Trail Blazer Newsletter

January 20-23, 2015

Message from Our Student Reporter KayaBlue!

Dear families,

This is KayaBlue, the classroom reporter, and I want to tell you about my favorite things to do in the classroom and what my favorite time of day is. My favorite things to do in the classroom is reading and writing. My favorite time of day is Daily Five time because I get to do my most favorite things: reading and writing!



Important Upcoming Dates

January 19th: Holiday (No School)

January 23rd: Twin Day

January 27th Report Cards Go Home

February 5th: Early Release Day (1/2 Day for Students

February 6th: Professional Development Teachers (No School for Students)

February 16th: Family Night at PVA 5:30-7:00

Warm Up to Learning

Reading: We are focusing on the main idea and supporting details found within nonfiction texts. We are also continuing to focus written comprehension responses using the PQA model: Put the Question in the Answer. I hope the example packet that I sent home has helped to clarify expectations.

Writing: We will continue to work on our weather research projects that are inspired by the kid's weather wonders. We have been exploring our weather wonders using the eWISE (evaluate, Wonder, Investigate, Synthesis, Express) model with Ms. Allbach. For the last two weeks we explored nonfiction texts and various media sources using Discovery Education. This week we will finish up our research and begin turning that research into paragraphs. Your students are welcome to continue their research and board building (beginning in early February) at home. They should know their login information, but feel free to contact me if they forget.

Fundations: We are starting Unit 8 when we return with a focus on spelling with -ar and -or. This is a short unit. Look for a new Fundations packet in your child's homework folder on Tuesday for more information.

Math: We will continue our focus on creating bar graphs, as well as interpreting information and answering question using bar graphs.

Science: We will continue to explore our weather wonders during Daily 5 and Writer's Workshop.

Social Studies: We will be taking a look at the incredible contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.