# Crittenden's Critters

## Dates to Remember

*Monday, March 16 - Hillcrest Family Night (5:30-7:00 PM)

*Tuesday, March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

*Friday, March 20 - SPIRIT DAY: Green Day!

*Tuesday, March 24 - Claxton's Chicken Dinner and Math Carnival (more info. below!)

*Friday, March 27- NOW A REGULAR STUDENT DAY

*March 28- April 4- SPRING BREAK :)

*Tuesday, April 7 - Claxton Parent Meeting (6:00- 7:00 PM in Media Center...ALL parents welcome!)

*Friday, April 10 - SPIRIT DAY: Claxton Colors!

## Upcoming Birthdays

March 27- Deacon Heimburg

## Claxton's Chicken Dinner and Math Carnival

If you have any questions, please let me know! I look forward to seeing you all there! :)

## Weekly Curriculum Update

MATH- The students have worked so hard at word problems the last couple of weeks! They have mastered reading through the word problem to find key phrases that help them decide whether or not it is an addition or subtraction problem. We learned how to then create a number sentence or equation that matches the word problem. Lastly, students learned how to show their thinking when solving the problem. This week, we will be reviewing how to add a two digit number to a one digit number (such as 38 + 5). We will also be learning about finding ten more or ten less from any number.

FUNDATIONS- We will be starting our last week in Unit 10 this week in Fundations. This week students will be learning about two new suffixes. We will be learning about the suffix -ED and the suffix -ING. We will be learning about how these suffixes change the meaning of the word. I will also be sending home a Marking Words cheat sheet for parents for Fundations homework! :)

READING- We will be continuing our study of key details in a non-fiction OR fiction text. Students will practice finding evidence in the text that answers the questions. We will also be working in our reading groups on answering written response questions that help with comprehension of the text.

WRITING- This week will be focusing on opinion writing. Last week, we discussed the difference between a fact and an opinion. This week, students will be writing about their opinions on different topics. They will learn how to write an introductory sentence for the piece, give their opinion, provide reasons for their opinion and give their writing a sense of closure at the end. Students usually have a lot of fun with this writing style and I am excited to teach it!

SCIENCE- We will be continuing our study of rocks and minerals this week. Students will learn about the properties of rocks and minerals and also how we use them in our every day life! We have a rock and mineral kit, so there will be a lot of hands on observations and exploration with rock and mineral properties. Students have loved getting to be hands on with the rock collection in our classroom. They have created detailed drawings in their science notebooks about the rocks and their properties.

SOCIAL STUDIES- This past week, we built on our study of diversity. We learned the definition of culture and how we see it around the world and in our own country. After watching a video that explained what culture is, students worked in teams to cut photographs out of magazines that show what culture is. We will expand on this by talking about several cultures and their similarities and differences.

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