Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week of December 1

Welcome back from Thanksgiving! I hope that you have a fabulous, family filled week!

This week brings a lot of fun and excitement! Just like all weeks! :)  December 2, Tuesday, is field day.  Please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately so they can enjoy all of the fun and excitement!

This week in math we will continue to work on numbers and how they are related when adding and subtracting.

In Language Arts we will be talking about author's purpose in nonfiction books as well as starting our Gingerbread Themed work.

In science we will start learning about Earth and Space!

Spelling Words: 

Thursday night brings the second round of Parent Teacher Conferences.  If you have any issues, or I haven't seen you for a conference yet this year, please schedule a time with me if we don't already have one scheduled.  Also, please feel free to contact me by email if you have any questions!

Happy December!  :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

This week...

This week, there is no spelling test.  Practice those sight word lists! There will be a celebration on Friday for those that have reached the different levels.  Everyone should have their name written on the 100 word star by now! If your child hasn't done that, please work on that for this week!

We will be making some fun Thanksgiving things throughout the week while practicing graphing and writing.  If you are planning to be out, please give me a heads up so I can send home the creations before Thanksgiving break!

Please be sure to read with your child over the break!  There will NOT be a home work packet over the break.  The next one will come home the 5th of December.

Parent Teacher conferences are coming up in December. I will be giving first chance to those that I have not met with already this year and those students that I am worried about.  If you have questions, please let me know!

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Thank you for all you do to support our learning!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Great American Teach In HELP!!!

Calling all parents, friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins!!!!!

HELP!!!! We need some career folks to come share their jobs with us!  Here are the time slots that we are needing help to fill in our room for Thursday, November 20:


If you are interested in helping there is a form to fill out. I would be happy to email it to you if you are able to come share your career talents with us!  THANK YOU!!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

News and Information

Hello families! Sorry that it has been so long since I last posted!

This week's spelling words are: might, sight, light, right, fighter, and tight.  As you can tell we are doing the -ight family as many of the words on the 3rd 100 word list have the -ight sound in them.

From now until Thanksgiving break:

If your child hasn't yet completed the first 100 words and isn't on their way through the 2nd 100 words, then please be sure that you are regularly practicing them!  Please send them back to school when your child knows a list or 2.  The motivation is great!  A celebration for all of those that have finished the first 100 as well as a bigger celebration for those that have finished the second 100 word lists will be happening the Friday before Thanksgiving break!

In social studies we are beginning to talk about Pilgrim children and children of today.  It is a fun way to learn about a long time ago and compare and contrast it to their own lives.

In science we are working on a class "science fair project".  Shhh!  The kids don't know yet....   We are going to figure out why the Statue of Liberty is green when she is made out of bronze!   It includes vinegar and salt--for those that love salt and vinegar potato chips it is a sensory filled experience! :)

In math, we are working on fact families and truly understanding what the equal sign means.  We are also working on some graphing that will include some Thanksgiving fun!

A little note about reading levels and such....the key to documenting reading levels is for your child to be able to read with accuracy the text that they are presented with.  This means that they need to say the correct word AND/OR correct themselves when they make a mistake.  They also must be able to retell and relate to what they have read without much prompting to do so.  These are the key features to showing that you are able to read a different level than where you currently are.  So, if your child is able to read chapter books but doesn't read words accurately and doesn't go back to fix a mistake when they realize it doesn't make sense, then it isn't considered a "just right level" for them at that point even though they can "read" it.  If you have further questions about this, please let me know!  But this is certainly a way that you can help your child at home!!!  :)