Playing Outside

Playing Outside

March 19, 2011

March 21, 2011

Note from Ms. Poteet…

Happy Full First Day of Spring!  The kids had such a blast playing outside last week.  I hope the nice warm weather continues the rest of the year. 

Don’t forget to continue sending in buttons for math!  As of Friday we had collected 148 buttons!  Wow! 

Wednesday is an Early Release Day.  Remember all transportation changes must be made in writing.

Thursday is our field trip to the Louisville Science Center!  We are going to have an exciting time exploring the various exhibits and watching the IMAX: Animalopolis.  Please have your child wear the orange class t-shirt and bring a sack lunch and drink. Please write your child’s name on their bag and drink. 

Mark your calendar for the annual Dog Bowl!  The basketball event has been renamed to North Campus March Madness.  It will be Thursday, March 31st.  Doors will open at 5:30 and the game is at 6:00.  Come watch our fifth graders beat the NOMS sixth grade basketball team.  I will be volunteering in the concession stand, so make sure to stop by and visit.  It will be a great family night, there will be pizza and hot dogs, face painting and the high school players will be competing in a three point and dunk contest!  Hope to see you there!  The proceeds will go towards fixing up our playground. 

Important Dates this Month:
March 23rd: Early Release Day
March 24th: Louisville Science Center Field Trip
March 31st: Dog Bowl and North Oldham High School
April 4th-8th: Spring Break

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We are continuing our unit on story elements.  This week we will focus on character traits, morals, and beginning, middle, and end.

Writing Workshop
In writing, we are continuing our authors as mentors unit.  Students will be writing small moments just like Angela Johnson.  At home, help your child come up with a list of possible writing topics (family events, sport stories, etc).  Family journals will be sent home on Friday.   Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the word families: -ed, -est, -ab, -ob.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: their, were, help.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning to add using the count on strategy and reviewing how to count forwards and backwards from various numbers.
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Meals and snacks provide opportunities for mathematical learning.  At school, we have been learning about the concept of half.  As you talk with your child about halves, reinforce the idea that two halves or something must be the same or equal size.  Children should try to make halves of collections of food items (such as pretzels in a bag) and halves of single food items (such as a sandwich, orange, or apple).

Make a half snack.
Make a sandwich and cut it in half. Are the two sides equal?
Ask someone to cut an apple and give your half.  Check that the pieces you got is the same size as the other piece.
Make a pile of raisins or crackers.  Divide the pile in half.  Take one pile and give the other one to someone at home.
What other foods could you divide in half?  Try it!    

Social Studies
We are finishing up our unit on American Presidents and Symbols.   

*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Our classroom gets very chilly sometimes.  Please send in a light jacket or sweater for your child to keep in their back pack. 
* Sign your child’s weekly planner every night!
* Library book due every Friday!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday                      Music
Tuesday                     Music
Wednesday               Music
Thursday                   Music
Friday                         Music

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