News From Mrs. C

Our class news for Nov. 18th-26th (Two Weeks)

Tidbits From the Teacher

Hello and Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

This newsletter will serve as information for the next two weeks since we'll only have school for two days the week of Thanksgiving.

Our class shirts came in and they are super cute!! Thank you Ellen for organizing this for us!!! We're going to plan on wearing them every Friday. That should help take care of figuring out clothes one less day a week.

I added a math strategies page in the middle of the Take Home Folder. If you're wondering about how we do math, check it out for suggestions or help.

Things to Do/Remember:

1. Please give us feedback to make our NEXT PBL project better!!! Feedback Form

2. Remember that Homework is removed from the website every Friday afternoon unless I'm absent.

3. You'll need a background check for volunteering & field trips: RRISD Volunteer Link

4. Have your child join the Birthday Book Club. It's on the librarian's page but here's a quicker way to get there: Birthday Book Club Link

Class Wish List

Thank you for the batteries!! We are set for now.

-gift cards to Target or Wal-Mart (used for classroom supplies and prizes)

-any books (picture or chapter) that you are no longer reading at home

-one copy each of Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back or This Is Not My Hat

Dates to Remember

Nov. 18-Dec. 6th: TAG testing referral window (Print TAG Testing Forms from here)

Nov. 22nd: Mrs. C will be absent all day

Nov. 27th-29th: No School-Thanksgiving Holidays

Dec. 7th: Chilling in Candy Land hosted by PTA

What We'll Be Learning...

Math- We are visiting a math strategy that many adults use when adding or subtracting numbers. It's called the Bridge to 10 strategy and we'll be working on learning this strategy for two weeks. We'll also be working problems that have an extra challenge step for those who need that next step. Ask your child to tell you about the 10 Frames and the Math Rack (bead rack on white board) tools we use for this strategy!

Science- We are moving into studying physical properties and how change can be made to them. This ties in nicely with our study of changes from heat and is part of the underlying scientific concepts students need as they progress through school. Ask your child to tell you what they know about physical properties! Through the week ask about what physical properties we've changed that day!

Writing- We are loving the oppotunity to write imaginative stories! The first day we all stretched out and daydreamed about characters, settings, and plots for our stories. Next we wrote out a plan and now we're writing and illustrating our stories. Ask your child about his/her story idea!

Reading- We are continuing our study of media literacy. We'll be digging deeper and using guiding questions to try and evaluate why certain types of media were written and shared. There are several websites we'll visit to incorporate technology and media. Ask your child to tell you what Topic, Audience, and Purpose they think an advertisement was written to address. Point out ads when shopping, watching t.v., or reading a magazine/newspaper.

Spelling/Handwriting- We continue to work on remembering to hold pencils with the correct grip while tilting our paper. If you see your child starting letters at the bottom of the line, remind him/her to start at the top and let gravity help!

Our Week in Pictures