Miss Branchick's Newsletter

February 8-12, 2016

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Weekly Reading Assessment- Question 21

We have been working very hard on answering question 21 on the weekly reading assessments. Each week, I will send the link to a Google Doc that provides the student response exemplar for each question 21. You can then compare what your student wrote to the exemplar. We will go over question 21 each Monday and then students will bring home their tests. We have also transitioned to taking the test online so you will only get their score sheet and their written response.

Scholastic Book Orders

Every month I am going to send home Scholastic Book Order forms. You can either write a check or order your books online. Our class code is MC9FK. All orders help our classroom library grow!!

Orders can be submitted any time you or I place an order because I have free shipping this year =)


I placed a HUGE order in January thanks to a DCEF grant. Scholastic sent us a class set of coupons for a FREE $5 book pick when you spent $10 or more in February.

I don't want these to go to waste, so if you place an order- let me know, and I will have your child pick one out here at school! You can still place your order online or via check sent into school.

New book order forms will be going home this week.

This week in room 506


Miss Branchick's Math Class-

Unit 14- Metric Measurement

Monday- Unit 14 Assessment

Tuesday- Acuity Assessment

Unit 15- Data, Graphs, and Probability

Wednesday- Vocabulary, Lesson 20-1 Organizing Data and Lesson 20-2 Reading Pictographs and Bar Graphs

Thursday- Lesson 20-3 Making Pictographs

Friday- Lesson 20-4 Making Bar Graphs and Lesson 20-6 How Likely?

Monday- Lesson 20-7 Outcomes and Experiments and Lesson 20-8 Line Plots and Probability


3.DA.1- I can create scaled pictographs, bar graphs, and frequency tables (tally charts) to represent data. I can solve one and two step "how many more" and "how many less" problems based on the graphs.

3.DA.2- I can generate measurement data by measuring lengths with rulers to the nearest quarter of an inch and use this data to create a line plot.

Social Studies:

Chapter 4- U.S. Government

Tuesday Feb 2- U.S. Government Intro "Why do we have government?"

Thursday Feb 4- "Why do we have government?" Activity

Tuesday Feb 9- Our Democracy

Thursday Feb 11- Branches of Government

Tuesday Feb 16- Levels of Government

Thursday Feb 18- Project Time

Tuesday Feb 23- Review/Project Presentations

Thursday Feb 25- Assessment


3.2.1- Discuss reasons for government and identify the goods and services they provide.

3.2.2- Know the significance of democratic principles and ideals.

3.2.3- Explain the duties of local and state government officials who make, implement and enforce laws

3.2.4- Explain that the U.S. has three levels of government, each with special duties and responsibilities.


We will be working exclusively on writing that students will see on ISTEP. This will involve a lot of comparing texts and extending stories based on what the ISTEP has given them. Once we are finished with an example, I will send them home so you have some idea of what to expect.


Unit 4 Week 2

Strategy: Ask and Answer Questions

Skill: Point of View

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Vocabulary Strategy: Prefixes

Phonics: Syllables with Vowel Teams

Spelling Words:

1. trays

2. ashes

3. foxes

4. inches

5. ponies

6. bunches

7. alleys

8. cherries

9. daisies

10. heroes

11. libraries

12. chimneys

13. eyelashes

14. journeys

15. scratches


1. achievement- An achievement is something that you accomplish.

2. apologized- If you apologized, you said you were sorry.

3. attention- When you give something your attention, you watch, listen, or concentrate on it.

4. audience- An audience is a group of people gathered to hear or see something.

5. confidence- When you have confidence, you have trust or faith in something or someone.

6. embarrassed- When you feel embarrassed, you feel shy, uncomfortable, or ashamed.

7. realized- If you realized something, you understood it completely.

8. talents- Talents are natural abilities or skills.

Valentine's Day

We will be having a small Valentine's Day celebration on Friday, February 12th. This is not a party, but an opportunity for students to share valentine's with their classmates. If you want to send in goodie bags you can but I am asking that bigger snacks are not sent in. We will be ending our reading block early and students will have from 2pm until the bell rings at 2:25 to pack up and pass out their valentines. Students do not have to bring in valentine's if they do not want to.

Class List:





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After School Tutoring

IREAD and ISTEP are quickly approaching and I want to make sure that every child feels prepared and ready to take these tests, but there are only so many hours in a day. If you feel like your child would benefit from some after school tutoring, please let me know and I can email or send home a verified tutor list from our school.

I am on this list and have availability to tutor. I am currently only tutoring in math (because I love math and frankly I would teach this all day if I could). I can also recommend someone who would best fit with your child from the list.


Below are links to the websites students will have access to at school and at home:

Tumblebooks is registered for grades K-4 so North and South share.

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