Mrs. Baker's Class


What is going on?

Math: The students will work on mental math strategies for warm up this week. This is to help with their math flexibility and understanding of numbers and their relationship. I will be giving a quiz on time, to see how students are applying their understanding of telling time since it is an on-going concept. On Friday, we will be working with three-digit numbers to build their confidence with larger numbers. Students will be completing problem solving each day in math. Problem solving is connected to everyday experiences where they communicate, and use logical reasoning to justify their thinking in the most efficient way possible. I am looking at how they explain their process in a reasonable manner.

Science: The area in science will be conservation of resources. The students will identify, and demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reuse or recycling paper, plastic and metal. Students will begin the unit by taking an "Eco" walk to identify items that could be conserved. Then they will be making a conservation poster to spread the message about conservation to their peers. And to complete the lesson on the following Monday, students will use collected items in the room to reuse and make into something else. **Please feel free to send in any "cool" recyclable items next week that we can use on the following Monday**For example: A Starbucks latte, that you bring to your teacher can be washed out and reused to creatively decorate and make a pencil cup for your Mom or Dad. J

Reading: The big idea in reading will be poetry focusing on rhyming, rhythm, and sensory language. Before beginning our unit on poetry we will review parts of speech; nouns, adjectives and verbs. Students will be creating a rhyming dictionary and will add to their poetry notebook. We will be using several poems as our guided text for the week.

Writing: In writing students will be learning how to write small moment stories. This is where they take a story and highlight one moment and stretch it out. We will be using mentor text to model stories like famous authors.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Writing

Students are encouraged to write their own (with no help from an adult) version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. There will be one winner selected from each grade level. An overall winner will be selected and will win 4 tickets to Schlitterbahn!!! All entries are due Wednesday, Feb. 6th. Be sure to go to the book fair at Barnes and Noble to hear Mrs. Varljen's version of the story on Saturday, Feb. 9!

In the Loop

  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 - 100th Day of School
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 - Early Release @ 12:45 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 7 - Class Picture Day @ 9:10 am
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 - Barnes & Noble Book Fair
  • Monday, Feb. 18 - Staff Development - NO SCHOOL

Proud of You!!

I am very proud of Zayd for entering an amazing project in the Science Fair! Way to go!

Zayne, Addison, Gillian, and Angelina have already turned in their Six Flags Reading Log!!

Please remember we made a class goal that everyone completes this project! They are due Feb. 22, 2013.

Thank you very much for continued support! The last couple of weeks have been a little bumpy! I appreciate your patience, support, help and hugs! I am blessed with great people surrounding me!