Miss Branchick's Newsletter

February 16-19, 2016

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Homework this week

Due to the hectic Friday, math packet homework is just going home today, February 16th. It is due on Monday, February 22nd, although students may turn it in earlier if completed.

Reading homework is for all students to keep track of the number of pages they read for our I Love to Read challenge.

I have created a chart for students to keep track of their pages here at school so they simply just need to fill out their pages at home and bring this red sheet to school on Friday. Students should also be completing the Reading Choice Board activities on the back. All activities are due Friday.

Weekly Reading Assessment- Question 21

We have been working very hard on answering question 21 on the weekly reading assessments. Each week, I will send the link that provides the student response exemplar for each question 21. You can then compare what your student wrote to the exemplar. We will go over question 21 each Monday and then students will bring home their tests. We have also transitioned to taking the test online so you will only get their score sheet and their written response.

Here is Unit 4 Week 2 Question 21 from 2/12.

Scholastic Book Orders

Every month I am going to send home Scholastic Book Order forms. You can either write a check or order your books online. Our class code is MC9FK. All orders help our classroom library grow!!

Orders can be submitted any time you or I place an order because I have free shipping this year =)


I placed a HUGE order in January thanks to a DCEF grant. Scholastic sent us a class set of coupons for a FREE $5 book pick when you spent $10 or more in February.

I don't want these to go to waste, so if you place an order- let me know, and I will have your child pick one out here at school! You can still place your order online or via check sent into school.

New book order forms will be going home this week.

This week in room 506


Miss Branchick's Math Class

See Packets for updated schedule


3.DA.1- I can create scaled pictographs, bar graphs, and frequency tables (tally charts) to represent data. I can solve one and two step "how many more" and "how many less" problems based on the graphs.

3.DA.2- I can generate measurement data by measuring lengths with rulers to the nearest quarter of an inch and use this data to create a line plot.

Social Studies:

Chapter 4- U.S. Government

Tuesday Feb 2- U.S. Government Intro "Why do we have government?"

Thursday Feb 4- "Why do we have government?" Activity

Tuesday Feb 9- Our Democracy

Thursday Feb 11- Branches of Government

Tuesday Feb 16- Levels of Government

Thursday Feb 18- Project Time

Tuesday Feb 23- Review/Project Presentations

Thursday Feb 25- Assessment


3.2.1- Discuss reasons for government and identify the goods and services they provide.

3.2.2- Know the significance of democratic principles and ideals.

3.2.3- Explain the duties of local and state government officials who make, implement and enforce laws

3.2.4- Explain that the U.S. has three levels of government, each with special duties and responsibilities.


We will be working exclusively on writing that students will see on ISTEP. This will involve a lot of comparing texts and extending stories based on what the ISTEP has given them. Once we are finished with an example, I will send them home so you have some idea of what to expect.


Due to the 4 day week- we are working on review skills and reader's theater. We will start Unit 4 Week 3 on February 22nd.

After School Tutoring

IREAD and ISTEP are quickly approaching and I want to make sure that every child feels prepared and ready to take these tests, but there are only so many hours in a day. If you feel like your child would benefit from some after school tutoring, please let me know and I can email or send home a verified tutor list from our school.

I am on this list and have availability to tutor. I am currently only tutoring in math (because I love math and frankly I would teach this all day if I could). I can also recommend someone who would best fit with your child from the list.


Below are links to the websites students will have access to at school and at home:

Tumblebooks is registered for grades K-4 so North and South share.

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