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Week 10

October 20, 2019 by Melinda Santos

We are now officially into the 2nd quarter of school! To wrap up the end of our first quarter, students began our science unit on forces and motion with some hands-on science lessons teaching them about inertia, gravity, friction and Newton’s first law.

We also had our first opportunity to visit the 3D printing lab where a wonderful group of high school students walked us through the printing process and helped us print ramps, cubes, and spheres to do another science experiment with Newton’s first law.

Both 3rd and 4th grade spelling groups are ROCKING their way through their spelling patterns as they learn to identify, sort, and apply specific spelling features. I am so excited to watch their progress through the Words Their Way program and see how it improves their spelling AND their reading.

Third grade students got to pick their 7th grade reading buddies this week from Mrs. Byrd’s class. We will be meeting with them every other Wednesday to practice our reading fluency skills and to motivate each other for MAPS testing. I was very impressed with how patient and kind our reading buddies were and everyone read for 30 minutes without even realizing it!

Some skills we will focus on this week include:

Science: We will continue our Forces and Motion unit. Students will investigate Newton’s Second and Third Law of Motion by doing more hands on activities throughout the week to see the laws in action.

Writing:  Students will use all the techniques we have discussed to begin writing their own personal narrative. This week, we will focus on brainstorming ideas for our narrative and writing a first draft. In cursive we will be working on the letter J.

3rd Grade ELA: Students will learn how to use foreshadowing and flashbacks to develop predictions about a story and how to correctly use quotation marks. Our mentor text this week is Substitute Creacher. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to learn about and practice their spelling words.

4th Grade ELA: Students will learn how to use foreshadowing and flashbacks to develop predictions about a story and how to correctly use quotation marks. Our mentor text this week is Substitute Creacher. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to learn about and practice their spelling words.

REMINDERS:

  • Help our class earn books from our wish list by purchasing books for your kiddo through Scholastic (https://www.scholastic.com/home/). Be sure to use our class code when ordering VY888. They have LOTS of dollar deals and the latest Dogman and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday.
  • Please remember to label all of your student’s jackets, hats, and lunchboxes. The Lost and Found table is FULL of unlabeled items as students are frequently forgetting their outerwear outside during recess and PE.
  • Picture retakes are Monday, October 21. If you need your child to retake their picture, please let me know so I can be sure to send them at the appropriate time tomorrow.
  • Our class Halloween Party will be on Thursday, October 31st from 2:30-3:15pm. If you’d like to volunteer and/or bring an item for the party, please sign up through this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044FADA92EA7FC1-halloween

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Santos

A Note from Mrs. Antoniono:

This week in math we wrapped up our large unit on addition and subtraction.  We reviewed adding and subtracting within challenging word problems all week, and took our unit assessment on Thursday.  Overall, I was SO IMPRESSED with how the students did on this test.  It was not your average adding and subtracting test, so kudos to everyone.  This test will come home this week.  Please take a look at how your student did.  Remember, anyone who earned a 1, will have to have their test signed and returned to me.  I will continue to work with those students on this concept during Time Time Swap on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.  Next week we are starting a big unit on Multiplication.  I’m excited, as most of the kids have a pretty good understanding of multiplication and their multiplication facts.  That will help!  But of course our Singapore Math curriculum will challenge them and make them think in ways they haven’t quite yet.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding math, please be in touch!