Friday, February 16, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 6


Important Dates:
· Feb.19-20 No School/Student Holiday
· February 28 Student Treasures Order Forms due back from students (please mark no if not ordering)
· Feb. 21-March 1 Apex Fun Run Fundraiser  
· March 1 APEX Fun Run (on the track)
· March 6 3rd Grade Economics Fair (send in your quarters if you would like to make purchases)
· Mar. 9 Field Day (T-shirt order forms came home this week and are due back Mon Feb 12)
· March 12-16 Spring Break
· March 30 No school/holiday

Class Announcements…
Student Treasures Publishing: Poetry Books
We are gearing up to create and publish a class poetry book! Order forms were sent home earlier this week. Each family has a chance to order a personal copy softcover for $19.95 or hardcover for $24.95. Order forms are due back by Wednesday, February 28th.
1. Please make checks payable to Student Treasures Publishing NOT the school.
2. Ordering Online: Please be sure to include the authorization code on the order form and return it to school with your child.
3. Even if you do not wish to purchase a copy, please send back the form with NO marked so that it is indicated that your child’s page can be included in our class book and so that our class will receive a free book for all to enjoy.

February Speaking Project
The speaking project this month is for students to research a famous American.  I told students they could instead research someone from India, China, Mexico, etc.  We have learned to research here at school through our state research, so students should be able to use the Sommer Library website and fill in facts about their person.  We will be presenting these the week of February 21st.  

Campus Announcements…
APEX Fun Run Fundraiser
Our Fun Run fundraiser is about to begin! Click here to learn more information about the event! It kicks off on Wednesday, February 21st with the actual running event on Thursday, March 1st (The flyer has a different date but it was changed to March 1). 10% of all monies raised from our classroom comes directly back to our class!! If we raise enough, we plan to buy more alternative seating! Let's get running!

Field Day
We need Parent Volunteers!
If you can donate any amount of time to help us run a station at Field Day, please visit our sign up genius link HERE. We appreciate you helping us make this day a success!

Survey
The 2018 KLRU Kids Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 31st! If you have a K-5 writer in your family itching to share their work, head over to the KLRU contest website for more information.  A few entry packets are also available in the library.  http://www.klru.org/education/2018-klru-kids-writers-contest/

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...3RD QUARTER, WEEK 7
Math: Students will practice and develop a deeper understanding of the idea that addition facts can help them solve subtraction facts because they are related. When given 3 numbers student should be able to generate the two addition and two subtraction facts that are related to these three given numbers.  For example related facts for: 3, 4, 7...3+4=7, 4+3=7, 7-4=3, 7-3=4

Science: We will be wrapping up our unit on Living/Non-living, Interdependence, and Food Chains. We will review with several activities and test on Friday.

Reading with Integrated Social Studies: This week, students will continue to learn about goods and services by reading and discussing the books: Daisy Diaz Shakes Up Camp and Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday.  Students will learn that goods and services may be provided/received/exchanged by other means.  For example, bartering (exchanging) and trading may be used to fulfill your needs and wants.  We will also discuss that people need to make choices when things are scarce.

Writing:  Students will select a poem from their collection and begin working on their individual page for our published class poetry book. This will include getting the poem to final copy form (written in pen) along with an illustration. While working on their page for our book, they will also be creating their own little poetry books that will house a collection of their own poems they wrote throughout our poetry unit.    

Thursday, February 8, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 5

Important Dates:
  • Feb. 9 PTA Movie Night CANCELED
  • Feb. 10 Catch Air with Mrs. Whitney
  • Feb. 8-13 Scholastic Book Fair (opens at 2:50 PM. on 8th; closes
  • at noon on 13th)
  • Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed and Schlitterbahn Reading Logs
  • due
  • Feb.19-20 No School/Student Holiday
  • Feb. 21-March 1 Apex Fun Run Fundraiser
  • March 1 APEX Fun Run (on the track)
  • March 6 3rd Grade Economics Fair (send in your quarters if you
  • would like to make purchases)
  • Mar. 9 Field Day (T-shirt order forms came home this week and are
  • due back Mon Feb 12)
  • March 12-16 Spring Break
  • March 20 Student Treasures Order Forms due back from students (please mark no if not ordering)
  • March 30 No school/holiday


