News From Mrs. C

Our class news for the week of March 25-29th

Tidbits From the Teacher

Hello Everyone!

I'm so sorry that it's taken so long to get our newsletter out this week! We've been so busy in the classroom that there just didn't seem to be a good stopping point.

Luckily our week is going to be short but full of adventure.

Everyone is super excited about the field trip on Thursday AND the fact that there is no school on Friday.


Things to Return/Remember:

-HW due on Monday

Dates to Remember

Mar. 28th: Field Trip & Report Cards

Mar. 29th: Spring Holiday

Apr. 9th: Mrs. C out all day

Apr. 10th: Ride to Recover (motorcycle group ride by school in show of support for veterans)

Apr. 27th: Round Rock Express Baseball Game

What We'll Be Learning...

Math- We are continuing our study of geometry this week and into next week. We are beginning to apply some of our new skills and concepts in a variety of ways. I've set up a specific set of websites that the class explored on Tuesday. Check them out on my teacher website: Math Links for Kids.

**What you can do at home: Play with online tangrams, cut out a simple polygon and challenge your child to cut straight lines to make new and different polygons, or practicing finding examples and naming a variety of 2D (trapezoid, pentagon, square) or 3D shapes (cube, cylinder, sphere...). Tangram and Math Dictionary sites can be found on my website.

Science- We are learning about how external characteristics help animals and plants to meet their basic needs. We will be using this information on the scavenger hunt during the field trip on Thursday. We will also set up a series of plant experiments that will continue after the 3 day weekend.

**What you can do at home: Have your child identify the basic needs of plants and animals around the home or from books. **Not all plants have the same needs...

Writing- We have been so busy working on folk tale writings that we've halted our study of small moments and didn't have our publishing party! What's a teacher to do when the class just loves all kinds of writing and we can't decide what to explore next?

What you can do at home: Ask your child what he/she has been working on during writing (a fable, a poem, a personal story, letters to friends....)

Reading- We tying up our loose ends in our study of folktales. We are looking at how cultures value different things and we can use text evidence to infer what those items may be. We are working on figuring out the moral of fables as we hear or read them.

What you can do at home: Ask your child to retell you the fable heard or read that day at school. Ask what the moral of the fable was- or should have been.

Spelling/Handwriting- We created an anchor chart of reasons why good handwriting is important to use all of the time. Students said it helped to make their thoughts understandable, made them feel good, and kept teachers from being worried. Ha Ha!

What you can do at home: If you notice your sweetie not gripping a writing tool correctly, gently tell them to "check your grip." I have other tricks if you need help with this. Just email me and let me know!

Spelling is also coming along. Students should really know what vowels and consonants are. They should be able to point out patterns studied in words read during reading times.

What you can do at home: Ask your child what spelling rules he/she is studying. Can he/she talk to you about the words being sorted?

Class Wish List

The class has requested:

-smelly stickers (Mardel and Lakeshore carry these.)

-We'll take gift cards in small amounts too! Those add up and can buy lots of things for us.

Let's Wear Our Class Shirts Every Friday!!