Mrs. Szafranski's Class

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Week 6: September 22-26

Important Information

College GO! Week

This is College GO! week in Indiana. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite college apparel/colors on Thursday, September 25. I'll be in my cream & crimson!


Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is celebrated around the US in September. We would like to invite grandparents to visit our school and classroom on Friday, September 26 from 10-10:40am. Students will have the opportunity to interview their grandparents, read and complete different activities, and give their grandparents a tour of our classroom. We ask that grandparents do not stay for lunch, as our lunchroom is already very crowded! Background checks are not required for grandparents.

Week 6 Curriculum

Reading: Fact & Opinion, Author's Purpose

Writing: Small Moments (taking a moment from a personal narrative and strrretching it out)

Grammar: Common nouns

Math: Wrapping up addition strategies, subtraction strategies

Social Studies: Map skills


Wordly Wise Vocabulary Words (Lesson 2):

accident, acrobat, alarm, bounce, enormous, gap, scoop, support, tangle, weigh

*Vocabulary Test on Friday, October 3

Words Their Way Sight Words:

out, as, be, have, go

*Spelling Quiz on Thursday, October 2

Mark Your Calendar!

  • September 25 - College GO! Day
  • September 26 - Grandparents Day
  • September 26 - PTO Movie Night
  • October 1 - Picture Retakes
  • October 3 - Book Orders Due
  • October 20-22 - Parent Conferences
  • October 23 & 24 - Fall Break

Related Arts Schedule

  • Monday 9/22 - PE
  • Tuesday 9/23 - Music
  • Wednesday 9/24 - Art
  • Thursday 9/25 - PE & Library
  • Friday 9/26 - Music

Snapshots from our week

Friday we completed our first Mystery Number Skype with Mrs. Jackson's 2nd grade class. Our class voted to use the number 87 because it is Reggie Wayne's number! They did a wonderful job speaking, listening, thinking, and participating. We are looking forward to the next one!


A favorite moment from the week: While practicing doubles facts, we came across some algebra problems in which shapes represented unknown numbers. Many students were stumped at this tricky concept. I wrote "ALGEBRA" on the board (they loved saying algebra over and over) and we tried out some practice problems, such as triangle + triangle = circle. If circle = 10, what does triangle equal? After trying out a few, the kids were really getting it. Kelsey said it was like speaking a special math language! I thought that was such a neat way to think about it! A new way at looking at missing addends/sums.


TCE is now focusing on a new social skill every two weeks. This week's skill is using good manners. I love this because although we are always working on social skills, I think it's a great idea to "feature" a new one every so often. The students notice good manners more in each other and make a conscious effort to be more well-mannered.