January 13th, 2018
I hope everyone enjoys this three-day weekend coming up as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a great weekend to start thinking of ideas for our MLK posters.
Next week we will be working on our animal research and doing a nearpod for math and a quizizz game for social studies, so children should bring their devices every day charged and ready to go.
Report cards will be published Friday on HAC (no paper copies). Please go on HAC now and make sure you see all the grades and let me know if you have any questions or find mistakes.
Special thanks to Maria Chrissovergis for our Greek New Year’s cake. What a great way to start the week! Ellie was the lucky one who found the coin inside.
Monday – No School, MLK
Tuesday – Day F
Thursday – Day G
Friday – Day H
1/15 – No School, MLK Day
1/24- MLK Posters due
1/29 – No School, Teacher In-Service
2/19 – No School, Presidents Day
Tuesday: Math Facts Test (all facts covered so far)
Wednesday: Math Facts 6x Quiz
Thursday: Spelling Quiz
Group 1 List 19
Group 2 List 30
Group 3 List 56
Group 4 List 86
I encourage every student to complete a poster. If they can’t do it at home, Please let me know and I will allow your child to work on it in class. Posters are due Jan. 24th. If you want your child to work on it at school, you will need to return the blank poster to me by Jan. 22nd.
In reading, we will continue with informational text. We will describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. We will also focus on hearing and discussing expository nonfiction books and use wondering and questions to make sense of the book, while referring to the text to support our thinking. We will test Thursday or Friday.
We have been working with a partner to do animal research together. Each student will write and publish an informational report about the animal and learn research skills like taking notes, categorizing information by subtopic, and conducting effective internet searches. They will learn about features of expository text such as illustrations, captions, and table of contents. This will continue through mid-January.
We are learning to solve two step word problems using the four operations. I hope to test on Friday.
We have tons of fun playing “knock out” in class to learn our facts. We also played a new game, “quiz, quiz, trade”. These have made learning math facts motivating and exciting. Tuesday we will TEST to review all the facts so far with a focus on the 3’s, 4’s and 9’s. This will count as a test grade. A practice test went home Friday. We will test the 6’s this Wednesday. Most all the children have earned their belts, but they are getting harder! It’s important we practice a few minutes every day. All we have left are the 6’s, 7’s and 8’s! (in this order). Those who have mastered all their facts will be honored at the Principal’s Club Pizza party in February!
We have been learning how government gains power from the people and how it is established through a written constitution. We will also learn and describe how government is organized at the local, state, and federal levels. We plan to make an interactive lap book to go along with the unit that will help as a study guide.
The secret word is “taxes”. Please have your child whisper it in my ear Monday morning.
Your partner in education,