Happy Spring!! Hopefully you all have looked over your child's report card and gave them praise for a job well done! Please sign the bottom portion and return it in the envelope on Monday.
This week our daily schedule will change due to our fellow third graders taking the FSA. I have spoken with the children on how the week will go. We will have an extra long morning in the classroom, but I am confident that the children will be able to handle it. We wish our friends luck with the testing. We know that they have worked hard and are more than prepared.
New AR goals have been set for the final nine weeks. The boys and girls will not have a full nine week period to test. The library will close about two weeks earlier than the last day of school. With this in mind, the goals were not set as high as in the past. As of now, it looks like the final day to test will be May 8th.
Due to FSA testing on Friday, March 27th, no volunteers will be permitted at school. Those of you who signed up to help out that afternoon, I greatly appreciate your willingness to be here, but unfortunately you will not be able to be here. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
In reading this week, we will look at Unit 5 week 5. The following skills will be addressed:
* Comprehension Skill: Connections within the text: Cause & effect
* Phonics: Short vowel digraphs: /e/: ea; /u/: ou and /I/: y
* Grammar: Pronoun-verb agreement
* Genre: Expository text: Setting the Rules
In math, the children will complete the assessment for chapter 11 on Monday. We will then begin our mini lessons for getting ready for third grade. Finding sums on an addition table, estimating sums with 2 & 3-digit addition, and estimating the differences will comprise the math lessons for the week. Your child's math homework will take on a new look this week. Each child will bring home a "Choose & Do Math Grid." They will have all week to complete a total of 5 of the activities on the sheet. Number 5 on the grid is a must, but the other four are up to your child. Each grid will focus on one skill from the year. I will be going over the grid with the children on Monday and answering any of their questions. Once you have seen the grid, if you should have any questions, and your child cannot answer them, please contact me. We will also be starting the 8s in multiplication. Pease be reviewing them at home.
This week will begin our unit on the body. The children will be learning about the location and function of the brain, heart, lungs, stomach, and our bone. This is always a fun unit for the children. At the end of the unit, each child will make a cut-out of themselves and label all the body parts, in addition to writing a brief summary of each part. The bio-buddies turned out fantastic! We will finish up with presentations on Monday.
If you signed up to donate an item for our spring celebration, please have it turned in by Wednesday. I truly appreciate all of your donations. Don't forget to include your receipt for PI credit.
This is a kind reminder to please contact me 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!