Can you believe it is February already? It amazes me how fast the year is going. They do say that time flies when you're having fun. I guess we have been having a ton of fun because time sure is whizzing by!
We have a busy week ahead of us. On Thursday, I will be here in the building but not in the classroom. I will be attending a core connections training, and obtaining a lot of fabulous information to use to take the children's writing to the next level! I do expect the children to be on their best behavior for their substitute. Please don't forget that Thursday is the final day to pay for our upcoming field trip. No payments will be accepted after 6:00 P.M. Also, as with any field trip, no refunds will be given. If you have misplaced the consent form, you can access a copy by clicking on the PDF file at the bottom of my webpage.
As of Friday we will be officially half way through the third nine weeks. I have some exciting news regarding your child's progress report. We are going green! You will be receiving an email from the central office letting you know that you will be able to view your child's progress report via your skyward account. If you are having issues with the internet and need a hard copy of your child's progress report, please let me know and I will be happy to send one home.
In reading this week, we will be looking at week 4 of Unit 4. The following skills will be addressed this week:
* Comprehension Strategy: Visualize
* Comprehension Skill: Theme
* Vocabulary Strategy: Literature: Folktale/Drama
* Phonics: R-Controlled vowels: /ir/ eer, ere, and ear
* Weekly Selection: Folktale: "How the Beetle Got her Colors"
* Grammar: Irregular verbs
I am thrilled to say that as a whole, the class spelling grade is improving. Please remember that it is very important the your child be studying their spelling words each day. With the increase level of difficulty, they cannot wait until the night before and expect to perform well. If they need additional help, they can go to www.spellingcity.com and practice. In order to access the lists, once they are on the home page, they will need to click on search. Then from the drop down menu, they will click on "teachers/parents." Once the screen pops up, type my name in the search box. Scroll down until you locate my name (Tracy Caputo) and click on it. The lists are listed by the weekly story.
Estimating lengths in feet, choose a tool for measuring, displaying measurement data, reviewing and completing the assessment for chapter 8 comprise the math lessons for the week. We have started the 4 facts, so please practice them at home. The fact assessment will be on Thursday.
We are currently talking about Colonial America and Immigration in social studies. I expect to finish this particular unit up at the end of the week or the beginning of the following week. We will then shift back to science for a few lessons on Matter.
Don't forget to send in those box tops, plus we can always use items for our treasure box. If you are able to help out, please remember to submit your receipt for PI credit.
This is a kind reminder to please contact with any questions or concerns that you may have via your child's agenda or email. I wish you all a very productive work week!