- Scholastic Book Orders: Our kids love to read! Scholastic book orders can be placed anytime. Just click on the link! Class code: NP79X Link: Scholastic Books.
- Six Flags Reading Program: Flyer with reading log went home in Thursday folders yesterday about this super fun way for kids to be rewarded for all their amazing reading they do at home. Complete the reading log on the back of the flyer by February 21st and return it to school no later than February 22nd (last day).
- STAAR Ready prep tests (late Feb and early March) and STAAR tests (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. Coming soon - Think Through Math
- Suggestions for reading: reading comprehension passages with questions. Check out the "Reading Links" tab for tons of great online resources.
- Bluebonnet Program ends on January 22nd: The Bluebonnet Reading Program will be ending this Friday, January 22nd. Keep on reading!!!
- Past STAAR Test Questions - 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! Entry due date - April 15, 2016. Get contest rules and info by clicking here - The 4th Annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest
- 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
- 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" to find my classroom wish list. Thank you!
- Xtramath & Timed Quizzes- Get those math facts down....and fast with Xtramath and timed quizzes! Find links to these sites under the "Math Links" tab and other great math websites!! Keep up the good work!
- January 16: District Elementary Academic UIL Meet (EEE Location at Cactus Ranch Elem.)
- January 18: MLK Holiday, No School
- January 21: Geometry Test
- January 21: Science Fair Night! - Informational Flyer (click to open)
- January 21: PDQ School Spirit Night
- January 22: Last day of Bluebonnet Reading Program
- January 22: Walking Field Trip - PBL related (habitat loss) - information went home in Thursday Folder.
- January 28: Math Night (2nd and 3rd Grades)
- January 29: PTA Sponsored Family Movie Night 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cafeteria
In Writing and Reading, our new unit is Traditional Tales (legends, fables, folktales and myths). We will begin the unit reading some of our favorites like Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Then, we'll dive in and read some tales that we may not be so familiar with. We'll approach the reading material using a few reading strategies: compare/contrast, cause/effect, themes (lesson/morals), sequence of events, etc. Some of the essential questions that will be answered are:
- What skills and strategies help me read for understanding and meaning?
- What elements set folktales, fables, legends, and myths apart from realistic fiction?
- How can my understanding of fiction help me comprehend folktales, fables, legends, and myths?
- How do characters, plot, and setting work together in this story?
- How is the setting similar and different to setting in other stories of this genre?
- How can understanding the theme support my comprehension of this story?
- What can I learn from mentor writers as I gather ideas and compose imaginative stories?
- How do writers use the writing process as they compose imaginative stories?
In Math, we have sunk our teeth into geometry. We reviewed 2-dimensional shapes, polygons, sides, and corners. New material we started (vocabulary): 3-dimensional shapes, faces, edges, vertices, congruent, similar, quadrilaterals and diagonals. Next week will continue on this topic and add "Area" and review "perimeter". Kids can brush up on their geometry by going to the "Math Links" tab and visiting any of the geometry websites (especially ixl.com). Our test for this unit is currently scheduled for January 21st..
In Science, we will begin a new unit, Ecosystems (habitats, food chains, adaptations, populations, etc). We will also have a guest speaker coming to talk to us more about habitats (PBL related). There are oodles of Brainpop videos on ecosystems. Review these videos and do the quizzes for fun to brush up! Ecosystem Videos Login username: elsaengland password: leopards
In Social Studies, a brief study of Martin Luther King Jr as we honor this special day and what it stands for.