The Story~Star Connection

Mrs. Story's Class Newsletter

This Week in School...

Reading:

Our Heroes Across Time stories have helped us to enjoy stories from long ago that were passed down from one generation to another – Folktales and Legends. We also read a variety of stories in which an ordinary person becomes a hero. Finally, we all enjoyed the fascinating story of Edmond Hillary who climbed Mount Everest, traveled to the North Pole, and became a hero to the people of Nepal.

Ivan continues to capture our reading hearts and imaginations as we read The One and Only Ivan. Ivan, the Mighty Silveback, is trying to save the baby elephant, Ruby. And it reminds us very much of Charlotte’s plan to save Wilbur!

Writing:

Ooohh…LaLa… We are learning how to write our letters in cursive. The children learned every lowercase letter, from a- z. We will start to learn the uppercase letters, next week. The 4 keys to producing neat cursive are: size, shape, slant, and spacing.

Math:

Throughout unit 9, we are going to the “Big Leagues” to multiply “bigger and badder” numbers. The children will learn new methods for multiplying bigger numbers. We started by solving number stories with larger multiplication and division number models. The children worked through them together and presented their number model and solutions to the class.

Quick recall of the multiplication facts is becoming especially important as we work through multiplying larger numbers.

Science:

The caterpillars are coming!

The caterpillars are coming!

As we wait anxiously for their arrival, we have begun to study the caterpillar stage of the butterfly life cycle. The children completed a caterpillar diagram and learned about the functions of the many caterpillar parts. What a scientific treat it will be for each child to witness the “magic of metamorphosis”!

Quiz Me Questions...

1. What was your favorite part of the Third Grade Wax Museum?

2. If you could do it again, what topic would you choose for the Wax Museum?

3. Let’s talk about your enrichment project… It’s due next Thursday, May 2nd.

What kind of materials and plans and time do we need to provide so that you can be really proud of your project on presentation day?

Helpful Reminders...


1. Enrichment projects are due next Thursday, May 2nd. Homework will be light next week so that each child can use their time to create a high quality project to present to the class.

2. The PTO is selling Buckingham Elementary School Spirit Wear. You can purchase new school tee shirts for Field Day and other items like shorts, hats, and hoodies. The order forms came home previously and are due TOMORROW!

3. We are participating in The Africa Walk, a service learning project for Buckingham Elementary School, next Friday, May 2nd. The children are searching for sponsors and can bring in their donations as soon as possible. If each child earns and donates $5.00, our class will have raised $100.00 for a new school in Africa.

4. Science Fair: Mark your calendar for the Parent's Science Fair Open House on April 29th from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Project drop-off will be in the Gym Foyer this Friday, April 26th from 3:30-4:30pm and Monday, April 29th from 8:15-9:00am.

5. The Garden Committee helped our storystars to plant seedlings in our class garden today in honor of Earth Day. Thank you, Mrs Meyers and Mrs. Jankowski!

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