- STAAR Practice Tests: The reading test is done! The kids survived, but they now realize how long a STAAR test really takes. The STAAR Ready Math Test (practice test) is Monday. Please, make sure your child comes to school on Monday on time, with a HEALTHY snack, water bottle, and well rested. I will email you either Monday or Tuesday with your child's STAAR scores from both practice tests. At that point I will assess who needs additional support and provide tutoring after school for those students.
- Read-A-Thon Week and Dr. Seuss's Birthday: This upcoming week will be a fun week filled with exciting and engaging reading activities as our school participates in the Read-A-Thon and Dr. Seuss's birthday. We will do an reading activity each day with a fun all day Read-In and celebration of all things Dr. Seuss on Wednesday (early release day).
- 2016 - 2017 Blue Bonnet Book List is now posted! Click here for the list! Bluebonnet List. I have added these new books to my Amazon wish list - Mrs. Lilleboe's Bluebonnet List. Kids can start reading them now and be ready for next year!
- Spring Scholastic Book Orders: Spring book order forms are here! Check out the order form that was in yesterday's Thursday folder. Get a jump on next year's Bluebonnet Books. Four of next year's blue bonnet books are available through Scholastic! These books are listed on our class wish list, just log into Scholastic to see. Just click on the link! Class code: NP79X Link: Scholastic Books.
- Think Through Math: Build confidence in all areas of math by working at home as well as at school using this fun, motivational math program. Click on the "math links" tab to find Think Through Math!!
- Home Access Updated: I will continue to post grades weekly into Home Access. Please, check this regularly to stay on top of your kiddos performance in class. I will forewarn you that second semester can be more challenging as we prepare these kiddos for 4th grade. Expectations on graded work will increase. Home Access Link
- STAAR Assessments (mid-May): They are just around the corner. Want to help prepare your child at home? Suggestions for math: Xtramath, timed quizzes, ixl.com, and khan academy are excellent online resources your child has access to. The links to these sites can be found under the "Math Links" tab. Suggestions for reading: reading comprehension passages with questions. Check out the "Reading Links" tab for tons of great online resources. Check out this link for test questions from 2015, 2014 and 2013. STAAR Test Questions
- Unusual Reading Spot Contest: Does your kiddo love to read in fun and unusual spots? Check into this fun contest! Get contest rules and info by clicking here - The 4th Annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest
- Wish Lists: If you are able and wanting to contribute other resources to our learning, go to my other wish list on Amazon. "Mrs. Lilleboe's Wish List". Thank you for your continued support!
- February 29 - March 4th: Read-A-Thon Week!
- February 29th: STAAR Ready Test - Math (practice STAAR test)
- March 2: Early Release, Dr. Seuss's Birthday, and Read-In Day!
- March 8: Economics Fair (all 35 - 40 products due)
In Reading, we started back up with Informational (nonfiction) text. We read a PBL related article "City Critters" in Scholastic News. We got a chance to visit the library and check in and out books (we were unable to last week due to early release day). We are also going back and reviewing various reading strategies (ways in which we can comprehend what we read) using informational text. Last but not least, Mr. Weiler came back as a special guest teacher and continued to help us create a PBL (Save Brushy Creek) Powtoon. Our goal is to have our Powtoons done by the end of next week.
In Writing, we spent time looking at written work to find revising and editing corrections. There will be a revising and editing test next week on Thursday, February 25th. Along with revising and editing, we will go back and review some writing conventions. Next week, we will learn how to identify and use "Verbs" in their various tenses (past, present, future). We also started writing our Informational writing piece. The kids selected an endangered animal from the habitat in which they researched. We used books from the library as our research resource in completing most of our graphic organizer (subtopics and details). We'll use the laptops to research further using World Book and Britannica. This will be an ongoing writing piece for the next couple of weeks.
In Math, we are back in to the thick of it with multiplication and division! This time our focus will be on 3's, 6's, 7's and 9's facts. Each day this week, we started our math time with a fun multiplication game. This was a great way to "warm up" our brains. We played in partners, groups of 3's and groups of 4's. What can kids do at home to practice their math skills??? One suggestion is to go to www.multiplication.com. Or try our new fun and exciting math program called Think Through Math! This awesome individualized math program can be done at home as well as at school. Our test on this unit will be next Thursday, February 25.
In Science, we started our new unit, Weather and the Water Cycle. We did a compare and contrast of the weather in two Texas cities, Round Rock and Amarillo. We used our laptops and completed a few tasks on weather using the STEMscopes program: picture vocabulary, reading in science with comprehension questions, and an interactive investigation weather game. We also brainstormed what we already knew about the water cycle using a new site called Popplet.com.
In Social Studies, we are in deep into our Economics Unit. We learned about "goods" and "services" and their differences. Information about the Economics Fair went home last week. Ask your child about the Economics Fair Check Sheet (with due dates). This sheet is in your child's Passport folder. The kids will need to start working on their product at home. The Fair is March 8th.