Reach for the Stars!
Noteworthy News for the Week of 1/27/20
District 112 Education Foundation iRead!
Since 30 minutes may be counted at school, and any reading at home should be noted on the log, we all decided to keep the reading logs in our binder pockets for safe keeping.
Each week, Mrs. Weiss sends home a colored recording sheet (entitled, Halftime Report) for students to provide weekly totals of how many minutes they have read. We will also use these totals to fill our class' goal thermometer! We can't wait to watch our thermometer rise as we read, read, read this month! These are always due back on Fridays. (Feel free to reference the informative note that she sent home at the start of the iRead!)
Since the Sherwood School school wide expectation is for all students to be reading for enjoyment at least 20 minutes a night (weeknights) we will ask that all students record their reading on their iRead logs. Be sure to check out the additional iRead information will also be included in Mrs. Filippi's Panda Prints! Thank you all for your support!
The Stars of 3K are excited to read, read, read!
If you have not had a chance to already, please use this link to sign up!
On behalf of the Sherwood PTO, thank you so much for your support!
We are looking forward to upcoming Valentine’s Day celebrations! Since students will not be at school on Friday, February 14th, we look forward to celebrating on Thursday, February 13th. Our room parents are planning a special celebration and we are sure to have a wonderful time in class that afternoon!
In order to keep all students safe, this year Sherwood Pandas are asked not to send in any edible Valentine items. If students do choose to bring Valentines for the class, please ensure that they bring one for every child in our class. (They are welcome to bring individual Valentines for any students in other classes.) Students are welcome to attach non-edible items such as stickers, stampers, pencils, etc to their Valentines.
Next Friday, we will select our Secret Cupids! This community-building activity is a great way to show kindness and share compliments leading up to Valentine’s Day! An informative letter will also be sent home next Friday, along with a list of your child’s Secret Cupid’s favorite things! This information, along with the brainstorming sheet, may be helpful in preparing their Valentine mailbox! At school, students will be providing their Secret Cupids with compliments and clues leading up to Valentine’s Day! Students will be asked to decorate a mailbox for their Secret Cupid to use as a Valentine holder. Please be sure to bring in your mailboxes to school by Thursday, February 13th, in order for your Secret Cupid to have a special container for their Valentines! f your child will not be at school on Thursday, February 13th, please send the mailbox in early! Thanks so much for your support!
Through the use of our mentor text, Knots of a Counting Rope and Storm in the Night, students are learning to describe characters and explain how their actions transmit experiences. We’re delving deeper into using context clues to understand higher level vocabulary and recount stories including fables, folktales & myths, from diverse cultures. We are also focusing on making inferences and drawing conclusions. to The stars are certainly reading for meaning and utilizing parts of the text to support their ideas and opinions, through rich discussion and in their writing. They sure shine!
In preparation for an activity to help connect multiplication and division, this week we will brainstorm a list of things that come in fours. We will then come to a consensus and select one of the ideas. Students will each draw a visual to be used for the activity. After students share observations about the Fours Chart from the previous session, we will work together to label the chart with multiplication and division equations. The third grade mathematicians will build and discuss rectangular arrays to represent multiplication and division story problems. We're in for fun & learning in math this week!
Water & Climate (Science)
This week, the meteorologists are excited to kick off our unit on Water and Climate. They have already had a chance to generate background knowledge and explore key vocabulary that we will be working with in our unit. We will be conducting investigations to observe the properties of water, Earth’s most precious resource! For example, we'll compare how water drops interact with four materials: paper towel, waxed paper, aluminum foil, and writing paper to observe water absorbency. We'll use what we learned in math to help us measure mass, volume, and perhaps, in some cases, even both. Integrating what they’ve learned in our math sessions will add for opportunities to explore real world experiences!