Class Announcements…
Catch Air
Mrs. Whitney and the students decided that since we had so many students unable to go on the field trip we would do a “field trip”/ event outside of school.  So on Saturday, February 10th at 12:00pm (noon) we will be meeting at Catch Air in Austin (13450 US-183 #107, Austin, TX 78750).  Here is the Catch Air Permission Slip that will need to be filled out online beforehand or in person.  The cost will be $13.72 because we are a group we get a 25% discount and this price is including tax.  Rubi and I will be there a little before noon.  You can come hangout with us while the kids play.  Feel free to bring siblings, it will just be a time for us to all be together outside of school since everyone is feeling better!!  No, this event is not required.  It’s simply for fun!  

February Speaking Project
The speaking project this month is for students to research a famous American.  I told students they could instead research someone from India, China, Mexico, etc.  We have learned to research here at school through our state research, so students should be able to use the Sommer Library website and fill in facts about their person.  We will be presenting these the week of February 21st.  

Timers and Magazines needed
We will be starting fluency work during reading.  If you have any stopwatches or timers you are able to donate to our classroom or let us borrow for the rest of the year, please send them in!  I will write names so they can be returned.  

Campus Announcements…
Survey
The 2018 KLRU Kids Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 31st! If you have a K-5 writer in your family itching to share their work, head over to the KLRU contest website for more information.  A few entry packets are also available in the library.  http://www.klru.org/education/2018-klru-kids-writers-contest/

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...3RD QUARTER, WEEK 6
Math: Students will learn to solve addition equations when one addend is missing. They will use part-part-whole mats as a tool to help them solve for the unknown addend. We will continue to review place value.

Science: This week, we will continue our unit on Living/Non-Living and Interdependence with a focus on Interdependence and Food Chains. Students will explore these relationships among living things through interactive games and hands on activities.

Reading with Integrated Social Studies: Students will continue to read and interpret poetry. Students need to understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author’s sensory language creates imagery in poetry. The students will use chants, songs and rhyme to further their understanding of interpreting poems.

Writing:  Students will continue their study of poetry and practice writing new kinds of poems. The types of poems students will learn about and write this week include: haiku, diamante, and 5 senses.  Students will also be bringing home an order form for a class book we will be writing in class when we return from Spring Break. The cost of the book is $19.95 and checks need to be made out to Student Treasures.  (All the ordering information is included on the ordering form your child will be bringing home.)  

Friday, February 2, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 4

Important Dates:
  • Feb 6 Global Play Day
  • Feb 7 Mrs. Whitney at TCEA Conference
  • Feb. 9 PTA Movie Night
  • Feb. 10 Catch Air with Mrs. Whitney
  • Feb. 8-13 Scholastic Book Fair (opens at 2:50 PM. on 8th; closes at noon on 13th)
  • Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb.19-20 No School/Student Holiday
  • Mar. 9 Field Day (T-shirt order forms came home this week and are due back Mon Feb 12)

Class Announcements…
Catch Air
Mrs. Whitney and the students decided that since we had so many students unable to go on the field trip we would do a “field trip”/ event outside of school.  So on Saturday, February 10th at 12:00pm (noon) we will be meeting at Catch Air in Austin (13450 US-183 #107, Austin, TX 78750).  Here is the Catch Air Permission Slip that will need to be filled out online beforehand or in person.  The cost will be $13.72 because we are a group we get a 25% discount and this price is including tax.  Rubi and I will be there a little before noon.  You can come hangout with us while the kids play.  Feel free to bring siblings, it will just be a time for us to all be together outside of school since everyone is feeling better!!  No, this event is not required.  It’s simply for fun!  

Student Emails
Today the students all received their own email address login.  Now students should be able to login and access Google Classroom or their Google Drive from home.  This week we worked on Google Slides, so we have our State research on Google Slides in our Drive if students want to continue working on this at home.  Let me know if you have any questions on how to login and access this and I will be more than happy to help.  

February Speaking Project
The speaking project this month is for students to research a famous American.  I told students they could instead research someone from India, China, Mexico, etc.  We have learned to research here at school through our state research, so students should be able to use the Sommer Library website and fill in facts about their person.  We will be presenting these the week of February 21st.  

