December9

## What’s Coming Up:

December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation in school field trip

December 18: Holiday Party 12:30-1:15 – all parents are invited!
December 19 & 20: Early Release, school dismissed 2 hours early

December 19: Grinch Day – wear anything grinchy, or just holiday festive!
December 23-January 3: Winter Break

January 20: MLK, Jr. Day – no school

January 21-24: Exceptional Children’s Week

## What We’re Learning:

Reading: We will work in Guided Reading Groups to work on comprehension of nonfiction text. Our focus will be on cause & effect, fluency, main idea and supporting details, as well as using nonfiction text features.
OG: r controlled vowels (er, ir, ur, or, ar)
Writing: We are continuing working on informational writing, using main idea and supporting details to write good, strong paragraphs with a topic sentence, detail sentences, and a concluding sentence. We will begin doing research to gather more details to support the main ideas.

Math: We have been working on areas of rectangular plane figures using the formula area=length x width.  We are going to begin learning about the distributive property  – how to break up tough multiplication problems in order to solve; they will decompose one factor and use smaller known facts to find products.  For example: 8×6 …. you can decompose the 6 into 5 and 1, and then have 8×5 =40, 8×1=8, and then add the 2 products together to get the answer: 40+8=48, so 8×6=48.

Math Fluency: We are continuing to work on our 2’s, 10’s, and 5’s in class Please continue to practice at home and let me know if you need me to help your child make some flash cards.

Social Studies: Native American unit

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November11

## What’s Coming Up:

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
December 6: Fall Fact Clubs end
December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation in school field trip
December 19 & 20: Early Release, school dismissed 2 hours early
December 23-January 3: Winter Break

## What We’re Learning:

Reading: We will work in Guided Reading Groups to work on comprehension of nonfiction text.  Our focus will be on fluency, main idea and supporting details, as well as using nonfiction text features.

OG: r controlled vowels (er, ir, ur, or, ar)

Writing: We are continuing working on informational writing, using main idea and supporting details to write good, strong paragraphs with a topic sentence, detail sentences, and a concluding sentence.  We will begin doing research to gather more details to support the main ideas.

Grammar: finish possessive nouns and begin verbs

Math: We are learning that multiplication and division are inverse operations.  Students are building fact families and using the multiplication table to help find the unknown.  We will also focus on one step word problems with multiplication and division.

Math Fluency: We are continuing to work on our 2’s and 10’s in class and will add in the 5’s this week.  Please continue to practice at home and add in the 5’s.  Please let me know if you need me to help your child make some flash cards.

Science: Fossils – what are fossils and how they form

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October28

## What’s Coming Up:

October 31: Market Day 7:50-8:40 (please see email with details)November 2: Fun Run
November 5: Teacher work day, no school
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
December 6: Fall Fact Clubs end
December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation in school field trip
December 19 & 20: Early Release, school dismissed 2 hours early
December 23-January 3: Winter Break

## What We’re Learning:

Reading: We are working on using headings and subheadings to help predict what we will be reading in our nonfiction text.  We will be reading for the main idea and supporting details and recording it using a “Boxes & Bullets” organizer.

Writing: We are beginning to write on our topic and will learn how to organize our informational writing by dividing our topic into subtopics with details.  We will then think about how to structure our writing and try several different ways: cause/effect, problem/solution, pros/cons, and compare/contrast. We will learn how structuring your writing differently makes in more interesting.

Grammar: Concrete and abstract nouns.  Concrete = nouns that you can see and touch (ex: book, car, boy, Zaxby’s); Abstract = nouns that you can’t see or touch (ex: happiness, knowledge, idea, courage, childhood)

Math: We are working on division this week while we continue to review multiplication.  We will learn that the unknown in division could be the number of equal groups or the size of each group.  We will practice partitioning into equal groups as well as learn that division is repeated subtraction.

Math Fluency: Please continue to work on multiplication facts of 2, and continue to work on multiplication facts of 10 (up to 10×10=100).  If you want me to help your child make flash cards please just let me know!

Science: Weathering & Erosion

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### Foundation Patron Drive

October25

The Foundation Patron Drive only has 1 week left.  Please donate to get our class to 100% and to help support all that the Foundation does to help support students and teachers.  Thank you to everyone that has already donated …. we are at 39% class participation.

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### October 21-25

October22

Thank you to everyone for meeting with us for conferences.  We enjoyed talking with you all!

## What’s Coming Up:

October 22: STEM Fair 5:30-7:00
October 31: Market Day 7:50-8:40
November 2: Fun Run
November 5: Teacher work day, no school
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
December 6: Fall Fact Clubs end
December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation in school field trip
December 19 & 20: Early Release, school dismissed 2 hours early
December 23-January 3: Winter Break

## What We’re Learning:

Reading – We are working on nonfiction reading and text structures using Time for Kids.

OG: y as a vowel; suffix -ed: suffix -ed can make 3 sounds: /d/, /ed/, and /t/

Writing: We are mixing it up this week with some narrative writing, some creative writing, and some informational writing.  Each student has an informational topic they are “experts” on and are going to use that topic to begin with.  Informational writers are teachers, and they will begin by teaching others about their topic.

Language Arts: We will work on capitalizing titles correctly

Grammar: proper and common nouns:  A common noun is any person, place, or thing.  A proper noun is a specific person, place, or thing.  Proper nouns are always capitalized.

