Mrs. Hepburn's Class Newsletter

November 18th-22nd, 2013

News this week

Castlio Elementary is a community of generous families. This week Student Council is selling turkey feathers for .50 each. Each classroom has a featherless turkey until the students purchase turkey feathers to clothe the class turkey. It's a fun event for the kids to see their class turkey grow exponentially throughout the week with the feathers they have purchased. The best part of this event is the money-raised purchases Christmas gifts for needy children through the Toys for Tots program.


Announcements this week:

The third grade students will switch their Spectra day with the fifth graders this week. The fifth grade students have a special event-taking place on Tuesday; therefore we changed days to accommodate their event.


All students have library on Wednesday.


The second graders will have Spectra on Thursday.


Third Grade English Language Arts

Phonics for the week: Suffixes -ful, -less
breathless, replace, priceless, unlikely, endless, uncover, unlawful, carefully, rebound, painful, thoughtless, forgetful, cheerful, hopefully, fearlessly, humorless, regretful, teaspoonful, boastful, unhealthful


Vocabulary Words:
organism-a form of life like an animal, plant or fungus
pollute-to make unclean or dirty, especially wit harmful chemicals or waste products

Students will:

  • write an opinion piece about which natural disaster would be the most destructive to their ecosystem
  • describe relationships and cause & effects events in science using real life events such as oil spills, climate changes, pollution, etc.
  • research food chains
  • create a book trailer on the biography Who is Jane Goodall?
  • build relationships with grade level peers by create Glogsters comparing and contrasting themselves with someone they do not know very well


Second Grade Common Core English Language Arts

Phonics for the week: Vowel Team -al

final, central, metal, animal, fatal, several, medical, annual, corral, hospital, cereal, petal, normal dismal

Vocabulary Words:

product-something that is sold

geography-the physical characteristics, especially the surface features, of an area

landmark-an object that marks the boundary or location of something


Students will:

  • research the 7 continents
  • determine important facts vs. just facts
  • use text features to locate information more quickly
  • identify main purpose of a text and text structure using A Breakfast Story, Biblioburro, The Magical Garden of Claude Monet and Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World
  • create a book trailer on the text A Dog's Life
  • create an interactive website using their "Flat Me's


Third Grade Math

  • Students will:

    • *Interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the
    number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares, or as a
  • number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each. For
  • example, describe a context in which a number of shares or a number of groups can be expressed as 56 ÷ 8.

    • Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
    • Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation
    • true in each of the equations 8 × ? = 48, 5 = __÷ 3, 6 × 6 = ?.


    Second Grade Math

    Students will:

    • add and subtract two-digit numbers
    • regroup numbers while adding and subtracting
    • complete single and double digit word problems