Global School Play Day
We will be participating in the Global School Play Day on February 6th.  I will be sending paperwork home this week with permission slips for you to sign off on.  I am extremely excited for the students and I to participate in this.  To learn more about what Global School Play day is, go to this website, http://www.globalschoolplayday.com/ To learn more about our reasoning behind this, check out - Tedx Talk - The Decline of Play

Timers and Magazines needed
We will be starting fluency work during reading.  If you have any stopwatches or timers you are able to donate to our classroom or let us borrow for the rest of the year, please send them in!  I will write names so they can be returned.  We will also need magazines for science.  If you have magazines, please send them in by Wednesday of this week.  Thank you so much!

Caught READING
I will be putting together a “Caught Reading” bulletin board.  If you catch your child reading, snap a picture of it and send it to me or print it out and send it in.  I will be keeping these pictures up in the hallway for everyone to see.  Right now we have 2.

Campus Announcements…
Survey
The annual Round Rock ISD survey is now open for parents to provide valuable feedback on how schools are working and what can be done to improve campus and District practices. The survey will be available through February 9, 2018 and can be accessed in English and Spanish. Parents are greatly encouraged to participate as the survey serves as the District’s primary source of obtaining feedback about their experiences and how they can be improved. The Title survey will also be included and all surveys are anonymous.

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...3RD QUARTER, WEEK 5
Math: This week, we will be working on greater than less than and comparing numbers. We will be using our knowledge of comparing numbers to work on equality and balancing equations.

Science: This week, we will continue our unit on Living vs. Non-Living. Students will continue to develop their understanding of the characteristics of living things and will practice sorting different items into living and non-living categories.

Reading with Integrated Social Studies: This week starts our three week study of poetry.  Students will begin to learn different ways of looking at poems.  This includes looking at it through the eyes of a scientist vs. the eyes of a poet, Students will also discover that poems often need to be read differently than they would read a story to help convey its meaning.  They will learn about the importance of line breaks and will also explore ways in which a poet chooses topics for the poems they create.

Writing:  Students will spend their Writer’s Workshop time being introduced to various types of poems, components of each, and spend time practicing writing some poems of their own.  Some of the poems students will be writing include: Haiku, Acrostic, 5 Senses, Descriptive, and Diamante. Students will gather a collection of personally written poems that will later be used for a fun (and exciting) class project.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 3

Important Dates:
·        Jan 31 Mrs. Whitney at an all day meeting
·        Feb 7 Mrs. Whitney at TCEA Conference
·        Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
·        Feb.19-20 No School/Student Holiday
·        Mar. 9 Field Day

Class Announcements…
Timers and Magazines needed
We will be starting fluency work during reading.  If you have any stopwatches or timers you are able to donate to our classroom or let us borrow for the rest of the year, please send them in!  I will write names so they can be returned.  We will also need magazines for science.  If you have kid friendly magazines, please send them in by Wednesday of this week.  Thank you so much!

Global School Play Day
We will be participating in the Global School Play Day on February 6th.  I will be sending paperwork home this week with permission slips for you to sign off on.  I am extremely excited for the students and I to participate in this.  To learn more about what Global School Play day is, go to this website, http://www.globalschoolplayday.com/ To learn more about our reasoning behind this, check out - Tedx Talk - The Decline of Play

Caught READING
I will be putting together a “Caught Reading” bulletin board.  If you catch your child reading, snap a picture of it and send it to me or print it out and send it in.  I will be keeping these pictures up in the hallway for everyone to see.  

Campus Announcements…
Survey
The annual Round Rock ISD survey is now open for parents to provide valuable feedback on how schools are working and what can be done to improve campus and District practices. The survey will be available through February 9, 2018 and can be accessed in English and Spanish. Parents are greatly encouraged to participate as the survey serves as the District’s primary source of obtaining feedback about their experiences and how they can be improved. The Title survey will also be included and all surveys are anonymous.

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...3RD QUARTER, WEEK 4
Math: Students will work on making ten and be able to compose and decompose numbers into tens. This will help them better manipulate numbers mentally. We will continue to review Place Value and Expanded form throughout the week.

