January News

Welcome back! It's a new year and a fresh start!

Holiday Party

Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time, money, and resources to help us pull of a great holiday party! The kids had a wonderful time celebrating with their friends. Thank you!

Wolf PACKage upadates...

November

Congratulations to Tyler C. for submitting extra reading responses and winning our November PACKage. November spotlighted Spencer Quinn's book WOOF, along with some fun goodies. WOOF was also a spotlight book at our Scholastic Book Fair and has been added to our class library so the other kids can enjoy it. Congratulations, Tyler!

December

Congratulations to Melanie for submitting extra reading responses and winning our December PACKage. Melanie moved to a new school over the break, but we just know she's enjoying The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis. Even with the short month, we had a lot of kids submit reading responses. Congratulations, Melanie!

Brrr!

Winter has arrived and it's chilly out. If the temperature is above 42*, we will be going outside for recess. Students who are not dressed appropriately will not be joining us. Those students will read in the Media Center. We want everyone to get fresh air, so please help your student remember to dress for winter so they can play outside with their friends. Thanks!

Learning Targets

Math

We're jumping into fractions this week. The students will need to consistently and independently understand and represent that a fraction is formed by partitioning shapes into equal groups, partitioning a number line into equal sections, and the relationship between equivalent fractions. Here are some games that you can bookmark and play at home.


Understanding Fractions


Fraction Race


Part of a Group

Writing

We'll continue to work on the writing process, adding more engaging details to our writing, and apply correct conventions to our work to make it easier for our reader to understand. Our focus will be on opinion writing. The students will work on developing a clear opinion, supporting it with appropriate and solid reasons with explanations, and then a conclusion that restates the opinion. We'll continue to organize our writing into indented paragraphs.

Reading

We'll start a new extended literary text this week. We'll be working through various comprehension strategies as we try to understand the text, make connections, make predictions, identify the main idea, visualize, and understand the relationship between cause and effect. We'll also continue to work on understanding characters (feelings, motivations, and traits) and how they move the story along and affect the other characters. These standards are also met in small, guided reading groups. The kids will be writing more as they reflect and respond to various events in the chapters we read.


The students are now encouraged to independently read for 30 minutes each evening.

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Upcoming Events...

*1/8 Report cards go home. Please sign and return the white signature card and envelope. The rest is for you to keep.

*1/11 Ms. Judd out

*1/12 Watershed Puppet Show

*1/18 MLK Day--No School

*1/27 Wolf PACKage responses due (3 book responses = 1 raffle ticket)

*1/29 Dance during specials

*2/2 PTA meeting & 3rd grade performance @6:30pm

*2/15-2/19 Break--no school