Mrs. Cormack's Newsletter

For the Week of April 21st-25th

What We Will Be Learning About This Week....

Week of April 21st

Math: Students will be exploring geometry for the next two weeks! This fun unit starts off with the exploration of what makes a shape a polygon and continues into 2-D and 3-D classification. Students will be using tools in the room and online to learn about quadrilaterals, curves, angles, and other attributes of 2-D shapes. We’ll create tangrams, robots, and loads new schema!


Reading: This week students will continue their study of Tall Tales. Students will read books about a variety of characters, from Mike Fink to Pecos Bill and Calamity Jane. Students will complete character maps to explore exaggerated character traits. Later in the week, students will have the opportunity to write a tall tale about themselves!


Writing: We are “Zooming in” on writing this week with our focus on Small Moment Writing (personal narratives). Students will learn to take a small moment from a special day or event, and stretch it out to write a vibrant, detailed story.


Science: This week students will continue to measure, record, and graph weather information, including temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, and cloud coverage, in order to identify patterns in the data. In addition, we will be learning about the water cycle. We will be learning that the water cycle is connected to weather conditions and begins when the sun’s heat evaporates water. We will learn that clouds are formed when water vapor cools which causes it to condense. Finally, we will learn that water will fall back to Earth as rain, snow or other forms of precipitation.


Word Study: We will resume word study this week. Students did not receive their new sorts during the week of benchmarks as was expected.

On the Calendar and Birthdays

Friday, April 18th No School

April 22nd-23rd STAAR Testing; no visitors on campus

Friday, April 25th Sam's Birthday! Library, Assembly, Kona Ice after lunch for all students!

Friday, May 2nd PTA Carnival

Monday, May 5th Last HW assignment given; due on May 12th. HW free after that!

Friday, May 9th Mrs. Cormack Out (I find out if I'll need to buy pink or blue baby clothes on this big day!)

Wednesday, May 7th Volunteer Luncheon

Week of May 12th: Celebrate summer birthdays this week!

Friday, May 23rd: Ankit's Birthday!

IXL Superstars! Times from 4/4-4/14

WOW! The kids are putting some time in doing IXL! Here are our top times:

Armaan: 2 hours, 57 minutes

Alex: 2 hours, 16 minutes

Kate: 2 hours, 10 minutes


These students put in over an hour:

Kadey, Jayden, Raseash, Sam, Savannah, Archita, Taaseen, Ankit, and Summer


These students put in between 20 minutes - 1 hour:

Laila, Avni, Lakshmi, Maddie, and Ashwin


Way to go, guys! The expectation is to practice between 20-30 minutes a week and you guys are blowing it out of the water!

High Fives and Thursday Folders

No high fives went out this week. But the Thursday folders went home pretty stuffed on April 17th!

Benchmark Scores

Please be sure to look in your child's planner on April 17th as I have attached your student's benchmark scores. Please sign and return this form on Monday, April 21st. If you have any questions regarding the test, please don't hesitate to ask!

eBackpack

Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!

https://drive.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/folderview?id=0B6MTD-CnFpCYQVcxcGlnQmpOSXc&usp=sharing#