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Week 22

February 2, 2020 by Melinda Santos

We closed out January with some fun activities! To wrap up science for the year, we created our own fossils and discussed some of the projects we’ll be working on when we begin our Social Studies unit this coming week. We also enjoyed our visits with mystery readers for both classes and met up with our 7th grade reading buddies.

In reading groups, the Brainy Bunch group enjoyed reading “in disguise” to relate to one of our characters, while the Word Wizard group performed a very entertaining reader’s theater of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to practice their fluency. Many groups are wrapping up their novels and will begin a more targeted focus on nonfiction texts both in reading group and as a class. Our MAPS scores indicated this was an area where many students need further practice. An easy way to help your student practice this at home is by looking through magazines or newspapers together and identifying the different features (headlines, captions, graphs, etc.) and discussing how to use those features to better understand the article.

This upcoming week, we will be practicing the following skills:

Social Studies: Please remember to send the Family Information form back to school with your child by February 3rd. We will begin our exploration of immigration to America by examining some of the reasons people immigrated. To introduce the topic of immigration, we will be watching Fievel: An American Tale to discuss why the characters from the movie wanted to immigrate.  We will also discuss our ancestors who immigrated to Ellis Island by sharing the information on our Family Information sheet.

Writing:    We will begin planning and writing our opinion essay using the OREO format, introductions that hook the reader, and strong conclusions.  In cursive we will be working on the letter U.  

3rd Grade ELA:  We will use our mentor text, I Wonder Why Penguins Can’t Fly, to introduce nonfiction text features and review main idea and supporting details. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups.

    Spelling:

  • Students should continue to practice their spelling words this week for at least 5 minutes each night as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework.  Spelling tests will be on Thursday, February 6th. 

   

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.  Our suffix this week will be “less”.  

4th Grade ELA:    We will use our mentor text, I Wonder Why Penguins Can’t Fly, to practice identifying nonfiction text features and using those features to interpret information and better understand the text. We will also review main idea and supporting details. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups.

Spelling:

  • Students should continue to practice their spelling words this week for at least 5 minutes each night as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework.  Spelling tests will be on Thursday, February 6th. 

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.  Our prefix this week “tri”. 

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.
  • Candy grams will available for purchase during lunch and will be delivered on February 13th.  They are $0.50 each and can be purchased for anyone in the school.
  • No school on Monday, February 17th for President’s Day.
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new book! Scholastic is continuing their bonus points on all orders over $10.00. Each student order will earn double bonus points for our class. Our Scholastic class code for ordering is VY888. Please submit orders by February 27th.

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

Thank you,

Melinda Santos

A Note from Mrs. Antoniono:

In 3rd grade math we have just finished up our final unit on multi digit multiplication and making sense of division. I am proud of the multiplication and division work completed by this group of kiddos and I feel confident sending them on to 4th grade with a strong base.

I have noticed a handful of students who have passed certain facts during math facts, but who really struggle to recall products within the classroom. I’m going to have some of them back up and retest the facts that are challenging them. I will reach out to you individually if I’m noticing this struggle with your child. 

We are moving into a big unit on Fractions! Im so exited to teach this group of students this important foundational unit. This is a great time to talk to your 3rd graded about fractions in the home- when cooking, or building, or sharing, etc. 

A big thanks to all of you for supporting your child and having them hop on Khan Academy at home. This is a resource available to them for the remainder of the year. Feel free to encourage them to do it at anytime!  Of course, be in touch with any questions or concerns!