Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter

For the Week of April 1st-5th

Week in Review

Whew! What an awesomely fast and furious week! We had three full days of instruction M-W, then the field trip to the Zoo on Thursday! The weather was great, and we all had a great time visiting the animals. Being that we are about to start an animal research unit, the trip was perfectly timed. It also worked out well in regards to academics as we are studying animal needs and habitats in science!

What We Will Be Learning About This Week....



Math: The focus this week will be a continuation of geometry. Students will describe 3D figures using distinguishing features. Students will also be comparing 2D shapes using attributes. Mid-week students will have an assessment in geometry. Daily students will be problem solving as they relate concepts to everyday life experiences. Later in the week students will be completing a guided spiraling sheet and an individual spiraling sheet.

Science: The spotlight in science will be an extension of plants and animals as they learn about environmental effects and animal characteristics. Students will recognize how environmental factors have an affect on the growth and behavior of living things. Students will study animal characteristics and how they help animals meet their basic needs. We will be doing several hands on activities to demonstrate these concepts.

Reading: The big idea in reading will be media literacy. Students will use comprehension skills to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning. Students will also recognize different purposes of media (informational vs entertainment). Please have your child bring in an empty cereal box by Wednesday if possible for a cool lesson we will be doing.

Writing: In writing students will be working on persuasive stories along with peer editing.

Work Work and Language Arts: We will wrap up the sorts the students have been working on this Friday with speed sort and glue. They will also take a Parts of Speech quiz on Monday. We will then go into Proofreading activities for the remainder of the school year.


Math Superstars

Math Superstars is winding down for the year. All 20 sheets have been posted for 1st-5th grades. Please turn in your final worksheets by Thursday, April 10th. Our volunteers are working diligently to complete all grading and return all worksheets by Thursday, April 18th. Thank you for your participation in this program. It has been wonderfully successful this year.

Report Cards

Please review your child's report card, sign and return the envelope by Wednesday, April 3. The report card is your copy for your records, do not worry about returning.

Calendar


Thursday, March 28 - Chick-Fil-A Spririt Night

Friday, March 29 - No School

Friday, April 5 - Library Day

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2 - 3 - STAAR testing; Campus Closed; Room Change




Spotlight Stallion

Jack B. is our Spotlight Stallion for this week! Great job, Jack! Unfortunately, Jack was one of the 3 kids out sick on Thursday the 28th, so he was unable to take Peter home for the Easter weekend. Jack has been doing a great job in class and really following the Sommer expectations. Great job, Jack!

In Need

Please save cereal boxes and bring them in by Tuesday the 2nd. We will be using them for a fun lesson on media literacy.

FYI...STAAR TESTING, ROOM CHANGES

We will be moving our class downstairs for 2 days this week (Tuesday and Wednesday). The school needs our room to keep all the STAAR testing upstairs. I will start having the students take their materials to the new room on Monday.


If you are able to help out, I need some folks to come by and help me cover the walls after school on Monday. I cannot have any writing visible in the room. If you would like to help, you can bring in large sheets and I can use them to tack on the walls. Let me know if you can donate some sheets or if you would just like to help hang them!