My due date is two weeks away so I wanted to take the time to let you know that Mrs. Jenny Haszard will be my long term sub (her email HaszarJP@pwcs.edu). She has been one of our reading specialists for the last two years so she is very familiar with the school and already knows some of the students. She also used to be a third grade teacher for the county so my class will be in great hands!!! I hope to send out a quick email or Class Dojo message once I leave so each of you will know but please keep in mind that it could be any day. I will occasionally check my email but most questions / concerns need to be sent to her during that time. I plan to be out anywhere between 6 to 10 weeks.
A couple of housekeeping items:
Thank you so much for all your help and support!!!
- We are very short on expo markers, glue sticks, and baby wipes. Any donations of these items would be greatly appreciated!
- We are also still in need of class basket donations for the PTA’s silent basket auction. Our class theme is “The Cat’s meow”. We would love any items that are cat related in any way!!!!
Week of 2/8/2016
Language Arts: This week we are continuing to work on our comprehension skills within non-fiction texts. We will be integrating our science unit of living systems by reading non-fiction books about the living systems. We do have word study words this week and I've attached the list below.
Math: We are wrapping up our fractions unit this week. We will be reviewing comparing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and reading and writing fractions. Please reveiw at home as well with your student. We will be testing this unit on Thursday and Friday. I'm sending home a practice homework test today.
Science: We are continuing to work on our living systems unit which includes the ecosystems. food chains, and adaptations. I will send home the study guide for this unit this Wednesday and the test will be next week.
For homework please continue to remind your student to read 20 minutes Monday-Thursday and IXL 20 minutes as well.
I hope everyone is ready for the snow. While you are stuck inside here are some ideas of what your children can do for school. Visit www.ixl.com
for practice in math and reading. For review on our life science unit please visit http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/
and click on "animal games" (food chains, animal diet game, producer / consumer /decomposer game). IF you don't have internet you can always think of creative ways to practice multiplication and division facts. I hope everyone has a good book to read. If any student writes a report on the book they are reading during the snow break I will give them an extra credit "A" in reading.
Week of 1/11/16
This week we are learning about irregular plurals. I've attached the weekly word list below. In reading groups we are working on making inferences and predictions while reading.
We will continue our unit on Fractions. Students will need to know how to compare fractions with unlike denominators while using a picture or model to help.
Science and Social Studies
We are beginning our next Science unit which is in Life science (ecosystems,food chains, and animal adaptations). This unit will go through February.
Dear parents - we are completely out of tissues and baby wipes in my classroom. If anyone could donate a box or two that would be great! Thank you so much!!!!!!!
Week of 1/4/16
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful Winter break.
This week we are working on the same word study words as the week before break (the list is still attached below). They are all on plural endings. The test for these words will be this Friday.
In math we are starting our unit on Fractions.
Science and Social Studies
We will be having our unit test on Economics this Friday. I am sending home the study guide today. After that we will begin our next science unt which will be Life science and Animal adaptations.
Homework and tests
I will begin attaching the weekly word study lists on my webpage for parents to review. I will aslo be attaching the study guides for science and social studies tests about a week prior to the test. For math tests, I will post a "practice test" for each unit several days before the test. All of these things will also be sent home in your child's folder but I thought it would be a good idea to post it here as well in case of absences (or if a student looses their original copy).
We only have quarterly tests for reading but we do have a weekly reading quiz. The best way to practice for this is by making sure you student is reading at home at least 20 minutes (4 days a week) and filling in their monthly reading log (in their agendas). For those of you that would like your child to be doing more I've attached a reading response activity. I will give extra credit for any student that turns this in (one per quarter).
I've attached the monthly newsletter below!
We have had a great first few days back at school. I have a lovely class and I'm thankful for all their cooperation this week . Many of you have already signed up for Class Dojo - thank you! I'm hoping to use it as a tool for better parent / teacher communication and as a way to motivate the students to have quality behavior in the classroom (if you are not sure what I'm referring to please send me an email - I sent a letter home about this on the first day of school with the parent and student codes). I have told the students that as long as they are in the "green" (positive points) by the end of the day they have reached their goal. For those students that are in the red that means they have received more negative points than positive and will need to try a little hard the following week. The students that have the most points at the end of the week will be rewarded by having a special "lunch bunch" with me in the classroom, Thank you for all your support with this at home!