August 3oth– Used book sale in the Learning Commons. Soft back books fifty cents, hardback books $1.
September 2nd- Schoolwide STEM/Career Day. Students will participate in standards based STEM activities as well as hear from adult volunteers regarding various careers.
September 5th- Labor Day, no school
September 7th- Progress Reports go home for students who have a one in an academic area or behavior issues.
September 9th- At 1:30 the school will have a Patriot Celebration for our local first responders. Students are asked to wear red, white, blue or a combination of the three for the day.
September 13th- We will begin standardized testing with the CogAT. More information to come.
September 26th-30th- Fall Break, no school
Language Arts Brooks/Dorsett/Wilkes:
Due to STEM day on Friday and a media lesson on Monday, there is NO SPELLING this week. We will continue reading in independent books and partner books. Our focus lessons will be on sequence. Eagle Eye reports are due each Monday. The children were notified on Thursday and had a visual reminder on the board all day Thursday and Friday. They were also reminded to get at least one Eagle Eye form before they left school on Thursday and Friday. Several students turned in Eagle Eye reports early and don’t have one due on Monday. We encourage them to turn them in early so they can just play all weekend.
In writing we will continue to develop strategies for writing ideas and work on writing “seed” stories. Last week we discussed a “watermelon” idea, such as Disney World, and talked about how we could write all year and not cover everything for a trip to Disney World but within that large idea there were “seeds”. The children then brainstormed writing about meeting their favorite princess, riding a roller coaster, seeing the castle for the first time, etc. that could all be developed into stories. We will develop one of their seed stories this week and work with our partner to edit the piece. We will also be working on common and proper nouns to help with capitalization within our writing.
This week in Math we will begin working on solving addition problems with 2 three-digit numbers using strategies based on place value. We will also work on solving word problems and writing a constructed response to show our understanding of the problem and support our mathematical reasoning.
he following links may be helpful for you to see the strategies we use with the students when working with addition. We do expose the students to the standard algorithm but encourage use of other strategies for calculation.
We completed our study of maps, longitude and latitude. We will revisit it again when we begin our study of Greece. Ask your children to share the chant and hand movements we came up with to remember what latitude and longitude are and how they help us. Here is a link for a fun video e watched in class. Warning: the tune is catchy and it may be a tune that you can’t get out of your head. The kids loved it!
We will begin our study of rocks this week. Students will have an opportunity to work as junior geologists and sort rocks based on classifications they feel are appropriate before learning the classifications used by geologists. They will also use science tools to closely examine and weigh a rock they find on our rock hunt later during the week.
Friday is our STEM DAY. We are really looking forward to it.
Small group Reading/Math/Writing:
This week in math we are going to continue to work on place value, making tens and number sense. We will introduce the topic of rounding and look at one step word problems. I know it will be another fun week!
In small group reading we will continue using the FUNDATIONS program. We are going to learn and practice letter formation, phonological awareness, sound mastery, phonics word structure, vocabulary and much more. I am excited to start this program with our group. There will be spelling homework again this week, the test will be on Thursday because Friday is our school wide STEM / Career day. Watch for more information to come home in your child’s agenda. Don’t forget to sign the agenda each night!
In our small group writing class we are going to follow the Lucy Calkins program of writing. We will be learning how to write a personal narrative using the best small moment story that you can write. We will continue to practice and use correct grammar in our writing. And begin to use our writing journals more. Don’t forget that every week children will need to read at least 20 minutes every night and be prepared to turn in an Eagle Eye every Monday morning. We did an Eagle Eye together last week. We are going to Read a book about Pirates and do some writing following the book study. I am looking forward to another great week!
Monday- PE (wear sneakers)
Tuesday- Health (wear sneakers)