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Week 19

January 12, 2020 by Melinda Santos

*IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT MATH MAPS TESTING FROM MRS. ONO AT THE END OF THIS POST!

We’re fully back into the swing of things and I have to say how impressed I am with both classes’ ability to come back from a long break ready to learn and be present! I expected to spend some time reviewing expectations and procedures the first week back. They proved what great scholars they are by not needing to review ANY of those things! I hope this positive behavior continues throughout the second half of the year 🙂

Speaking of positive behavior, the 3rd grade class earned the rest of their marbles to go to Safeway. They have been working towards this reward since Thanksgiving. We will go as a class this Wednesday, January 15th at 1:30pm. If you are available to help chaperone this short excursion, please let me know. I would appreciate all the help I can get! Your child can bring a maximum of $10 to spend on snacks, drinks, etc. If you do not want your child attending this, please let me know as soon as possible.

This week, we will focus on the following skills:

Science: We will continue our exploration of weather by creating frost on Monday and tornadoes in a bottle on Wednesday. The students have shown great interest in extreme weather conditions so these activities will lead to further research into the causes of extreme weather.

Writing:  We will continue diving into our study of opinion writing by reviewing the format (using the acronym OREO) and determining if a reason is strong or weak. Our driving question will be: What can you add to your reason/evidence to persuade others to agree with your opinion? In cursive we will be working on the letter R.

3rd Grade ELA:  We will use our mentor text, The Polar Bear Son, to identify how readers synthesize information from a text as they read and how this helps their schema grow and their thinking evolve. We will continue working with adjectives and adverbs, and review irregular verbs. Our prefix of the week will be “re.” During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups.

  • Your student will be bringing home a list of words to study as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework. They will have lots of opportunities to study and practice these words in class, but I encourage them to quickly review them each night as part of their homework if possible. They will be tested on these words every 2 weeks.
  • Many students have asked to bring home their reading group books to read during their homework time. This is optional and by no means required, however, I see how this can be an efficient use of their homework time. Please keep in mind, they are not required to complete any additional activities or questions at home. They have plenty of class time to get all of their group reading and assignments completed.

4th Grade ELA:   We will use our mentor text, The Polar Bear Son, to identify how readers synthesize information from a text as they read and how this helps their schema grow and their thinking evolve. We will continue working with adjectives and adverbs, and review verb tenses. Our prefix of the week will be “de.” During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups.

  • Your student will be bringing home a list of words to study as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework. They will have lots of opportunities to study and practice these words in class, but I encourage them to quickly review them each night as part of their homework if possible. They will be tested on these words every 2 weeks.
  • Many students have asked to bring home their reading group books to read during their homework time. This is optional and by no means required, however, I see how this can be an efficient use of their homework time. Please keep in mind, they are not required to complete any additional activities or questions at home. They have plenty of class time to get all of their group reading and assignments completed.

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.
  • Scholastic is having celebrating their 100th anniversary and will reward bonus points for all student orders. Our Scholastic class code for ordering is VY888. Please submit order by January 30th.

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Santos

A Note from Mrs. Antoniono:


Happy New Year to all of you!  We had a great first week back from break and I’m excited about the months to come in math.  Perhaps your student came home this week talking about the math MAPS test that we will be taking next WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15th.  This is our mid-year check in to make sure each student is growing and on track.  


The 3rd grade is working to earn 300+ growth points, and in doing so we will earn a “Game Night” (in the morning).  The children are excited about this incentive.  I have been meeting with each student to go over their individual goals and we’ve had some great conversations about how they can set themselves up for success.  (If I haven’t met with your student, we will be meeting early next week).  


Some of the students thought about hoping on IXL this weekend to go over some lessons that might be challenging for them.  This is not mandatory, just something some of them wanted to do.  (Remember everyone’s password to IXL is ono3).  I also encourage all of you to make sure your student is getting adequate sleep over the next week as well as a nutritious start to each day. Next Wednesday would be a great day to bust out the eggs and bacon for breakfast! 


They have already put in all the hard work.  Now it’s time for them to show us how much they have grown.  I will be getting in touch with each of you in the weeks to come regarding your student’s progress on MAPS.  Thank you so much for your support during testing windows.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!