This week in the Wonders reading program we will continue our focus on good citizenship, answering the question, “What do heroes do?” We will continue to practice summarizing a story, focusing on the sequence of our summary. As well, we will learn about contractions with the word not. Our spelling pattern this week will be oo words as in the words book and moon.
In Math next week we will continue our focus on geometry. We will discuss shape attributes (features), compare different shapes, and look closely at quadrilaterals.
As well, we will work to complete a final draft of the story we’ve worked so hard on. Students will also decide which piece of work they would like to submit for the young author’s award.
We look forward to a fun filled lunch this Friday, as a reward for our outstanding Bobcat behavior in the lunchroom. Hot lunch students will purchase their lunch and bring it outside. Cold lunch students will head right out for our picnic. The students will enjoy music and five extra minutes of recess.
This week in the Wonders reading program we will continue our focus on good citizenship, answering the question, “How do people get along?” We will continue to practice summarizing a story, naming pronouns, and learning more about suffixes. Our spelling pattern this week will be words with oy and oi.
In Math next week we will finish up an exploration within geometry. As well, we will take our end of Unit 7 math assessment. If we complete the assessment before the week is over, we will spend our extra math time focused on our STEAM project.
We continue to move forward with our STEAM project on erosion. The class identified that rock and plants may help keep soil in place. To test this theory, we have planted basil and daffodils. These two plants have a short germination period, so we are hoping to test our ideas at the end of next week. We will create a drip system (using a cup with a small hole) that is mounted with a ruler. We will observe the erosion of soil without rock, soil with rock, and soil with plants. We will also create landforms in our soil, and observe the erosion patterns that occur. This is an engaging way to tie our science learning together as we wrap up our learning.
Next week, some of the second grade students will be selling lemonade during snack time on Wednesday and Thursday. This is the culmination of an applied math project they have been working on. Lemonade will be 50 cents per cup. We would love your support!
As well, next Friday will be beach day at school. Earlier this year, Mrs. Howe’s fourth grade class challenged the school to set a reading goal in honor of Read Across America week. All of the classes met their goal, and to celebrate we will drop everything and read from 1:30-2:00 in our beach gear (no swimsuits please). What a fun way to end the day before April vacation!
This week in the Wonders reading program we will study the question, “How can people make a difference?” The students will learn about famous historical figures who have created positive change, as well as present innovators who are making a big impact. This ties in nicely to our town cleanup day this weekend! Our spelling pattern this week will be ou/ow. We will review pronouns, and practice using quotation marks.
In Math this week, we continue our exploration of measurement and data. The students are creating bar graphs and line plots using measurement data they have collected. We are integrating our knowledge of addition and subtraction to answer comparison number stories such as: How much longer is your arm span than your neighbors?
This week we will also continue our story writing. The students have learned six ways they can hook a reader with their first sentence. They are working to add dialogue to their stories and use meaningful vocabulary. We are off to a good start! As well, we will continue our STEAM project on erosion this week, by hypothesizing which soil types will erode more quickly.
Thank you to the many parents who have signed up for a parent teacher conference. You should have received a link from me to signupgenius.
Please take a moment to fill out the field trip permission slip and return it to school by this Thursday, April 11th. This allows us enough time to coordinate with Squam Lake and the bus company.
Report cards will come home this Friday, April 12th in student folders. Please sign and return the envelope to school on Monday, April 18th.
Next week in the Wonders program we will take our end of Unit assessment. I have broken the test up into smaller chunks, breaking the test up into more manageable pieces. The students will read two stories, answer comprehension questions about them, and then find similarities and differences between them. As well, there will be questions that assess grammar and spelling.
We continue our work with multi-digit addition (26+76), as well as addition with more than two addends (7+9+1+5). The students are working on finding friendly combinations within numbers (going to 10, 20, 30, etc.) It is exciting to see their strategies evolve as they build their comfort with larger numbers.
We continue our work in fiction writing. The students have created fictional characters and storylines, and are hard at work writing their stories. Their focus is on story order and strong vocabulary. We took a quick diversion from story writing to integrate haiku poetry into our nature study. The kiddo’s poems far exceeded my expectations. Look for them on our class bulletin board in the next week.
Thank you to the many families who have returned your permission forms to Squam Lake. There is not a limit on the number of chaperones we can take! We only ask that you drive yourself to our field trip location. Please return your field trip forms and payment by Thursday, April 14th.
Please look for an email from signup genius. I am making myself available to any family that would like to come in for a parent teacher conference. I know that scheduling can be difficult, and I am happy to have a phone conference with you if that is a better fit.