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Mrs. Renfroe 1/20/20

January 20, 2020 by Janet Renfroe

We had lots of fun in science this past week! We created frost and made tornadoes in a bottle as part of our interactive weather unit. We also enjoyed our reading time with our 7th grade buddies!

Our 3rd and 4th grade catch me jar winners are shown below. Both students were recognized for going above and beyond in the classroom. Well done!

This week, we will be practicing the following skills:

Science: We will wrap up our weather unit with a research project on extreme weather.  After learning about the main types of extreme weather, students will work in groups to conduct further research that will be turned into a poster and presented on Thursday.  Parents are invited! If you are interested in coming, we will begin around 8:30am on Thursday, January 23rd.

Writing:  This week, we will be incorporating writing for our science project for a cross-curricular research project.  In cursive we will be working on the letter S.

3rd Grade ELA:  We will use our mentor text, Ruby’s Wish, to discuss character interactions and review character traits. Our grammar focus will be identifying irregular nouns and making nouns possessive. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups.

    Spelling:

  • Students brought home spelling lists in their homework folders this week that they need to practice for 5 minutes each night as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework.  This list also includes some of their Latin/Greek words that they have already been tested on for meaning, but there will be 2 of those words added to their spelling test on Thursday, January 23rd. 

  • While it may appear that some of the words your student brought home are a bit “easy”, they are grade-level sight words and are often words that students struggle to spell correctly in their writing.  Our focus is not on just correctly identifying these words as is typical for sight word practice. Our focus is aimed at spelling them correctly since sight words don’t typically follow the “rules” of phonics. 

  

Latin/Greek:

  • Every week, students are given 5 words that introduce either a new prefix or suffix.  They will practice these words throughout the week and have a test every Thursday over the prefix or suffix meaning.  Because of the short week, we will not introduce a new prefix/suffix this week.  

4th Grade ELA:   We will use our mentor text, Ruby’s Wish, to discuss character interactions and point of view.  Our grammar focus will be possessive nouns. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups.

Spelling:

  • Students brought home spelling lists in their homework folders this week that they need to practice for 5 minutes each night as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework.  This list also includes some of their Latin/Greek words that they have already been tested on for meaning, but there will be 2 of those words added to their spelling test on Thursday, January 23rd. 

  • While it may appear that some of the words your student brought home are a bit “easy”, they are grade-level sight words and are often words that students struggle to spell correctly in their writing.  Our focus is not on just correctly identifying these words as is typical for sight word practice. Our focus is aimed at spelling them correctly since sight words don’t typically follow the “rules” of phonics. 

Latin/Greek:

  • Every week, students are given 5 words that introduce either a new prefix or suffix.  They will practice these words throughout the week and have a test every Thursday over the prefix or suffix meaning.  Because of the short week, we will not introduce a new prefix/suffix this week. 

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.

  • Scholastic is celebrating their 100th anniversary and will reward 100 extra bonus points for all student orders over $10.00. Our Scholastic class code for ordering is V8KG9. Please submit orders by January 30th.

  • There will be a Save the Koalas dress up day on Thursday, January 23rd. Students who wish to participate need to bring in $1 and may wear gray that day.  All proceeds will be donated to the Australian wildfire fund.

  • If your child has a game or extracurricular activity, I would love to come and show them my support. Please let me know when and where so I can try to make it!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Have a wonderful week!

Thank you,

Mrs. Renfroe