Week of April 11, 2016

1. As you may know, our class will be taking a trip to the Prospect Zoo on Thursday, April 14th. PLEASE NOTE: Students will be eating lunch at the zoo, so we are asking that all lunches/drinks be packed in disposable bags/containers/bottles for students bringing in their own lunch. This accommodation will already be in place for students receiving school lunch tomorrow.
We are asking all chaperones to meet us at the school’s main entrance by 9:15 a.m., as we will be leaving promptly at 9:30 a.m. Anyone who has not yet sent in the $8 trip fee may do so tomorrow morning.

2. This week will mark the start of the last homework cycle for this school year. Beginning this week, in an effort to infuse student choice and help students take an active role in their learning, students will now have the opportunity to choose their own word work activities for homework. Each student will be given a Homework Activity Menu, which should be kept in their take-home folders for the remaining 8 weeks of homework. They will choose one activity per night, as indicated on their weekly homework sheet. Students will continue to receive a homework packet every Monday, and homework will continue to be checked every Friday.

3. Please note that, as we begin our 8-week final Phonics unit on homophones, our Spelling tests will include an extra component that will require students to differentiate between homophones based on context. Students will be given a sentence for each word, and they will be asked to identify and write the corresponding homophone on their test papers. (For example, “I know the right answer.” vs. “I will write the word neatly.”) As always, given the advanced nature of our Phonics instruction, these Spelling tests will be used solely to inform instruction.

4. This is a gentle reminder to please kindly ensure all homework is completed using a regular pencil. In an effort to help prepare our students for first grade and instill good work habits at an early age, markers, colored pencils, and pens should be avoided if at all possible when doing homework, and crayons should be used for coloring pictures only. As always, your support is so very much appreciated.

THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .

Unit 4: Persuasive Literature
Class text: I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff
Individual student texts: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett, Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, and A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black
Skills to be covered in this unit are: Classifying persuasive texts as fiction or nonfiction, identifying author’s purpose of persuasive texts, Understanding fact vs. opinion, Identifying elements of good persuasive texts, Understanding, identifying, and evaluating argument and counterargument, Comparing and Contrasting effective arguments, Making inferences in persuasive texts, and Drawing conclusions.
Sight Words/Unit Vocabulary: fact, opinion, persuade, persuasive, argument, counterargument, reason, example Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: homophones

This week, students will continue their study of Unit 4: Persuasive Letters. Students will begin conferencing for their persuasive letters. They will engage in self-editing and peer-editing with their writing partners.

Social Studies:
Unit 4: The Neighborhood
Focus: Who are neighborhood helpers, and why are they important?

This week, students will continue their study of Chapter 4: Subtraction Facts to 10. Topics to be included this week are: creating, understanding, and solving fact families and understanding reciprocal relationships between addition and subtraction.

Unit 4: Motion
Focus: How does force affect motion?

April 14 – Class trip to Prospect Park Zoo