The Fontaine Flier

August 30, 2013

What a fabulous week!

Can I just tell you how much I love this class! They love to read! They love to write! They even love singing the math songs I write!


In reading we learned about author's purpose (ask your child about P.I.E.) . This week we also started to write about our thinking in our Interactive math and ELA notebooks and we can't wait to share them with you! We also are well on our way with Daily 5! Students are able to work independently for 30 minutes while I work with guided reading groups. I am so proud of them! In math we finished up Topic 1 Addition and Subtraction and learned all about fact families and how they help make math easier for our brains. Our math workshop is up and running and they are all handling it so well! Look for Topic One math tests, spelling post tests and spelling pretests to come home in Friday backpacks. We started writer's workshop and they are all proving to be amazing little authors!! We learned from Lucy Calkins this week, a famous writing expert, to truly value our writing, to read our writing like gold and not like a curmudgeon. (I just love that word!) We will hopefully get our blog up and running today. Feel free to leave comments! (www.afontaineml@blogspot.com)


Cutie Pie (The class voted on the name.) is a little stuffed zebra that will be coming home, along with a journal. Students will each have the opportunity to take Cutie Pie home throughout the year and journal about all the adventures they have together. Feel free to include photos along with their writing.


Project Based Learning-We will be wrapping up our paper slide video projects this week! As soon as everyone has been video taped, I will post them for your viewing pleasure! They are amazing!!! You will learn a lot, I promise!


Thank you so much for helping out with homework, studying for spelling and sending in the timelines! I feel so fortunate to have such supportive parents!


If anyone is interested in helping out in the classroom or helping sort math materials (second grade teachers will buy you a pop!) , please let me know! We would love to have you!!


**I will be gone all day Wednesday, September 4th at a district science meeting and may not have access to e-mail. I will get back to you as soon as possible.**


Congratulations to our Students of the Week!

Last week-Mia and Trenton!

This week-Tyler and Sammy!

Coming Up Next Week...

Reading-Metacognition...Thinking about our thinking, making connections, close reading, and we will be making a "reading salad" to help demonstrate all the thinking we do as we read!

Daily 5-We will learn EEKK, Read to Someone and how to check for understanding.

Author Study-Mem Fox and Mo Willems (last week)

Genre Study-fiction vs. informational Do we read them the same or different?

Spelling-List 3 Pattern- inflectional ending-ed (and the 3 sounds ed can make)

*Test on Thursday Pretest-Friday

Math-Topic 2 Addition Strategies (strategies that make it easy to add numbers in your head)

Writer's Workshop-The writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, publishing)

Social Studies-What is a community? What are our roles and responsibilities? The places I live-my house, my city, my state, my country, my continent, my planet. (I love the project that goes along with this!)


Specials:

Tuesday-Art

Wednesday-PE/Music

Thursday-Computer/Spanish

Friday-PE/Music


Reminders...

No School Monday


Picture Day-Thursday, September 5th! Picture envelopes went home this week!


Spirit Squad Starts- Thursday, Sept. 5th 3:40-4:15


Friday, Sept. 6-Spirit Day-Wear Red, white or blue! PRT band performs on front lawn at 8:30


Jog-a-thon-Tuesday, September 17 5:00-7:30

Packets went home on Back to School night. Show your support for our wonderful PTO!


**Thank you so much for remembering to send a healthy snack with your child! They are so hungry by 10:00. **


Great Resources for Kids...

www.xtramath.com (great math fact practice) I have set up an account for each student. Look for a parent flier in Friday's backpack.


www.storybird.com (great site for students to create and publish stories using real illustrators artwork. I introduced this one in class. Check it out! Wonderful site to keep kids writing! I have set up an account for each child. Log in information is attached to the Xtramath parent flier.


www.spellingcity.com (great for studying spelling)

www.coolmath.com (great site for fun math activities and games)

List 3 Spelling Words Inflections-ed

barked

licked

backed

thanked

painted

opened

mailed

remarked

checked

finished

mistake

became

out

them

then

about

few

same


Challenge List

handed

reached

blindfolded

talented

squawked