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Week 15

December 1, 2019 by Melinda Santos

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Fall break. We only have 3 more weeks before we head into Christmas break and lots to squeeze in before then!

The week before Thanksgiving break was pretty eventful! Our 3rd graders received their very own dictionaries from the Rotary Club, met with their 7th grade reading buddies, and engineered turkey traps. Fourth grade worked hard all week and enjoyed making turkey cookies on Thursday.

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

Science: We will begin our unit on the force of magnetism by testing the magnetism of different objects and exploring magnetic poles.

Writing:  Personal narratives are finally finished and ready for sharing! I am so proud of how hard everyone worked. Students will be invited to share their personal narratives with the class (and any parents who’d like to come!) on Tuesday starting around 8:30am. Students may bring a blanket and small pillow that day to enjoy our authors read-a-thon. In cursive we will be working on the letter N.

3rd Grade ELA: Our focus skill this week is comparing and contrasting similar texts. We will be reading Cactus Soup as our mentor text and comparing it to the classic story Stone Soup. Additionally, we will be working on identifying the differences between simple and compound sentences. During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to review skills and work on their reading strategies. If your child brings home their reading group book, please remind them to bring it back the next day so they can refer to it during group discussions.

4th Grade ELA:  Our focus skill this week is comparing and contrasting similar texts. We will be reading the folktale Cactus Soup as our mentor text and comparing it to the classic story Stone Soup. Additionally, we will be working on adding on to simple sentences to form compound sentences. During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups for their novel studies and book clubs. If your child brings home their reading group book, please remind them to bring it back the next day so they can refer to it during group discussions.

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.
  • Mid-years MAPS testing for reading will be the week of December 9th.
  • Student Council is hosting a pajama drive. If you’d like to donate pajamas for kids in need, please have your student bring them in.
  • If you or any family member or friend is interested in coming to read to either class as a “mystery reader,” please email me and I’d be happy to schedule a time. Thank you to all those who have already come in! They have thoroughly enjoyed the element of surprise and trying to guess who will be next ?

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Santos