### April 8, 2016

This week Mrs. Sayre came into the classroom to start a unit on Novel Engineering. Before break we read to the class, Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. This is a book about a girl who really beats to her own drum. She runs into many problems in her life, and comes up with some interesting solutions. We discussed some of those problems with Mrs. Sayre and have come up with our own unique solutions for Clementine’s problems. In the next few weeks we will be building models of things to help Clementine solve her problems. To help us with this, we have also read books on simple machines. We will be using the cardboard containers and tubes that the children have brought in to build prototypes.

## Literacy

We are back to Superkids as we begin Unit 7. This week our lessons focused on ways to spell the long a sound using: ai, ay, ey, eigh, ange, able and Super e. We also worked on proper capitalization in writing, specifically in titles, and the use of comparative adjectives (adding er) and superlative adjectives (adding est). Finally, we discussed the use of irregular adjectives in comparing things (as in good, better, best). Idioms in language were once again reviewed where the words used have different meanings from the ordinary meanings (as in Buzz Off! or You are totally off base!)

In Cursive writing we have begun Capital letters. Once we have taught the first letter in your child’s first name, they can begin writing their name in cursive if they choose to do so. They also get a “special” assignment sheet to practice writing their first name. They all really look forward to this! This week we reviewed number words, and presented C, A, and O. Review packets for handwriting will start coming home again in next week’s Friday folders.

In Writing we continue with our Poetry unit. We worked on using sound words and comparisons, which fit perfectly with Superkids!

## Math

In math this week, students learned how to group to the nearest 100 when subtracting to make it much easier. We also presented using an open number line to count up and count back to subtract 3-digit numbers, and decomposing which is a favorite for many students.

During our technology center, students worked on the Greg Tang subtraction games called Breakapart and Missing along with IXL. They can continue to work on completing IXL 3-Digit Subtraction at home:

J.1, J.2, J.3, J.4, J.5, J.6, and J.7

Next Friday we will wrap up the unit by taking the Unit test on Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction.

## AR Winners

We have handed out the new AR goals for the last quarter. Most of the students have taken quizzes this week and are already working toward their first 100%! Please continue to encourage your student to read for 20 minutes each day and be ready for quizzes at school. As soon as someone reaches their goal, the prizes will again be awarded by the LRC and pictures will be posted in our weekly newsletter. This week we have a picture of those students who went to the luncheon with the teachers for reaching 250% or more of their goal. Afterward, they students were able to go into the LRC for a Pinata and more prizes. GO READERS!

## Star Student

Our Star Student this week was Emilie... this is Emilie's first year at Goodrich. She moved here from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where she was born. There she could see rainbows from her living room window. One of Emilie's favorite things to do at the beach in St. Thomas was to play in the sand and collect crystals. This was Emilie's first experience with snow because the average temperature in St. Thomas is 85 degrees. Another first for Emilie is that when she was 3 months old she went on her first plane ride. She has now gone on 30 airplane rides. Emilie wants to be a professional roller skater and takes lessons at the Lombard Roller Rink. Great presentation Emilie! Our next Star is ...Angel!

## Miscellaneous Items:

• Report cards will be sent home on April 15th.

• Collect pledges for the Read-a-thon from Friday, April 8th until Thursday, April 14th.