The Jungle Book

Mrs. Knueven's Classroom Newsletter

Upcoming Events

9/21 Box Top Collection Begins

9/22 Lockdown Drill

9/25 Bullying Prevention Lesson with Mrs. Cox

9/25 Wordly Wise Lesson 3 Test

9/25 Spelling Quiz

9/25 Colts Spirit Day

9/28 Parent-Teacher Conferences Begin

9/30 Jog-A-Thon

10/8 Dads & Donuts

10/8 Book Fair Begins

10/9 Science Fair

10/9 End of First 9 Weeks

10/16 Fall Party

10/17 Fall Break Begins

Curriculum Corner


This is the week that we begin drafting our narrative writing that we will publish! I will begin conferencing with students in the next few weeks to help them with revisions of content and mechanics.


Spelling lists for this week were passed out today. This week, students will begin working in four differentiated spelling groups, based on their scores on the placement test earlier this year. We will be working with these words in class and will take a quiz on Friday.

Wordly Wise

We will be finishing up lesson 3 this week. 3C & 3D will be due on Thursday and the test will be Friday.


We ran out of time to finish nouns last week, so we will be finishing them this week, then will end the week by learning about pronouns.

Indiana History

The torn paper maps are looking fabulous! Today was the last day for students to have class time to work on the regions. Some students chose to take them home and others are planning to finish at recess tomorrow. We will spend the rest of the week learning about the climate and natural resources in Indiana. The torn paper map will serve as the assessment, so there will not be a test over this information.


We are starting our first whole class novel with The Hundred Dresses. This book is a Newberry Award winning book that teaches wonderful life lessons about how we treat each other. We will do the reading in class, but expect to see either vocabulary or comprehension homework most nights. This is the summary of the book:

Wanda Petronski wore the same faded-blue dress to school every day. It was always clean, but it looked as though it had never been ironed properly. One day when a classmate showed up wearing a bright new dress that was much admired, Wanda said suddenly, "I have a hundred dresses at home." That had started the teasing game of dresses, which Peggy and Maddie played with Wanda. It was fun to stop Wanda on the way to school and ask, "How many dresses did you say you had?" Wanda did have the hundred dresses, and this is the story of how Peggy and Maddie came to understand about them and what the game meant to Wanda.


We came up with our materials and procedure for our inquiry today. Tomorrow we will work on our hypothesis and data collection chart before beginning the inquiry process on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday, we will be wrapping up by discussing our results and coming up with a conclusion. Look for information about our in-class science fair project to come home later this week!


This week, we will be learning about line charts, landmark numbers (minimum, maximum, range, mean, median, mode), and addition algorithms. For addition, we will be practicing the partial sums and column addition methods. On the assessment, students will chose the method that works best for them. As with any algorithm we learn in math, as long as students get the correct answer and can explain how they got their answer, I will never tell them they must use a specific one. We will take our assessment over this chapter at the end of next week.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

It's time to schedule parent-teacher conferences! Please use the link below to sign up for a time that works for you. As this is our only formal conference time this year, I would love to meet with at least one parent for each child. After these conferences, please do not hesitate to reach out by phone or e-mail if you have any concerns. If we feel a meeting is necessary later in the year, that is always an option. If you will be meeting with me for your child's (IEP) case conference in the next few weeks, that will serve as our parent teacher conference and you do not need to sign up for a time. If you could pick a time by this Thursday, 9/24, I would appreciate it!

Box Tops

This week is Box Top collection week! Don't forget to send in your box tops!


We are still looking for some volunteers for Jog-A-Thon on Wednesday, 9/30. Please sign up if you are able to help. Also, please send in your pledges once you have them collected. There are fun prizes for students and classes who raise the most money! The goal is $50 per student.

Fall Party

Our Fall Party will be 10/16. If you would like to help, please sign up here: