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Week 18 – Welcome Back!

January 5, 2020 by Melinda Santos

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday break! I’m excited to see all the kiddos on Monday and hear all about their holiday adventures 🙂

Thank you all so much for all the sweet gifts and Christmas cards before the break. One of the biggest blessings from this past year has been having not one but TWO great groups of students (and parents!). Our parties and movie field trip could not have happened without the support and help of our parent volunteers so thank you to everyone who chaperoned the field trip and/or brought goodies for the party.

Our first week back will be spent getting back into routines and preparing ourselves for the second half of the school year. Although MAPS testing for reading is out of the way and the results were very positive, the rigor naturally increases as we finish the 2nd trimester (mid-February) and begin the 3rd. I look forward to seeing what these scholars are capable of as they rise to the challenges ahead!

This week, we will focus on the following skills:

Science: Students will begin a new unit on weather by discussing weather patterns and identifying the different tools used to measure weather. We will build a weather vane and use that, along with a few other resources, to observe the weather every morning this week. We will also talk about different cloud types and how they can help forecast weather conditions.

Writing:  We will begin our study of opinion writing by first exploring the structure of opinion pieces (using the acronym OREO) and practicing how to generate an opinion, justify it with reasoning, and then turn it into a persuasive essay. In cursive we will be working on the letter Q.

3rd Grade ELA:  We will use our mentor text, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, to practice identifying the central message or theme of a story and compare this to the main idea. Additionally, we will discuss how and when to use adverbs. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos while I administer mid-year John’s reading assessments.

4th Grade ELA:   We will use our mentor text, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, to practice identifying the central message or theme of a story and compare this to the main idea. We will use this skill to review some of the texts we have previously read to find the themes and main ideas within those stories as well. Additionally, we will discuss how and when to use adverbs vs. adjectives. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos while I administer mid-year John’s reading assessments.

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday (no homework was assigned over break).
  • Please review the new pick up procedures from the email that was sent out from the school.
  • If you haven’t done so already, please consider washing your child’s backpack, lunchbox, jacket, and water bottle to prevent illnesses. I have washed and sanitized as many items in the classroom as possible over the break so we can have a fresh start when we come back.
  • 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