Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011 Weekly Overview

Hello Everyone!!!  As you all know, ISAT testing begins next Tuesday (Monday is a holiday.)  The detailed schedule is on the Ray site, but next Tuesday through Thursday is Reading, Friday is Math.  Then the following week, Monday and Tuesday – Math and Wednesday and Thursday  Science.  As everyone knows, please make sure your children are rested, well fed and know that they will do fine.  Everyone is very prepared and they are a great group of smart kids!!!  We will continue to work in the ISAT books, completing all work and then they go home to rest!!

*ISAT—Your children will be allowed to both have gum and eat mints during the ISAT testing!!!  If you would like to help buy some of this, that would be great!  Thanks!  We have 30 students!!!

**There will be NO HOMEWORK during ISAT’s!!!  Hopefully this will be a nice incentive for everyone!!!  They can  continue to read each night, but has a reward of a Homework Pass on other math and language arts!!

***Young Author’s Book!!!!  The only exception will be that Young Author’s is coming up!  We have talked about this (hopefully you have already heard) and they all seem really excited and wanting to work on this.  I will send home an outline -either today or tomorrow- so your child can get started.  The completed book is not due until March 28th-that is a Monday, so they have plenty of time.  I have told everyone that they can expand on their 3rd grade story (if they have one) if they would like to use that story.  Anyway, all of this is so you can be talk about the Young Author’s Story with your child and work on it as it fits your schedule.  Thanks.

Language Arts:  Will will complete the ISAT book this week, reviewing all concepts and strategies.  Again, thanks for all your help with the ISAT preparation!!  Lesson 19 in our Journeys Book,  focusing on vocabulary words, read aloud and reading the selected story will also be completed.  We will discuss the use of persuasion in our reading.

Homework: Monday ISAT #22  Theme     –  Tuesday- ISAT #23  Poetry    –  Wednesday ISAT #25 – Figurative Language, Thursday – spend 30 minutes on lessons you need to review in ISAT book.

Math:  We will continue in our math ISAT book and complete Unit 6 today and tomorrow.

Homework:  I told your children today that they have been working so hard in their math book and the ISAT book, that I am going to give them a gift!!!  The gift is that they will take their Unit 6 math test home with them tomorrow-Tuesday and complete the test at home!!!  They are very excited and I told them that they deserve it!!!!  They will also have their Math Journal 1 book with them.  They can then keep this math journal at home-we are finished with it.  We will then get our new Math Journal 2 later this week.

Monday:  ISAT lesson Chapter 3 Review,   Tuesday (the above mentioned Unit 6 test), Wednesday – ISAT Lessons 32 and 33 – combining and dividing figures, 3-D figures,  Thursday – ISAT #35 and 36 – Tally charts and tables, bar and line graphs.

Science:  Working in our Electricity Unit-  What can your child tell you?

Social Studies:  We will continue to learn about The Northeast, but will focus more on social studies after the ISAT’s.

Art:  A Closet Full of Crazy Critters…..

Weekly Overview February 15, 2011

Wow !!!  Already Tuesday and a busy week….

We just had honor roll/Principal’s list assembly!!!  My class had many strong students up on stage!!!!  Let’s keep working!!!  Thanks for your help, the class would not be as strong as it is with out your help!!  Thanks.

Language Arts:  Lesson 17 Focus Wall will be coming home at the end of the week.  We are working in the ISAT books all week.  We are reading stories from African-American writer’s and illustrator’s work.  AR tests are being taken daily and we are writing Extended-Responses.

Homework:  Monday was a pass-Valentine’s Day.  Tuesday through Thursday, 2  ISAT lessons per night.  Over the week end, please work in the home ISAT book.  30 minutes of reading each night should also be enjoyed!!

Math:  We are completing lessons 6.8 and 6.9 and working in the ISAT math book.  We are working on division and map work with grids and map scales.  Your children need to know how to read this kind of data!!

