Playing Outside

Playing Outside

May 6, 2011

May 9, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

State Testing for the third, fourth, and fifth graders starts this week.  In order to limit the noise and commotion in the hallways, parents are not permitted to volunteer in classrooms or eat lunch with their child from May 9th-27th.  Thanks for your understanding! 

Ms. Theresa will be helping administer the tests, so I will be the only one teaching guided reading groups.  I will continue to meet with one guided reading group per day, so you may notice guided reading books will not come home as frequently.  Our related arts schedule will also be very different so please check your child’s weekly planner carefully. 

Important Dates this Month:
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
May 20: Memorial Day- No School
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
In reading, we are reading several different fairy tales and folk tales.  After reading each tale we will discuss its story elements.

Writing Workshop
In writing we are learning how poets listen to poetry and what poets do.   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 short and long i (-ice, -ide, -ine).  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: orange, yellow, red.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning how to read digital and analog clocks, how to solve missing addend problems, about the ten dollar bill, and how to measure an objects weight with nonstandard units of measurement.
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Help your child become a problem solver.  Keep in mind that children need to talk about their ideas and have someone listen and offer encouragement.  We have been telling number stories in school.  Take turns telling and solving number stories with your child.  Children enjoy number stories that relate to their own lives.

Have your child tell a “5” number story (a story with 5 as the answer) to you.  Encourage them to use people in their family in their story.

Ask your child to tell a number story about something in the kitchen.

Example:  We have 1 can of tuna, but we need 4 for this recipe.  How many more cans do we need to buy?

Make up number stories for your child to solve too!

Social Studies
This week we are learning about animal characteristics and their needs.
*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                      PE
Tuesday                     No Related Arts
Wednesday               Music
Thursday                   No Related Arts
Friday                         Art

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