March 27, newsletter 2017

                                                                                                            Newsletter Room 203

Week of 3/27/17

I hope everyone has a great Spring Break!

Reading:

This week students will discuss how good readers form opinions and develop feeling about story characters. Readers base those feeling on a character's traits. When we talk about character traits, we are describing what a story character is like. Is he or she kind or mean, honest or dishonest? Sometimes, the author describes directly for the reader that a character has a special trait. But often, the reader has to figure out the character's traits by thinking about what he or she says and does. Figuring out the character' traits helps readers better understand the story.

Reading homework includes reading 20 minutes each night.  The 20 minutes should include time when you read to your child and when your child reads independently.  A student needs to read 95% of the words correctly to be at an independent level.  Use the five finger rule.  If they miss five words on a page they need an easier book.  

Spelling: 

Students will study words with /aw/ and /all/ endings.

Writing:

Students will write an autobiograhy.

We will study cursive writing.

Math:

Students will review telling time as minutes before and after the hour.

Students will explore three-dimensional figures displayed in two-dimensional forms such as pictures, maps, and nets.

Please complete pages 153 to 164 in the Extra Practice book.  Students will keep the book at home and tear out the completed pages. They can return the completed pages.  Do not work ahead in the book! I will give you different math homework if you want more! 

Math Homework:  Students need to memorize the addition and subtraction facts to 20 and multiplication facts for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 by the end of the year.  Start practicing and take it slow! 

Social Studies:

We will have a person from Global Minnesota visit our classroom on March 16, 23, and 30. Ms. Trang is from Vietnam and will share a topic each day. The first visit is a presentation on a typical school day in Vietnam. The second visit will cover the attributes and characteristics, and the third is about different traditions and artifacts of Vietnam.

Science:

Students will start studing insects.