STAR STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Cailee taught us that dogs are as smart a two-year-old human. Dogs have whiskers to help them see at night. Dogs can smell your feelings!
Readers Workshop: Nonfiction Features
BIG IDEA: Building stamina, recalling facts, making connections
* books on the same topic can be different
*books on the same topic may have similar facts
*we call the title of a non-fiction book a TOPIC
*illustrators teach us something new with FACTS
*illustrators use features to catch our attention (cut-aways, diagrams, etc)
*illustrators are sometimes called photographers in non-fiction because they use so many real pictures to teach the reader something new
We did have an Irish focus this week. Students also make an Irish Leprechaun Mr. Potato. Not only did we enjoy making this cute project, but ask your child why we made it. They should have a few facts about Ireland, Potatoes, and/or Leprechauns.
FACT FLUENCY: TIMED TESTS
This upcoming week, we started taking -1 timed test. We will finish up with -1 next week. We will then move on to +2.
Big Ideas: Math Workshop, Responsible Partnerships, Accountability, Stamina
Changes in Math:
WE LAUNCHED MATH WORKSHOP!!!! WHOO HOO!!!
It was a bit bumpy, but we are learning how to rotate, be responsible, work kindly with a partner, stay focused. Overall, not bad for our first attempt!
Big Idea: Becoming NON-FICTION writers
Next week, students are going to learn how to EDIT their paper and make sure they have made a 5-star book. Then on Wednesday, they will work on their Non-Fiction writing assessment. Please look forward to finding a bunch of non-fiction stories heading your way in their folders!
*not all non-fiction books are about animals
*students brainstormed ideas of other topics
* how to use a chart to plan their writing before starting a book
*non-fiction writers label IMPORTANT details only
*non-fiction stories can use features (zooming in, labels, captions)
*non-fiction stories have an ending
*non-fiction stories are longer (4 facts and an ending page)
*non-fiction illustrations must be NEAT and DETAILED to help the learner learn
*the difference between a fact and an opinion.
*opinions often have secret words to let you know they are opinions (I think, best, worst)
*non-fiction writers have to teach their reader something using details.
Students are going to try to learn 50+ sight words by May 4th! Students who meet their goal will get to pick a mystery egg.
Good luck readers! May the 4th, be with you!
May 4th Goal: 50 words for Mystery Egg Prize (Mrs. LaLonde’s Class Goal Only)
Please click on the Sight Word page at the top of our blog for the entire list.
Your child will bring home the list they are currently working on. When they can read all words, OUT OF ORDER, without having to stretch them (ex. “LITTLE” NOT “l-i-tt-le, little?”) please sign the list and send it back. I will check with them. If they pass at school, I will send a new list home. If they miss words with me, I will return the list to you.
Teacher Disclaimer: This process will take extra time that is not set aside during the day. I will try to get a new list to you as soon as I can. It may be same day, a few days later, or the following week. Please be patience. If you are eager to move on, all words are listed on the Sight Words page and the lists will be sent home in order.
ON GREEN PAPER
Sentence Homework: Due Thursday
Homework is due Friday of each week. Homework needs to be completed by the student but CHECKED by the parent.
Please remember that completion of homework is recorded on report cards.
All homework should be done in pencil unless otherwise stated! Homework that is not completed neatly or correctly will be returned to be redone. Thank you for your help with this 🙂
I would like to thank everyone for making it to conferences this Spring. It was great touching base with everyone. As I mentioned at conferences, we do not have any more formal sit downs together. However, if you feel the need to meet towards the end of the year or you have any questions regarding your child, please let me know. Final report cards will be MAILED to your house. I will make sure to include their reading level and any other important information so you know what to work on for the remainder of the summer.
If you were interested in tutoring, please keep in mind that slots do fill up fast. I would not wait too long to reach out.
Wikki Stix and Stamp Pads (all colors) please!
Alward Carnival Saturday, March 24th
Class Baskets for Carnival! The PTC will be collecting donations for the class baskets drawings at the carnival! More details will be coming home soon from the PTC, but for now, you can start thinking of ideas of things to go with your class basket theme!
Please consider donating items for our class basket. Our theme is Family Fun.
Ideas: Bubbles, Movies/Popcorn, coloring books, chalk, football, tickets/gift cards to places you like spending time together (rebounderz, children’s museum, zoo) etc.
Friday, March 30th- Sunday, April 8th, 2018
Monday, April 16th
More Details Coming Soon!
Library Books Due back on Mondays!
Please help your child take care of their book. If a book is damaged or lost, they will need to pay for a replacement BEFORE they are allowed to borrow another. All books are due back on Monday. We will go to the Library on Tuesday mornings! If you finish reading early, and you want to return the book early, please feel free!