- Homework - Homework is given out every Monday. Kids should be taking their homework spiral home to complete daily work (reading log, math facts, etc). It needs to be returned on Friday. Please, sign the bottom of the homework sheet and have your child return the spiral to school on Fridays.
- Still needed: A couple of students still need headphones or earbuds for our classroom. These can be purchased at Target, Walmart, HEB, etc. The headphones/earbuds will be left here at school.
- Scholastic Book Orders due on September 26th (online orders - Your Class Activation Code NP79X). The link to order is here Scholastic Book Clubs . We have a Class Wish List here 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!
- Xtramath - Great website for students to brush up on their math facts! Perfect for homework (math facts)! I sent home an Xtramath enrollment information flyer yesterday in Thursday folders. Please, take a few moments to enroll your child. Here is the link with all the student PIN numbers you will need (not on the flyer). Click Here. I've already had 1 student earn an Xtramath certificate! Congratulations Nithila on completing addition!
- Place Value Test - Monday or Tuesday of next week!
- Rounding (estimation), Addition and Subtraction Test - hopefully next Friday, Oct. 2nd.
- Bluebonnet Book Program - Check out the list of Bluebonnet books HERE Our class also has a Bluebonnet Book Wish List - Click Here. The kids are loving this program!!!
- Home Access Center: Make sure to start checking Home Access soon. I will begin to post grades next week. Link to Home Access Center.
- Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 5th - 8th (Monday - Thursday). Please, click on the link to sign up for a time slot. If one of these times does not work for you, we can always do a conference over the phone and/or email me a time. I will see what I can do to accommodate your schedule. Thanks! Fall Conference Sign Up
*Special "Thank You" to parents who have placed Scholastic Book Orders - Cole's parents, Sean's parents and Bodie's parents. Thank you, these book orders help us to earn FREE books for our classroom! Keep those book orders coming!
In writing, we continue to generate ideas and small moments in preparation of our personal narrative. This week we learned about "Watermelon Ideas" compared to "Seed Ideas" with a tasty treat - I brought in watermelon for the class. Ask your child the difference!
In reading, we continue to build up our reading stamina and examine ourselves as "good" readers. We have learned a new reading strategy - Visualization! To visualize and picture the what's going on in the book in our minds. We practiced this skill with a section from Charlotte's Web. Next week, we will do another visualization for a grade. The kids are also getting time to go and take Bluebonnet Quizzes during reading. They have really embraced this awesome reading program!
In math, our focus was on Subtraction of 2-digit and 3-digit numbers. We learned 4 subtraction strategies in solving a subtraction problem (algorithm, base ten blocks, counting up using a number line, and partial subtraction - decomposing the subtrahend number). There will be 2 assessments this week to cover this huge math unit. Place value (standard form, expanded form, word form) and comparing numbers (greater than, least than) will be on Monday or Tuesday. Rounding and estimation (tens and hundreds), addition (2-digit and 3-digit) and subtraction (2-digit and 3-digit) will be on Friday, Oct. 2nd. I might suggest that your son/daughter continue to work on any of these concepts at home by going to ixl.com. The kids know how to log into ixl.com, plus I sent home their log in information in their Thursday folders a couple of weeks ago. Area of focus: Estimating and Rounding, Place Value, Addition and Subtraction. They can also go to the Google Classroom for math links that I have shared with them in class. Last but not least, I have tons of math links on my website "Math Links".
In science, we completed our Energy Unit this week! We wrapped up the unit with a fun smores "solar oven" experiment, STEMscopes, a fun Kahoot! review with Mrs. Raney's class and a quiz.
We've started our "Read Aloud" book - Sky Jumpers. It's a Bluebonnet Program book. The author will be visiting our school in November.
For Enrichment this week, we did a fun activity with Mrs. Raney's class, Ms. Kohn's class and Mrs. Hanlon's class. It was called "Habitat Shrink". Another fun and eye opening activity to get our kids thinking about our PBL project this year - Habitat Destruction.