March Scoop

News from Room 5

Important Notes & Events

Dates to add to your calendars:

• March 4: Inventor's Fair

• March 8: Daylight Savings

• March 9-13: Parent Conferences (minimum day)

• March 18th, Wednesday: 2nd Grade Patriotic Program @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Students will be singing and dancing to a Patriotic theme. Attire for this day is as follows: Boys-white shirt and blue slacks or jeans; Girls-white blouse or top & shorts or leggings to go underneath the skirt we provide.

• March 20th, Walk-a-thon

• March 27th, Friday Assembly

• March 30 - April 3: Ability Awareness Week

• April 2nd: Open House @ 6 p.m. (Students arrive dressed in their costume for the Biography Wax Museum; I will send this more information as this time approaches. )

• April 3rd Fitness Friday

• April 6-10 Spring Break

*Think about a costume your child will wear for the Wax Museum to portray the individual he/she is researching. Open House is April 2nd.

Speeches at a Glance

· Week of March 2: Share an opinion about a book you have read.

· Week of March 9: Conference week so no speeches this week.

· Week of March 16: Create a "how to" poster. The poster should have between 4-6 steps.

· Week of March 23: Recycling: Provide examples and discuss its importance for our future. Share some things you may do to support recycling. You can even create a poster, something you created or bought made with recycled materials. Be creative!

Week of March 30: Share a special talent you have with the class.

Smarter Balanced Standardized Test

Last year, students in the 2nd grade were exempt from taking the state standardized test formerly known as the (STAR). This year will officially begin the testing in 3rd grade.

Smarter Balanced assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. They can best be described as collections of questions and activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario. These activities are meant to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional assessment questions. The performance tasks will be taken on a computer.

For those of you interested in testing out the 3rd grade practice tests, you can follow the link and choose 3rd grade.

Interesting TED Talk Videos worth viewing

These videos were shared by our principal, Mrs. Platt and I thought they would be of interest to you too. The first one with Sir Ken Robinson is one I have seen in previous years and thought it was good food for thought. My students know I love art so they know I am always integrating this subject in the other subject areas.

5 TED Talks Teachers And Students Should Both Watch (Just pick one-they are all great)


Below you will find links to Compass Learning, Room Recess, Bedtime Math, Dreambox and Raz-Kids.

This is the Dreambox information for login:

  • For Grades 2 and up, Students pick their teacher, then enter their username and password
    • Username is firstnamelastname (e.g. johndoe)
      • NOTE: Long names are truncated to 20 characters
    • Passwords are the last 4 digits of the Student ID

Focus Areas for This Month

Pablo Picasso Style Art

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Read Across America

Lorax Day, Crazy Hair, All Things Dr. Seuss!

Class Wish List

Wish List for the Classroom

1. Little prizes for our Treasure Chest

2. This Pencil Sharpener:

3. I purchase a lot of items from Teachers pay Teachers. There are so many creative and well-written lessons and products for teachers. All these lessons benefit your child. They offer gift certificates!