Monday, December 16, 2013

Week of December 16th

It's so hard to believe this is the last week of school before Christmas!  We are having fun with special dress days this week.  Please see the image below! 

Our schedule is fairly quiet this week.  On Thursday, we will have Semester Celebration.  On Friday, students will enjoy a White Lick Sing-a-long from 2:45-3:15. 

Here's what's happening in the 2/3 class this week:

Reading:  We will finish Where the Red Fern Grows on Friday.  As we finish the book, we are also reviewing many skills that we have learned over the first semester! 

Writing:  Students are busy wrapping up their how-to writing pieces and finishing up a special surprise!

Social Studies:  This is our last week for economics.  Today, we created Play-Doh hamburgers.  One group created hamburgers on their own and the other group got to be in an assembly line.  I'm sure you can guess that the students in the assembly line created more hamburgers, but we all had a lot of fun in the process!! We will learn about Supply and Demand, Market Price, and Cost and Profits this week.  Students will have an assessment on Friday.  A study guide of vocabulary will come home tomorrow in order to help your child prepare for the test.  Students can bring the vocabulary sheet back to school on Friday to use while taking the test.

Math 2:  Our topics for this week are:  angles & turns, triangles, quadrangles, and polygons.

Math 3:  Our topics for this week are:  expressing & interpreting remainders, rotations & angles, and using a full-circle protractor. 

Thank you to those parents that donated snacks.  We were able to fill up our snack shelf thanks to you!  We should be good until later in January!!  Have a great week!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

December News

Here is what we are doing the week of December 9th..............

Wednesday, December 11th:  Pajama Day!!  Students earned a pajama party for raising over $350 for Brownsburg families in need. Thank you for your help with this endeavor!!   Slippers can be worn in the classroom, however, they should not be worn on the bus or at recess.

Friday, December 13th:  Spirit and Snack Sale:  Students can purchase a snack for fifty cents and dress like their favorite holiday.

Reading:  We are now about halfway through Where the Red Fern Grows.  Our focus this week is on summarizing. 

Writing:  Students are hard at work on writing How-To papers!  Check and see what your child has chosen has his/her topic.  The convention focus of the week is possessive nouns.

Social Studies:  We have started an economics unit.  So far, students have learned about producers, consumers, goods, services, and scarcity using Play-Doh.  This week, students will be creating items for opportunity cost, trade, money, and specialization. 

Math 2:  Unit 5 is finished.  Students will do a Unit 5 Review tomorrow and take the test on Wednesday, December 11th.  Please watch for a study guide!  Decimal place value has been very tricky but we've spent several extra lessons on it, so hopefully, your child is feeling better about that!

Math 3:  Students started Unit 6 which is titled:  Division; Map Reference Frames; Measures of Angles.  The Unit 6 Answer Key was sent home last Friday. Please encourage your child to check his/her own work and make corrections as needed--many have been missing several problems on weekly homework packets.  I'm really proud of the 3rd graders for doing such a great job with their multiplication time tests! 

**We will not have a December Reading Log.  I know it's such a busy time for families--but please try to keep your child reading at least 15-20 minutes a night. 

**We are so grateful to those parents that have sent in snacks!  Believe it or not, we are almost out again.  The students always appreciate their snack break during our long afternoons.  Thank you!!

Have a great week,
Mrs. Mitchell