August 28, 2015
Every Friday-A Week in Review Reflection
Supporting Our Fellow Geese (No, it is not a fundraiser. :)
This week we learned about Canada geese and why they fly in a V formation. (This allows them to work together to make flying easier.) We also discovered that while flying in their V formation, the geese continuously honk out words of encouragement and support. If another goose becomes sick or injured, two other geese always fly down with it and stay by its side until it is able to fly. We have been applying these same principals in our classroom all week. We concluded that we would make pretty great geese because we do all those same things in our classroom each and every day!
In our classroom, we focus on collaboration, communication, creativity, curiosity and critical thinking. (All skills these students will need to succeed in the 21st century.
Band and Strings Update
Parents and Planners
Several kiddos are having trouble completing homework on time. It would really help if parents could go over the planner with their child every night. Mrs. Hitchcock and I will make sure that their planners are filled out correctly. The only thing that will be written in their planner will be any homework they have that night. Often times students do not finish what was assigned in class and will need to complete it at home.
Thank you so much for helping your child develop positive study habits!
Thank you so much for sending in shoeboxes! If anyone still has one at home, we could still use a few more!
Coming Up Next Week...
Social Studies-Native Americans
Essential Question-How did the environment help shape Native American culture?
This week we will be learning about the Eastern Woodlands and the Plains Indians. We will be writing our own origin stories and using them to create a paper slide video project.
Does anyone know any Native Americans that would be willing to come and speak with our class? We would LOVE that!
Math-adding and subtracting decimals/Rounding
Grammar-Types of Sentences (Declarative/Interrogative/Imperative/Exclamatory)
Writing Trait- Word Choice
Writing Skill- Using Strong Verbs/Show, Don't Tell
Assignment-The Tragic Life of a Pop Can
Reading-Finishing up Shiloh
Target Skills-Story Structure/plot development/conflict resolution, Context Clues
Reading Strategies-Asking Questions/Close Reading/Noticing Narrative Signposts-Memory Moment, Aha! Moment, Contrasts & Contradictions, Again & Again, Words of the Wiser, Tough Question
Just a reminder that spelling tests are on Thursdays, practice pages are due on Thursday (several kiddos are not remembering to turn these in and that will really affect their grade), and new lists will come home on Fridays.
Both the regular and challenge lists are on Spelling City. Just go to www.spellingcity.com/khitchcockbb. (Thank you Kari and her parent volunteer for putting in all of our lists!) Just click on the box below and it will take you to the site.
Students may use this wonderful site to practice their words.
We are hoping to start taking the post tests using Spelling City to cut down on the amount of time it takes to give three different lists. You will be able to see your child's spelling test score on ParentVue.
Dates to Remember
Monday, August 31-Skate City 6-8
Thursday, September 3-PTA Meeting 7:00
Friday, September 4-Book Orders are due. *Please make checks out to Scholastic.
Monday, September 7-Labor Day
So True! Reading+Reading+Reading= Great Reading, Writing, and Oral Language Skills!