Crittenden's Critters

Weekly Updates from Room 158

Dates to Remember

*Friday, May 1- SPIRIT DAY: Tropical Day

*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!

We are participating in the Men's Garden Club of Asheville Annual Container Garden contest! We have been learning about plant life cycles in science; this is an awesome opportunity for students to participate in a hands-on learning experience that deepens their understanding of plant life. This past week, we have used the Fairy Tale Jack and the Beanstalk to connect our learning of story elements and plant life. Throughout the year, I have been continually impressed with the amount of imagination that our class has. I would love to use this contest as a way to connect their imaginations with our study of the elements of a Fairy Tale. I am excited to announce that our Container Garden will be a Fairy Garden. This Fairy Garden will allow students to use their imaginations as well as deepen their understanding of the plant life cycle. Over the next two weeks, we will be working as a class to create our Fairy Garden. I am looking for parent volunteers to help with preparation of the Fairy Garden and help support during lessons., If you would like to volunteer or can help in any way, please let me know :).

Spring International Walk/Bike to School Day!

International Walk/Bike to School Day promotes physical activity among students. Wednesday, May 6th is International Walk/Bike to School Day! If your child already walks or bikes to school, we ask that they do the same on May 6th. For all students and parents who are interested in participating in the Walk/Bike who do not live in walking distance of the school can meet at two locations: the parking lot at Weaver Park, or in the parking lot at Fuddruckers on Charlotte St. Staff members will be at both locations by 7:15. We will leave both locations at 7:30 en route to Claxton. I will be at the Weaver Park location ready to walk with students! Please join us for this great opportunity for your child to fit a little more physical activity into their day :)

Mystery Readers Wanted!

I would like to send a HUGE thank you to all of the parents, grandparents and teachers who have volunteered to be our Mystery Reader! The kids absolutely LOVE this activity and look forward to it all week! Thanks to you, we have had a Mystery Reader ALMOST every Friday this year! That's a lot of volunteers! You all are amazing :)

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!

Please follow this link to sign up to be a Mystery Reader!

Read to Feed

To teach students about global citizenship and how they can help people in need in diverse cultures of the world, we will be launching our Read to Feed program through the Heifer International Organization. With this program, students will raise money for the amount of minutes they spend reading during a two week time frame. The fundraising will start THIS Thursday! I will introduce the program on Thursday during the school day, and students will come home with their packet. Just like our Fun Run, students will ask for pledges for the amount of minutes read every day. Their nightly reading will count every day! Unlike the Fun Run, there are no prizes. I will be explaining that instead of getting prizes to feel good about what we are doing, we are helping a family in need in a different country! We will feel good knowing that we are being citizens of the world and contributing to the family's well-being. We will be collecting the money for our cause on Friday, May 15th, on our last day for Read to Feed. After we raise our money, we will discuss as a class what we can afford to buy for the family (a natural resource that they can reuse to help support their family such as a chicken, a goat or clean water) and how that will help the family sustain themselves. I think that this will be a great learning experience for the kids to help them to remember that they are citizens of the world and how important it is to care for each other. If you would like further information on the Read to Feed program, please click this link. :)

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!