News for the week of 12/10

Here’s what’s happening…

*Our field trip to ZooTampa is on Wednesday. Please send a snack with your child in the morning since we’ll be eating lunch later that day. Please remember to send a lunch with your child if you did not order a school lunch. Your child can wear their Toucan shirt or Sand Pine shirt if they would like. Make sure to check the weather to dress accordingly since this is an outdoor field trip. Please have your child to school on time. The bus will be leaving shortly after school begins. Please do not send any money with your child, as we will not be visiting the gift shop or allowing them to buy anything while we’re there.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are reading a variety of poems this week to learn about poetry. We will be taking the Reading quarterly check on Tuesday.

ELA: We are working on the drafts of our informational reports this week. We will edit and revise the drafts, then create a final copy.

Math: We are taking the district quarterly check on Monday. After that we will begin Module 4, which focuses on understanding area. We will have lessons on comparing areas and using tiles to find the area.

Science: We are doing a variety of hands-on activities to apply what we learned last week about changing states of matter. There will be a test on Friday.

Have a great week!

News for the week of 12/3

Here’s what’s happening…

*Panda Express Night, a PTA fundraiser, is on Friday, Dec. 7.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are reading a book called “Around Our Way on Neighbor’s Day,” which is written as a poem. We will discuss the various poetry elements used as well as the content of the book. We will have a Comprehension Check on Tuesday.

ELA: We are continuing to research our topics for the informational writing project. We will begin our first draft of the reports this week. We will go through the writing process to revise and edit our writing before doing a final copy.

Math: We have a quiz Monday, then we will conclude the module with lessons on multiples of 10, the Associative Property, and solving two-step word problems. We will review, then take the End of Module test on Friday.

Science: We are continuing the unit on matter with lessons about the changes water undergoes when it changes state through heating and cooling. Students need to know what the terms melting, freezing, boiling, evaporation, and condensation mean. Use the materials in the yellow folder to study for the quiz on Friday.

Have a great week!

 

News for the week of 11/26

Here’s what’s happening…

*Field trip forms and money are due this week! Please be sure to send in both the bus form AND the permission form (with lunch choice indicated). Also, be sure to pay on Acorn if you chose that option, or send in the money to me.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are continuing to practice the nonfiction standards by reading a selection called “What is a Community?” There will be a reading test on Friday covering the standards.

ELA: We are returning to informational writing this week. We will begin a new writing project that will require the students to use what they learned in quarter 1 to research a topic and write about it. This week’s lessons will focus on reviewing informational writing, brainstorming topics, and conducting research.

Math: This week we are continuing to practice with multiplication properties and apply strategies to multiply and divide, including problem solving. There will be a quiz on Wednesday covering topic D.

Science: We are continuing our Matter unit. This week’s focus is measuring and comparing the temperature, mass, and volume of solids and liquids. A quiz is scheduled for Friday.

Have a great week!

 

News for the week of 11/12

Here’s what’s happening…

*The PTA Food Drive is being held this week. A flier was sent home last week with information.

*STEM Launch Night will be on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30. This meeting will give helpful information for parents whose students will be completing a STEM project this year. Click here  for the flier about this project and the meeting.

*Quarter 2 progress reports will be available on myStudent on Friday, Nov. 16.

*Looking ahead: There will be no school Nov. 19-23 for Thanksgiving Break.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are returning to informational standards for Unit 2 Module B. We will be reading a selection called “City Homes” in order to practice these standards.

ELA: We are going to be applying the narrative writing standards to an independent writing project this week. We will also be doing some creative writing with the turkey’s we decorated. Here are the letter and turkey picture in case yours was misplaced: Project Letter and Turkey Picture.

Math: We will have a lesson on solving multiplication and division problems on Monday. We will review Tuesday, and then take the Mid-Module Assessment on Wednesday. After that we will continue learning multiplication strategies with a focus on 9 as a factor.

Science: We are beginning a new unit this week on Matter. This week’s lessons focus on comparing materials and objects according to properties including size, shape, color, texture, and hardness. There will be a test on Friday covering this concept.

Have a great week!

News for the week of 11/5

Here’s what’s happening…

*STEM project sign up: On Wednesday, a letter will be sent home about the optional STEM project. All of the work for this will be done outside of school, and it is a big commitment. However, students who complete it correctly will receive extra credit on their Quarter 3 science grade (note that it will not be factored in to the Quarter 2 grade). There will be a parent information evening on November 15 at 6:30 if you would like more information.

*PTA McTeacher Night is on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

*All third grade students will perform in a Veteran’s Day musical tribute at SPES on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8:45 AM. Families are invited to attend.

*Looking ahead: We will be going on a field trip in December. A letter will be sent home on Friday, Nov. 9. Please look for it in your child’s home folder that day.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are concluding Module A of Unit 2 this week by reading a folk tale called “The Frog Princess.” We will use the story to apply the literature standards we’ve been practicing. There will be a test on Friday.

ELA: We are continuing to write our narratives. We will revise them and turn them in by Friday.

Math: We are continuing Module 3 with lessons on using the properties of multiplication as strategies to solve problems. There will be a quiz on Wednesday covering Topic B.

Social Studies: We are concluding our study of the regions of the U.S. with the West. There will be an open-note test on this region on Wednesday, then a test on all of the information learned about the regions on Thursday. This test will NOT be open note, so be sure to study!

Have a great week!

 

News for the week of 10/29

Here’s what’s happening…

*The PTA fundraiser is ending on Oct. 31, so please get your donations in by then.

