Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter

For The Week of March 4th-8th

Week in Review for Feb. 25-Mar.1

What a busy week! Cold weather and crazy winds! It was actually a perfect week to wrap up our weather unit! The students made wonderful graphs of the data that we collected for 10 days. In math, we tackled adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers using trades...A challenge for sure! In reading, we had a lot of fun reading Cinderella stories and reviewing the elements of fiction stories with a focus on folktales and morals.

What We Will Be Learning This Week



Math: The students will work on patterns using algebraic thinking. Students will continue working with numbers up to 999. We will be using hands on models to make numbers to help students get more comfortable and flexible in their thinking. Students will be completing problem solving each day in math, at this point in the year the problems will be multi-step and require higher level thinking. Problem solving is connected to everyday experiences where they communicate, and use logical reasoning to justify their thinking. Later in the week students will be completing a guided spiraling sheet and an individual spiraling sheet.

Science: The spotlight in science will be a continuation of the water cycle. This week we will be focusing on condensation and precipitation. We will be conducting several experiments to experience condensation and precipitation hands on. Later in the week, students will be working independently on a weather and water cycle menu to apply their learning.

Reading: The big idea in reading will be using tall tales all week! We will be learning about the difference between the truth and exaggeration from a variety of tall tales. Later on in the week students will be creating a tall tale about their lives. Students will independently be responding to the tall tales in their reader's response notebook.

Writing: In writing students will be working on small moment stories. We have been having a lot of fun zooming in on small moments in time and making a clearer picture for the reader by using details. Their portfolios are really growing!



Check Out Our Work!

The students brought home their Word Study journals on Feb. 28th! I hope you are seeing the hard work they are doing with their word sorts! The students have recently been changed to new groups based on a middle-of-the-year inventory that was done in February. Everyone has grown in their individual spelling stages.


No journals will be sent home the week of the 4th as it is right before Spring Break!!

Calendar



Wednesday, March 6 - Early Release at 12:45 pm

Thursday, March 7 - Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Friday, March 8 - Field Trip permission slip and money due

Monday - Friday, March 11 - 15 - Spring Break, No School



Kindergarten Round Up

Round Rock ISD will be holding it's annual Kindergarten Round-Up Tuesday, March 5th. Patsy Sommer Elementary will be participating in this registration day similar to the way we have the past few years. There will be a sign up posted on the Sommer website beginning Saturday, February 23rd and closing Sunday, March 3rd. The day has been broken up into 1 hour time slots from 9 am to 2 pm. We are asking that any family with a prospective Kindergarten student for the 2013-2014 school year please sign up for one of the times listed. During this time, parents will be able to fill out the necessary registration paperwork while the new Kindergarten student gets to visit the Kindergarten pod and read books, play games, and make a craft with several of the Kindergarten teachers. If you are unable to bring your child we still encourage you to come and register him/her so that we can adequately prepare for the next school year.


Please look for the sign up at http://schools.roundrockisd.org/sommer/

Spotlight Stallion

This week, Peter is thrilled to be going home with Justin! Justin is a wonderful member of our class family and brings a light to the room. He works hard and is very knowledgeable about history!

Birthdays

March 2 - Dr. Seuss

March 9 - Justin