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Week 23

February 9, 2020 by Melinda Santos

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A big shout out to all parents who helped their students research their family history to begin our immigration unit! I know this required quite a bit of time and effort, but all the kiddos really enjoyed learning about and sharing their ancestry. We noticed a lot of commonalities and we were even able to practice some geography skills by locating some of the different countries our relatives came from. Thank you to those of you who have also sent in some cereal boxes for our project at the end of the month. If you have any extras, please keep sending them in!

This week, we will be practicing the following skills:

Social Studies:  We will continue discussing immigration by reading about the process immigrants went through at Ellis Island.

Writing:   By the end of the week, we will have our final drafts completed for our opinion papers.  In cursive we will be working on the letter V.  

3rd Grade ELA:  We will use our mentor text, When Marian Sang, to work on our inferencing skills and practice using commas in addresses and dates and capitalization of names and titles.  During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups with a focus on nonfiction texts.

 Spelling:

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

   

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 will be “in”.  

4th Grade ELA:  We will use our mentor text, When Marian Sang, to work on our inferencing skills and practice using commas in addresses and dates.  We will also continue practicing how to use context clues to determine word meaning and identifying theme and main idea. During Daily 5, students will work on Must Do/May Dos and meet with me for reading groups with a focus on nonfiction texts.

Spelling:

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

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 “quad”. 

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 school on Monday, February 17th for President’s Day.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be February 28th.  A Sign-Up Genius link will be sent through email in the upcoming weeks.
  • 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 order by February 27th. https://clubs.scholastic.com/homedef?esp=SBC%2Fib%2F20190627%2F%2F%2F%2Fclubs%2FcorpHP%2Fshopnow%2F%2F%2F%2F%2F&src=NEWRCOSIGNIN

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 had an AMAZING first week studying fractions.  The children are knee deep in fraction manipulatives and have been determining the size of fractions very well.  We have worked on partitioning shapes, using repeated addition of unit fractions to determine a whole, finding the fraction that matches a shaded part as well as an unshaded part, and discovered fractions equal to a half.  I will encourage them to build fractions and take this hands on approach for weeks.  Building this foundation is imperative for fraction success in the years to come.