Thank you for the beautiful garden bouquet! Our classroom smells absolutely delicious! The kids have had a great time showing me which flower they brought. What a great idea. I will enjoy them all week J
1. This week we are taking the Reading and Math MSP (Tuesday and Thursday respectively). We did some great practice, reviewed the released work of other students, and the kids are feeling confident! Thanks for supporting us by ensuring everyone gets plenty of sleep and a good breakfast.
2. Literacy Update: We completed our Poppy study and are now learning how to write persuasive letters to Disney in attempt to convince them that they should turn Poppy in to an animated movie! Persuasive writing is very structured. We are using a graphic organizer and walking through the process step by step. The kids are amazing me with their engagement and understanding. We talked about persuasive writing techniques and are tightly connecting our reading with our writing-so important to literacy development! We also completed a great read aloud of Walk Two Moons. This book is realistic fiction, but has many elements of mystery. Our next read aloud was suggested by several kiddos and Parisa brought in a copy of the book yesterday! We will enjoy The Penderwicks as a read aloud for these last few weeks. In reading workshop we will be doing a series of lessons focusing on tightening understanding and strengthening the reading strategies and skills we have explored this year. We will be doing whole group lessons as well as small group lessons focusing on both fluency and comprehension. Our next writing project will be to design and write invitations for our exhibition guests!
3. Math: We have completed our Common Core curriculum lessons and will spend the last weeks with whole group mini-lesson reviews and working on our new math menu! This menu reviews skills and gives challenges surrounding our math topics this year. I will also be using assessment data to work with kids in small groups to fill in gaps and make sure they are ready to move to 4th grade!
4. We are hard at work making our toys and designing packaging and exhibition displays! We will announce our exhibition date shortly which will be in early June. You are welcome to volunteer during our end of the day PBL time which starts at 2:45 each day (with some exceptions due to schedule changes J ).
Wednesday, May 8-Sounders tickets go home
Thursday, May 9- Math MSP
Friday, May 10- Jogathon!
Saturday, May 11- Sounders Game!! (Joe and I are excited to see you there!)
Wednesday, May 17- Young Author’s Day & Early Release