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May 21-24

I can’t believe this is the final week of school!  It has been such a blessing to have your kiddos in my class this year, and I can’t wait to see their little faces next year.

In reading we will be finishing our iPhones to present to the class.  The kids have been working so hard on this project, breaking down different components of a book to make this iPhone.

In math we are working on plans for a playground, including using a budget and working in cooperative groups.

The kids will be bringing home more materials as the week progresses.

Don’t forget to have your child wear their field trip shirts on Tuesday!

Resource: Monday-Music (Wacky Tourist Day), Tuesday-PE (X-ercise Day), Wednesday- Yellow Day, Thursday-none (Zip Up and Zoom Out)

 

May 14-18

This week we are working on our iPhone project that encompasses most of the literary standards that we have worked on this year.  The kids have picked books that they feel they know and love and they are making an iPhone about the story.  Have your kiddo explain what app they are currently working on and what they plan to do next.

We are also practicing our Reader’s Theater performances that we will be doing in front of another class!

There are no more Words Their Way words for the year.

In math we are finishing up our second grade standards and working on bridging the gap to third grade math!

Resources: Monday-Art, Tuesday-PE, Thursday-none, Friday-Technology

May 7-11

In reading we will be taking our year’s worth of knowledge and applying it to a project that the kids in the past have loved to do.  Each kiddo needs to pick a book character that they know very well (a great discussion to have at home) so that they can examine the events in the story and know how they affect the character they have chosen.  Talk to your child about a book they really love.  What character do they want to investigate and get to know in order to complete the class project?

Keep working on the WTW words and BINGO activities.  All are due on Wednesday.

In math we are finishing up word problems, balancing equations, and using mental math to solve problems within 20.  If the math facts are still a challenge that your child is struggling with I ask that you really work with them at home (flashcards).  Third grade begins with multiplication and if the kiddos are still struggling to add and subtract within 20, it will be a more difficult concept for them to grasp.

We are headed to the St. Augustine Aquarium this Thursday.  Please pack your child’s lunch in a Ziploc bag with their name on it.  I will have the kids’ tee shirts ready to go!

Resource: Monday-Music, Tuesday-PE, Thursday-none, Friday-Media

April 30-May 4

This week we will be reviewing content.  Starting now, and for the rest of the year, pick a chapter book to read with your child.  Ask them questions throughout to check for understanding and build stamina.

Keep working on WTW words.  BINGO and assessment are this Wednesday.

In math we will be taking our assessment on balancing equations and word problems.  We will then be reviewing for our i-Ready math assessment taking place this Friday and the following Monday.  Please have your child work on IXL, in any area!

Please fill out and send back the permission slip for the upcoming field trip to the St. Augustine Aquarium.  If you would like to join us, please email me to be put in the hat!  All forms for students are due by Monday, May 7th.

Resource: Monday-Art, Tuesday-PE, Thursday-none, Friday-Technology

April 23-27

This week we are in review mode as we prepare for our i-Ready reading assessment taking place this Thursday and Friday.  The kids will be working on skills that they have learned throughout the year, solidifying their knowledge and clearing up any confusion.

Keep working on their WTW words, finding other words that may go in each category.  BINGO and assessment are this Wednesday.

In math we are finishing up word problems and reviewing balancing equations.  The kids have worked very hard all year on these skills and they will be able to show off their knowledge next week.  Please have your child work on any IXL sections as review.

Resource: Monday-Music, Tuesday-PE, Thursday-none, Friday-Media (be sure to return any books!)

April 16-20

This week we are learning how to use context clues in order to find out what unknown words mean.  The kids are already getting wonderful practice as we dive into our read aloud, discussing words that they do not know and enhancing their vocabulary.  Please practice this at home by finding articles or books that your kiddo could read, having them highlight the words they do not know, and using the words and pictures to help them find the clues to learn what the word means!

Keep practicing the WTW words.  All BINGO assignments are due on Wednesday!

In math we are breaking down word problems, trying to find out what the story is about before we even look at the numbers.  Have your child work on the IXL levels assigned to them, as well as the packet that was sent home last week.

All Recycled Fashion Show items are due this Wednesday, the 18th!

Resource: Monday-Music, Tuesday-PE. Thursday-none, Friday-Technology

April 9-13

This week we will be reviewing previous standards in preparation for the final i-Ready assessment.  We will be going back into poetry, finding the main idea, using text features, finding point of view and more!  Keep reading with your child at home, asking them questions and enjoying what every good book has to offer…. An amazing journey!

Please keep working with your child on their Words Their Way word sort.  Have them try coming up with other words that would go in their sort!

In math we are working on both one and two-step word problems.  This can be something that the kiddos find challenging, but remind them of their “CUBES” strategy.

Make sure your child is working on their Recycled Accessories before they are due on the 18th!

Resource: Monday-Music, Tuesday-PE, Thursday-none, Friday-Media

April 2-6

This week we are working on asking and answering questions in fictional writing.  The kids will be focusing on one book of their choice, coming up with questions and working with other students to find the answers.  This is so easy to do at home with your nightly reading.  Ask your child questions about the content, and probe for deeper thinking.

The kids will be given their new words for Words Their Way this week and testing will be the following Wednesday.

In math we continue working with measurement.  We will be measuring the lengths of multiple objects and finding the difference.  Ask you child to tell you about their measurement body benchmarks!

Resource: Monday-Art; Tuesday- PE; Thursday-none; Friday-Technology

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Spring Break!

March 19-23

This week starts the fourth quarter!  It is hard to believe, but this time goes by so quickly.

In reading we are working on asking and answering questions in nonfiction text.  It is as easy as picking up a Scholastic News and having your child create and answer questions based on the text.  Read a nonfiction book with your kiddo and ask them questions like: who, what when, where, why and how.

Keep working on the Words Their Way BINGO due Wednesday.

In math we are venturing back into the world of measurement.  We will be working on estimating lengths in both customary and metric units.  IXL levels S.2, S.3, S.8 and S.9 are great ways for the kids to practice their skills!

This week we have the Book Fair.  Our day is Tuesday the 20th from 11:20-11:40.  I will be picking up the kids a little early from lunch and walking them to the stage to make their purchases.  If you would like to meet us on the stage that would be great, or you could join your child for lunch and then walk with us to the Book Fair!  If you can’t join us simply put your child’s money in an envelope with their name on it.  You may want to look at the flyer that came home last week to help your child pick out a few books before we go.

Also, all Egg Habitats are due this Thursday the 22nd!

Resource: Monday-Music, Tuesday-PE, Thursday-none, Friday-Media

Spring Break is March 26-30.  Kids return on Monday, April 2nd.  Be safe and have fun!

March 12-15

A quick reminder that we have no school this Friday, the 16th because of a teacher planning day!

In reading we are finishing our habitat brochures using text features.  When completed, the kids will be comparing and contrasting their habitat brochures with another student’s, with a heavy emphasis on how the other student used text features and how that helped them understand their content more clearly.

Please work with your child on their WTW sort, coming up with other words that could fit in that specific column.  All BINGO activities are due on Wednesday.

In math we are finishing up arrays and partitioning.  Our assessment will be on Wednesday and Thursday.

Resource: Monday-PE, Tuesday-none, Thursday-Techology

Coming home is your child’s Egg Habitat Project.  I have provided the egg that you child needs to use and turn into their animal.  When picking out which habitat the kids wanted to research, the kids knew that they needed to pick an animal that went with their habitat.  In past years I have found that using a shoe box is the easiest way to contain and transport the habitat to and from school.  This is a great opportunity to get creative!  All projects are due on Thursday, the 22nd!

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