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Week 20

January 19, 2020 by Melinda Santos

We had lots of fun in science this past week! We created frost and made tornadoes in a bottle as part of our interactive weather unit. Both the 3rd and the 4th grade classes also enjoyed their trips to Safeway and Maverik for their class rewards. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped make those trips happen.

This week, we will be practicing the following skills:

Science: We will wrap up our weather unit with a research project on extreme weather.  After learning about the main types of extreme weather, students will work in groups to conduct further research that will be turned into a poster and presented on Thursday.  Parents are invited! If you are interested in coming, we will begin around 8:30am on Thursday.

Writing:  This week, we will be incorporating writing for our science project for a cross-curricular research project.  In cursive we will be working on the letter S.

3rd Grade ELA:  We will use our mentor text, Ruby’s Wish, to discuss character interactions and review character traits. Our grammar focus will be identifying irregular nouns and making nouns possessive. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups.

    Spelling:

  • Students brought home spelling lists in their homework folders this week that they need to practice for 5 minutes each night as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework.  This list also includes some of their latin/greek words that they have already been tested on for meaning, but there will be 2 of those words added to their spelling test on Thursday, January 23rd. 
  • While it may appear that some of the words your student brought home are a bit “easy”, they are grade-level sight words and are often words that students struggle to spell correctly in their writing.  Our focus is not on just correctly identifying these words as is typical for sight word practice. Our focus is aimed at spelling them correctly since sight words don’t typically follow the “rules” of phonics. 

  

  Latin/Greek:

  • Every week, students are given 5 words that introduce either a new prefix or suffix.  They will practice these words throughout the week and have a test every Thursday over the prefix or suffix meaning.  Because of the short week, we will not introduce a new prefix/suffix this week.  

4th Grade ELA:   We will use our mentor text, Ruby’s Wish, to discuss character interactions and point of view.  Our grammar focus will be possessive nouns. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups.

Spelling:

  • Students brought home spelling lists in their homework folders this week that they need to practice for 5 minutes each night as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework.  This list also includes some of their latin/greek words that they have already been tested on for meaning, but there will be 2 of those words added to their spelling test on Thursday, January 23rd. 
  • While it may appear that some of the words your student brought home are a bit “easy”, they are grade-level sight words and are often words that students struggle to spell correctly in their writing.  Our focus is not on just correctly identifying these words as is typical for sight word practice. Our focus is aimed at spelling them correctly since sight words don’t typically follow the “rules” of phonics. 

   

Latin/Greek:

  • Every week, students are given 5 words that introduce either a new prefix or suffix.  They will practice these words throughout the week and have a test every Thursday over the prefix or suffix meaning.  Because of the short week, we will not introduce a new prefix/suffix this week. 

REMINDERS:

  • NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 20th for MLK day.
  • 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.
  • There will be a Save the Koalas dress up day on Thursday, January 23rd. Students who wish to participate need to bring in $1 and may wear gray that day.  All proceeds will be donated to the Australian wildfire fund.

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

Thank you,

Melinda Santos