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Week 23 Reminders

Happy Monday,

Here’s what is coming up:

Looking ahead:

Wednesday, Feb 14th, Class Valentine Party from 2:15-2:45- Students do not need to bring a box, we are decorating bags in class. They DO NEED TO BRING VALENTINES to pass out to the class. We have 20 students and I sent home a class roster last week.  Please let me know if you need anything Parents are welcome to join us!

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Friday, February 23rd 2:30-2:50 Wax Museum

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

Friday, March 2nd- Music costume due

Friday, March 23rd- Grandfriend’s day

Week 23

Math Workshop-  examples and non-examples of fractions, learn the difference between fractions of a whole and a set, represent fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 using concrete objects and pictorial models

I can define a fraction as being a part of a whole and represent fractions using models.

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies-

I can notice how the character talks and acts in a story and make a theory.

Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

Science- In science lab, students will learn what UV rays are and how they are harmful.  

I can understand how UV rays can be harmful and how to protect myself.

Mentor Sentences-Olive My Love- focus on adjectives

Words Their Way- Test this week!

Writer's Workshop- In 20 years… a unit about our future.

I can use creative writing to develop an imaginative story about my life.

Week 21 Reminders

Sign-ups are posted for Dr. Seuss Week if you are interested in coming in to read to our class.  

Looking ahead:

Week of Feb 5th, Kindness Week

 Week of Feb 5th, Valenkinds Sales

Week of Feb 5th, TAG Testing

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Wednesday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day party @ 2:15

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

Week 21

Math Workshop- read a word problem and determine whether to use multiplication or division, demonstrate multiplication and division strategies such as equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, number lines and strip diagrams  

I can solve multiplication and division word problems using multiple strategies.  

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify:  inferences and forms of poetry.

I can make inferences in a poem and identify forms of poetry.

Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- This week, we are continuing to explore the planets while learning about constellations.   

I can accurately order the planets and understand how stars make constellations.   

Mentor Sentences-Groundhog Gets a Say I can use conjunctions to make a complex sentence

 Words Their Way- Test on Thursday

Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Figurative Language (Metaphors, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration, Hyperbole, Personification), Different Types of Poems (List, Acrostic, etc.)

I can add figurative language to my poems and write different types of poems.

 

Week 20 Reminders

We will begin new spelling groups on Wednesday.  Students will receive their words on Wednesday and will test next Thursday.

As a reminder, your child should have come home with a paper from Mrs. Morgan the music teacher.  Students are expected to research their assigned person and write a paragraph about that person.  This will be due next Monday, January 29th.  Please let me know if you need further information. 

Here’s what is coming up:

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

Week 20

Math Workshop- multiplication strategies using partial products, open arrays, and standard algorithm

I can multiply a 2-digit by a 1-digit multiplication problem using multiple strategies.

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify:  main messages, dialogue and rhyme in poetry.

I can find the main messages in poetry and understand dialogue and rhyme.

 Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- We are continuing our journey through the Solar System by learning more about the 8 planets

I can understand characteristics of the 8 planets that orbit the sun. 

Mentor Sentences-Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco Identifying Onomatopoeia and Personification

Words Their Way- New words come home this week!

Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Poets find a small moment/object that holds a BIG feeling, Writers Look with Poets eyes, Line Breaks and Stanzas, Similes.

I can find a small moment that holds a BIG feeling. I can look with a poet's eye. I can use similes in my poetry.

Week 19 Reminders

Here’s what is coming up:

Thu, Jan 18, 3:30pm Auditorium, Armstrong Spelling Bee

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday Monday-Friday,

 February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

 

I will be sending more info out soon regarding needing readers during Dr. Seuss week.  Thank you to those of you who were able to send in Clue.  We are looking forward to playing it today!

 Week 19

Math Workshop- read a word problem and determine whether to use multiplication or division, demonstrate multiplication and division strategies such as equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, number lines and strip diagrams

I can solve and represent multiplication and division word problems using models.

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify: imagery, synonyms and antonyms and main messages in poetry.

I can explain and identify: imagery, synonyms and antonyms and main messages in poetry.

Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- This week we are starting a journey into the Solar System with a focus on the sun.

I can identify needs for the sun and understand the size of the sun in comparison to the planets.

Mentor Sentences- The Wretched Stone, conjunctions and adjectives

Words Their Way- Students will get their new words and possibly new groups Wednesday, January 17th.  

Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Introduction to Poetry, Where Poems Hide, Taking One Place/Word and Writing Long, Poet's "Territories"

I can find where poems hide and write long on a simple idea.

Week 18 Reminders

Parents,

We will be wrapping up our Mystery Unit next week and plan to have a celebration on Tuesday, January 16th by playing the board game, “Clue” during our reading time. If your student has the game would you be willing to label the box and let us borrow it. You can send it with your student anytime between now and then. Thank you for your continued support!

