- REPORT CARDS came home with your child last week! If you haven’t seen them yet, you may want to ask your child for them.
- We have an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development (1:00).
- There is no school on Friday. (Good Friday Holiday)
- Finish writing final draft of biography paper.
- Begin new theme: Nature: Friend and Foe
- Read “Salmon Summer”
- Spelling list consists of words that contain three syllables
- Grammar focus: Adverbs
- Other skills covered: vocabulary, following directions, outlining, and multiple-meaning words
- Module 3 : lessons 21-22
- Solve division problems with remainders using the area model
- Find factor pairs for numbers to 100 and use understanding of factors to define prime and composite numbers
- Math Drops 52-53 assigned and graded on
- Analyze how timelines organize events in a sequence
- Describe the role of the cowboy in the Southwest after the region became part of the United States
- Explain the importance and the hardships of the cattle drives
- Analyze ranch life in the modern Southwest
Does Your Child Rush Through Assignments? Here's Help! By Vicki Hanson
Your child‘s last report card says, "Mary rushes through her assignments. She needs to take pride in her work." What's going on?
In almost thirty years as an educator I’ve seen many students who have had little regard for the appearance of their work and plenty of parents who are unclear on how to help them.
Poor quality work is a problem at any age, but the primary grades are where habits (good or bad) are formed. Teach a third grader to look for spelling errors and scout for mistakes before handing in an assignment, and you'll be setting the stage for success later in life. Allow him to squeak by without urging him to do his best and you'll be setting the bar low from the beginning.
Sloppy work isn't always a sign of laziness. Sometimes a child just wants to "get through" an assignment to move on to another more engaging activity, like a bike ride with friends or a little street hockey. Kids are kids after all! But other times, sloppy work has more to do with unclear expectations of quality, or too many rounds of simple fill-in worksheets that don't require much effort.
Parents play an essential role in shaping a child's attitude about work. Here’s how you can help:
- Discuss expectations. Let your child know it’s not okay to hand in rushed, sloppy assignments. If your child says the teacher accepts lazy work, let him know you’ll be working with the teacher to improve what he hands in. Ask the teacher for help on that goal.
- Build editing and revising into homework sessions. There's a lot to be learned from a "re-do". Think your child is too young for revision? Think again. Even young children can learn to evaluate their work. Ask questions like, "How could you improve this assignment?" "Will you be proud to hand this in?"
- Set a good example. Strive to improve the things you do, in front of your children. Perfect a recipe that didn't work out the first time. Talk about a work assignment that needed another go around. Show your kids that slow and steady wins the race.
- Set the clock. Many teachers suggest required homework time so students are not rewarded for working quickly. In this kind of scenario, if your child finishes early, she would be expected to read, work on math facts, or write in a journal for the remaining time.
- I am still missing some picture envelopes that were sent home a couple of weeks ago.
- It is that time of year where the weather is getting warmer and spring is in the air. Students are beginning to revert back to some old habits by hurrying through their daily work because they want to rush out to recess or don’t want to have any homework for the evening. Please remind your child that sometimes they will have a little homework at night and that is to be expected at this age level. When students rush through their work that is when they begin to make silly mistakes which affects their grade immensely.
- The end of 3rd quarter is on Friday. Grade sheets will be sent out sometime next week. This will be a good time to check and see progress.
- Theme wrap up is this week. We have been reading about various individuals that have been considered heroes during their lifetime. We have discussed the qualities of heroes and the students will be assigned to read biographies during class over the next week. They will be taking notes and writing about each one of them also in the next 2 weeks.
- Spelling list consists of words that they have already had throughout this theme.
- Grammar lessons will consist of review over skills we have already covered.
- Scholastic News Magazine has been assigned and is due on Friday for a weekly comprehension grade.
- TEST over chapter one is on Tuesday. We filled out our study guides so we should be ready for it.
- The next Daily Oral Geography sheet #20 has been assigned and due on Friday as usual. Please check to make sure your child has it completed on time as it is a weekly grade.
- We are still covering Module 3 and doing lessons 17-18 this week. Students will represent and solve division problems requiring decomposing a remainder in the tens, and finding whole number quotients and remainders.
- Daily Math Drops sheets covered will be #47-49.
1. We have an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development day. (1:00)
2. Please remember to return the spring picture packets. They are not free to keep.
Reading and Language :
Spelling list: words that have a VCV pattern
Grammar focus: Possessive nouns
Reading Strategy focus: Fact vs. Opinion
Other Skills covered: Word histories, dividing words into syllables, and collecting data
Story title: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
TESTS are all scheduled for next Monday over this story.
Module 3 Lessons 15-17 this week. Math Drops #45-47 will also be assigned and graded throughout the week.
Objectives covered: Understand and solve division problems with a remainder using the array and area models, understand and solve two-digit dividend and division problems with a remainder in the ones place by using number disks, represent and solve division problems requiring decomposing a remainder in the tens.
Cover various current events that are occurring in our country.
Learning to use latitude and longitude to locate places on a map, review vocab words, complete review questions, and fill out our study guide for the test over the SW region of the United States.
1. A reminder that conferences will be held this week on Tuesday evening from 4-7 PM, Wednesday from 4-6 PM, and Thursday from 4-7 PM.
2. There will be no school next week due to SPRING BREAK.
Reading and Language Arts:
- Theme: Heroes / Story: “Gloria Estefan”
- Reading Strategy focus: “Making Judgments”
- Spelling list focus: “Changing y to I”
- Grammar focus: Object Pronouns
- Other skills covered: Homophones and Sentence Combining with Pronouns
- Describe the climate of the SW region
- Identify the adaptations needed to live in a dry climate
- Explain the importance of oil to the SW economy
- Apply geographic tools to interpret maps
- Analyze maps to locate places on a grid system
- Identify the sources of water in the SW
- Describe the concept of supply and demand
- Explain the importance of oil and the petro-chemical industry to the nation’s economy
- End of the chapter Review questions
- Daily Oral Geography sheet will be handed out on Monday and graded on Friday!
