Welcome back to another great week!
It was so nice to see so many of you at the Honor Roll assembly today. I am so proud of all the students in our class for working so hard!
This week, we have many exciting activities planned. Please read below for curriculum specific information!
In Language Arts, we continue Unit 3 today, which focuses on heritage and history. The story this week is fiction story titled Fiona's Lace. Throughout this story, we look at a family that immigrates from Ireland in hopes of a better life. However, upon arrival to America, they become indentured servants, and live in a poor flat in Chicago. Fiona's family goes through many struggles and hardships in their new country.
Our Grammar Skill this week focuses on fixing run-on sentences and sentence fragments.
For example: Christmas is around the corner and it's my favorite holiday I also like Halloween Easter is neat too
The above sentence needs punctuation. It goes on an on and is hard to follow.
The Spelling List this week focuses on suffixes such as "able" and "ible" and "er."
In Writer's Workshop, students will continue moving through the writing process. We are spending this trimester focused on opinion/persuasive writing. Students are exploring a hyperdoc (a document on the computer filled with links, videos, and other options for the students to review)over the course of this month. During this process, they will be working their way through the writer's workshop process to create a final draft that they will share with their peers. We always celebrate the completion of a major writing project with an author's chair, where treats are shared and writing is celebrated.
In Math, students continue chapter 5, which focuses on factors and multiples. This week, we will look at numbers that only have one set of factors (prime numbers) versus numbers that have multiple sets of factors (composite numbers). Additionally, students will find common multiples between numbers.
For example: The first five multiples of 4 and 5 are listed below:
4: 4, 8, 12, 16, 20
5: 5, 10, 15, 20, 24
The common multiple they both share is 20.
In Science, we continue our new unit titled "The Human Machine." During this unit, we will look at how the human body works, specifically our senses and the brain. Students will engage in many labs to further their understanding of how their body works. This week, students will finish up discussion/reflection about the robot hand they made last week.
In Social Studies, students continue their studies about the California Native Americans. Throughout this unit, students will be learning about many different tribes and how the region the Native Americans lived in shaped their way of life. Students will also engage in many different projects from making a model of a Yurok coin purse to molding a Cahuilla pot out of clay. At one point, a cave will even magically appear in the classroom through our time-traveling cupboard, and students will get to paint inside it with various natural resources (willow branches, etc). We will also be visiting the Marin Museum of the American Indian to further our understanding of natives in the past and in the present day.
In P.E. students are working with Mrs. Fluitt and having a fun while staying fit. Our P.E. days are Monday and Wednesday. We also have Running Club on Friday . Please make sure your child comes to school with appropriate footwear on those days. Check out Mrs. Fluitt's ClassDojo account to see how your child is doing in class.
In Music, students have choral music class with Mr. Burrows on Wednesday each week. Sectional band class with Mr. Pulley also takes place on Friday. Students have whole class band on Thursday with Mr. Pulley. Please help your child remember to bring his/her instrument on both Thursday and Friday for the rest of the year. Practice sheets for Mr. Pulley's band class are due each Friday!
In our classroom, students participate in many hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) projects. This week, we will be creating a beautiful art piece using paint, watercolor, and masking tape. The end result will be a beautiful birch tree scene during sunrise or sunset.
For Social Emotional Learning, we use a program called Second Step at Gravenstein. This week, we will look at how to problem solve using I-messages and other strategies. This is a two part lesson, and we will spend a lot of time reflecting/practicing the skills we discuss.
Every Friday, I send home a folder containing work that your child completed throughout the week. I will indicate in this section of the newsletter what items are coming home and what items need to come back to school. There is a place for you to initial on the folder that you have looked through the items and reviewed them with your child. Please send the folder back to school with your child on Monday morning.
The following items are coming home this Friday:
1. Homework from the last week
(Corrected by me and reviewed with your child if I notice particular concepts they are struggling with)
2. Unit 3-Lesson 1 ELA Assessment Results (didn't send home last week as planned)
3. Unit 3-Lesson 1 Spelling Test (didn't send home last week as planned)
4. Unit 3-Lesson 2 ELA Assessment Results
5. Unit 3-Lesson 2 Spelling Test
6. Chapter 4 Math Test
The following items need to be returned on Monday:
1. The Friday Folder (empty) with parent initials
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.
This week I am looking for:
I'm all set! We have plenty of fleece, socks, and tennis balls! Thanks so much!!
It's hard to believe the first trimester is over. Thanks for making this year such a positive one. I love my class and appreciate all the parent support!
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,