Week of Feb. 18

Important Dates:

2/17 Monday: Student Holiday (No School!)
2/18-19 Tues and Wed: Math Test (please continue practice at home!)
2/18-2/20 Tues-Thurs: Social Studies Major Project on Symbols
2/20 Thurs: School Pictures (Class and Individual)
2/21 Fri: Author Visit (David Biedrzycki)
Upcoming Dates:
2/25-3/2 - Book Fair
2/25 - Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
2/26 - Progress Reports
2/27 - Sonic Night
2/28 - Fire Marshall Program

Important Information:

Thank you for continuously reminding your child to wash hands and cover mouths when coughing and sneezing. CELEBRATION...we are working hard to complete our 2nd ATTENDANCE incentive.

  • Please send jackets to school EVERY DAY. The weather changes daily.
  • Please continue practice adding and subtracting with regrouping. This is a difficult skill that requires many steps to be successful!


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: 

  • 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 the central (or main) idea and supporting details. We will also begin looking at text features, such as title, subtitles, graphics (photographs and illustrations), captions, and bold words.

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.
    • 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 Main Idea and Details:

Math: This week, we will take our test on word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. (Please continue to practice this weekend, Monday, and Tuesday to keep regrouping fresh on their minds)

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Things you can do at home: 

  • Check your child's Math Review (sent home in Wednesday Folder last week). Recreate new word problems similar to the ones he/she missed to provide extra practice. Help your child understand WHY the problem was missed and HOW to solve it correctly.
  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards
    • first in math
We will also begin our next unit of study: GEOMETRY! We will begin by understanding polygons and learning about two dimensional, or plane, shapes.
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 be learning about the sun.

The sun is a ball of gas.  It is the closest start to the Earth and therefore appears larger than other stars.  The sun creates shadows.  A million Earths could fit inside the sun.  The sun doesn't move; we rotate around it.

Things you can do at home:

Social Studies: We will identify and explain the significance of state (TX) and nation (USA) symbols, landmarks, and government buildings. We will complete a major project on symbols this week.

Vocabulary: state, national, symbol, landmark, heritage, customs, celebrations, freedom, monument, patriotic, cultural

Things you can do at home:

  • Have your child tell you his/her favorite Texas or US symbol. Start looking up interesting facts about that symbol.
  • MyOn: Projects: American Symbols and Landmarks (this can be part of your child's daily reading to practice fluency!)
  • Read about American Landmarks, including The White House, Mount Rushmore, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Mesa Verde, Crazy Horse Memorial, Liberty Bell, etc.
  • Research state and country symbols and landmarks.
  • Go visit a Texas landmark or government building. Ex: The State Capitol, The Governor's Mansion, The Alamo, The San Jacinto Monument, etc.