*Looking ahead: PTA McTeacher night is on Wed., Nov. 7th.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are continuing to practice and apply the fiction standards as we read “The Year of Miss Agnes.” Remember that students should be reading the assigned chapters each evening. We will take the district comprehension check on the fiction standards on Friday.

ELA: We are continuing to practice narrative writing. We are planning our own narratives, and will begin writing them this week. We are working on including dialogue and descriptions in our stories. The grammar skill for this week is action verbs.

Math: We are beginning Module 3 this week. This module revisits multiplication and division, but this time we are working more with units of 0, 1, 6-9, and multiples of 10. We are applying the properties of multiplication as well as using a letter to represent the unknown in the problems. Click here to see the parent information page about this module. There is a quiz scheduled for Thursday on the concepts covered in Topic A. Click here to read more about what is being taught during this topic.

Social Studies: We are learning about the Midwest and Southwest regions of the U.S. this week. Please use the materials in the red folder to study for the test, which is scheduled for Friday.

Have a great week!

News for the week of 10/22

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*It’s Red Ribbon Week! Click here for each day’s theme.

*Report cards will be available on myStudent on Tuesday. Please refer to this document to help you understand what each letter grade means at the elementary level in our school district: What each grade means. Please email me if you would like to schedule a conference at this time. Indicate whether you would like it to be in person or by phone.

*The Book Character parade is on Friday at 9:15 AM. Parents are invited to view it around the bus loop. The PTA Fall Dance will be held that evening from 6:30-8:30 at SPES.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are continuing to practice the literature standards while discussing “The Year of Miss Agnes.” Remember that your student needs to read the assigned chapters each evening so that they are prepared to participate in the classwork the next day. There will be a quiz on Friday covering the standards practiced in class.

ELA: We are revisiting narrative writing. We will plan a story and begin writing it this week.

Math: We are concluding this module with lessons on solving problems using rounding to estimate as a way to determine the reasonableness of the answers. We will review all of the concepts covered in the module, then take the assessment on Thursday.

Social Studies: We are learning about the regions of the United States. The students will learn about the landforms, landmarks, climate, natural resources, and vegetation of each region. This week we will cover the Southeast and Northeast regions. Use the notes in the red folder to study for the quiz, which is scheduled for Friday. You can access articles about each region under the “social studies” tab of this website.

Have a great week!

News for the week of 10/15

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*Please turn in any Box Tops you have collected by Friday for our Fall collection.

*Looking ahead: Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Click here to see what each day’s theme will be.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are starting Unit 2 this week. We are reading a text called “The Athabascans” to learn about the culture of the characters in the book we will begin reading this week. It is a chapter book called “The Year of Miss Agnes.” Your student will bring home the book each night starting on Thursday. There will be assigned reading passages each evening. The students can log in to myLearning and click on the corresponding chapter in the “Year of Miss Agnes” module to hear the assigned chapters read aloud as they follow in the book. The next day in class we will be doing activities based on the previous night’s reading, so it is important that the students keep up with these assignments. This reading will count for the 30 minutes of nightly reading that is already being expected. There will be a graded response on Friday.

ELA: We are presenting our animal reports to the rest of the class. We are enjoying learning about all of the different animals that everyone researched!

Math: We are practicing addition with composition and subtraction with decomposition using the standard algorithm. You may know this better as adding and subtracting with regrouping. We will be using rounding to estimate sums when solving word problems. There will be a quiz on Thursday on the concepts covered in Topic D. Here is the Module 2, Topic D Parent Letter.

Science: We are learning about how living things respond to the changes in seasons. We are also learning about how plants make their own food. Be sure to have your student study for the quiz scheduled for Friday by reviewing the materials in the yellow folder.

Have a great week!

News for the week of 10/8

Here’s what’s happening…

*Don’t forget to send in your envelopes for the PTA Check-a-thon!

*Looking ahead: There will be no school on Monday, Oct. 15th due to a teacher planning day.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are concluding our work with nonfiction for this quarter by applying our learning to a selection called “The Moon Seems to Change.” We will take the district quarterly check on Wednesday. The test scheduled for last Friday has been moved to this coming Friday.

ELA: We are finishing our animal reports this week and presenting them to the class.

Math: Our Mid-Module Assessment is Monday, Oct. 8. After that, we will be learning rounding two and three digit numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. This will help us to use estimation to ensure we have a reasonable answer when solving problems. There will be a quiz on Friday.

Science: We are learning more about invertebrates this week. We will have a quiz on classifying animals on Wednesday. On Thursday we will take the district quarterly check.

Have a great week!

News for the week of 10/1

Here’s what’s happening…

*Today is the first day of the PTA Check-a-thon fundraiser. Please see the flier that went home today for more information.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: We are continuing to read the book “At the Root of It” to practice the informational standards we have been learning. We will begin reading a different nonfiction book later this week called “Let’s Classify Organisms.” On Tuesday we will take the scheduled district comprehension check, then on Friday we will take a test that covers the standards we’ve been practicing.

ELA: We are continuing to research animals this week, and will begin writing our reports when our research is complete. The grammar focus this week is irregular plural nouns.

Math: We are learning about measuring liquid volume this week. We are also solving problems involving all four basic operations with grams, kilograms, liters, and milliliters.

Science: We are continuing our unit about living things by learning about animals. This week’s focus is on vertebrates. Please use the resources in the yellow folder to study for a few minutes each evening. The test on animals will be given next week.

Have a great week!