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Mrs. Renfroe 9/21/19

September 21, 2019 by Janet Renfroe

Greetings! 

A few things of importance to note for this week:

  • Picture day for 3rd and 4th grade is Tuesday, September 24th. The order forms for K-4th have not arrived yet. You can place your order online at www.mylifetouch.com – the school picture day ID is CR809421Q0.  This ID is valid for both Monday & Tuesday pictures. Students must wear their school uniforms for pictures. 
  • Thursday, September 26th is pajama dress up day! Students must bring a minimum $1 donation  to participate. All proceeds will be going to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
  • Scholastic book orders are due at the end of this week! September 26th is the final day to order. Our classroom code for ordering is V8KG9.

This past week we had a blast during our Google Expeditions unit with Mr. Kelly. The kids loved finding the camouflaged animals! A huge thank you to Mr. Kelly for letting us check it out. We will definitely be incorporating more expeditions into our learning as we move forward. Mr. Kelly also invited the students to check out the 3D printing lab. I will be setting up a schedule with him so that our class can begin learning how to properly use the lab. I already have a large group of students who are excited to begin creating. I can’t wait to see the amazing things they will make! 

To expand on our camouflage knowledge, students also created camouflaged butterflies. Students were broken into two groups and took turns hiding their butterflies throughout the classroom. They then took turns finding each others butterflies. We had four students from the two teams that managed to create the most camouflaged butterflies. All four students ended up having to show the class where their butterflies were. Well done! 

Our class catch me jar winner from 4th grade was recognized for going above and beyond in the classroom. He chose a Walmart gift card as his prize. Well done!

This week, we will be working on the following skills in class:

Projects:  We will be learning about the four categories of camouflage: concealing coloration, disguise, mimicry and disruptive coloration. Students will also learn about natural selection and survival of the fittest/most adaptable. We will be using the peppered moth as a great example of the natural selection process. Students will then create their own creature that will use a form of camouflage to adapt to its surroundings. Our class objective is to use evidence to explain how variations in characteristics among same species may provide advantages in survival. 

Writing: Students will continue to practice using transition words to add detail sentences to a narrative. We will continue to describe feelings while using vivid details within our sentences.  We will also begin practicing dialogue and quotations. Students will create dialogue cartoon strips to share with the class. Students will be learning how to write the letter F in cursive this week as well. 

3rd Grade ELA: Students will practice alphabetizing words, review common and proper nouns, and use visualization to better understand a text. Our mentor text this week is Saturday and Teacakes. Students will also continue practicing their time management by completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5. 

4th Grade ELA: Students will practice alphabetizing words, review common and proper nouns, and use visualization to better understand a text. Our mentor text this week is Saturday and Teacakes. Students will also continue practicing their time management by completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5. 

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday.
  • Please have your student bring an Oasis approved jacket/sweater to school each week. It is getting chillier outside and can get cold within the classroom as well. Be sure to label your child’s items!
  • Please remind your student to bring a water bottle to class each week. 

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

Mrs. Renfroe