Homework:  Monday and Wednesday 6.8 and 6.9.  Tuesday and Thursday they will complete ISAT lessons 10 (Tuesday)  and lesson 15 on Thursday  (maybe 14-we will see.)

Science:  Hopefully  you have heard about circuits and what makes them work.  Ask your child!!!

Social Studies:  We are discussing the Northwest and review some information in the previous chapters.

Art:  We will be working on posters this Friday.  Spirit Day posters for February 25th!!!

Weekly Overview February 7, 2011

Wow…we made it through our first blizzard together!!!  We have some catching up to do….but we will stay busy and focused and keep on learning….!!

We will start to create our wood sculptures this Thursday (weather permitting!!)  That was a big worry after the snow storm!  Nobody has missed it!

Thanks for the snacks coming in.  We could always use more copying paper – colored is fun!!  Thanks.  Also…your child should have at least 3 pencils, sharpened, in the desk at all times!!!  If you have extra pencils at home, we can always use more here-thanks to the parents who have recently brought in many pencils!!

Language Arts:  We are working in our Journeys book on Lesson 16.  Your child will have their Focus Wall this week.  As  always, please review the weekly concepts, spelling and target words with them.  We will spend a lot of time, again, this week on reading stories and responding to comprehension questions and writing Extended-Responses.  We completed an extended-response this morning.  We will all have a chance to focus on the number “4” – the best responses- and learn from them.  We will be working out of our school ISAT Reading practice book a lot over the next three weeks.

Where is your child in their home ISAT books?  Thanks for all the notes about what lessons your child is on.  If the home ISAT books are completed, along with the work we are doing in school, your child will perform to the best of their ability when ISAT testing begins-thanks for your help in preparing your child.

In addition, we have been talking about our African-American Reports that we will be starting.  Your child should choose an important African-American who has made a difference in our country.  We are discussing this in class today and your child should have their person in mind by this Wednesday.  We will spend some time in class researching, but your child will also need to work on this at home.  More info to come on Wednesday.  In general, your child will write at least a three paragraph research paper/report on their individual.  This can be typed, but must be in your child’s own words.  In addition, we will talk about an art project/portrait, to go along with their report.  Again, look for a general outline of this project on Wednesday.  Thanks.  The completed project is due Tuesday, February 22.  Thanks.  These will be on display for our Gallery Walk on Friday,  February 25, 2011.

Homework:  Your child should be spending about 30 minutes, as always, per night reading.  Your child has their AR record from last quarter and their new AR goal with them.  Please review all of this and if they is a question about their new AR goal, please let me know.  Thanks.  Your child will also, each night this week, Monday through Thursday, complete one lesson out of the School ISAT reading book.  They will have this book with them today.  After your child completes their assignment, please review their work with them.  The book should be returned to school each day.  Thanks.

Math:  We will slow down a little on our Everyday Math Lessons and also spend some time each day working out of the ISAT school math practice book.  This book is in addition to the one they are working on at home.  This week we will cover lessons 6.6 and 6.7.  We will then work each day in our school ISAT book.  We are also jumping ahead some in our math books to cover some material that we wouldn’t get to until the end of the year  (ie…probability, some geometry, area, etc.)

Homework:  Monday and Wednesday lessons 6.6 and 6.7.  On Tuesday and Thursday, your child will have extra work in the school ISAT book-look for this book those days.  The book should be returned each day.  Thanks.  In addition, your child should be working out of their home ISAT book each night.  Again, if your child is learning these concepts, your child will do great on the ISAT’s!!!!  Thanks for your help.

Science:  We are working with magnets and will work with light bulbs, batteries and wires with week!!!  After Thursday, ask your child what they have learned!!

Social Studies:  We have moved on to Unit 4- The Northeast.  Your child has been told that they can take the book home to further read in this unit as they like.  We will incorporate this reading into our language arts as well.  Also see language arts research project for Black History Month.

Art:  We will begin work on a portrait drawing.