News From Mrs. C

Our class news for the week of May 6-10th

Tidbits From the Teacher

Hello Everyone!

I can't wait to see homework on Monday. I won't post anything until Monday so stay tuned for the results of the "Will we have homework or not?" debate.

We have been reading Macbeth in class (little kid version) and the class was so excited to get to be part of the audience at the Shakespeare performance in the cafeteria this morning.

I hope everyone can make it out to the carnival today. I'm going to try to come by. I turned in my cupcakes and am crossing my fingers that there is time between my own children's activities today to get back over here!

Things to Return/Remember:

-HW due Monday

-Library Books need to be returned to the library by the 10th.

Dates to Remember

May 3rd: Carnival 5-8 pm (Parent volunteers are needed so see link below!!)

May 3rd: last day to check out library books for the year

May 7th: Volunteer Luncheon (Click link for invitation to join us for lunch!)

May 10th: All library books due in the library

May 13th-17th Last Book Fair for the year!!!

May 27th: Holiday

May 26th-May 31st: Student Appreciation Week

May 31st: Class party in our room from 1:00-1:45

What We'll Be Learning...

Math- We will continue to work on multiplication and division for another week. The class was super excited to begin investigating this "older kid" concept!

**What you can do at home: Look for arrays in the real world. Practice skip counting or adding groups together. Let your child divide items into equal groups.

Social Studies- If only you could have been here to hear the debate rage between items that are needs and items that are wants. Did you know that some families NEED vacations in order to survive?

**What you can do at home: Ask your child to identify whether things you are buying are a good (food, objects) or a service (pedicure, haircut,...) Talk about wants versus needs in your family.

Writing- We are beginning a research project that ties in with reading. Everyone will be researching about an animal and gathering information this week and next. We will be using multiple sources: books, experts (people), and the internet.

What you can do at home: Find out what animal your child is researching at school and see if you can find more information about the animal using books or the internet (be sure the site you visit is a trusted source).

Reading- Everyone has been working on a Reading Menu to make sure that non-fiction skills are sharp. They have been practicing paraphrasing what they've read so they aren't copying someone else's hard work. Whew! I know college kids who have trouble with this one...

What you can do at home: See notes in writing.

Spelling/Handwriting- We will be revisiting several old sorts and weaving them into our skill book on grammar. At this point, everyone has completed the printing handwriting book so we'll keep practicing letter formations AND I will teach everyone to write his/her name in cursive!

What you can do at home: If you notice your sweetie not gripping a writing tool correctly, gently tell them to "check your grip." I have other tricks if you need help with this. Just email me and let me know!

Spelling is also coming along. Students should really know what vowels and consonants are. They should be able to point out patterns studied in words read during reading times.

What you can do at home: Ask your child what spelling rules he/she is studying. Can he/she talk to you about the words being sorted?

Class Wish List

The class has requested:

-We really need one more bottle of Germ-X for the year and 3-4 boxes of tissues. We are out of both!

Let's Wear Our Class Shirts Every Friday!!