework planners and clean up like pros! The next thing to tackle will be their teachers new name: Mrs. Nguyen! rewarding, eye-opening, demanding, and exciting as in years past.