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Week 5

September 15, 2019 by Melinda Santos

It was another successful and productive week here in Mrs. Santos’ class!  Our 3rd graders presented their animal research projects and shared some interesting facts about their animals and why they tend to live in groups.  They are also working very hard (and getting very close) to earn their trip to Maverick. 

Our 4th graders worked hard to complete their Must Do/May Dos this week and did really well overall as a class on the comprehension quiz this week!  They are working towards a slime party!

This week, we will be focusing on the following skills:

Projects:  We will participate in a Google Expedition simulation with Mr. Kelly on Monday. Students will be studying the various types of camouflage that animals use. Students will then create camouflaged butterflies to place around the classroom. Our class objective is to use evidence to explain how variations in characteristics among same species may provide advantages in survival. 

Writing: Students will practice using transition words to add detail sentences to a narrative. We will also focus on describing feelings while using vivid details within our sentences.  Students will be learning how to write the letter E in cursive this week as well. 

3rd Grade ELA: Students will review and practice using synonyms during grammar. We will identify when and why a character’s feelings change throughout a story. Our mentor text this week is Crow Boy. Students will also continue practicing their time management by completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5. 

4th Grade ELA: Students will review and practice using synonyms during grammar. We will identify when and why a character’s feelings change throughout a story. Our mentor text this week is Crow Boy. Students will also continue practicing their time management by completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5. 

REMINDERS:

  • We will finish the John’s Reading Assessments this week to determine beginning of the year reading levels. 
  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday.
  • Thursday, September 26th will be pajama dress up day. Students must bring a minimum $1 donation to participate. All proceeds will be going to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
  • Scholastic book orders are due September 26th. Our classroom code for ordering is VY888.

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

A Note from Mrs. Antoniono:

This week in math we completed our first test on the Number Sense concepts we’ve covered so far this year. Mrs. Sorensen and I are still analyzing the results, and the tests will be handed back this week. We want to remind everyone that we made a huge shift in teaching the Singapore curriculum to a “T”- which is far more challenging than just the Common Core standards. Other graded classwork and homework will be coming home this week as well. Please take a look at how your student is doing.

This week we are reviewing addition and subtraction strategies that we learned in 2nd grade. We will also be teaching the standard algorithm of addition and subtraction- which will make it easier for you to help your student at home!