Mrs. Shaw’s May Class News
Note from the teacher:
We are in MAY!!! How/when did that happen? Seems like yesterday I was meeting your child at “Meet Your Teacher” day. We have about 7 weeks left before summertime. I am trying my hardest to prepare your child for the expectations and rigors of 3rd grade during this last quarter. I know the nice weather is here to stay along with spring activities, however I continue to remind the students that school is their #1 priority. Please help me reinforce this concept. I want to see their personal best throughout the entire 4th quarter.
Knight at the Museum is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd from 4:30-7:30 with the singing second graders taking stage at 6:30. You are free to roam the halls and view the decorated hallways with all sorts of student work. Parents you should be proud of all the work that will be displayed by your child and all our Glenkirk students. Great job!
Thank you, as always, for your support at home in helping your child be a successful, quality student!
What We’re Learning About:
- Reading: We continue to do reading workshop rotations with an emphasis on reading for knowledge. We are looking at non-fiction features such as Table of Contents, Subtitles, diagrams, bold print, captions, index etc..Remember the best way to build stamina in reading is to have your child build on his/her minutes reading daily. I tell the children all the time that the more they practice actually reading, the better readers they will become! Kids will be tested in both PALS and DRA this month.
- Writing: We will be busy writing paragraphs! Students will be making sure they indent, have a topic sentence, at least 3 supporting sentences, as well as a closing sentence. This month we will use the visual…”plain jane” burger versus our “fully loaded” burger to help with adding details to our paragraphs. We are focusing on writing a variety of poems as well.
- Math: We’ve started our fraction unit!!! It’s a fun unit, by the end your child will be able to compare fractions using the correct symbol. The key is to draw the same shape and same size picture before comparing the fractions. Take time to continue to practice both addition and subtraction with/without regrouping to make this an automatic skill.
- Social Studies: Everyone did AWESOME on the Native American Unit Test. Great job!! Our field trip was a nice culminating ending to this unit.
- Science: We have started our unit on weather. We will be focusing on different types of severe weather and how to read a thermometer both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
- Reminders:Please continue to review your child’s daily folder. Our word study (spelling) groups will end after week 18 words and one review week afterwards..
Special Days this month:
May 1-5th Teacher Appreciation Week
Sun. May 14th Mother’s Day
Mon. May 29th No School: Memorial Day Holiday
I look forward to ending this year STRONG! We are an awesome class (with awesome families)…we are almost there!
Mrs. Shaw J