Archive for November 2015

Welcome back!!!
We hope your holidays were fruitful and full of love!

This week we are sending a trip permission slip to you in preparation for an upcoming trip.  Please complete the form and return it with the fee by December 17th.  We must pay for this trip before we can secure the seated tickets.  We will let you know of the trip date after all slips have been returned.  Chaperons for this trip are very limited.  Please see your child’s teacher for information.  The cost of the trip is $14.

We have three full weeks before our longer winter break.  Please try your best to have your child at school on time, well rested and fed each day before the break.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1: Creative Writing
Pretend you won a lot of money in a contest.  Write a story about how you used the money to protect the world’s water, land and air.  Begin your story with the words: ” As soon as I got the money I…”

Choice #2:Terrific Trees
Write a story about a tree who became a child’s friend.  Be sure your story has a beginning middle and end, a plot (problem and solution) and characters and a clear setting.

Sight words: another, far, grow, hard, heard, kind, light, more, some, to

 

 

Our trip is this Friday.  Yes, the permission slips were due last week, but several of you still have not returned them.  Please note that field trips are a required part of our curriculum.  We plan the trips in conjunction with work we do in the classroom.  They should not be used as a discipline punishment.  If you did not turn in your slip please do so asap.

Native American Research projects are due now.  Most students have reported that they are working hard with their families on this project.  Please be sure your child is ready to present.  Late projects will be down graded a grade a day.

Folks, I know it is a busy and somewhat expensive time, but please please consider contributing to the Warrior store in the next few day./weeks.  The kids really love shopping with the incentive coins they earned.

Please sign up for a conference time.  Parent conferences are Wednesday November 18.  There is no school for students that day.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1: A List
Pretend you are in charge of all of the packages and other things your train is carrying.  Write a list that tells what is in each boxcar.  Tell where each package, box or thing is being sent.

Choice #2:Terrific Trains
How is a train trip better than a trip by bus, car, or plane?  Write a television ad for a railroad company.  Tell why traveling by train is fun and exciting.

Sight words: because, better, go, me, old, really, right, they, was, you

This is a strange week for attendance:  No School Wednesday or Friday this week.

We will proceed as usual with home assignments.  Please be sure you are using some of your time off to prepare the research project (Due November 16th)

Please note that the school festival has been postponed until April.

We need snack contributions.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1: A Description
Pretend you are a musical instrument! What do you look like?  How are you played? What kind of sounds do you make? Write about yourself.

Choice #2:Fact File: Mozart was a famous musician who lived in the 1700s.  He started playing music at the age of four.  He began writing music when he was only five years old! Write about a musician you know about.

Sight words: afraid, dark, for, kept, many, might, own, show, why, would

 

Here we are in a new month!!
We have parent conferences, a school festival, a field trip and more, planned for this month!

Students will begin their first research project this month.  Please look for details about the project in the take home folders this week!

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1:Dear Diary
Pretend you went on a camping trip in the woods.  Make a diary entry that tells about your trip.  Did anything funny or exciting happen?  For each day of your imaginary trip, write the date and what you saw and did.

Choice #2 Camper’s Workbook
Make a picture dictionary of camping and hiking words.  Write a list of words and for each word draw a picture and a definition.  Then use the word in a sentence that tells about the picture.

Sight words: before, eye, few, happy, high, my, open, people, starts, yellow