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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for April 3rd

Hi Parents,

I hope this email finds everyone enjoying the weekend! It really felt like spring on this beautiful Sunday and the temperatures look so great for the week ahead! Having the children able to go outside for recess is such a benefit for them, their focus and their relationships!

We are still blooming in our classroom and I’m happy that the children are still getting along. Mindfulness with Ms. Christina (Reich) has also done such wonderful things with them individually and collectively! Next time anyone sees Christina, please join me in thanking her for all of her hard work this year with the children! I honestly believe that they listen and behave so much better because of her work. She has also been such a wonderful resource for me, teaching me so many tools to implement throughout my day, helping the children (and myself) be more mindful. We appreciate you, Christina!

There will be a Math test on Wednesday.

Book fair on Monday! Please see Laura’s email from Friday that gives the info and schedule of the Book Fair. (Thanks for doing that, Laura!)

I will be distributing a packet for Spring Break sometime this week. The children may get a head start on it on Thursday since I didn’t assign any Math Homework that night. I do ask that you kindly continue practicing multiplication facts nightly with your children.

Please make sure you review your child’s homework each evening and sign it.

Monday

Reading
Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our character trait chart:

innocent, sensible, dull, bossy, cowardly, resourceful, untidy, witty, wise and lively.
Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math

Worksheet

Tuesday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing

Use the list handed out about opinion topics. Write long and strong for 10 minutes (in cursive, if possible) explaining your opinion about a topic of your choice.

Math

Study for Math test.

Wednesday- Math Test Today

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our character trait chart:

innocent, sensible, dull, bossy, cowardly, resourceful, untidy, witty, wise and lively.

Math
No Homework

Thursday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing

Think of a moment when you felt excluded while a group played. What happened? How did you feel about it? What was the outcome? What could you have done differently? Write long and strong for 10 minutes about it.

Math
No Homework

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the week of April 3rd

Hi Parents,

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-
This week we will continue our investigation on identifying the problems characters may face in our fictional stories and reading on to find the solution. Your children also will be participating in reciprocal reading, in which their ability to discuss diverse topics has become more enriched as the time goes on. We have been discussing the treatment and welfare of animals, specifically in zoos, Sea World and circuses. Your children have been contributing beautiful thoughts to our conversation. I encourage you to ask them their opinion on these topics when you can!

Writing-

This week we will be publishing our first opinion piece! Strategies taught during this unit have been focusing more on mechanics. I have taught the children how to use commas in a list, including the word AND. Please encourage your children to use proper comma usage in this area at home. Before publishing, I am going to have some revising lessons on how to use transitional tags: in addition, also, furthermore, etc, with proper comma usage. Upon assessing the children’s writing while supporting them during this unit, I definitely feel there is a need for it.

I am so impressed by your children’s writing during this unit! They are committed and dedicated and have progressed so much this year! Feel free to look at our inside bulletin board when you are in the classroom. It has September’s writing piece, then the narrative and finally, the All About piece. You can see how beautifully they have progressed from the beginning of the year until now.

Math-
This week we will work on multiplication of the 3 and 4 times tables! Children will work with their groups on manipulating materials, grouping, repeatedly adding and more! There will be a Math test on Wednesday!

Science-
This week we will be doing our science investigations on magnets! From some of our parents wonderful donations on Donor’s Choose, I am breaking out the magnets and your children will be making hypotheses, trying the magnets out and analyzing results!

Sincerely,
Ms. Kender