# NOTEWORTHY NEWS BY MRS. FOSTER

## GREETINGS

We are in the home stretch. There are only 11 weeks until we wrap-up this fabulous school year!!! It is easy for the kids to want to slack off on reading, studying spelling words, or math facts. We have to keep them motivated and excited about learning. Thanks for your help with this matter.

We are going to learn about contractions. We have a really fun activity we are going to do. We will be pretending to be doctors while we work on this concept. We will also be identifying text features of non-fiction books. We will be looking for a table of contents, bold words, and headings in the books we read.

## MATH

We introduced less than and greater than last week. We will continue working on this skill. Take opportunities to reinforce this skill at home by asking your child to determine if one number is less than or greater than another number. We have learned about the fraction 1/2. Now we will be learning about 1/4. Have your child take a piece of paper and fold t in half and then have them fold it again. This shows them the concept of 1/4 being half of 1/2.

## SOCIAL STUDIES

Map skills are exciting! We did an activity last week where the kids had to draw a tree in the center of their paper. Then they had to draw an abject to the left of the tree. They also had to draw something in the upper right corner of the paper. This is a beginning skill for reading and following a map. We will learn about map keys this week.

## SCIENCE

We are observing the phases of the moon. A recording sheet came home last week for this. We are also going to be looking for our shadow when we go outside. We will learn when the shadow is the smallest and when it is the largest.

## PEARLS OF WISDOM

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

Henry David Thoreau

## WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

The website of the week is: http://www.fuelthebrain.com/ This site provides games, guides, and printables that support concepts taught in elementary school.

• Games
• Interactives
• Printables
• Articles
• Mini Books
• Teacher Guide

## FUN FACTS

• Camels have 3 eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand
• Cuba is the only island in the Caribbean to have a railroad
• Earthworms have 5 hearts
• A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime
• Montpelier, Vermont is the only state capital without a McDonalds

## MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 STAAR TESTING

• 4th Grade STAAR Writing Day 1
• 5th Grade STAAR Math

## TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 STAAR TESTING

• 4th Grade STAAR Writing Day 2

## FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015 MAKE-UP DAY

Bad Weather Make-Up Day

*School is in Session*

1. more
2. store
3. have
4. love
5. ate
6. here
7. these
8. off
9. things
10. think