- Complete Math Drops in the Bucket 43-45 this week.
- Engaged New York: Continue with Module 3 Lessons 14-16
- Solve division word problems with remainders
- Understand and solve division problems with a remainder using the array and area models
- Understand and solve two-digit dividend division problems with a remainder in the ones place by using number disks
1. There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development.(1:00)
2. Parent teacher conferences will be next week on Tuesday from 4-7 PM, Wednesday from 4-6 PM, and Thursday from 4-7 PM.
3. A special thank you goes out to the parents who helped with the classroom party on Friday! It was greatly appreciated and the kids had an awesome time!
4. I have had several students with incomplete assignments lately, so please express the importance of using the daily planner to make sure they are getting their assignments crossed off each day. It is that time of year where work tends to be put on the back-burner, and it is also the time of year where they are being introduced to new standards as well. It is a good practice as parents to ask to see your child’s planner each evening to observe how well your child is filling it out and crossing off their daily tasks. It also shows your child that you are interested in what they are doing at school each day as well.
Reading and Language Arts:
- We will be starting our new theme on Heroes this week. Our first story is entitled “Happy Birthday, Dr. King!”
- Reading strategy focus: Cause and Effect
- Grammar focus: Subject Pronouns
- Spelling List: Words with Prefixes and Suffixes
- Other reading skills covered: meanings of prefixes and suffixes
- Spelling test, comprehension test, and skills test are all scheduled for Friday.
- We are still working in Module 3 and be working with lessons 12 and 13 this week.
- We will be solving two-step word problems, including multiplicative comparison in lesson 12.
- We will use multiplication, addition, or subtraction to solve multi-step word problems in lesson 3.
- The next region we will be studying in the United States is home of many snowbirds these days (the Southwest Region).
- The next Daily Oral Geography sheet will be assigned on Monday and due on Friday as always. The students are allowed to use their books, atlases, or the internet to locate the anwers.
- Students are to decorate their Valentine’s boxes this week and bring them to school by Wednesday so that their classmates can deliver their Valentines by Friday’s party.
- We will be going to the Care Center on the Tuesday to play Bingo with the residents. (2:00-2:45)
- The spelling test, comprehension test, and skills test over “Sing to the Stars” story will be on Monday.
- We will start our poetry unit on Tuesday. Students will learn how to write a haiku, an acrostic, and a cinquain poem throughout the week.
- Vocabulary will consist of terms commonly used when discussing poetry.
- Spelling list will consist of more VCCV pattern words
- Grammar focus will be working with using “exact” adjectives.
- We will continue learning about the nervous and digestive systems.
- Discuss how doctors fix broken bones, learn the different types of muscles we have, and learn how food is processed in our bodies.
- By the end of the week, we will complete the review questions over the body systems and fill out our study guides to get ready to assess over them.
- We will cover Module 3 lessons 9 and 10 for next week.
- We are reviewing writing standard numbers into expanded form, multiplying mentally, and using partial products as well as the standard algorithm for multiplication.
1. Please make sure your child is practicing and memorizing their multiplication fact cards. I am seeing the ones that have 7's, 8's, and 9's that many are struggling with.
Reading and Language:
- Reading Strategy focus: Drawing Conclusions
- Spelling List: Words that have the final /j/ and /s/ sounds
- Grammar focus: Adjectives
- Other reading skills covered: Prefixes pre-, con-, and com-
- Correcting Sentence Fragments
- Current Events
- Fill out study guide
- Take Ch. 4 Test on Tuesday
- Begin Science: The study of the body systems
- Daily Oral Science: Red, White, and Blue Working for You
- Math Drops in the Bucket#35-#37
- Module 3 Lesson 5 and 6 ( Multiply multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 by single digits, recognizing patterns; multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit multiples of 1- with the area model
1. Please make sure to set time aside each evening to practice multiplication flashcards with your child. Flashcards can either be made or purchased at our local stores for a very small price. We are now in our third module which is heavily focused on using our basic multiplication and division facts, so knowing them with 100% accuracy will help their lessons go more smoothly and be more enjoyable. Knowing their facts with 100% accuracy will be a life-long skill that they will continue to use in the grade-levels that follow as well.
2. Please remember to set aside 20 minutes every evening for silent reading. I have asked the students to take a quiz over their free reading book every two weeks, and making this a daily routine at home each evening will help them maintain this goal. There are prizes for every 5 books they read and pass -----with grand prizes for the top readers at the end of the year!
We will begin our new theme in reading sometime this week. It is called "Problem-solving", and our first story is entitled "My Name is Maria Isabel". A problem arises when a new student arrives at school and the teacher doesn't pronounce her name correctly leading to her missing an important event being held at school. Our grammar focus will be on "be" verbs such as am, is, are, was, were and identifying them and using them correctly in their writing. The students already received their new spelling list that can be found on their planner. We will also cover other various reading skills throughout the week as well.
In math we are working with finding perimeter and areas of given objects and shapes. We are also practicing our multiplication math facts to help us calculate the area of these given shapes and objects as well. PLEASE make sure to set time aside each day for practicing their multiplication flashcards!
In social studies, we will continue learning about the history and economy of the Southeast Region of the United States. We will be reading about Colonial Williamsburg and the Civil War. Their next Daily Oral Geography Sheet will be due as well for a weekly grade.