Miss Branchick's Newsletter

January 18-22, 2016

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Report Cards

Please make sure to send the envelope back into school when you are finished with it. I would like to reuse as many as I can from quarter to quarter.

Thank you!

New Daily Schedule

Starting on Monday, January 4th, writing and RTI times have flip-flopped. Below is our modified daily schedule-

7:25-7:50 am Morning Routine/Breakfast

7:50-8:30 am Writing

8:30-8:35 am Snack/Restroom Break

8:38-9:23 am Specials

9:25-9:30 am Restroom Break

9:30-10:30 am Math

  • 9:30-11:10 Extended Math on M/W/F

10:30-11:10 am Social Sciences (only on T/Th)

11:15-11:35 am Lunch

11:35-11:55 am Recess

12:00-12:40 pm RTI/Reading Stations

12:45-2:15 pm 90-minute reading block

2:15-2:25 pm Afternoon Routine/Dismissal

After School Tutoring

IREAD and ISTEP are quickly approaching and I want to make sure that every child feels prepared and ready to take these tests, but there are only so many hours in a day. If you feel like your child would benefit from some after school tutoring, please let me know and I can email or send home a verified tutor list from our school.

I am on this list and have availability to tutor. I am currently only tutoring in math (because I love math and frankly I would teach this all day if I could). I can also recommend someone who would best fit with your child from the list.

This week in room 506


Miss Branchick's Math Class-

Unit 12 Time and Temperature

Monday- Review

Tuesday- Time and Temperature Assessment

Wednesday- Review Measurement

Thursday- Measurement Re-assessment for any non-mastery students

Friday- Start Unit 13- Money with students who mastered both Measurement and Time/Temp


3.M.2- I can choose/use units/tools to estimate/measure length, weight, and temperature.

3.M.3- I can tell and write time to the nearest minute.

Social Studies:

Chapter 3- Communities Build a Nation- Planning with the End in Mind.

Tuesday, Jan. 5th- Lesson 1- America's First People

Thursday, Jan 7th- Lesson 2- Early Explorers

Tuesday, Jan 12th- Lesson 3- Early Spanish Communities

Thursday, Jan 14th- Lesson 4- Early French Communities

Tuesday, Jan 19th- Lesson 5- Early English Communities

Thursday, Jan 21st- Lesson 6- Creating a New Nation

Tuesday, Jan 26th- Review

Thursday, Jan 28th- Assessment


3.3.11- Describe how Native Americans and early settlers adapted to and modified the environment.

3.1.2- Explain why and how the local community was established and identify its founders and early settlers

3.1.4- Give examples of people, events and developments that brought changes to your community and region

3.1.5- Create timelines that identify events in regions of the state

3.2.2- Know the significance of fundamental democratic principles and ideals


We will be starting our Persuasive Unit- also called Opinion or Argumentative. This unit will last for the month of January.


3.W.1- I can write routinely over a variety of time frames.

3.W.2.1- I can write neatly in print or cursive.

3.W.3.1- I can write persuasive compositions that:

-state the opinion in an intro statement/paragraph

-support the opinion with reasons in an organized way

-connect opinion and reasons using words/phrases

provide a concluding statement/paragraph


Unit 3 Week 5-

  • Comprehension Strategy: Summarize
  • Comprehension Skill: Sequence
  • Genre: Literature- Expository Text
  • Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixes
  • Phonics: Dipthongs /oi/ and /ou/


3.RN.3.2- I can identify how a nonfiction text can be structured to show sequence.

3.RV.2.4- I can use knowledge of suffixes to determine the meaning of words.

Spelling will continue this week, with the exception of a pretest. Students will receive spelling words tomorrow morning, along with a spelling choice board of suggested activities they can work on. We will take a spelling test on Friday morning.

Spelling- r-Controlled Vowels

  1. voice

  2. foil

  3. joyful

  4. proud

  5. snowplow

  6. coins

  7. loyal

  8. couch

  9. louder

  10. crowd

  11. noise

  12. royally

  13. bowed

  14. bounce

  15. prowling


1. agreeable- To be agreeable is to be nice or pleasant

2. appreciate- To appreciate means to be grateful

3. boomed- Boomed means to have grown suddenly

4. descendants- Descendants are people who come from a particular ancestor or group of ancestors

5. emigration- Emigration is the act of leaving one's own country to live in another

6. pioneers- Pioneers are people who are among the first to explore and settle a region

7. transportation- Transportation is the means of carrying or moving something from one place to another

8. vehicles- Vehicles are a means of transporting goods

Scholastic Book Orders

Every month I am going to send home Scholastic Book Order forms. You can either write a check or order your books online. Our class code is MC9FK. All orders help our classroom library grow!!

Orders can be submitted any time you or I place an order because I have free shipping this year =)


Below are links to the websites students will have access to at school and at home:

Tumblebooks is registered for grades K-4 so North and South share.

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