Field Day is coming! Students are invited to bring in their favorite board game (all pieces intact, please :). This event will be held on Friday, May 17th.
Our Awards Program will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd from 10:30-11:30! I hope to see you there!! A letter will be coming home if you would like to donate some healthy breakfast items for our ceremony. Look for that coming in the Monday Folders!
This year Reading, Math, and Science are all connected through www.thinkcentral.com. Your child has a user name and password that is on a label in their agenda. There is also a label for http://fcatexplorer.com where your child can work on reading skills practiced throughout the year. I have now added a Social Studies label, as well. This website is connected.mcgraw-hill.com. Your child also has a user name and password for this, too. Thanks!
Please send in a healthy snack each day for your child. We have lots of great learning going on during the day and a mid-morning snack is a great way to stay focused! Some examples of a healthy snack are: applesauce/fruit cups, yogurt, graham crackers, Goldfish, pretzels, any cut-up fruit or grapes, granola bars, etc… Thank you! If you’d like to donate snacks during the year for those that forget a snack, it will be greatly appreciated!
Next week in reading we will have a theme review week. Our skill is fact and opinion. We will read the story, "The Case of the Too Hot Apple Cider." Our phonics skill will be on with the /er/ sound, such as in words as lunar, cellar, and corner. Our grammar skill will be on subject and object pronouns. Our reading test will be broken down into two days. On Thursdays we will take the comprehension and “cold read” portion of the test and on Fridays we will take the vocabulary and grammar portion of the test. Our spelling test will be every Thursday, unless noted otherwise in the planner. *Our Theme Skills Test will be this week, as well!
In Math we will continue with Going to 5th Grade Lessons, which are snipets of lessons they will learn next year. We will also continue to review fact families. Your child will be bringing home math facts. The top half of the page will be timed and completed in class, and the bottom half is homework. Timed Fact Assessments will be every Thursday. Please practice these facts nightly.
We are now back to Science. We will be dissecting owl pellets! We will take the week to take apart owl pellets and discover what our owl ate and record our observations in our journals. We will share our findings on Friday, May 10th. Unit 10 in science is all about animal life cycles and habitats. Unit 10 test will be Friday, May 17th.
In Writing we are practicing narrative story writing. These prompts will have a main theme throughout the story, either a problem being solved or a big event. There will either be attempts and failures to solve that problem with an ultimate solution or events that take place because of the big event. Both cases will have an ending wrapping up either the problem or main event. We will practice these and file them in your child's writing portfolio. We are also looking at anchor papers from the state, which can be found in your child's writing binder.
Remember to send in those Box Tops and Campbell’s Soup labels!
You can always check your child’s progress in AR through Renaissance Place:
Thank you so much for your support this year. I know we will have a great year together. Thank you for sharing your precious children with me. I look forward to a great year! Any question, comments, or concerns, please feel free to stop by, jot a note in the planner, or email me any time!
Lesson 20: “The Case of the Too-Hot Apple Cider”
ominous – something ominous is a sign of trouble or a warning that something bad is going to happen
confound – if you confound a person, you surprise or confuse him
miserable – a person who feels miserable feels uncomfortable or unhappy
gracious – someone who is gracious is pleasant and polite
beams – someone who beams is grinning
self-assurance – people who have self-assurance are confident and sure of themselves
monitor – when you monitor something, you regularly check its progress
exposed – a thing that has been exposed has been uncovered and has lost its protection from its surroundings
installed – if you installed a piece of equipment, you put it in to make it ready for use
looming – when an event is looming, it seems likely to happen soon