REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Math - We will take our Topic 6 test on Tuesday and will begin Topic 7 on Wednesday. The focus on this chapter will be using the hundred chart, number patterns and skip counting.
Spelling words this week - Our spelling words this week are: stretch, strap, squish, squid, sprint, split, scrub, scratch, because, when
In reading, our unit's focus is discussing the narrator in stories. This is a good conversation to have with your child in their own books they are reading. We have learned that sometimes the characters tell the story, and sometimes it is the author. We can use clue words to help us figure it out (I, me, we, etc).
In writing we are having so much fun in our unit on opinion writing. The students have been writing about their favorite piece in their collections and giving reasons why it is their favorite.
In science we began learning about matter. We focused on solids and described properties of different solids. We will do some experiments with the solids next week.
Online Book Orders will be due Tuesday. The website for ordering is: www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. Our online code is: H7XJK
Pennies for Patients continues through the end of the month. I encourage students to bring in their collection boxes by January 25 as the amounts will be collected and counted in each classroom on this next date.
Stomach Bug is going around at school! This is just something to keep in mind. Many students at this age complain of stomach pains, however, these can be anything from hunger to needing to use the bathroom. Please note that it can be something more around this time. We are working on good hygiene in the classroom to help with this!
Friday Art in Action was so much fun! Thank you to our parent volunteers for helping with this! The clay will need to dry for awhile. It will then go into the kiln. After we will glaze and paint it. They will be at school for awhile before we finish the whole process.
Library will be Thursday this week.
Oldies But Goodies (previous announcements left for your reference)
*Xtra Math - Your home folder will be sent home on Monday. In the folder will be an access code to a new website/app called xtra math. I will introduce this site to the class on Monday. This program is strictly to help with math fluency in addition and subtraction. The letter will have more information about this program. This is an optional activity to do at home. We will not be using this in the classroom. One note as well - it says you can purchase the app for $5. While I think it is easier to use on an iPad, you can simply go through Safari to access it at no charge.
Planning a trip longer than 3 days? The office requests that if you are going to have a planned absence lasting longer than 3 days that you see them to fill out an absence form. Thank you!
Spelling City is is great website that helps your child work with his or her spelling words at home. It is a free site that offers games, and interactive activities. After you create a login, you can type in your child's spelling words and they can practice for the week. My own children used this site for years and loved it! I will keep a link to this site in our right margin. You can find it at www.spellingcity.com
-Raz Kids - This next week we will begin Raz-Kids in the computer lab. This is a subscription reading site that the students will use on a weekly basis as a reading center. They will also have access to this at home. The parent letter in the home folder discusses this information and allows you parent access as well. Students will be able to read leveled books and answer questions about each book. They will need to read and listen to the book before answering the questions and will have to get all 5 questions correct before moving onto the next book in their group. There is a fun rocket building portion that they may do at home. I recommend that if the students do this at home, they only read 1-2 books at a sitting at most.
Snacks - A couple of reminders: Please remember to place your child's snack in a separate area from their lunch. It can make getting it out difficult at recess. However, please make sure the snack is in a zipped up area in your child's backpack. Birds have been known to steal snacks in open backpacks outside! Please note: Our classroom this year is nut free.
8:30 Warm up, attendance
8:45 Reading Workshop
11:20 Social Studies/Science
2:00 Finish Math
Extras: Mondays Library 10:55, Tuesdays Music 9:55, Every other Wednesday buddies 12:00, Fridays Computers 10:45