Friday Wrap Up and Look Ahead
The Fall weather came earlier this week really gave me a boost of energy! (Now where did it go AND when is it coming back???) Please check out our new playground! I had the chance to supervise play on Thursday and the students LOVED it!!
Our week coming up:
In Writing, our 2nd Personal Narrative is still in progress. We will wrap it up next Friday. We will be adding what we call 3-D details (3 descriptive phrases to describe one moment in time or an object.). The rubrics from our first narrative will come home Wednesday. We keep the actual writing pieces in class to add to our writing portfolio. The writing will all come home towards the end of the year. This allows the students to see their growth as author’s. It is very powerful for them to compare a piece from September to a piece written in April or May. They are already commenting on how much better their writing is with this piece compared to the first one! For publishing, I am trying to acquire any fun copy/printer paper. I have some, but not enough, to meet the needs for publishing. I know they sell it at the dollar store and other places. If you have some extras at home we are always happy to use it. It doesn’t have to be a matching set! Thank you!
In Reading, we will continue to look at Author’s Craft. We discussed why an author might use specific words, and how do a character’s actions give us insight to what they are thinking. We picked out bold beginnings from different pieces of literature this week, and then used those as models to create bold beginnings in our own writing. I was proud of the determination they put into this, on top of the outstanding leads! We will look at Author’s craft for the next 2 weeks.
In Social Studies, we will begin learning about the Texas Revolution. This is an exciting time for the kids and they become so engrossed in the events that take place. We will spend 2 weeks immersing ourselves in this portion of Texas History,
In Math, we have jumped into our multiplication unit! Today we learned how to use the Break Apart strategy. Ask your child to show you an example or play a game with them using dice. They LOVE to be the experts! Next week we’ll work with the distributive property, partial product box method and the traditional algorithm. Traditional algorithm is the one most of us know and use. You’ll be amazed by how well students can explain what multiplication is and why it works that way once we finish this unit. MATH FACT practice is essential to success in this unit. Please help your child practice their facts daily. Our next sets of Fact quizzes will be mixed problems 0-10. Thank you!
Our new Science Unit begins next week. We’ll be investigating Light and Thermal energy! If your child wants to bring in their own flashlight for our experiments, they may. PLEASE send back the paper bag foldable if your child left it at home. We will use it for ALL 3 units. THANKS!!
Homework for next week:
Vocabulary study guides should come home today, Your child can cut it apart to make flashcards, or use it however it works best for them. They also have access to the online website:
We will have our QUIZ on Thursday, 10/26. I want the kiddos spending their time studying vocab and spelling during the week. Of course, as always reading, reading, reading! No response this week either!
Math will be p. 179-180 (ODDS)
****UIL WRITING- Mrs. Merida sent home a pink sheet today with students who are interested in joining the UIL writing team. The first practice is THIS Monday from 4-5pm. Please email her if you have any questions****
Next week is also Red Ribbon Week. Each day the students are encouraged to stand up to drugs and show their spirit in a different way. This also came home in Wednesday folders this week (AND IS WRITTEN ON MY PLANNER).
Tues=Wear shirt and hat backwards
Thurs=Wear Favorite sports jersey (or gear!) Hmmm, I wonder who I will wear?
Fri=Wear Peace signs or Tie Dye!
Important dates to remember:
10/26 Class Book Fair PREVIEW, for the real deal next week!
10/30-11/3 Book Fair (My favorite!!!!)
10/31 Donuts w/ Dads 7:30 (Yes, it is on Halloween, fun times! I will definitely be drinking my Starbucks that day!)
11/2 Family Science Night (6-7)
11/9 4th Grade program 9:30, 6:30
Have a FABULOUS FALL weekend!