Mrs. Stephenson's Stars

September 17-21, 2018

Notes from the teacher

Thank you for ordering books from Scholastic! We had 8 orders and with your purchases, I was able to buy 3 sets of fiction and nonfiction books for our library!

CogAT testing went beautifully, thank you! ITBS is coming next week-letters went home in the Friday folder.

We had all but one successfully submit our first eclass homework assignment-thank you for your help with this! Should we ever need electronic homework for Digital Learning Days, it's all the more important that your child have success logging on and navigating. Thank you!

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Class parties and events

Thank you to Mrs. Edelberg, our class room mom! A note was sent home in the homework folders this week and we've already had 8 parents return with donations-thank you so much! Please let us know if you need more information. This is going to be a great year.

Upcoming events

9/18: Boy scout visits (Flyer went home Friday)-sign up 9/20 at 6pm

9/24-9/28: ITBS testing-please no lunch visitors

Our focuses this week

Reading: We'll look at non-fiction features this week-I'm challenging your kiddos to "shop" for nonfiction books and magazines in the classroom library! We'll continue comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction books so make sure you also highlight these similarities and differences when reading nightly. With CogAT testing we were off last week with small groups-we'll be on track this week! Continue to read library books, A-Z readers, or ebooks through our media catalog! Click "Media Catalog" on eclass, then "Follet Shelf", located on the top of the page.

Writing/Grammar: We'll had our first publishing celebration on Friday- a few pictures were posted on Class DOJO! I'm so proud of the students each time we publish because I know how hard it is as a writer and the time that's taken to produce each piece! Information on this genre and grading will be shared at conferences, but we'll be moving on to our next and final piece for narrative writing. I noticed a class goal is to write "small moments"-a seed story- one little memory out of a larger memory and exploding just that moment with its own beginning, middle, and end. This will be our renewed focus. Grammar will review skills we've covered, including proper nouns, capitalization, adjectives, and context clues. A second grammar grade will be taken on Friday to review.

Word study: This wasn't in our schedule last week so we'll makeup what was missed last week: compound words with air- and any-. We'll also learn about compound words with every and out: everywhere, everything, everyone, everyday, everything, outfield, outburst, outcome, outfit, outstanding. A vocabulary grade will soon be coming (students need to review meanings of words, not spelling).

Math: We are continuing to learn about addition strategies, and seeing which one the students are comfortable and efficient with: tens/ones (pictorial representation), open number line, and now expanded form or place value strategy. It's important to apply these strategies with word problems, while also trying out equations that require regrouping and may also have missing addends! I hope to upload more tutorial videos of these this week! Daily grade will be Wednesday and we'll then apply these strategies to subtraction.

Social Studies: The kids did a great job creating their own maps (with keys/legends!) of their own choosing: an arcade, an aquarium, and a bedroom were the top choices! Pictures up on DOJO. We took a daily grade on the compass rose and grid maps.

We'll now learn about landforms and regions in GA: Coastal Plain, Piedmont, Appalachian Plateau, Blue Ridge Mtns, Mtn and Valley.


We received 100 % reading log participation last week-keep it up!

This week's hmk is back to normal with spiral review. I've also added the specials rotations. We'll have another google doc placed on the "homework" button on eclass reviewing comparing numbers.