Welcome to March! I’ve heard that it’s been predicted to be a crazy weather month this month. I’ve heard that we could potentially have a blizzard. Now, I’m not a meteorologist, I’m just passing along the information that I’ve heard. With this crazy Georgia weather, I guess anything is possible! We have a very busy week this week, so I’ll get right to what we’ll be learning. Also, this week, we will have our annual Read Across America activities. If you are interested in Skyping in or coming in to read to the class for a few mintues, please feel free to email us and let us know. I believe we’ll be skyping with Oma, aka my mom to hear a story from Birmingham. Skype is a great way to get involved, even if you can’t take off from work to get here. If you have a computer or a phone and have a few minutes to be able to read to us, we’d love it! Just email Mrs. Poulos or Mrs. Homer and we’ll take care of the rest. On Monday, because of Read Across America, if your child would like to bring a device to help them read, they may bring it. However, we have explained to them that if they are not being respectful and responsible, they will be placed back in the backpacks and not be allowed to be used. We have also mentioned to the students that they may bring their “pillows/blankets” as long they can fit in their book bags.
Grammar – This week, we will be revisiting a story we covered during our science unit of weather. We will be working with a mentor sentence from the book Snowflake Bentley. Our focus this week will continue to be on figurative language, but this week’s figurative language is on similies. We’ve covered similies before, but it’s always a good idea to revisit them. Therefore, we will be reviewing similies. As a review for you, similies are a form of figurative language when authors compare two different things using the words “like” or “as.” This week, the students will be expected to identify what the author is comparing by reading the sentence. The students will also be expected to write their own similies comparing snowflakes to something else.
Writing – We are finishing up our informational writing this quarter. These next few weeks, we will be talking about environmental “issues” for lack of a better term. The students will be able to research an environmental issue such as “ocean trash,” “wild fires in California and Australia,” “Deforestation/New Construction,” “Polar Ice Caps,” or “Invasive species being released.” The students will be doing some research on the topic in order to write/talk about it.
Science – Hooray! We’re finally through with a large chunk of Social Studies and moving back into Science. This week we will begin our unit on Ecosystems. We will be focusing on the roles of a producers, consumers, and decomposers in a community. We will also be talking about words such as camoflauge, food webs, food chains, etc. This is probably one of my favorite units.
Math – This week we will be taking the Quarter 3 touchstone and continuing to focus on adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. We will also spend some time this week working on transferring an improper fraction to a mixed number. Unfortunately, I don’t have any “magic spells” or ways to teach how to do this, other than the “old fashioned” way we all learned how to do it with. I’ll see if I can find some more videos on the subjet to add to the “Math How To” tab.
This week, we have lots of things going on. Please be sure to check your child’s agenda for any changes that might come up this week. Otherwise, please read below about all the fun activites going on around our school this week.
Monday, 3/2/20 – Dr. Suess’ Birthday – Read Across America Day
Monday, 3/2/20 – Book Fair Opens – our shopping time is 7:15-8:30. Students must come to the classroom and check-in, prior to attending the book fair. The Book Fair will close at 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/3/20 – Book Fair – our shopping time is 7:15-8:30. Students must come to the classroom and check-in pirior to attending the book fair. The Book Fair will close at 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/3/20 – Quarter 3 Math Touchstone – there really is no way to study. Just keep practicing those multiplication/division facts.
Wednesday, 3/4/20 – Book Fair – our shopping time is 7:15-8:30. Students must come to the classroom and check-in pirior to attending the book fair. The Book Fair will close at 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, 3/5/20 – Book Fair – our shopping time is 7:15-8:30. Students must come to the classroom and check-in pirior to attending the book fair. The Book Fair will close at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 3/5/20 – Bedtime, Books, and Brownies – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is a great time! You get to come to school that evening in your jammies to listen to some bedtime stories and then get a bedtime snack of milk and brownies. It’s truly a phenomenal experience!
Friday, 3/6/20 – Last Day for Book Fair. Book Fair will close at 12:00 noon.
Wednesday, 3/11/20 – Early Release Day – Please let your students know how they’ll be going home.
Friday, 3/13/20 – Mrs. Homer’s Favorite Day
Friday, 3/13/20 – End of third quarter (yikes!)
Friday, 3/20/20 – Third quarter report cards to come home in graded paper folder.