Week February 24th - 28th

Important Dates:

2/25-2/28 (This Week) - Book Fair
2/25 Tues: Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
2/26 Wed: Progress Reports (you can check online grade book daily)
2/27 Thurs: Sonic Night
2/28 Fri: Fire Marshall Program
2/28 Fri: Reading Project on Text Features due

Important Information:

  • Thank you for your continued help and support from home. It is very apparent when looking at our last Math test, because our children ROCKED it!
  • We are almost to our 3rd Attendance Party. Let's celebrate before Spring Break! Remember to always wash hands and cover mouths when we cough!
  • Please send jackets to school EVERY DAY. The weather changes daily!


What We Are Doing This Week

Writing:  We will continue our unit on procedural texts. This type of text tells you HOW to do something.

Vocabulary: Informational text, procedure, directions, how-to, demonstrate, specific, order, materials, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, facts, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Send an example of a "How-To" text from home that we can display in class! Examples include: recipes, Lego manuals, game instructions, etc.
  • Make a meal/desert together using a cook book.
  • Play a game after reading the directions.
  • Build a Lego set/model car/toy while reading the directions.
  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on understanding text features and HOW WE USE THEM. Text Features include, but are not limited to: title, headings, graphics (photographs and illustrations), captions, labels, bold words, table to contents, glossary, and index. We will complete a Major Project on Text Features.

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
      • As a class, we can improve on our Reading Stamina (reading for longer periods of time) and Fluency (reading longer phrases and sentences to read more words per minute).
    • When reading, point out text features and discuss how they help you understand the book or section. For example:
      • Title: helps you understand the topic, or what the book will be about
      • Headings: titles of a section that help you understand the central idea or what the section of the book is all about
      • Pictures: help you understand what the section is about by providing a visual of what the words mean
      • Captions: short explanation of a picture that helps give you information about the picture
      • Labels: words that help you understand a diagram by telling you the name of a particular part; Ex: eye, stem
      • Bold Words: words or phrases that are written in darker print that emphasizes their importance (many times you can find these words in the glossary)
      • Table of Contents: A list at the beginning of the book that show the parts or sections and the page number where they are located
      • Glossary: An alphabetized list of important words and their meanings found at the back of the book (Like a mini dictionary)
      • Index: An alphabetized list of important topics and the page number where they can be found. (at the back of the book)
    • When reading discuss the central (or main idea) of a book or section. Point out the details that helped you determine the central idea.
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Context Clues:

Math: **Our next word problem unit will be in the 4th nine weeks. We will focus on 3-digits! Please continue practice math fact fluency every day!

This week, we will learn the names of polygons and manipulate polygons in geometry! A polygon is a flat (2-D) figure that has straight lines and is connected, or closed. Ex: triangle, quadrilateral, hexagon. A circle is NOT a polygon.
Vocabulary: two-dimensional, plane figures, attributes, side(s), vertex/vertices, polygons, compose, decompose, triangle, quadrilateral, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, undecagon, dodecagon
Things you can do at home:

Science: We will learn about objects in the sky.

Vocabulary:  sun, moon, stars, constellations, rotate, revolve, axis, solar system, Earth, day, night, pattern, appear, sunrise, sunset, horizon, telescope, position, sky, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, moon phase

Things you can do at home:

    • Build a sun dial in the backyard: Have your child go outside and trace their shadow with sidewalk chalk. (write the time of day in the head of the shadow) Have your child go out at different times of the day and stand in the same spot. (Trace and write the time) Discuss how their shadow changes at different times of the day.
    • Go outside at night and look at the stars. Point out constellations. There should be a fun App for that!
    • Use a flashlight to make shadow puppets on the wall.
    • Make a poster of the moon phases - go out and look at the moon each night this month.
    • Interactive Games:

Social Studies: We will begin learning about changes over time and historical innovations. This unit will include: time lines; past, present, and future; and, cause and effect.

Vocabulary: Timeline, order, events, past, present, future, historical, chronology, interpret, cause and effect, flight, passenger, inventions, steamboat

Things you can do at home:

  • Go through picture books with your child and discuss important events from their childhood, including the day they were born, birthdays, the date a younger sibling was born, a special trip taken together, etc.
  • Print out pictures together that can be used for our timeline project at school next week.
  • Discuss your life as a child, grown up, and where you hope to be in the future with your child.
  • Discuss innovative people in history and how their contributions have effected our lives now. Use the terms cause and effect.
    • Example: Amelia Earhart: Because of her successes as a pilot (cause), she made the WASP (Woman Airforce Service Pilots) possible during WWII (effect). Another effect: She influenced other women to become pilots.