News from Mrs. C's Room

March 17th-21st

Tidbits From the Teacher

Hello! We are starting to reach the end of our PBL on trying to make our playground a place for students of all abilities can play. We'll be busy with planning group design boards for each station we want on our playground and possibly having more guest speakers.

Things to Do/Remember:

1. Homework starts up again. Xtramath work is due by Friday.

2. KLRU is hosting a writing contest! Check it out here.

3. Submit the online permission slip for the field trip by Friday!!

Class Wish List

-Any Books (picture or chapter) that you are no longer reading at home would make great additions to our class library

Dates to Remember

March 19th: Early Release

March 21st: Online permission slips for field trip must be submitted

March 27th: Reports Cards go home

April 3rd: Field Trip to Austin Zoo!!

April 5th: Round Rock Express game Spirit Night!! (scroll to bottom for info)

April 18th: We have School (Good Friday). *Let me know if you will be absent.

What We'll Be Learning...

PBL: How can we plan and design improvements to our existing playground in order to meet the abilities of all students?

Students have begun the process of designing or planning playground stations that they think will meet the needs of students with all abilities. They will continue to research equipment and prices for a group design board that will be used during their class presentations. I am trying to organize a way to video these presentations so that you can see them since our audience and meeting place for this PBL will be different than last PBL. Stay tuned!

Math: We will continue our integration of math into our PBL unit this week. Students are choosing items they would like to purchase for the playground and figuring the actual cost of the items. Some groups may be doing comparison shopping to find the best deal on equipment. Multiple step addition and subtraction problems will be layered into the week as well.

Reading/Writing: Students are responding to our 2nd grade read aloud, Out of My Mind. Their responses will include writing about character traits, facts and details, sequencing, retelling, and making connections. We will also revisit letter writing, which will include “Thank You” notes and some persuasive writing.

Social Studies: Our learning will be incorporated through our PBL unit of study for the remainder of the project. Students will explain how work provides goods and services. Students will explain how they can earn, spend and save money to plan for the playground and the cost of the equipment. Students will find that realistically some of the equipment they have selected for their station is more than we could afford, from there students will be determining ways they could upcycle or recreate a piece of equipment to help cut the cost. This week students will be working on their design boards to prepare for completion.

Playground Station Groups Meet for the First Time

Round Rock Express Spirit Night Info

Order your Round Rock Express Game tickets today! Join us on Saturday, April 5th, for the Round Rock Express Baseball Game Spirit Night. Instructions on how to place your order are available on the flyer previously sent home or on ebackpack. Deadline to order your ticket is March 24th. Your ticket includes a post game Bob Schneider concert!! Ms. Gaskamp, our wonderful Kindergarten teacher, will throw out the first pitch if 500 tickets are purchased. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our school. All unused tickets can be exchanged at the ticket office for any Sunday thru Thursday game throughout the season!