for the week of January 21, 2014

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Language Arts

Word Wall words: would, make, him, into
Phonics skill: long i with a silent e
five, drive, kite, mine, shine, time, ride
more challenging words: pineapple, stripe, fireplace, January

Sentence dictation on Friday, January 24.

Martin's Big Words
: reading response: I learned ... This book made me feel ...
I noticed ...
Henry's Freedom Box: character analysis, drawing conclusions

In writing we will begin a poetry study by brainstorming what we already know about poetry and writing, publishing and illustrating our own free verse poems.


*Relate informal language to mathematical language and symbols
*Use tools such as real objects, manipulatives and technology to solve problems
*Use the relationship of addition to solve subtraction problems

We are still working on the above and will be working cooperatively in different math stations this week.

Science / Social Studies

We will be learning more about the water cycle, how to read a thermometer and different types of weather instruments.

We will continue to talk about the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on our nation.


Thursday, January 23 one of our 3rd and 4th grade clusters will be celebrating "Ocean Day" to raise awareness for the many problems faced by our seas. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue or ocean themed shirts to raise awareness.

Friday, January 24 will be a Spirit Day Assembly. Wear your Austin T-shirt if you have one! Report cards will also be sent home.

E time: For the next few weeks we will be exploring the topic of Winter Olympics. After watching some video clips of ice hockey, bobsledding and speed skating, we did simulations of an ice hockey game and a bobsled race. Thanks to Mrs. Dobecka for loaning us her awesome P.E. equipment. There are a few video clips down below if you want to hear some excitement!

SEM / Clusters ... a message from Ms. Malone:

Enrichment clusters will soon be starting for our 1st and 2nd grade learners, and we want YOU to be involved. This is an amazing opportunity to work directly with the children of Austin Elementary as they explore their interests and discover their own unique talents. No special skills are needed, and training will be provided. For more information and/or to reserve your spot at the training, please click on the link named "Volunteers Needed" below.

hockey 2