Mrs. Baker's Class Newsletter

Feb. 14, 2014

What is going on?

What we are learning this coming week...

Math: This is an exciting week in math because we’ll be starting our second semester PBL project and it will tie in nicely with our math concepts!! We begin with a study of measurement where we will explore approximations and exact measurements of length. We’ll use standard and metric systems as we discover the rules of measuring length. We’ll use these new skills throughout our PBL project.

Reading: This week we move into an expository (nonfiction) unit. Students will learn how to merge thinking with new learning by “coding” on sticky notes. This practice will help students to monitor their inner voice while reading. This week we will also introduce “Reading Like a Third Grader” to our students. Together as a class, we will read short passages and accompanying comprehension questions. Students will learn strategies to help them think deeply about what they are reading and how to strategically answer multiple-choice questions in a testing format.

Writing: Students will be looking at a variety of procedural texts (cookbooks, How-To books, Drawing books…). Lists will be made on things we know how to do, know how to make and know how to “be”. Students will choose one of those topics and write a “How To” making sure to use sequencing words to show the order in their writing.

Science: This week we will be moving from food chains to life cycles. Students will observe distinct changes that some insects undergo in their life. Our focus during this unit will be insects. Students will learn some insects go through stages including egg, larva, pupa and adult; such as, crickets. However, students will observe that insect behavior and appearance can be very different from one life cycle stage to another, for example pupae are dormant while larvae typically eat, such as, the meal-worm.

Grammar: This week we will be focusing on prefixes and suffixes


Thank you for logging in and working on XtraMath! Kudos to the students who've practiced at least 3 times this week!

Please remember to be filling out your Six Flags Reading Log. They are due on Feb. 26th. We made a class goal!

Picture Retakes

Mark your calendars: Spring Pictures have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Thank you very much for all the “love” shown today! I appreciate all the sweets, goodies, chocolates, flowers, Starbucks, and kindness! Being around kids is the best part about Valentine’s day! Hugs, Peace, and Love!

Thank you to Mrs. Avendano for hosting a fantastic party! Wow! I think she could be a professional party planner! We heart you! Thank you!

Six Flags reading logs are due Feb. 26th. I hope ya’ll are reading! We have made a class goal for everyone to receive a ticket!

On the calendar....

Friday, Feb. 14 - Valentine's Party 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 - Bad Weather Make-Up Day (School for students and teachers)

Tuesday, Feb. 18 - Picture Retakes

Wednesday, Feb 26-Reading Logs Due

March 10 - 14 Spring Break

Thursday, April 3 - 2nd grade field trip to the Austin Zoo (begin the approval process if you'd like to chaperon) e-Backpack

Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!