NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17, 2014
What we are learning this coming week...
Math: This is an exciting week in math because we’ll be starting our second semester PBL project and it will tie in nicely with our math concepts!! We begin with a study of measurement where we will explore approximations and exact measurements of length. We’ll use standard and metric systems as we discover the rules of measuring length. We’ll use these new skills throughout our PBL project.
Reading: This week we move into an expository (nonfiction) unit. Students will learn how to merge thinking with new learning by “coding” on sticky notes. This practice will help students to monitor their inner voice while reading. This week we will also introduce “Reading Like a Third Grader” to our students. Together as a class, we will read short passages and accompanying comprehension questions. Students will learn strategies to help them think deeply about what they are reading and how to strategically answer multiple-choice questions in a testing format.
Writing: Students will be looking at a variety of procedural texts (cookbooks, How-To books, Drawing books…). Lists will be made on things we know how to do, know how to make and know how to “be”. Students will choose one of those topics and write a “How To” making sure to use sequencing words to show the order in their writing.
Science: This week we will be moving from food chains to life cycles. Students will observe distinct changes that some insects undergo in their lives knows as a life cycle. Our focus during this unit will be insects. Students will learn some insects go through stages including egg, larva, pupa and adult; such as, crickets. However, students will observe that insect behavior and appearance can be very different from one life cycle stage to another, for example pupae are dormant while larvae typically eat, such as, the meal-worm.
Grammar: This week we will be focusing on contractions.
Special congratulations to Aarav for earning an Addition certificate!!
ON THE CALENDAR...
Friday, Feb. 14 - Valentine's Party 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 17 - Bad Weather Make-Up Day (School for students and teachers)
Tuesday, Feb. 18 - Picture Retakes
Wednesday, Feb. 19- Return Library books for new checkouts.
March 10 - 14 Spring Break
Thursday, April 3 - 2nd grade field trip to the Austin Zoo (begin the approval process if you'd like to chaperon)
Feb. 8 - Brooklynn
Feb. 17 - Kevin
Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!