Week of April 18, 2016

1. Our school’s spring book fair will be held tomorrow, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th. We will visit the book fair as a class tomorrow during school hours. Anyone interested in having their child purchase books may send in book money in their child’s take-home folder. Please be sure to label your child’s money in a sealed envelope to avoid any mix-ups! If you have any special requests for your child’s selections, (such as specific titles or restrictions on purchases,) please specify using the book form sent home in student folders last week or by attaching a post-it note to your child’s book money.

2. As you may know, school will be closed next week, April 25th-29th, for Spring Recess. Students will return to school on Monday, May 2nd. If you know in advance that your child will be absent on the days before or after the break, please be sure to let me know via email or handwritten note, so we can be sure to document the absences properly and supply your child with all necessary schoolwork.

3. As you may know, last week marked the start of the last homework cycle for this school year. 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.

4. Please note that, as we continue 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.

5. 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 conclude their study of Unit 4: Persuasive Letters. Students will finish editing and publishing their persuasive letters. They will then share their persuasive letters with the class during our end-of-unit Publishing Party.

Social Studies:
Unit 4: The Neighborhood
Focus: Neighborhoods have important buildings.

This week, students will complete their study of Chapter 4: Subtraction Facts to 10. They will engage in a chapter review and complete a cumulative end-of-unit Math assessment.

Unit 5: Earth and Its Weather
Focus: How does weather affect our lives?

April 18 – Bake Sale
April 19 – Book Fair