Weekly Updates from Room 158
Dates to Remember
*May 4-8th- Teacher Appreciation Week
*Monday, May 4- Last Day for Monday After School Arts Classes
*Tuesday, May 5- Claxton Parent Meeting- ALL PARENTS WELCOME- (Media Center 6:00-7:00 PM)
*Wednesday, May 6 - Last Day for Wednesday After School Arts Classes
*Wednesday, May 6- Spring Walk to School Day!
*Thursday, May 7- Midterms Come Home
*Friday, May 8- SPIRIT DAY: Claxton Colors!
Congratulations to the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders on their production of Romeo and Harriet! They did a great job!
Container Garden Contest!
Spring International Walk/Bike to School Day!
Mystery Readers Wanted!
That being said, I need your help in filling our last few weeks of Mystery Reader spots! I am in need of Readers for May 8, 15, 22 and June 5th! If you think you could volunteer, or if you know of someone who would like to, please just let me know!
Read to Feed
Weekly Curriculum Update
MATH- We will continue to build on our knowledge of skip counting by 2's, 5's and 10's. We will be reviewing counting by 2's and 5's. We will be introducing counting by 10's. Students will practice counting by 10's visually with tens frames and also counting by 10's mentally. You can reinforce this concept at home by having your child count out groups of 10 objects (goldfish, legos) and then count the groups starting at 10 and counting up.
FUNDATIONS- We finished up Unit 11 last week. Unit 11 focused on the Vowel-Consonant-E syllable type and deciding which sound the vowel makes based on the makeup of the word. In Unit 12, we will shift our focus from sounds and rules with sounds to syllables. In this unit, we will learn how to read and spell two-syllable words with closed syllables such as catnip. We will also learn how to combine two-syllable types to make a word such as reptile. We will learn how to spell one syllable at a time. The homework for the next three weeks will reinforce this concept for students at home. Please help your child with these concepts with their homework! If you have any questions, please let me know!
READING- This week, we will practicing retelling the stories we read using Fairy Tales. It is important for students to investigate different genres of literature. We will also be reading the same Fairy Tale, such as Cinderella, but from different cultures. This will reinforce for students what we have been studying in social studies: that there are diverse cultures in the world and each culture has a unique story and importance. We will be focusing on identifying story elements within the Fairy Tales. We will discuss characters, character feelings and actions, setting, problem/solution and retelling the story using only the main events.
WRITING- The children have done SUCH a great job with opinion writing! Our Beanstalk Opinion pieces are wonderful! I loved reading the children's reasoning for why they would or would not climb the beanstalk or what they would trade for magic beans. This week, we will be shifting our focus in writing back to narrative story writing. We will focus on creating a beginning, middle and end for our stories. We will also continue to go back and edit or "fix up" our writing so that it is the best it can be!
SOCIAL STUDIES- The past few months, we have studied about diversity and how important it is to recognize and celebrate the differences between ourselves and others. We have also learned about the meaning of culture and how there are diverse cultures in our world and also in our school community. We discussed the needs and wants of people and what people need to live. I am excited to announce that we will be launching a special program from the Heifer International Organization called Read to Feed. With this program, our class will raise money to purchase a natural resource for a family in need in Ukraine. Students will receive pledges for the amount of minutes they read within a two week time frame. Read more about it in the Read to Feed section of the newsletter :).
SCIENCE- We will continue our study of plant life cycles and what they need to live. Students will learn about how plants help our world and how we can take care of them. We will continue to observe our growing sunflower seedlings. In about two weeks, students will be transplanting the seedlings into our K-2 garden bed. We will be learning about what we need to do to prepare our garden bed for our sunflower seedlings!