We have lots important events coming up and lots to accomplish before we breeze into Christmas break! With that in mind, I’ve listed important events/announcements below:
- MAPS testing for reading begins tomorrow for both 3rd and 4th grade! Please make sure your student gets lots of sleep this week, eats breakfast prior to coming to school, and packs a nutritious lunch and snack.
- 3rd grade students will be walking to the Fallon theater on Monday the 16th and 4th grade students will be going on Tuesday the 17th. Both classes have chosen the movie Home Alone. If you do not want your student to attend the field trip, please contact me as soon as possible.
- We need a few more parent chaperones for our walking field trip next week. Please take a look at our class sign up link at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44a9aa2ba5fc1-movie
- We will be doing a STEM challenge on Wednesday. I need several plastic bottles, any size. If you have any empty ones at home, please send them in with your student prior to Wednesday. Thank you!!
- The 8th grade classes will be hosting their annual lemonade/hot chocolate stand the week of December 16-19th. Students from all grade levels may purchase drinks during lunch and recess. If your student would like to purchase lemonade or hot chocolate, please have them bring in their loose change.
- I will be sending out a sign up genius link this week for our class holiday party. We will be having it on Thursday, December 19th in the afternoon.
This week, we will be working on the following skills:
Science: Students will participate in a Grow the Grinch’s Heart STEM challenge. We will experiment with the reaction between baking soda and vinegar. This will lead us into a discussion about carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, and cause and effect.
Writing: Students will practice their persuasive writing by creating a real estate listing for a gingerbread property they will create themselves. We will present our listings to the class to see who can convince their classmates to “buy” their listing! I am very excited to see the finished products! In cursive we will be working on the letter O.
3rd Grade ELA: Our focus skill this week is using inferencing skills to better understand the story and writing how-tos using transition words. We will also continue to compare and contrast similar texts. We will be reading The Carpenter’s Gift as our mentor text and comparing it to the story The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree. During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to review skills and work on their reading strategies.
4th Grade ELA: Our focus skill this week is using inferencing skills to better understand the story and writing detailed how-tos using transition words and descriptive verbs and adjectives. We will also continue to compare and contrast similar texts. We will be reading The Carpenter’s Gift as our mentor text and comparing it to the story The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree. During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups for their novel studies and book clubs.
- Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.
- 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!
A Note from Mrs. Antoniono:
In math, the 3rd graders have been working extremely hard on different kinds of division word problems. Some problems require them to deal out items, sometimes they have to group items, sometimes they have to compare two things and they also have to make sense of remainders. I’ve been so impressed with their work this past week. We will review all these types of division on Monday and there is a Division assessment on Thursday. Then we will be spending the rest of our time before the holidays working on some geometry standards. I think this will feel like a refreshing pause after all of the heavy content we’ve been covering this year.
3rd grade math will be taking their mid year MAPS test in mid January. After all the hard work they have put in so far, I’m really excited to see that progress reflected in their scores come January! If you ever have questions regarding your 3rd grader’s math class, don’t hesitate to reach out- firstname.lastname@example.org.