Starke's Social

September 16, 2016

Star Student- Anna Sanchez

Well, I am breaking the rule... but it's my rule, so I guess that's OK! I am proud to announce this week's Star Student is Anna Sanchez! I normally would not give this award to a student who has been out sick, but Anna has deserved to be the star student since the first day of school. I just can't go another week without giving her this recognition. Anna is a remarkable role model in all areas of our school. Her motivation, self-discipline, and interest in learning is among the highest of any student I have met! She works extremely hard on every single assignment and asks questions and participates all throughout the day. There is never a moment when she is off task. In addition, she is kindhearted and doesn't let anything tear her down. Just this week she found out that another student in our class got the lead role in our upcoming play. I could tell she was disappointed, but she knew she still had a job to do. She immediately turned her attention back on me and followed every direction I gave rather than giving up or pouting about it. Anna, you continue to impress me every day! I will never forget the way you answered that question in your DRA assessment. When I asked Anna if she would be friends with the character in the story and why, she said, "No, I would probably not be their friend, but I would still respect them because no matter what somebody says or does you still have to respect them and be nice to them". Anna, your understanding of mutual respect is well beyond your years, and it will take you so far in life! I am so proud of you, and I wish I would have had a friend as awesome as you growing up! You are an amazing person, and I know you are going to be something great! You already are! So go do it! Get out there and give the world a reason to dance!
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Blue Ribbon Character Writing Award- Ella Gingerich

Ella wrote an amazing paragraph about respect! Not only is her cursive handwriting impeccable, her application of the writing skills we have been learning over the past couple weeks is something to be commended! I am very proud of you, Ella! I can't wait to announce the Kid of Character for Respect at the end of the month! This respectful student will join Ella at the Blue Ribbon Writing Party!
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Specials Schedule

Be sure to check your child's monthly calendar for the Specials Schedule! It is located in the back of your child's Home Folder. Please wear tennis shoes on PE days! Call or text me if you are ever unsure!

Scholastic Order

The Scholastic order is due on September 28th! Please use the following code to make your order online. You may also make an order by filling out the order form and sending in a check for the total amount due. Please do not send in cash. Thank you!


http://www.scholastic.com/home/


SCHOLASTIC ONLINE CODE: MFLVM

Important Dates

September 16- Midterm Progress Report Sent Home

September 26- Fall Festival Volunteer Forms Go Home

September 27- Fall Pictures

September 28- Scholastic Book Order Due

What's Going on in the Classroom?

Character Trait- This month we are going to focus on being respectful! Ask your child about all the great books we are reading!


Math- We are still learning to add two and three digit numbers this week! The kids are really coming along and beginning to apply their strategies to adding numbers with decimals (money). They are about to complete a performance task that requires them to shop for school supplies, round the values, add the rounded values, and then compare the rounded total to their actual total! If they have extra money, they must add items, but if they have gone over their budget then they must take off and subtract values. This real life task requires them to perform so many skills, and I look forward to seeing how the kids perform during this task!


Spelling- This week we focused on words with the OU sound and learned to spell the five core words:often, together, asked, house, don't. They took a test on Friday which will be graded and returned on Monday. Next week's core words are: world, going, want, school, important. Be sure to practice them every night to ensure success on the test next week!


Language- This week we learned about subject/verb agreement. They took a quiz to assess this skill on Friday, so it should come home graded next week.


Writing- We continued learning about how to write a paragraph with a topic sentence, three supporting details, and a concluding sentence. This week, they finished up any missing writing assignments and began thinking about how to write a board game introduction!


Reading- We began focusing on setting this week. The students are learning to identify the time and place of a story, as well as describe the details of the environment in the story that led them to drawing that conclusion.


Science- We continued learning about the food chain! We are learning what would happen if an organism were removed from the food chain. We are also learning a song to help us learn the vocabulary from this unit! The song is attached below. The kids are having a ton of fun learning through music! We will have a unit test in the middle of next week (probably Wednesday), and a study guide will come home on Monday. Happy studying!

Ou Food Chain Song- It's the Food Chain Ma'an

It’s the Food Chain Ma’an

Background Instrumental: Gold by Kiiara

Lyrics Written by Mr. Starke

Vocals by Mr. Starke


It’s called the food chain

And it starts in the sky

The sun shinin’ down

I’ma teach you why

It’s givin’ energy

To all things life

So you betta get yours

Cuz I’m gettin’ mine


It starts with the producers

Makin’ food

Then come the consumers

Bein’ rude

Just like the caterpillar

Nibblin’ on them leaves

He’s just an herbivore

Tryin’ to get some energy


Then comes the wren

He’s what we call an omnivore

Snatchin’ up that caterpillar

Eatin’ everything and more

He’s ready for his breakfast

Yummy yum

No, he better think fast

Here he come

Hawk’s swoopin’ down

He’s what we call a carnivore

Flyin’ off with wren

Eatin’ meat n’ nothing’ more


***Beat Break***


It’s called the food chain

And it starts in the sky

The sun shinin’ down

I’ma teach you why

It’s givin’ energy

To all things life

So you betta get yours

Cuz I’m gettin’ mine


It’s called the food chain

And it starts in the sky

The sun shinin’ down

I’ma teach you why

It’s givin’ energy

To all things life

So you betta get yours

Cuz I’m gettin’ mine


Endin’ with decomposers

Diggin’ deep

Dirty as a land rover

Under feet

One example is the worms

makin’ nutrients

Just as important

Decomposin miscreants


It’s the food chain

Each link is important

If you take one out

The rest aint supported

We gotta keep it real

Keep our earth real clean

It’s the food chain ma'an

and it even needs me


It’s called the food chain

And it starts in the sky

The sun shinin’ down

I’ma teach you why

It’s givin’ energy

To all things life

So you betta get yours

Cuz I’m gettin’ mine

It's the Food Chain Ma'an

Homework Options and Links to Websites

Some parents have requested homework for their child. Below will be links to websites that can be accessed at home. Some of the websites either allow your child to practice on the computer, laptop, or iPad, while others allow you to print off worksheets. Please read the section above to know what we are doing in class, and choose the websites and/or worksheets for your child to match the skills we are learning in class. As I come across other websites or ideas I will add them to the list throughout the year. Also, feel free to text, call, or email me with any questions or if you are wondering what skills your child needs to practice.


1. Read Every Night

2. Practice Math Facts with Flash Cards

3. Practice Spelling Words- New words and words missed from the previous week.


4. http://xtramath.org- Website or App for practicing math facts- Login information was sent home on Friday, August 26. Let me know if you lost the login information.


5. http://www.commoncoresheets.com/- Website to print off worksheets for any skill you want to practice. You can even choose the grade level to meet your child's needs.


6. http://www.k12reader.com/subject/reading-skills/reading-comprehension/- Website to print off reading comprehension passages, spelling, language, and writing worksheets. You can choose the grade level and skill you would like your child to practice.


7. http://www.k5learning.com/reading-comprehension-worksheets- Website to print off reading comprehension passages, spelling, language, writing, and math worksheets. You can choose the grade level and skill you would like your child to practice.


8. https://www.spellingcity.com/- Website to practice spelling at any level on your computer, laptop, or iPad.


9. http://www.adaptedmind.com/- Math and Reading Practice

Another Message from Kid President

This one will make you laugh for sure!


One thing I will never forget from this video is that the average person says more than 16,000 words in a day. "That's a lot of chances to make the world more awesome! So don't just sit there! Let's start using "gooder" words!"


"Also, boring people just talk! Awesome people just DO!" So go do it!

Kid President Shares Your Things We Should Say More Often