There is so much going on now and in the upcoming weeks! Tomorrow we will welcome Junior Achievement visitors for the day. Our guest will spend the day with us in our room teaching students about communities and economics.
Throughout the week students can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win lunch with staff members. Tickets are 25 cents, each and the drawing will be on Friday. Money earned from this fundraiser allows our reading teachers to purchase books for kids to read over the summer and throughout the year.
Thursday night is Family Game Night. It starts at 6:30. Come with your family and play different types of games. I will be hosting Scrabble! Word games are my favorite pass time! Bright Idea Toys will also be here. You can purchase cool games for your kids at a 20% discount. Great ideas for the holidays abound.
You can find this week's spelling list games here:
Regular long u words
Challenge long u words
Here is a link to this week's spelling words for Spelling City.
What does it mean to fill a bucket? It means that you do something for someone else that makes them feel good or helps them out. We aren't doing a great job of recognizing people who fill our buckets in our class.
I know every one of you deserves a bucket slip. Let’s try to pump each other up by recognizing when we fill each other’s buckets. Bucket slips are in the cup by check-in. Now, don’t be silly and just write something to write something. For example, don't write down that Joe filled your bucket by saying "Good morning." So keep your eyes and ears open for someone filling your bucket, or, take a risk and fill someone else's bucket.
So many of you who participated in the States and Capitals challenge did a wonderful job! You worked so hard to learn them. Just think of how much smarter you are today than you were on the first day of school!
With so many exciting things going on in our classroom, it's hard to keep up. We have started using Biblonasium to keep track of our reading. Soon you can recommend books and talk to each other about what you are reading.
I am also looking into creating blogs for each of you. This would allow us to be able to post our writing and get feedback from each other as well as people outside of the classroom.
We have been learning all about geography by learning how to use maps, globes, and a compass rose. You might know your continents, but can you challenge yourself to learn the states and capitals? Watch the video below to help you! There are also several review and practice games available at this site: Technology Rocks- States & Capitals
It is so nice to finally have testing done! We are back to our reglary daily schedule and routine! Thank goodness!
We will continue to work on vocabulary through learning the Nifty Thrifty Fifty. Remeber, learning about prefixes and suffixes can help you when come to words you don't know.
We have a few more formal spelling lists and Power Language.
April is National Poetry Month. We will learning about different forms of poetry and writing poems to share. You will also be choosing a poem for partner reading to perform as well!
It's time to celebrate Dr. Seues's brithday. We have lots of reading activies planned throughout the week that you won't want to miss out on.
Monday - Black, White and Read Day
Wear black, white, and red today.
Tuesday- enjoy your reading time because it's Spring Picture day.
Wednesday - Book Character Dress-up, World Read Aloud Day
Dress up as your favorite book character.
Listen to stories being read aloud by our own VP athletes and cheerleaders!
Thursday - Reading Marathon Day
Wear your PJ's and snuggle up with a good book in the morning!
Friday - Hats off to Reading
Wear your hat today!
You will learn about ecosystems, habitats and animal adaptations in the upcoming science unit. To familiarize yourself with the topic, go to Discovery and log in as a student. Under My DE Services, click on My DE. There you will see an Assignments icon. Click on this. Then, click on the Habitats link. You will be directed to a Board of information. Watch the videos, take notes and learn more about the topic. Answer the questions at the bottom of your screen in your science ntoebook. Be prepared to learn more and discuss during Science.
Our class has read 76 books since the holiday break. Our goal is to have 400 read by the end of the year. It's a lofty, but completely DOABLE goal! Students will be evaluating how well they are doing in relation to their personal goals set back