Happy New Year! We've had a wonderful week back at school after vacation. Things were slow moving at first but I think they're back in to our normal routine here at school. I'd like to thank you for all of your kindness and generousity during the holiday season. I'm so fortunate to be able to work with your children everyday. We have a lot of fun together!
To kick off the new year, students were asked to write New Year's resolutions. We talked about how important goal setting is. We also talked about how resolutions should be reasonable and achieveable. Look for these to be sent home next week!
This week we began a new unit in science: Roles of Living Things. Our focus for the week was describing living and nonliving things. We even did a comparative writing piece. The class worked very hard! Most students finished all four steps of the writing process. As the week continued we discussed producers and consumers and completed an activity which included identified carnivors, herbivores, omnivores, and decomposers. We also talked about animal extinction and reseached the ancient tarpits in California. We will continue with this unit next week. A study guide will be sent home on January 13th and we will test on January 20th.
We took some time this week to review our multiplication and division skills. We also worked on some word problems. Our next topic is measurement. We will be learning both metric and standard units.
This week in ELA we worked on identifying author's purpose. We use the acronym P.I.E (persuade, inform, entertain). We completed a cut and sort activity this week during skills to practice this skill. The class is really getting the hang of this skill. We've read a variety of texts this week to practice . We started reading a new trade book this week as well. We are reading "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" (one of my all time favorites!) The class really seems to be enjoying this book written by Kate DiCamillo. Next week we will be doing another comparative writing piece related to this story. We hope to finish this book next week as well.
We've been stuck inside most of the week due to cold temperatures. We are hoping to get outside next week. Please remember that children need boots each day. Lunch monitors do not allow them to play if they are not dressed for the cold. Thank you for your help with this.
1/10 - Green Meadow PTO Meeting 7pm
1/14 - 1/15 - Winterfest
1/16 - No School : Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Stay warm this weekend! If you wouldn't mind, please fill out the online parent survey below. Thank you for your time!
- Mrs. Kusche