- Class Dojo - We started a fun, interactive behavior communication program this week. All of our parents are logged. Whoo Hoo! As you may already be noticing that I use Class Dojo as a way of communicating with you throughout the day. If you have yet to download the FREE app on your smart phone, I highly recommend it. You'll get instant message updates from me and can see your child's behavior/following our class's social contract daily.
- Library Day every Tuesday.
- Back to School Parent Night - This Thursday, September 15 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Meet in the cafeteria.
- Scholastic Book Orders due by September 23rd. Place your orders online - Your Class Activation Code NP79X). The link to order is HERE. Reading is thinking, so keep on reading!!! We have a Class Wish List here too if you so choose to purchase books for our classroom library as well. These kids love to read!!! Plus, I get points for every book order that is placed, which means tons of FREE books for our classroom. Please, take a moment to look at the flyers online and place an order. You can order from other grade levels too!
- Early Release Day on September 28
*I will begin putting grades into the Home Access for assignments and quizzes next week. If you are unsure how to set up Home Access so you can view your child's progress (grades), please click HERE.
Special Thank You to Simrah's parents, Viraj's parents and Arnav's parents for bringing in supplies from the 3rd Grade Supply List. Natasha's parents donated extra snack for our class, so if your child forgets one day we have something for him/her. Please, don't rely on this extra snack. This will be used just in case your child has forgotten. Also, a special thank you goes out to James' parents and Benjamin's parents for already submitting their Scholastic book orders. Another set of Scholastic flyers went home in Thursday folders yesterday. You can place your order online by logging in with our Class Code by clicking Here (Scholastic Book Orders).
This Week's Class Happenings:
In writing, we discussed what it means to be a good friend and what we want in a friend. Then, the kids wrote "Friend Wanted" ads that will be displayed outside our classroom for parent night on Thursday.
In reading, we dove into learning about reading strategies that good readers use to understand and comprehend what they have read. We learned how to Stop & Jot down our thinking as we read on post it notes. As a class, we read the book, The Stranger. We learned another reading strategy called Asking Questions. Good reader ask questions before, during and after reading. We then took these questions and categorized them in to two types of questions: Thin and Think. Thin questions are ones we as a reader can find the answer quickly and easily in the text. Thick questions require a reader to predict and infer about the text using the clues found within the story.
In math, we've been working on our first unit of study, Charts and Graphs. We examined and created a bar graph, pictograph and a dot plot graph. Our vocabulary for this unit is: data, frequency chart, tally chart, key, bar graph, pictograph, dot plot graph, scale, x-axis and y-axis as it applies to these 3 types of graphs. The kids built upon there understanding of reading and answer questions from graphs by completing a few worksheets in class, working with partners on a graph, using ixl.com and as a class doing some "whiteboard math" problems.
In Social Studies, we have learned what it is to have a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset. We have agreed that it is best to grow our brains by having a Growth Mindset. Ask your kids what this means!!! This goes along with our new Class Dojo program too. :)
In Science, we have started our first big unit on Classifying Matter. We did an activity called "Balloon Pop" which we identified and described what a solid, liquid and a gas are. We also brainstormed what are the Physical Properties of Matter (how can we classify matter) by texture, size, shape, smell, how it feels, color, volume, density (sink or float), magnetism. Next week we will explore matter by classifying matter in various stations in our Common area. We will also log in for the first time into STEMscopes and do a few activities on the Chrome books.