Math: We are working on multiplication strategies this week: making equal groups, repeated addition, and arrays.  Students will be practicing in Guided Math groups and centers.  Please begin practicing multiplication facts with the 2’s times table this week.  (2×2, 2×3, 2×4, etc.).  We will be doing some fluency practice on 2’s.

Science: weathering & erosion

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October14

## What’s Coming Up

This week is Conference Week and Early Release all week.  We are looking forward to meeting with you all!

Foundation Patron Drive all month!

October 22: STEM Fair 5:30-7:00

October 31: Market Day 7:50-8:40

November 2: Fun Run

November 5: Teacher work day, no school

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

December 6: Fall Fact Clubs end

December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation in school field trip

December 19 & 20: Early Release, school dismissed 2 hours early

December 23-January 3: Winter Break

## What We’re Learning

Reading: We are going to begin reading nonfiction this 9 weeks.  We will begin by reading a Time for Kids and looking at nonfiction text features to help us understand and comprehend informational text.

OG: We will review suffixes and glued sounds -ng and -nk.

Grammar: common and proper nouns

Writing: editing skills

Math: We will begin this 9 weeks with looking at multiplication as equal groups and division as equal sharing.  We will learn strategies to help us consistently and independently multiply and divide within 100.  Our strategies for multiplication will include making equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, and skip counting  Our strategies for division will include partitioning, repeated subtraction, arrays, and fact families (related multiplication fact)

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### Foundation Patron Drive

October1

Foundation Patron Drive starts TODAY!!

Envelopes regarding the Patron Drive were sent home today with the youngest child in your family at Mt. Bethel. Our foundation does so much for our school, and they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of our wonderful families. Each family is asked to donate \$125 per student. This money pays for instructor salaries, professional development for teachers, updated technology, and important STEM Lab and classroom instructional materials.

On top of this, The NEW initiatives for the 2019-2020 school year are:
• Kagan Cooperative Learning training for ALL teachers
• Schoolwide implementation of The Voyage
• 4th grade study skills class
• NEW and exciting supplies for the STEM labs!
• 50 laptops and 2 charging carts for 2nd/3rd grade
• Orton-Gillingham Math Training for 2nd Grade teachers

Please consider donating to our Foundation!

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September30

## What’s Coming Up:

I have sent home letters with your conference time.  Please sign and return it to school ASAP.  Thanks!

Oct. 3: Trained Parent Volunteers in classroom from 8:15-10:15 while 3rd grade teachers meet to colloborate

Oct. 7: Tellus field trip

Oct. 10: Early Release – school dismissed 2 hours early

Oct. 11: Cobb Parks and Recreation in-school field trip

Oct. 14-18: Conference week and early release all week

Oct. 22: STEM Fair 5:30-7:00

## What We’re Learning:

Writing: We are beginning a new personal narrative using a small moment from Fall Break.  Students will begin with a graphic organizer and then expand their story as they write using details, descriptions, and dialogue between characters.

Grammar: pronouns – words that replace nouns

OG: glued sounds (-ng, -nk) and suffixes -s, -es

Math: We will be working on 2 step word problems involving addition and subtraction.  We will also begin multiplication and understanding what it is (equal groups) using repeated addition, arrays, and drawing out equal groups.

Science: Students will be classifying rocks by their physical attributes (color, texture, luster, and hardness) using simple tests.

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September16

## What’s Coming Up:

September 16-19: Book Fair

September 23-27: Fall Break

October 7: Tellus field trip – not returning to school until 3:15

October 10: Early Release – school dismissed 2 hours early

October 11: Cobb Parks and Recreation in school field trip

October 14-18: Conference Week, Early Release all week

October 22: Mt. Bethel STEM Fair 5:30-7:00

## What We’re Learning:

Reading: We will be finishing up our mentor text, Stone Fox, and working on how to figure out hard words – what they are and what they mean.  Good readers don’t just skip over them, or mumble through them, they use strategies to figure them out.

Writing: We will be finishing up our personal narrative “seed stories”. We will find the most important part of the story and slow down to add good details to it, as well as when to start to new paragraphs.  We will then publish them on Microsoft Word.

Grammar: irregular plural nouns; examples: child-children, mouse-mice, goose-geese, sheep-sheep

OG: We will be working on dictation this week reviewing all we have done so far.

Math: We will be working on subtraction using the strategies of expanded form and open number line, and begin working on 2 step word problems involving addition and subtraction.

Science: Students will be classifying rocks by their physical attributes (color, texture, luster, and hardness) using simple tests.

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September3

## What’s Coming Up:

September 4-6 – CogAT Testing
September 9-12 – IOWA Testing

September 9 – FACT Clubs begin

September 12 – Mt. Bethel’s book fair begins
September 23-27 – Fall Break

## What We’re Learning:

We have CogAT testing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Please make sure your child goes to bed early and eats a good breakfast!

Reading: We will focus on following textual cues as we read, and predicting.  Students will continue to work on finding books on their level to do their best reading, while working on fluency and continuing to check on their comprehension throughout their books.

Writing: Students will finish writing their first draft of their seed story, revise it by studying what other authors have done, and then develop the heart of the story (the most important part).

OG: We will work on the floss rule and dictation this week.

Math: We are continuing with addition this week. We will focus on addition within 1,000 using strategies (partial sums, expanded form, and number line). We will also work on 1 and 2 step word problems.

Social Studies: We will finish our unit on government.

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