News from Room 3
OCTOBER 14, 2016
WHAT WILL BE LEARNING NEXT WEEK:
*Language Arts Unit 2 Week 1: Our Families, Our Neighbors
-Vocabulary: guide, separate, protect, wild, provide
- Grammar/Conventions: Nouns
-Spelling Words: hop, top, log, hog, hot, lot, stop, frog, fast, sing, our, they
-Words to know: two, they, her, and our
- Skill: sequencing: Main Idea and Details
Please, Please, Please join the PTO. We only have a little more than half of Room 3 SSF families who have joined. If you have any questions about the many ways PTO supports your kids on a daily basis, just ask your kids what they love most about school: iPads, Computer lab, STREAM lab, Art lab, Guidance lessons..... It's these support teachers, classes and technology that make our kids so happy to be here at SSF! Thank you for joining our PTO!
Room 3's Halloween Party is on Monday, October 31st
Your child can wear Halloween themed clothes like black and orange. No costumes please. Our room moms have planned a fun day for the kids!
Bring in a pumpkin
Please send in a medium pumpkin by October 27th. We will measure, weigh, and count the seeds with the help of our big buddies. The pumpkin will be returned on that day hollowed and ready for you to carve! I need one or two volunteers to carve the top of each pumpkin the morning of the 27th. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please let me know!
My number one goal is for students to enjoy reading and become fluent readers. I will send a few different assignments home like the counting sheets or the optional pumpkin characters however, having your child read to you for 10 minutes and you read to them every night is essential. I have had a few questions from parents about extra homework. If you are looking for more, Dreambox, Raz-Kids, and family game nights are all great options. You can find the link to Dreambox HERE , or on the SSF website and Raz-Kids, now called KidsA-Z Click HERE . If you get the APP our class code is: nmcpheters1 . All passwords are your child's full name and their 4 digit passcode.
Mrs. Gauthier's Birthday
In case you don't know 10/18, is Mrs. Gauthier's birthday. We thought it would be sweet if we made her a class bouquet of flowers and sang her happy birthday. We would also like to present her with special notes or pictures. If your child would like to, please have them work on a card/picture and bring the cards and flowers in by 10/18.
All the teachers at SSF are being trained in Lucy Caulkins' Writers' Workshop. I am in year 2 of the training. I'm so excited that as a class we started writers workshop. Thanks to everyone for purchasing the amazing gel colored pens. The students LOVE using them for writers workshop. Research has shown that kids do better at writing when using pens, however, they are very expensive. I bought a few and Mr. Chuck has provided a few boxes. If you are at Staples or Target would you please pick up some more throughout the year? Thanks! We love using "Paper Mate Flair" and would love a variety of colors. See picture below. We will be focusing on small moments, one part of a trip like the airplane ride rather then then entire trip. Talk to your child about all the things you do in a weekend they could write about. (Soccer game, trip to the store, making cupcakes, etc....) Thanks and I can't wait to create wonderful writers this year!
We would love one more set of these!
Wear a Hat, Give a Hat!
So proud of our class for participating in this special fundraiser! Thank you for having kids wear hats and/or donate $1 for this special organization. VERY near and dear to my hear personally!
October is a Time for PUMPKINS!
Look at your artists!
Wear a Hat, Give a Hat!
Unit 1 Plant Adaptations, Life Cycle and Plant Parts. Ask your child to name the parts of a plant and see if they can tell you about machines that mimic plants/animals in nature!
Keep on Reading!
Look at the hard work! Each time your child returns a completed reading log (one side), they earn an OWL sticker on their chart. We are working on long-term goals! Teaching commitment, perseverance, goal-setting and achievement through reading. So proud of all their hard work! Reminder to return completed reading logs on Fridays/Mondays latest.
7 Habits of Successful Kids
We study each habit, and personally relate to each skill. We are getting ready for Habit #3! Each week Mrs. Noble comes in for a guidance lesson focused on the Habit we are studying.
Keep on Reading!
40 Book Challenge!
We are learning about book Genre's. When we read a new book, we discuss which genre it best fits into. Do you have any great kids' biography books to share with the class? This group LOVES informational texts- thank you to Witman's and Beau's families for sending in such great informational texts. We LOVE these books!
We are learning to take a small part of a big day and tell it in a sequence. THAT is a SMALL MOMENT! We are using our 5 senses, our voice, sequencing skills and adjectives to add *sparkle* to our small moment stories. We are so lucky to have our district TOSA, Mrs. Jara, coming in each week to help is refine our writing skills! After about 6 weeks of writing, revising and editing, we will choose 1 piece to take all the way through the writing process to *fancy up* (publish). This final piece of writing that we take all the way through the revising, editing, publishing and illustrating process- we will celebrate with a book publishing party!
WHOLE BODY LISTENING
I am sure you heard all about our Social Thinking Lessons (expected vs. unexpected behaviors). They did such great job today demonstrating both types of school behaviors. HERE is a link for more info.