September 28, 2015
Diamond Dell Visit on Friday
Closed Out Buses
Spelling - Open & Closed Syllables
- A closed syllable ends in a consonant. The vowel has a short vowel sound, as in bat.
- An open syllable ends in a vowel. The vowel has a long vowel sound (says the vowel's name), as in the first syllable of apron (a-pron).
This week, our class will be clapping out the syllables of our spelling words and figuring out which words have open syllables and which words have closed syllables. As you are practicing these words at home, think about each syllable as having one vowel sound (pea-nut, meet-ing, ham-bur-ger, fan-tas-tic, la-zy, cal-en-der, straw-ber-ry).
When spelling multi-syllable words, students should spell the word syllable by syllable. To help, have them say the first syllable, then write it down; then say the next syllable, and write it down. By just using this approach, students can spell many words accurately.
Inside Out with Kindness Food Drive
As part of our school theme of Turning our Commuity inside out With Kindness, LMES is sponsoring a food drive on October 2, 2015 to benefit School District Five’s Education Foundation weekend snackpack program.
Students in each grade level are asked to bring specific items that go in the snackpacks that are sent home with identified students each Friday. The items are:
· KINDERGARTEN: Juice boxes or Capri-Suns® OR single serve microwavable packages of grits or oatmeal
· FIRST GRADE: Ramen Noodles® (stovetop or microwave) OR Slim Jims®
· SECOND GRADE: Granola bars OR individual size fruit snacks
· THIRD GRADE: Canned or microwavable pasta like ravioli or Spaghetti-O’s® OR single serve cereals
· FOURTH GRADE: Single serve fruit cups OR Rice Krispies Treats®
· FIFTH GRADE: Single serve macaroni and cheese OR individual six-pack serving crackers (Lance® type crackers)
Here is a list of quiz dates:
September 30 - 0's & 1's
October 7 - 2's
October 14 - 3's
October 21 - 4's
October 28 - 5's & 10's
November 4 - 6's
November 11 - 7's
November 18 - 8's
December 2 - 9's
January 6 - Mixed Quizzes
January - May - Mixed Quizzes
Our end of unit test for Chapter 2 will be take place later this week or early next week. Watch your child's agenda for this test date!
During our Independent/Guided Reading block, students are busy using sticky notes to mark places in their book when they notice their thinking. We have a list of Think Marks which students are using such as LOL for a funny part, a heart for their favorite part, an N when they learn something new, and a ? for a confusing part. I am hoping that when students notice their thinking while reading that they will stay engaged in their book.
In writing, our class has been talking about using the hamburger model to write a story. Everyone is hoping for a "juicy" story with lots of details which includes characters, setting, problem, three or more important events, and a conclusion which is where the writer will share the resolution to the story's problem. Students will have fun creating and solving problems to write about!
Our class will also learn about the three different types of rocks and how they are formed - metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous.
Social Studies Update
Thursday, October 1 - Picture Day, End of PTO Fundraiser
Friday, October 2 - Fabulous First Friday - District 5 Snackpack Food Drive
Monday, October 12 - No School for Students - Parent Conference Day
Thursday, October 22 at 11:40 - Early Release Day
Friday, October 30 - LMES Fall Festival (5:30-8:30)