Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter
For the Week of Oct. 28th-Nov. 1st
Week in Review
What We Will Be Learning This Week
What you can do at home: Have your student practice counting collections of coins. Ask them about Hairy Money! If your student is excelling at collections under a dollar, get them to try their hand at counting groups of coins OVER a dollar.
Sci/SS/Project Based Learning: This week the students will decide how they are going to present their research! The groups will have to come to a consensus on what kind of exhibit to do. The materials will then have to be divided up among the group. This is where we need you!
What you can do at home: Be on the lookout for notes in folders or emails from me on what your student's group might need to make their exhibit.
Writing: This week the students will learn how to write an All About Book about their landmark! Students will use some of the text features of nonfiction to organizer their books (like a table of contents, diagram with labels, glossary, and index).
Reading: Nonfiction and Author's Purpose will be driving our curriculum this week. On Monday, the students will compare the genres of fiction and nonfiction. The rest of the week will be devoted to exploring WHY authors write (Author's Purpose). The students will read a variety of texts and justify why an the author wrote the text and who the text is meant for (audience).
What you can do at home: As your student reads to self or with you this week, talk about why the author wrote that book. Was it to explain or teach the reader? Persuade? Entertain? Furthermore, who is this book for? Children? Adults? Why would someone want to read this book?
On The Calendar
Tuesday, Oct. 29th TAG Parent Info Night
Wednesday, Oct. 30th Early Release Day
Thursday, Oct. 31st Halloween!
Friday, Nov. 1st Assembly, Library, Class T-Shirt Day (if we get them in by then)
Friday, Nov. 8th PBL Presentations in the Cafeteria
Please give this awesome math program a try! We only have around 3 kids in the class doing it so far and I'd love to have more!
Students remember to go online to
http://teacherweb.com/TX/PatsySommerElementary/mathsuperstars/h0.stm and print out the worksheet for your grade level each week. The worksheet is due back to your teacher the following Monday. Remember to show as much work as possible as partial credit will be given. You will earn points for the right answers. Awards will be given once certain goals are met!
Dates to Remember
Monday, October 7th ֠Sheets available for 1st-5th grades
PTA Reflections Contest
For Details, contact : Anima Mohapatra email@example.com
- Forms and guidelines can be found at:http://www.txpta.org/programs/reflections/
- Entries should be submitted in the bin located in the hallway starting October 21st, 2013
- All entries must be accompanied with an entry form
- Judging will be done in 2nd week of November, students will be notified via email
Coins For Coats
Friday, November 1 is the last day for Coins for Coats! Thank you for your donations thus far.
Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!
Students took home their Word Study Notebooks. I hope you enjoyed your tour of their notebook and got to hear your child explain all that we have been learning. Make sure you complete the High 5 Sheet to send back with the notebooks on Friday, Oct. 25th, so we can continue our learning.
PBL Research in Action
The Old Stagecoach Inn group researches their landmark.
The Round Rock group completes their research using collaboration and communication!
Friday is our poetry day! Laila works on her poetry reflection titled "Recess"