We have a busy week this week!
There will not be any homework this week.
It’s National School Counselor Week! Here are the dress up days for the remainder of the week:
Tuesday: Super Career Day
Wednesday: Super Color Day
Thursday: Sports Day
Friday: East Side Eagles Day
On Wednesday, we will have a speaker who ties in folktales and civil rights. It will also be Valentine’s Day! Please be sure your child has a box or bag decorated to collect their valentines. Make sure the hole at the top is big enough to fit larger valentines. Some people like to give little goody bags out. Also, if you are making valentines please be sure everyone in our class gets one. There are 23 students now.
Thursday we will be doing a STEM activity in the morning. Then we will have book buddies in the afternoon.
What are we learning this week?
Reading: We are finishing up point of view this week. Then we will try to read more fairy tales!
Spelling: We are learning about “reptile” words and “hornet” words. We will learn how to break up these types of words into 2 syllables and the rules each of these types of words follow. “Reptile” words have the silent e at the end to make the second half of the word have a long vowel sound. “Hornet” words have an r controlled vowel and we need to remember the different sounds r controlled vowels make.
Writing: We are learning how to rearrange and expand sentences. Sometimes sentences sound better if we say them a different way. We can add adjectives and adverbs to our sentences to give them more details.
Health: We are learning about dental health this week. We had an author come today to read her book to us about remembering to brush your teeth or else you have bad breath, yellow teeth, and can get cavities! We will be learning to brush 2 times a day, visit the dentist, floss, eat food with calcium, and avoid sugary food. All of these things help us keep our teeth healthy and cavity free!!
Math: We are continuing to work on word problems this week. Most students know how to solve the problems, but are making errors with their computation. Double checking their work would help them catch some of these mistakes.
Valentine’s Day is coming up! We currently have 23 students in our class. If you choose to do valentines, please be sure there is one for everyone in our class. Also, please do not write names on each valentine. Your child can sign their name at “From”, but it makes it very difficult to pass out when you write each individual child’s name for “To”.
Please decorate a box or bag to collect your valentines in at home this year. Be sure the box has your name on it and a large enough opening for valentines to be put in. It should also be large enough to hold 23 valentines from friends! You can send in the boxes/bags next week on Valentine’s Day.
We will have our field trip to the ballet on Wednesday this week. Please have your child wear their class shirt for the field trip.
On Thursday, we will dress FANCY for our visit from the Fancy Nancy author.
What are we learning this week?
Reading: We are learning about the point of view of different characters. We will also discuss who is telling the story.
Spelling: We are learning about “rabbit” words to help us know how to read certain spelling patterns.
Writing: We are working on friendly letters this week. We are trying to remember the comma after the greeting and the comma after the closing.
Social Studies: We are learning about Juliette Gordon Low. There is a study guide as part of homework. We should be taking the test on Friday this week.
Math: We are working on word problems this week. They are the same types of word problems we have already learned about, but we will be using bigger numbers this time.
Picture Day will be on Thursday, February 1st. Everyone will take the class picture. Only the students with a payment envelope and order form will have their individual pictures taken. Please be sure to turn in your payment by Thursday morning when your child gets to school.
We have found 2 volunteers to help out in our room on Wednesday this week. Thank you to Julianna’s mom and Ethan’s mom!
If you want to order a Fancy Nancy book, you will need to use this link:
We cannot accept checks or cash anymore. The author will be here NEXT week to speak with our students.
What are we learning this week?
Reading: We are finishing learning about the lesson of the story tomorrow. Then we will begin looking at the point of view of different characters and practice reading in the voices of different characters.
Spelling: This week we are learning about the 2 different sounds Y can make at the end of words. It will either make an E or I sound.
Writing: We are continuing to work on our opinion writing. We are making sure we start with an introduction, have at least 3 reasons, explain a couple of our reasons a little more, use some linking words/transition words, and have a closing sentence. We will use a checklist this week to make sure we are including everything.
Social Studies: This week we are learning about Jackie Robinson. There is a study guide as part of the homework this week. I’m planning to give the test on Thursday. Be ready!
Math: We have been working on counting money and solving word problems involving money. Counting coins that go over a dollar has given us a little trouble, so we are spending a couple extra days on that this week.
If you wanted to order any of the Fancy Nancy books for our author visit next week, you are going to need to visit www.foxtalebookshoppe.com and pay by credit card. We will no longer be able to accept checks or cash. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Also, I am still looking for 2 volunteers that watched the training video during Open House to come into the classroom on Wednesday, January 31st from 9:30 – 11:00 while I am at a meeting. I can leave an activity for you to complete with the students, if you have not been trained to teach an Adventures in Art lesson. Please email me or sign up on the Shutterfly website, if you can help out.
The 100th day of school is on Friday. Don’t forget your child may dress up as a 100 year old on Friday, if they want to!
I am still looking for 2 volunteers to help out in the classroom next Wednesday, January 31st. You would be conducting an Adventures in Art lesson with the class while I am in a meeting. You would be with the students from 9:30 – 11:00. Please sign up on the Shutterfly site, if you can help or email me.
We will have 2 authors visiting over the next couple of weeks. There will be 2 separate book order forms coming home, if you would like to purchase a book from the author. The author of Fancy Nancy, Jane O’Connor will be here next week. Her order form came home today. The order forms and payment are due back on Monday, January 29th. An order form for our other author visit (Alison T. Broderick) will be coming home on Monday next week.
We are going to try to get back on track this week!
We will go see the 3rd graders’ music performance Tuesday morning in the cafeteria.
STEM Family Night is Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:30. Come explore some STEM activities with your child. It will be a lot of fun!
On Wednesday, we will have a Wellstar lesson called “Get Fit”. They will come and teach us about being healthy.
Friday will be the 100th day of school. We will celebrate by dressing like we are 100 years old. (Please note: We will NOT be able to have a parade this year due to scheduling conflicts.)
I am looking for 2 volunteers to teach an Adventures in Art lesson on Wednesday, January 31st. You would need to be in the classroom from 9:30 – 11:00. If you are going to lead the lesson, you should have gone to a training at the beginning of the year. The second person can be here to help, as long as they watched the training video during Open House this year. Please use our class Shutterfly page to sign up for those 2 volunteer spots.
Picture day will be next week on February 1st.
What are we learning this week?
Reading: We are learning about the lessons/moral of the fairy tales we are reading. This is a good skill that can be practiced with many other fictional stories as well.
Spelling: We are learning “The CH Rule” this week. This focuses on using -ch or -tch at the end of one syllable words. You use -tch when there is a short vowel sound right before the ch sound. If you hear another consonant, then you just use -ch.
Writing: We are continuing to work on opinion writing. This week we will practice using transitions and how to explain some of our reasons a little more.
Social Studies: We will finish up MLK this week and take the test on Wednesday. Please use the study guide to review this week. After that, we will begin to learn about Jackie Robinson.
Math: We are working on money word problems this week. We learned today how to write money amounts when there are bills and coins involved. Continuing to practice money at home would be good.
I wanted to let you know about a couple of things for next week.
You should have a study guide about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the homework from this week. The test about him will not actually be on Monday anymore, since we missed several days of learning about him. It will probably be Wednesday or Thursday now. Keep the study guide to continue reviewing next week too.
Our 100th day of school will be on Friday, January 26th. We are asking our students to dress like they are 100 year olds for the day. We are not sure we will be able to have a parade like normal, due to a scheduling conflict. Everyone can still dress up though! I’ll keep you posted.
Start planning your costumes! 🙂