 Here’s what is coming up:

Monday, January 15th MLK Jr Day No School

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

 Week 18

Math Workshop- division strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, and number lines, strip diagrams

 I can model and solve division problems through different models

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Finding Hidden Clues, Figuring out what Kind of Mind Work the Mystery wants the Reader to do, Applying the work of one kind of Fiction to all Fiction and Solving Mysteries that Relate to Character and Plot

I can find hidden clues in mysteries using mind work and relate one kind of fiction to other kinds.

Science- This week we are learning about weather tools and different weather patterns across the U.S.

I understand how weather tools are used to make predictions. 

Mentor Sentences- The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Conjunctions and Independent clauses

Words Their Way- No Spelling Words this week. Students will be placed in groups this week and new words will come home Tuesday, January 16th.

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Assessing and Preparing for Publication, Goal Setting with More Independence.

I can proofread my work, receive help from a partner, and publish my final essay.

Week 17 Reminders

I look forward to seeing you if you are able to make our class party this Friday from 9:30-10:00.  Remember, we will be dismissing at 1:00 on Friday.

There will be no homework page this week, but I will still be checking reading logs. 

Here’s what is coming up:

Fri, Dec. 22 Class Party 9:30-10:00

Fri, Dec 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release

Mon, Jan 8th, First Day of 2nd Semester, expect construction fence and front entrance closed, use alternate entrance

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 17

Math Workshop- properties of multiplication, multiples of a number connection to multiplication 

I can explain and demonstrate the properties of multiplication. I can count multiples of a number.

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Identifying false clues in a mystery, Using Context Clues to Understand, Recalling All I Know About Mysteries.

I can identify a “red herring” and use context clues to understand what I read.

Read Aloud- WhoDunnit- The Diamond Heist

Science- In science lab, we will be learning about soil formation. 

Social Studies-I can use what I have learned about maps to create my own.

Mentor Sentences- “Polar Express”- Compound predicates and figurative language

Words Their Way- No Spelling Words this week, We will be re-assessing in class.

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Choosing Words that Sound Right and Evoke Emotion, Revising Your Introductions and Conclusions to Get Your Audience to Care.

I can choose words that sound right and evoke emotion. I can revise my introduction and conclusion.

 

Week 16 Reminders

Here’s what is coming up:

Dec 6th – Dec 20th, PAWS collecting socks, tights, and diapers Fri, Dec 22nd, Class Parties 9:30-10 More info to come!

Fri, Dec. 22 Class Party 9:30-10:00

Fri, Dec 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release

Mon, Jan 8th, First Day of 2nd Semester, expect construction fence and front entrance closed, use alternate entrance

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 16

Math Workshop- multiplication strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, and number lines 

I can model and solve multiplication problems through different models.

 

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Holding onto the Mystery, Even When the Book Is Long and Tricky, How Mystery Books Go, Reading On, Influenced by Knowing How Mysteries Usually Go, Raising the Level Of Partner Talk.

I can use reading strategies to write and talk about my mystery and I can collaborate with my partner to solve a mystery.

Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”

Science- In science lab, we will be looking at the formation of igneous rocks.

I can understand how plate tectonics causes changes to the Earth. 

Social Studies-I can identify features of a map including directions, legend and scale.

Words Their Way- New words this week, spelling test 12/21/17

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Organizing and categorizing, Proving by Showing, Writers Select and Discard Material, Paragraphing to Organize our Drafts.

I can organize my draft, give strong examples, and discard unnecessary information.

 

Week 15 Reminders

Happy Monday,

Please remember the 3rd grade will be walking to HPMIS this Tuesday, December 5th around 12:45-2 to enjoy a drama. The weather looks like it might be chilly, please make sure your student dresses accordingly.                                                          

Here’s what is coming up:

Week of Dec 4-8, Inclusive Schools Week

Tue, Dec 5, 11:00am Parent program in auditorium, Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Virtual World, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, internet safety

Tue, Dec 5, 1:00pm 3rd graders field trip to HPMS for drama presentation

Looking ahead:

Dec 6th – Dec 20th, PAWS collecting socks, tights, and diapers

Fri, Dec 22nd, Class Parties 9:30-10 More info to come!

Fri, Dec 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 15

Math Workshop- introduction into multiplication, strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, and area models

I can make observations about multiplication situations all around me.

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: When the Going Gets Tough, Readers Need Strategies, Thoughtful Writing and Talking about Reading, Mystery Readers, Like Crime Solvers, Often Collaborate with Partners to Solve Mysteries.

I can use reading strategies to write and talk about my mystery and I can collaborate with my partner to solve a mystery.

Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”

Science- In science lab, we will be looking at the formation of metamorphic and sedimentary rock through weathering and time.

I can identify how sedimentary and metamorphic rock is formed.

Social Studies-I can recognize the importance of being inclusive to all members of a community.

Mentor Sentences- The Absent Author- proper and common nouns

Words Their Way- Test this Thursday!

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Considering the Audience to Say More, Editing as You Go, Taking Stock and Setting Goals, and Gathering All You Know About Your Opinion.

 

I can directly address my audience and edit as I write.

Week 13 Reminders

Welcome back, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!                                  

