Cantlebary's Cubs' Newsletter
Week of March 21, 2016
Notes from Ms. Cantlebary...
- Important message: We will have several important visitors in our room and at our school on Tuesday. This is when the state comes in to determine if Woodland will receive STEM certification. Our entire school is very excited and I can't wait for the Cubs to share with our visitors their knowledge of STEM. We want everyone to be at their best Tuesday, so please help your child get a good night's sleep on Monday and please talk with them about putting their best foot forward. Please find questions near the bottom of the newsletter you can ask your child to help prepare them (we've been talking about these things in class so students should be able to give you some great answers). As always thank you so much for your support. :0)
- Report cards go home on March 22nd. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a conference to talk about your child's progress.
- If you have not sent in payment and your child's permission slip for our trip on Friday, please do so as soon as possible. We want everyone to have this special learning experience! We will eat lunch in Piedmont Park (right next door to the Garden) after our tour. Students can get a sack lunch from the cafeteria or can bring their own in a disposable container. Please do not send lunches in lunchboxes or re-useable plastic water bottles on March 25th.
- Students should wear a blue uniform shirt on Friday. You might also want to send a light jacket, cardigan, or hoodie for them to wear so they do not get chilly since we will be arriving in the morning. It would also be a good idea to put sunscreen on your child since we will be outside most of the day.
- Finally, please remember boots are against school dress code. Please send your child to school in athletic shoes or comfortable dress shoes.
Students continue to receive reading homework. Please make sure your child reads their book every night and returns to school with their book the next day. Don't forget to sign your child's reading log! We will focus on similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic. We will think about the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
This week we finish our unit on opinion writing. Students finish their book reviews and record their review (like Reading Rainbow). Next week we hope to invite parents to come watch our book reviews. We will also learn about conjunctions.
Phonics this week will focus on the soft g (j sound) and soft c (s sound). We continue to review previously taught skills.
We will continue finding one less, one more, ten less, and ten more than a given number. At the end of the week we will begin adding two-digit numbers without regrouping.
We continue our study of plants this week. We will focus on learning about plants to help us with our big idea, "How can we use our knowledge of plants to design a garden for Woodland?" We are excited to visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Friday.
On Tuesday we will have several very important STEM visitors who will talk to and ask the Cubs questions about STEM. If you just ask your students a few of these questions at breakfast on MOnday and Tuesday and at dinner on Monday, it will help them a lot.
The questions below are just some questions they might ask.
- How often do you do STEM?
- How do you use science in math?
- How do you use math in science?
- What is the Engineering Design Process? How do you use it?
- How do you know if your plan fails?
- What do you do if your plan fails?
- Why is it important to work together?
- How do you do research?
- What are you learning about now? Where can you find that in your classroom?
- What are some things you have learned about or done in STEAM this year?
As always, thank you for all your support!