I hope everyone is enjoying their last couple of days of vacation. We spent three days in Lake George and did lots of yard work at home and visited friends and family.
We will be concentrating on our Presidential unit when we get back from vacation. We will be writing our speeches in class. We have about 12 more presidents to go.
In reading, we will be starting Unit 5 week 3. Our genre will be expository text.
In math, we will be finishing up Unit 6. We continue to do fast math.
We will be practicing this week for the SAS test. The kids have practiced the reading session and now we will try out the math. This is a very different assessment than the kids are used to. There is a lot of reading involved and there are lots of open ended questions. The last day of testing will be two hours of writing.
Here is the schedule for our testing:
Please encourage the kids to do their best. I know they will. I will be sending out a sign-up sheet for snacks that week. There will also be no homework that week.
The whale watch will be held on June 7th. Please make sure you have been finger-printed if you are planning to chaperone. Let's hope for good weather.
The last two themes of the year will be States and Whales. I will let you know more about that as we get closer to the start of each.
Have a great rest of the vacation. I will see everyone on the 29th of April.
Happy weekend everyone. I hope you all had fun in the nice weather. It was good to soak up the sun.
This week we will have a few different things going on. On Wednesday, there will be a group coming to do a science day with us and the rest of the third grade. They will be using our room all day, so we will rotate rooms for the day.
On Tuesday, we will be making Easter baskets with Mrs. McNish's fourth grade. This has become a tradition for us. It is actually a project that I did in third grade when I was in school in New York.
On Thursday with a Friday rain date, we will be going on a mini field trip with our first grade buddies around Mill Pond. The trail is really nice to walk and hopefully we will see some wildlife. We will go first thing in the morning and return by morning recess.
We also reached our goal of 75 clean-up cards and we will now take part in the repainting of the tar on the playground. We will get to decide what game we would like to paint out there. The kids did a fabulous job at keeping their school clean and the classroom organized.
Please come in and take a look at our Hall Of Presidents. The portraits are fantastic. We are more than halfway through the president list.
In Wonders, we will be on Unit 5-week 2. The new spelling words are posted on the spelling page.
In math, we are working on fractions, number stories and geometry. The fast math is working out well.
In science, we will be constructing our bridges this week sometime. The kids are very excited about that.
We have been going on the computer to Leaning.com. We are trying to use proper keyboarding skills for typing. The kids can get onto this program at home. They work at their own pace and it is really fun. I know a few of us have been on already at home.
Have a great week everyone. One more week until vacation.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weekend. I plan on going outside and start the major cleanup. The bear is back. He came for a visit on Friday night. I guess it is time to take in the bird feeders. It is so nice to see the sun and to breath in the warmer weather.
In Wonders this week, we will be starting Unit 5 week 1. The genre is Fairy Tales. The kids really like this week's story.
In math, we just finished our unit 5 test. The kids did an excellent job. We are now on to Unit 6. This unit will teach us different strategies which are more efficient and more appropriate for solving the same problem. We continue to do our fast math.
We are more than half-way through the presidential unit. Our Presidential Reception will take place on the 24th of May in the library. We will begin the ceremonies at 12:50. Remember the kids will need to dress up as their president. We will do our speeches in the library and then go back to the classroom for presidential punch, Martha Washington cake and other foods of the presidents. It will be a fun afternoon. I hope to see all of you there. The kids are very excited.
On Friday, with the help of our buddies, we went outside and cleaned up the playground. It is all part of Clean Up Our School Month. We even did our spring cleaning in the classroom. What a great bunch of cleaners and organizers. Our goal is to get 75 Paws, Clean Up cards before vacation. We have 26 already.
We will begin practicing for our SAS test which will begin on May 7th. The tests will take place during the week and it will be about two hours each day. Please encourage the kids to do their best and to take the test seriously. I know they will. The kids will be tested in Language Arts and Math. The last test will be a writing assignment. This will be a different kind of assessment. There will be lots of open ended questions and lots of reading. I will post the schedule next week and give much more information on it.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week.
Let the kids be kids. Every child has a strength. It is up to the teacher to find it or tap it so they can work to their highest potential. I tend to set the bar very high. Lifetime memories should be made in the classroom and at school. NBCS should be a place where kids enter happy and go home with a smile on their face. I want my kids getting up in the morning begging to go to school!