Here’s what is coming up:

Fri, Dec 1, prepare for construction fence, begin no parking on Byron, no access to front door

 Week of Dec 4-8, Inclusive Schools Week

Tue, Dec 5, 11:00am Parent program in auditorium, Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Virtual World, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, internet safety

Tue, Dec 5, 1:00pm 3rd graders field trip to HPMS for drama presentation

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 13

 Math Workshop- addition and subtraction strategies integrated into money situations

I can demonstrate my knowledge of addition and subtraction strategies and apply this knowledge to money.

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Drawing on All We Know about Solving Mysteries to Read Mysteries, Trying to Solve the Mystery Before the Crime Solver does, Predicting in Mystery Text.

I can read mystery books and make predictions based on all I know.

Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”

Science- In science lab, we will be learning about how watersheds are helpful for communities. 

I can identify a watershed and determine how it is useful. 

Social Studies- This week, we will be learning how to read a map. 

I can identify features of a map including direction, scale, and a legend.

Mentor Sentences- We are reading Grandpa’s Teeth and will be focusing on subordinate conjunctions. 

Words Their Way- New words this week, Test next Thursday.

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Practicing Persuasion, Gathering Brave, Bold Opinions for Persuasive Writing, and Drawing on a Repertoire of Strategies for Generating Opinion Writing.

I can practice persuasion by generating brave and bold opinions.

Week 12 Reminders

New News: Attached you will find an answer key to the homework.  Homework should be a review of class learning, but we know sometimes children forget.  This key will hopefully provide you with some guidance if your child is unsure of something and you are unsure of how to help them.  

Reminder: Thanksgiving bags are due this Thursday if you are participating in this great cause.  The meal packing will take place on Friday. 

The spelling test will be this Thursday.  Students should have their words glued into their agenda. 

Here’s what is coming up next week:

Tue, Nov 14th, Alice’s Garden Week B

Wed, Nov 15th, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

Fri, Nov 17th, 8:30 1st Grade Musical Performance

Fri, Nov 17th, 10:30am-12:30pm Thanksgiving Service Project Meal Packing

Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving Break

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 12

 Math Workshop- count groups of unlike coins, show multiple ways to demonstrate a specific amount of coins,

I can determine the value of a collection of coins and bills and apply this skill to word problems and pictorial models.

Number Talks-Subtraction: Adding Up & Removal Strategies

Reader's Workshop- Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Idea and Text Structures- Read Biographies through different lenses, Seek underlying ideas in true stories, and identify when a text is hybrid nonfiction and adjust accordingly.

I can read narrative nonfiction through the lens of story and reading-to learn,  and produce a synthesis of narrative text.

Read Aloud- “The Story of Ruby Bridges”

Science- We are learning about food chains, food webs, and the impact humans, development, and other animals can have on the ecosystem. 

I can identify how changes in the food chain impact the entire ecosystem. 

Mentor Sentences- We are practicing visualizing the story when the author uses strong visual words. 

Writer's Workshop- This week, we are working on publishing informational writing pieces.  

I can assess my own informational writing.

I can draw on everything I know about informational writing to be the best writer I can be.

Week 11 Reminders

Here are some things coming up in the week ahead:

Tue, Nov 7th, Election Day

Tue, Nov 7th, Alice’s Garden Week A

Fri, Nov 10th, 7:00pm Armstrong PTA Auction

Tue, Nov 14th, Alice’s Garden Week B

Wed, Nov 15th, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

Fri, Nov 17th, 8:30 1st Grade Musical Performance

Fri, Nov 17th, 10:30am-12:30pm Thanksgiving Service Project Meal Packing, more information coming

Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving Break

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 11

Math Workshop- Solving multistep addition and subtraction word problems using strategies such as models (base 10 blocks), number lines, partial sum and differences, algorithm and strip diagrams. Estimating to find solutions using compatible numbers or rounding.

I can use different strategies to solve one and two-step addition and subtraction word problems.

Number Talks-Subtraction Strategy: Adding Up

Reader's Workshop- Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Idea and Text Structures- Using Text Structure to Hold On to Meaning in Narrative Nonfiction, Summarizing Narrative Nonfiction and Tackling Hard Words that complicate meaning.

I can use different ways of reading a nonfiction text to decide if it’s an expository text or a story, summarize the story and tackle hard words.

Read Aloud- “Wally Amos” and “The Story of Ruby Bridges”

Science- In science, we are learning how organisms within populations impact the ecosystem.

               I can show how plants and animals depend on each other and their physical environment

Social Studies- Describing other cultural celebrations and the regions where they are celebrated.

Mentor Sentences- Emphasis on adjectives

 Words Their Way- New words this week, but students will not get them until Thursday

Writer's Workshop- The Art of Information Writing: Putting Oneself in Readers' Shoes to Clear Up Confusion, Using Text Features Makes It Easier for Readers to Learn, Fact-Checking through Rapid Research, Punctuating with Paragraphs.

I can use text features accurately and punctuate with paragraphs.