Thanks for all the effort that went in to meeting during parent/teacher conferences last week. It was so nice to connect with so many families.
This week, we have many exciting activities planned. Please read below for curriculum specific information!
Students continue exploring Unit 2 in Language Arts this week. All stories in Unit 2 relate to science in some way, be it a biography about a scientist or a play about Marie Curie. This week, students are reading a narrative non-fiction story titled My Brothers' Flying Machine. Told through the eyes of the Wright Brothers' sister, students learn all about the invention of the airplane and how flight began.
This week, students will continue exploring Island of the Blue Dolphins with me. We will delve into Chapter 9 this week, and learn how Karana handles the death of her brother, Ramo.
This week, students will be learning about capitalization. They will be prompted to capitalize proper nouns, pronouns such as I, etc...
This week, spelling words have the following latin roots:
Tract, sign, dic, and man
This week, we continue our author's chair celebration. Ms. Lynn made delicious cookies for the kids to enjoy while they sip lemonade and listen to one-another stories. It's been very special to hear the students read their work aloud. Students will move into another narrative piece toward the end of this week, using the CAASSP rubric to develop their writing.
This week, students continue looking at double digit multiplication. Today, I introduced students to the regrouping strategy (aka the strategy most of us learned as kids). Parents are always relieved to hear this as they can offer support to their child if/when they are struggling to multiply.
Students will continue their study of California's regions this week. This week, we continue looking at climate and lifestyle in each of California's four regions. Students will be taking this information to create a news broadcast in a group of 3, which we will film using a green-screen in class. How cool!
This week, we will continue our exploration of our Science curriculum! Students learned today about the Ring of Fire. They mapped volcanoes around the world, and looked for patterns. They then answered the question: Could a volcano pop up in your backyard. Their conclusions: Technically, YES!
Our Social Emotional learning program at Gravenstein is called 2nd Step. Each week, students will practice a different social/emotional skill in addition to participating in daily morning meetings as a class.
This week, our 2nd step lesson focuses on Understanding Complex Feelings. Students will explore how we can feel many different emotions at the same time. For example, I was beyond excited about the bike ride last week, but I was anxious about all the things that needed to happen between Monday and Friday to make everything run smoothly:)
* Note-I didn't get to this lesson last week, hence the repeat in my newsletter from last Monday.
Our enrichments trimester 1 are as follows:
STEM with Mr. Carey
Art with Ms. Church
Every Friday, I will send home a folder containing work your child completed the previous week. Additionally, I may send home office forms or other pertinent school information. The work in the folder is an opportunity for you to review assignments completed in the classroom. There is a place for you to initial that you have seen and reviewed the work sent home with your child.
All work should stay at home unless indicated otherwise in the folder.
Items coming home this week in the Friday folder:
Note: Folder coming home on Thursday due to Parent/Teacher Conferences
1. Homework corrected in class previous week
2. Inquiry Project Packet/Poster
3. Spelling Test-Unit 2-Lesson 2
4. Chapter 2 Math Test
5. Chapter 2 Practice Test
6. Optional Math Test retake form
Each week, I will post items that I would love to have donated to our classroom for projects, etc. Please do not feel obligated to donate and only do so if you are interested and able! Many thanks in advance.
I'm all set! Thanks for all the support you've given me this year!
We have a wonderful class and I am so excited about this school year! I've been telling anyone who will listen how wonderful my students are. I'm so looking forward to all this year has to offer!
If you need to get in touch with me for any reason, please don’t hesitate to do so! My email address is: Abrown@grav.k12.ca.us. I check my email nightly before 5 PM and will get back to you within twenty-four hours. Of course, you are always welcome to stop by after school with any questions or concerns as well.
I look forward to a wonderful year! Thank so much,