Archive for January, 2016

Weekly Overview January 19, 2016

A shorter but busy week!

First off, our room can be hot or cold.  Please have your child wear layers or leave a sweater at school.  Thanks.

Your child should be working on their African-american Report each night.  It is due next week.  It can be on a poster-I have a poster if your child needs one-just have them ask.  Also, your child can do a Film Strip picture depiction if they want.  I will show them an example and send home film strips for kids who want them.  Have fun working with your  child on this project!

We have our field Trip next week to go see Snowflakes at The Chicago Children’s Theater.  it’s January 27th-next Wednesday.  We should be back for lunch, so your child can still have a school lunch if you would like them to eat one.

Math:  This week we will work with inches, feet and the centimeter.  Please review these at home.

Homework:  Tuesday through Thursday.

Language Arts:  Our focus this week will be on compound words, titles of people (Mr.  Mrs.  Dr., etc.), abbreviations, write to persuade, dictionary work and Cause and Effect.

Homework:  Your child does not need to do the writing assignment that is due Friday, but your child should be working on their African-American Report each night.

Your child should be reading at least 20 minutes each night.  Thanks

I am also Testing each child through Dibels for the next two weeks.  Ask your child how they are doing.  They all should know their gains!!  Thanks.

Jean Clement


Weekly Overview January 11, 2016

Just a few notes:

Your child has several notes with them today.

Please help your child in choosing an African-American Person to learn about in doing their report.  Your child has a form that should be filled out with the name of the person that they choice.  Please sign the form and return it tomorrow.  This report should be completed on a poster board.  Some students said they also wanted to do a diorama and I told them that was fine, it they had time.  Your child has several sheets to help them guide their learning and research and to help them organize their writing.  Thanks for your help with this!!  There will be a Gallery Walk in February and all these reports will be displayed for all to see!

Also, our room has been a bit chilly, so please have your child wear or bring a sweater to school.  They can leave this in the room if you wish.

Thanks for the snacks that have come in today.  We could use some more.  We have enough for the next week.  Thanks.

Stay warm this week.

Thanks for all your help.

Jean Clement

Weekly Overview January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!!!  So glad to be back and hope you had a good few weeks break!

Your child has their new reading log, their writing choice assignment, a parent letter from our Unit 4 math program and their 4.1 homelinks homework that is due tomorrow!  As always, thanks for your help.  The most important homework your child has, is their reading each night!!

**Please Note:

**Social Studies:   African American Heritage month is February.  Your child will do a research project on an important African American Person (a historical figure) or an African American Musician (classical, blues, jazz, opera, country, swing).  These reports will be due the last week of January.  All information will go home tomorrow.

Language Arts:  This week we will be focusing on Author’s Purpose for writing, the words and sounds that have ee and ea in them, quotation marks-try to work on this in their writing assignment this week, and using a dictionary.

We are reading for accuracy and fluency and working on our reading stamina while enjoying our story adventures!!

Homework:  Reading each night and working on the writing assignment that is due this Friday.

Math:  We have started a new Unit 4 today-Place Value and Measurement.  This unit will be telling time to the nearest 5 minutes, easily and consistently; numeration and place-value to 3-digits, measuring with inches, feet, centimeters and millimeters.  How many inches are in a foot and a half?  Work on questions like this.  If it is 3:45, what time will it be in one and a half hours?  Practice problems like these each night.  Thanks

Homework:  Homelinks each night, Monday through Thursday.

Science:  We will be starting a new Unit tomorrow-Balance and Motion.  A fun unit that will have your children balancing many objects, using counter-balancing to help them learn about balance points.  They will learn how to make a counterweight to balance objects and touch on magnetism and force.

Have a great week and lets help our children have the opportunity to spend each night reading!  Thanks

Jean Clement