Week of 10/8-10/12

Week 6

Math: Most of us took the math portion of the MAPS test this week. We will finish these next week. I will discuss the scores with you at parent teacher conferences. We learned more card math games and started Topic 2 in Math. As your child how they know if a number is even or if a number is odd.

Language Arts: We have been very busy working on our fairy tale stories that we are going to teach to the school. We are actually going to be getting our stories published into a book that we can have in our classroom! All the group fairy tales will be put together into one book. I have a very important paper in your child’s purple folder. The paper is the ordering form from the publishing company, where you have an option to order a copy of the class book that will be made. The company that is publishing our book will give our classroom one free copy, ONLY if I get everyone’s form back, even if you are NOT buying a copy. I do not except or require anyone to buy a copy of this book. However, in order to receive the free copy, you must please sign the form and check the “no” box if you are not buying one. If you would like a copy of the book you may fill out the order form or buy one online. This is not the only time that I will be using this company to publish our work, so there will be more opportunities to buy a class book 🙂 

Tentative PBL Date- November 1st. I will notify you if this changes! Students will be reading their fairy tale and presenting their maps of their fairy tale. Students may also dress up as characters from their stories. 

We started to take the reading portion of the MAPS test and will finish next week. 

Our main reading strategy that we focused on this week was cause and effect. We read a few stories together and discussed the different events that happen because of something. We then responded to a writing prompt and wrote about a cause and effect from the story. 

Next Week’s Vocabulary Words:

luxury, enormous, jealous, vibrant, affordable 

Writing Workshop: We put the final touches on our first piece of work and have been free writing in our journal. Next week, we will begin Unit 2. I sent home a rubric of Unit 1 in writing in your child’s folder this week.Let me know if you have any questions. Each time we finish a Unit, I will send home a rubric so you can see your child’s progress. The rubric has all of the mini lessons that have been taught.

Reading Workshop: We are continuing to reflect on our reading and write about connections predictions, and new facts that we are learning in our books. We are learning how to share with the class about what we are reading. Guided reading groups are made! Ask your child about our article a day routine!

Social Studies: We began a unit on Ancient China! We also began making maps for our fairy tale stories. I asked the students the driving question- How can maps help the characters in the stories that we read? We started with a blueprint of our fairy tale land and are going to begin creating them next week. We will be presenting the maps along with the fairy tale stories.  

Halloween Party: Halloween is coming up! We are going to have a fun day in the classroom. Please see the sign up genius below for items to donate to our classroom party. More details on what we will be doing will be coming. Let me know if you would like to volunteer for our party! I also would love if a parent is available after school to put up the decorations for my door. The kids are making monsters to decorate, but I would love if someone could put it up. I also am in need of black butcher paper to cover the door. Please email me if you can get me the butcher paper and/or put everything up. Thank You so much!



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Important Reminders:

  • Jogathon- October 19th We’re about a week away from this year’s Jogathon! Please encourage your kids to get pledges! We’d like EVERY student to get at least one $10 pledge, to help support all of the great programs at OTA. If you haven’t already done so, please set up your page to our web based fundraising system!
  • If you placed a September Scholastic order it should be here sometime next week. October Scholastic orders are due October 30th
  • October reading log and reading response questions- due October 30th. Instructions for how to do this are located on the extended learning tab on the blog. 
  • Field Trip-November 6th. Thank you for all of the parents that said they were able to drive. Please hand in your permission slip and money by October 26th. If you are driving I will email you with who is in your car and more information soon. 
  • Conferences- November 7th-9th. 

Have a great weekend!

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