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Lower Division Newsletter February 26, 2010
Language Arts We will start a new theme, “Let’s Move.” We will focus on the ways we move and the way things move. We will develop more of an awareness of action words. To start our unit, we will investigate ways to move our bodies. Then we will have the children describe their plans and movements. We will also sing and practice the Hokey Pokey! We will learn about our Alpha friends, J and H. In handwriting (HWT), we will learn Kk and Aa. Social Studies We will discuss interests, traditions, and skills that make individuals and families unique. Science We will continue to observe and journal our lima bean. We will also observe the difference between the plant that is cared for and the plant that is not and compare seeds. As we continue our theme of Characteristics of Living Things, we will discuss animals and how they all have certain basic needs and have different ways of meeting these needs. Math Students will review position words and times of the day. We will continue to review our coins and shapes. We will also go over capacities and how to make equal groups.
Language Arts One of my favorite stories for this month is the Rumble in the Jungle .The students will be sequencing and retelling the story with cut-out shaped animals. Be on the lookout for it to be coming home with your child. Students are working on decoding skills in their reading groups. Some of the most common strategies to ensure success include: getting your mouth ready to make the sounds, looking for smaller words hiding inside of bigger words, and using pictures to make sense of what is happening. Phonics lessons will focus on long vowel sounds and brainstorming words that begin with /dr/ and /wh/. In writing, students will continue with the traits of conventions, ideas, organization, and word choice. As they write each day we
will continue to improve vocabulary and add exciting details. We are encouraging them to be creative with their word choice and not to settle for the most common word. We will continue to talk about nouns, adjectives, and verbs. The children are learning editing skills to evaluate and improve their writing. Social Studies We will continue with our study of the seven continents and the animals that live in the jungle. We will continue to read books about our animal friends and the places in which they live. Math The children are having a great time using the clocks they made to tell time. We are currently telling time by the hour and have introduced the half hour. One of our activities will be to construct a glyph. A glyph is a non standard way of graphing a variety of information to tell a story. It uses symbols to represent different data. The creation of glyphs requires problem solving and data organization. Our centers will reinforce the skills of addition, measuring, counting money using pennies, counting backwards from 20, skip counting, odd and even numbers, and tally marks. The children will begin subtraction next week. Please go over the different coins and their amounts at home. Our goal this month is for the children to name each coin and its amount.
Language Arts In the next two weeks our reading strategies will continue to focus on comparing/contrasting, comprehension check, and noting details while reading fiction and realistic fiction selections. Our phonics and spelling will focus on vowel pairs ew, ue, ou, high frequency words, prefixes un and re, and plurals with –es and –ies endings. We will also work on paragraph writing and adding juicy details to our writing. Please continue to practice reading those high frequency words. Social Studies We will wrap up our study of Black History month. Through our reading selections, students have been amazed at the courage and will power that so many important African Americans had years ago when there were many unfair laws. Math In the next two weeks, students will work on skip counting by 2’s to 100, skip counting by 5’s to 100, identifying the number that is 1 or 10 more and 1 or 10 less, and have more practice with odd/even numbers.
Math vocabulary: ones, tens, regroup, greater than, less than, before, after, between, and ordinal numbers, skip count, odd, even.
Science We have started our unit on comparing and measuring. Students will pair up with a science partner, trace their bodies on paper, compare each other’s heights, and use standard and non standard forms of measurements such as rulers, yard sticks, and unifix cubes.
Language Arts We have really enjoyed reading about some “Amazing Animals.” As we finish our theme we will connect and compare literature and then focus on reading several different biographies. We will continue to focus on reviewing reading strategies while developing story elements and retelling skills. The selections will help us to connect and compare, draw conclusions, summarize, identify fantasy and realism, as well as discuss cause and effect and fact and opinion. Our phonics and spelling skills focus will include ar, or, ore, oa, ow and words with nd, nt, mp, ng, nk, and endings –s, -es, -ies. Our writing experiences will center upon developing good paragraphs with details, composing letters, writing stories, and writing biographies. Our grammar will focus on nouns, pronouns, and singular and plural possessive nouns. Social Studies We focused heavily on biographies in February. We will continue our study of important people in our county. We will also begin to learn more about United States symbols. Be sure to ask your second grader who they have read about and what they know about that person. Science We will be starting our new unit of study, “Changes.” We will begin by thinking about how things change and discuss changes that could happen in solids, liquids, and gases. We will test, observe, and describe changes in water experiments. We will explore separating solids and liquids, have dissolving races, and attempt to change salt water to crystals. Math We continue to practice regrouping when adding. We will continue to develop our skills of subtracting two-digit numbers from two-digit numbers using regrouping. A new strategy we will learn will be using addition to check subtraction. Then, we will begin focusing on money by skip counting and counting on to find the value of a set of coins, using pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and half dollars. We always continue to practice problem solving and our math facts.
