Mrs. Hepburn's Class Newsletter

January 12, 2014

Welcome Back

It was so nice to be back to school on Friday! I really missed seeing the students and hearing about their lives. Luckily, we took some time to catch up and eased back into our routine. This week will be reality, mostly getting back on schedule with the exception of the Crider Center coming to do lessons on bullying with the students this week.


There are a few additions to the calendar this week: Wednesday the 3rd graders will take a climate survey, Thursday they will meet with the Crider Center and on Friday 2nd grade will meet with the Crider Center. The Crider Center visits schools to conduct bullying assemblies each year. It's an interactive lesson and the students typically enjoy their message.

Reports cards were sent home on Friday. The report card is yours to keep, but please return the envelope signed; we will use it each quarter. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me.

Third Grade English Language Arts

The next three weeks the students will complete a unit titled: We Have a Dream. In this unit they will read fiction and poetry that demonstrate the use of figurative language. They will read poems that focus on a topic and observe how topics are designed line by line and stanza by stanza. The students will illustrate figurative language to express their own interpretation of their meaning and then write about how the literal meaning is different from the figurative meaning. They will focus on the contribution of Martin Luther King, Jr., by reading several books about his life. Finally, the students will research other prominent Americans, write a persuasive letter to discuss the important contributions from that person's life and then for the speaking portion become their character by creating a wax museum and acting out their part. Our content focus will be on the Social Studies Standards: Knowledge of the contribution of non-Missourians; Describe the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Knowledge of democratic principles of governance, especially as applied to school, community and state; Analyze peaceful resolution of disputes by courts or other legitimate authorities, such as parents, teachers, principals, etc.


Phonics for the week: American, heroism, sheriff, blueberry, error, terrible, earning, research, unheard, peril, unearthly, learned, ceremony, rehearse, yearn, boysenberry, deterred, searing, spearmint and smearing.


In their reading group they will complete the constructed response questions online for the text Bud Not Buddy. We are moving from a paper reading response journal to a paperless, which is quite exciting for the students.


Second Grade English Language Arts

The next three weeks the students will explore narrative text. They will conduct an extensive author studying using the works of Patricia Polacco. The students will write a narrative piece that is taken through the writing process. Their narrative must include dialogue, multiple paragraphs, a developing lead and taken through to the publishing stage. They will also explore a variety of texts written by Patricia Polacco to learn how stories are organized, investigate the use of dialogue, and describe how characters respond in a story. They will compare and contrast the various aspects of the stories. In their reading group they will complete the constructed response questions online for the text Stone Fox. We are moving from a paper reading response journal to a paperless, which is quite exciting for most of the students.


Phonics: caught, taught, answer, become, do, earth, some, young, aunt, does, of been


Math

In third grade the students are completing a unit on various subtraction strategies. They will continue to work on multiplication and division strategies and facts throughout the course of the quarter. The students will also begin MAP practice for the math portion of the test. For practice we will use a book called Buckle Down that provides MAP like questions and practice to help ease any anxiety the students might have about the test.



In second grade the students are completing the final lessons in data and probability. They will take a test this week and begin a new unit on Measurement and Geometry. They will continue to work on the timed test goals they are working towards completing.