This week has been nothing short of awesome! The students really came in ready to learn. As we progress through the next few weeks, I encourage you to ask your child how their day went and what they learned in school. Don't take "I don't know" for an answer from them! This short 5-minute conversation can validate why they go to school.
In math we have been focusing on place value, standard form, expanded form, and written form of numbers. We ended the week by going to the computer lab and starting our math facts practice on a website called XtraMath. Information was sent home today with your child on how to set this up on your own computer at home. Be sure to check your child's Friday Folder at the end of each week and empty the folder before the following Monday.
In language arts this week, we read a story titled Boomtown. It is a historical fiction about a family that moves west during the California gold rush. A clever girl helps others find jobs in a bustling boom town. A test will always be given every Thursday, so reading this story at home is highly encouraged. We take these tests on the publishing company's website, so paper copies won't be coming home, unless the student receives a grade lower than a 79%. In this case, the student will fix the questions they missed on paper. If you are interested on how your child has done on the comprehension test, log in to your PowerSchool account and find the reading tab. Scores are updated daily in my room!
In spelling, we also concluded the week by taking a test over the VCCV words. Results will be in your child's Friday Folder. A pretest for next week's list was taken Friday morning and a new Family Times was sent home as well. Family Times has the following week's story, reading skill, spelling words, and grammar skill for the week on it, so be sure to check it over and keep it on the refrigerator!
In science, we have been focusing on the needs of plants and animals as well as why they both need each other to survive. An outcome test was given on Friday on this.
I look forward to seeing all of you next week for Open House night. A plethora of valuable information will be given to you regarding technology, policies and procedures, and tips and tricks in order to make this school year a successful one for your child!
Have a great weekend,