The Willis Weekly
February 29, 2019
Read Across America Day!
Today we celebrated the joy of reading on Read Across America Day! We celebrated by wearing mix-and-matched clothes, sporting wacky hair, and dressing as our favorite book character! We also participated in a school-wide "Drop Everything and Read" time! We spent the day reading favorite books from home and sharing our favorite stories with friends!
TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon
Yearbooks are on Sale!
WE ARE STILL IN NEED.....Please consider sending a snack to school with your child each day. Our approved list (to keep all of our Cardinals safe - especially those living with food allergies) include:
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
We appreciate donations for our students that are without a snack, as well. Thank you for considering!
Background Checks & Anti-Bullying Video
Mark Your Calendar!
March 14th: 2nd Grade Choir Concert (only for students in choir club)
March 15th: TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon
March 16th - 17th: HSEArt Show - come see the artwork of students at all of our HSE Schools at this district art show from 2:00-5:00 at FHS
March 21st: Rock Your Socks to bring awareness and to celebrate the joy of diversity on World Down Syndrome Day
March 21st: Spring Picture Day!
March 22nd: PTO Movie Night
March 29th - April 7th: No school - Spring Break
April 10th: 5:30-7:00 PTO Pancake Dinner, Book Fair is open, and young author books are on display in our gym
*Just a reminder that we have early dismissal every Monday so that our teachers can continue their learning.
Related Arts Schedule for Next Week!
Monday, March 4: Day 3: Music
Tuesday, March 5: Day 4: Art
Wednesday, March 6: Day 1: P.E.
Thursday, March 7: Day 2: Global Study & Library
Friday, March 8: Day 3: Music
We are Learning
This week, we moved on from making our reading more fluent to learning about Literary, or figurative, Language. We learned how great writers will use inventive ways to describe events, actions, or objects. This week's inventive writing focused on different ways writers compare events, actions, and/or objects to each other. We learned that author's will commonly use the words like or as to get you to notice when they are using an inventive way of describing something. For example, Jane Yolen uses a comparison to describe a train whistle The Owl Moon: "Somewhere behind us a train whistle blew, long and low, like a sad, sad song." We encourage you to find some Literary Language that uses the words like or as in a book you read in the near future.
Repeated Sort: Students will sort their words. Then check their words using the answer key. Then sort their words again!
Draw and Label: Students choose 10 of their words. Then they will draw a picture of each world and label it.
Blind Sort: Using given guide words, or headers, students spell or write in words in the correct category as a partner calls each word aloud without showing it.
Writing Sort: Students write their words under the correct category.
Speed Sort: Students sort words quickly under the correct categories (use a timer to see how fast they can do it!) Students love to beat records and to set goals for themselves.
Word Hunt: Students hunt through their own reading and writing for words that are additional examples of the sound, pattern, or meaning unit they study!
Buddy Sort: Using the given headers, students sort their words with a partner, then discuss. They will then check their work with their answer key.