Third grade welcomes two new students: Hannah and Evan. We’re so glad to have them in our class! Language Arts
Students are thoroughly involved in learning about people they have never heard about, as well as learning new information about people they are familiar with. Students are reading, taking notes, writing chapter summaries and sharing information with others. We will continue with this process through the coming weeks. Social Studies As part of our study of Florida, we were able to enjoy a field trip to The Florida Pioneer Museum in Dade City. Be sure to ask your child to tell you about their experience, especially their favorite part. ☺ Third grade has gone above and beyond with their commitment to learn and participate in the study of the early Floridians. We are very impressed. Science There’s lots of excitement in science class. Your child will be researching and making a model of a famous rock or monument. I must say everyone was eager and excited to begin. Your child should have their particular rock or monument and all the information needed to complete the project. I will be distributing the boards next week. My advice to the students is to plan before gluing! I will be giving them guidelines and benchmarks to help with time management. In class we will be studying the three classes of rocks. Warmer weather should be right around the corner, right? When it gets here, we’ll be back in the garden. Math As we continue to use multiplication facts in class for our division unit, it appears that many have reached a plateau in their commitment to study the facts each night. However, continued practice will reap huge benefits and much satisfaction for those who persevere! Please, please, please help your child make this practice a standard part of the daily routine. In preparation for our next test in division we will continue with drills and strategies to help with the more challenging word problems.
Language Arts The students are using the information they learned from their biographies to compose odes. They are also writing beautiful poetry to be unveiled on Grandparents’ Day. In Grammar, we plan to spend a week reviewing our lessons on pronouns before assessing the last week of quarter 3. As our vocabulary words and exercises become more challenging, I am reminding students to spend some extra time studying. Students would benefit by going on the website http://www.wordlywise3000.com/ . Click on students, choose Book 3, and select the current lesson of study. It includes definitions of each lesson and a choice of interactive games to help students learn their meanings and applications. Social Studies We will spend time reviewing the geography, early history, and growth of the northeast region of the United States. We will also practice reading a time line and deciding if a source of information is primary or secondary. Our assessment will take place the second week of March. Science My room has been buzzing, beeping, and emitting siren like noises. We even had Mr. Raul convinced that our fire alarm was tripped! Although all of these noises signaled that a successful circuit had been wired, we collectively decided that we needed to add an additional component to our Buzz Boxes SWITCHES! We will complete these scientific masterpieces and showcase them for the grandparents who will be visiting soon. Students will be permitted to bring them home at the end of the quarter. Math We are continuing our study of fractions which will take us to the end of the third quarter. To make sense of these new concepts, students are required to synthesize their knowledge of factors, multiples, multiplication, and division, in addition to comprehending the math vocabulary and deciphering what the problem is asking them to do. I am so proud of their hard work! A recent recommendation of a good website to practice math concepts is http://www.ixl.com/. Thank you Ms. Fowler!
The Giraffe Club would like to thank all the Academy friends who donated money on Jeans Day. The money collected will be going to UNICEF to help the victims in Haiti.
Scholastic Book Fair starts on March 8, 2010. Grandparents can have fun browsing through the great books with their grandchildren. Books purchased may be dedicated to grandchild(ren).
House Day Was Really Cold, But So Much Fun!!
February 27, 2010 Academy competes in Odyssey of the Mind March 5 and 6, 2010 All School Production – Wesley Chapel Center March 8, 2010 Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (see schedule below) Book Fair starts March 10, 2010 JK hosts assembly – dress uniforms – 2:30 p.m. March 11, 2010 End of third quarter March 12, 2010 No classes – Professional Day March 17, 2010 Grade 3 hosts assembly – dress uniforms – 2:30 p.m. March 19, 2010 Report cards go home
Schedule for Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day on March 8, 2010 8:30 AM Arrival Grandparents and special friends may begin to arrive and proceed to the gym at McCormick Campus, where they will register and receive name tags. Parking is available at both campuses, and shuttle buses will be running continuously until 1:00 p.m. 9:00 AM Student Performance Students in JK through Grade 12 will perform a variety of numbers. At the end of the performance, Lower Division students will return to Wendlek Campus. 10:00 AM-Lunch Classroom Visits Grandparents visit with their Lower Division grandchildren in their classrooms. Grandparents will have the opportunity to have pictures taken with their grandchildren during this time. Those who ordered pictures will be directed by school personnel at their scheduled time. Please fill out the attached form if you wish to order pictures. Lunch Twila Gonzalez will call Junior and Senior Kindergarten students and their grandparents and special friends to lunch at 10:50 a.m. First and second grade will be called at approximately 11:20 a.m. followed by third and fourth grade at approximately 11:50 a.m. The staggered lunch is designed to alleviate any long lines. Please wait to be called before going to lunch. Older siblings may join younger siblings during their allotted lunch time in order to keep families together. Middle and Upper Division students are also welcome to join their younger siblings and grandparents for lunch. Lunch will be a buffet. Please fill out the attached lunch form and turn it in to Twila if a lunch is being ordered. Tables and chairs will be set up in the following areas: the garden, first grade deck, and basketball court. 12:30 P.M. Classes Resume Grandparents may leave with their grandchildren as long as a letter has been provided and turned in to Twila. Grandparents who are taking their grandchildren MUST sign out at the front office building. All Day Book Fair (Kretzinger Library, Lower Division) Grandparents may purchase a book for their grandchild and write a dedication that will be placed in this
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