I hope this message finds you all well and warm! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a wish you meaningful day off on Monday. I just wanted to take a moment to mention how much I love my profession, my students and appreciate our diverse school community. I am very proud to be a teacher in this district and hope I can continue to nurture and teach for many years to come!
We had a another great week last week. We are learning so much about penguins and continue to read, write and share our knowledge. We have finished our individual reading assessments for the end of the second card marking period, and have continued working on our math assessments! Make sure your child is reading every night for 10-15 minutes. Reading groups will resume next week, so make sure those reading bags come to school every day! In addition, students can work on the zern website for additional math practice. I am SO proud of all the progress we have made thus far, and am excited to see our growing scores on the NWEA math and reading assessment this month! I will send any updates of school information as they come. Have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Ross 🙂
Homework: This week your child will receive a math game to put in their math binder and the next 5 lessons in math.
*Popcorn: This week we will have popcorn sales so bring your quarters! I will collect them at 8:35 am before gym class.
*Library check out: I believe we still have Media check out this Tuesday morning even with the half day. Please help your child bring place their books in the backpacks Monday evening! I’ll let you know if something changes regarding check out.
*Reading Packs: Make sure your child is spending about 10-15 minutes reading at night on Raz-Kids and the books, letters/words you find in the reading packs. This will help your child SO much reviewing their personal bags each night! Those students who had books sent home last week, make sure they are in there next week because they will be switched for one to two more this week!
LA Books: Informational Books about “Penguins” (We will read and research about penguins this month). In addition, we will read a LA book called “Each Kindness”.
*If your child has any personal books about penguins at home, we would LOVE to read them during class this month and discover facts from the text that we can learn and write about! If you’d like to let us read a book from your house, please make sure your child’s name is written inside the cover so we can get it back to you when we’re done researching penguins. Thank you to Bradley, Nolan, Morgan and Kaydin for bringing in books and research articles about penguins for us to read!
*If your child does NOT have any penguin books, I would love to encourage your child to visit the Dearborn Public Library to get a library card, check out some great new books, and find some books on penguins!
*If you like looking on the computer with your child, we’d love to read some child friendly articles on penguins!
Writing Topic: Informational Writing: Penguins (Can, Have, Are) We have begun taking our writing plans and putting them into sentences in a rough draft. I am so proud of our writing skills!
Spelling: Spelling instruction will begin this week!
Sight Words: went, with
-at word family (cat, *bat, rat, *sat, mat, *fat, hat, vat, pat)
-words with a * are definitely on the test, I will add two cold words to make a total of 5 words on the spelling test on Fridays. In addition there will be the two “sight words of the week” to make sure we keep learning the sight words on the Dolch List!
(Students will work with the teacher on a specific “word family” each week and be assessed on Fridays each week (or Mondays if the week is short/or extra time is needed). You will receive the results in the homework folders on Monday afternoons. Words will be posted on the blog each Sunday. It would be beneficial to spend a few minutes each night working on reading and writing the words (and most importantly helping your child to see the first letter/sound is the only one manipulated to make the new word and because of this they all rhyme).
*Science: Finish Unit on Climate and Weather cont. lessons on Mystery Science and scholastic magazines
*Social Studies: Finish Unit on Needs and Wants. and working on fair trades and review all the ideas of the unit as it comes to a close shortly. Once again reviewing the concepts of: needs/wants, goods/services, trades (which benefit both parties) in real life teachable moments whenever you are out on the town will help deepen your child’s comprehension of this economics unit: How Do I Get What I Need and Want?
January 21st: NO School: MLK Day
January 22nd: 1/2 Day AM elementary students 11:45 am dismissal