Playing Outside

Playing Outside

April 16, 2011

April 18, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

On Monday, we will complete most of our end of the year math assessment.  Some sections will be assessed at the end of the year because they haven’t been taught yet.  This will give me a good idea if students have mastered the concepts I have taught this year.  If some students haven’t mastered some of the concepts, they will be pulled before school to work in a small math group before school. 

We are going to the North Oldham Fire Department this Friday, April 22nd.  We plan to leave school at 10:30 and return at 12:30.  This is a walking field trip, which means it is a free trip!   We will walk towards North Oldham High School where we will meet up with our campus police officer, Officer Malcolm.  He will safely escort us across street together.  The firefighters will teach us about fire prevention and safety.  We will also get to see a firefighter put on their gear and oxygen masks.  They do this because sometimes children are afraid in emergencies when the firefighters are wearing all of this heavy equipment.    After exploring the fire trucks, we will have a picnic lunch!    This is going to be so much fun!  Students will need to bring a sack lunch and a beach towel to sit on for our picnic.  Please have them wear their class t-shirt and sneakers.  Field Trip Permission Forms will come home Monday and are due Wednesday!    

The final book fair of the year will be here on Monday, April 25th.  Come eat lunch at 11:29 on the 25th with your child and visit the book fair afterwards.  This event was very popular with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members last year . . . and it helped Harmony have its most successful book fair ever.  We’re hoping for a repeat performance with this year’s fair!  Invitations will come home on Monday. 

Important Dates this Month:
April 22: North Oldham Fire Department Field Trip
April 25: Eat Lunch with Someone You Love!
May 3: Aesop’s Fables Theatrical Production Field Trip and Picnic Lunch at Creasy Mahan
May 6: No School- Oak’s Day
May 9-27: State Assessments (No volunteers or guests for lunch at permitted during this time period)
May 17: Election Day- No School
May 27: Zoo Field Trip
June 1: Mega Skills Assembly
June 1: Our class will perform for the 5th grade graduation
June 2: Last Day of School & Early Release Day

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We are continuing to learn how and why good readers create mental images in their head while reading.  Visualizing is a skill required when students begin reading book without pictures.  When readers create mental images, they engage with text in ways that make it personal and memorable to them alone.  Anchored in prior knowledge, images come from the emotions and all five senses, enhancing understanding and immersing the reader in rich detail.  

Writing Workshop
In writing, we are continuing our authors as mentors unit.  Students will be writing small moments just like Angela Johnson.  We are focusing on starting our stories with the time of day, using research details, and writing many moment stories.  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: -ish, -ash, -ush.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: run, has, three.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning about place value, greater than and less than, patterns, and name collections.  
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
In school we are working on the idea that numbers can be shown in different ways. For example, the number 6 can be shown as 5 and 1; 4 and 2; 3 and 3; and 6 and 0.  This is a name collection for the number 6.  Dividing a collection of objects into groups helps children to understand that the total stays the same even though the number in each group changes.  This is an important concept for more advanced mathematics that children will explore later.

How many are in your family? ____________________
(Include pets and grandparents or other family members if you wish.)

What are some different ways to group the members of your family?

Draw them on a piece of paper.       

Social Studies
This week we will be learning about Asia, Africa, and North America. 
*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                      Art
Tuesday                     Art
Wednesday               Music
Thursday                   Music
Friday                         Music

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