March 2nd - 6th

Important Dates:

3/2 Monday: Read Across America week kicks off with a guest reader! (Wear a Dr. Suess/Cat in the Hat shirt)
3/2 Monday: Last day of Book Fair
3/5 Thursday: Science Test
3/5 Thursday: Social Studies Timeline Project due
3/5 Thursday: Reading Text Features Project due
3/5 Thursday: Please send a Beach Towel to school for a Writing Project.
3/6 Friday: Vocabulary Parade: Come dressed as your favorite vocabulary word! Please see Class Dojo for a list of vocabulary words. I also sent this flyer home in Wednesday Folder last week.


Important Information:

  • Please remember to send pictures to school for your child's Timeline Project. They can be photographs, magazine clippings, or illustrations. It would also help your child if you discussed important events and the dates that they occurred. You can write these down on a piece of paper or index card for them to remember. (Examples: date they were born, date a younger sibling was born, date you got a pet, date that your child started school, date of a family trip, date your child started ball, dance, etc)
  • We are doing a fun project in Math on Friday. If possible, please send MINI marshmallows and pretzel STICKS to school by Thursday.
  • We are almost to our 4th 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. We will creating a cute project to be posted in the hallway.  Students can bring a beach towel on Thursday for a fun day of recording out How to blow a bubble using bubble gum.  

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 finish our Text Feature project this week.

We will also review the 3 types of nonfiction text we have learned about so far: persuasive, biography, and informational, so we can compare and contrast them.

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 Text Features:

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 about solid figures in geometry! A solid figure is a three dimensional figure made of edges, faces, and vertices. Many solid figures can be made from polygons. For example, if you put a pyramid on a piece of paper and traced the faces, you would see that it is made of 4 triangles and a square (for the base). Examples of solid figures are sphere, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, pyramid, and cube.
 
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,  three-dimensional, solid shapes, sphere, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, cube, edge, face, base
 
Things you can do at home:

Science: We will learn about objects in the sky. We will focus on the moon and moon phases. The moon does not make its own light. It reflects the light from the sun. The moon revolves around the earth causing moon phases. One whole moon phase cycle takes about a month. Go out each night and notice what phase the moon is in. Keep a record of the moon phases.

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:

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. We will make our Personal Timeline. Please send photographs, magazine clippings, or illustrations (along with a list of dates and important events) that your child can use for his/her Timeline Project.

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.