Science: This week, we will begin our unit on Living and Non-living things. Students will learn the characteristics of living things and will practice sorting a variety of items into living and non-living categories. Students will observe items outside and will determine if they are living or non-living.

Reading with Integrated Social Studies: This geography unit will end with students identifying and describing the physical characteristics of a place such as landforms, bodies of water, natural resources, and weather.  They will also identify examples of and uses for natural resources in our community, state, and nation and describe how the human characteristics of a place such as shelter, clothing, food, and activities are based upon geographic location.


Writing:  Students will continue working on their state research projects using various resources and tools.  They will be introduced to Google Slides and taught how to put together a presentation. Student will begin assembling a mini slides (Powerpoint) presentation.  Their slides will include researched information about their state along with pictures.     

Friday, January 19, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 2


Important Dates:
  • Jan. 23 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery
  • Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb.19-20 No School/Student Holiday
  • Mar. 9 Field Day

Class Announcements…
SAFARI Folders
So this week we piloted our new goals in our folder.  The students really liked this new format and I found that the students were actually doing more self reflection because they had to rate themselves.  As of right now I haven’t been signing folders unless I need to write a note.  But I have been checking them to make sure students are putting accurate representations of their day.  If they are not, we discuss it together.

Campus Announcements…
Survey
The annual Round Rock ISD survey is now open for parents to provide valuable feedback on how schools are working and what can be done to improve campus and District practices. The survey will be available through February 9, 2018 and can be accessed in English and Spanish. Parents are greatly encouraged to participate as the survey serves as the District’s primary source of obtaining feedback about their experiences and how they can be improved. The Title survey will also be included and all surveys are anonymous.

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...3RD QUARTER, WEEK 3
Math:  Students will continue to deepen their understanding of place value up to 99 through expanded form.  We will use games and hands on activities to reinforce place value skills. There will be a test over place value and expanded form on Friday.

Science: Students will continue to learn about objects in the sky and day and night. We will be using technology and hands on activities to explore and learn more about the moon, stars, and sun. A test for this unit and for Patterns of Movement will be on Friday.

Reading with Integrated Social Studies: Students will continue to think like a geographer by reading and discussing Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney and then create a flipbook that shows where our community, Texas and the United States are located on a map and globe. After reading and discussing Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy, students will end the week by working in groups to construct a map of the classroom.

Writing:  This week students will embark on a three week journey of research.  Each student will research, with a partner, a state of their choosing.  (Texas will not be available for students to research. Classroom teachers will use Texas as a guide throughout the research unit.)  Students will discover what makes resources useful and reliable while learning to put gathered information into their own words. They will then create a Google Slide presentation based on their research. Each group will present their Google Slide presentation to their class at the end of the three week research unit.     

Friday, January 12, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 1


Welcome to the 3rd quarter!  We are over halfway through the year!  I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Years with family.  I was in California with my family and had the best time.  I will post pictures on Class Dojo of my winter break and pictures I have received from students about their winter breaks.  It sounded like fun was had all around.  

We are getting our way back in the swing of things.  We just started learning about the 7 Habits of Happy Kids.  We have discussed Habit 1: Be Proactive and Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.  We will be using this terminology and setting goals throughout the rest of the year!  Look for more information on Class Dojo about the 7 Habits.  

Also, I will be emailing my field trip volunteers next week, please let me know if you signed up and didn't receive an email!  Don't forget, no school Monday!

Important Dates:
  • Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 23 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery
  • Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb.19-20 No School/Student Holiday

Class Announcements…
Oral Presentations
Your child came home with another presentation assignment yesterday (due Thursday, 1/18). Students will be using the template to write about their favorite toy. Students will be presenting these to the class next Thursday and Friday to continue practicing public speaking. This half of the year, I want them to practice speaking off notecards or trying to memorize their projects instead of reading off the paper.  They can bring in their toy, as long as it can fit in their backpacks.  They can also make posters to go along with this project, if they would like. Please let me know if you have any questions. I am excited to see them share their presentations!  They are getting better every time.  Remember to focus on the 4 P’s (prepared, posture, projection, and polite participation.)  If you need an extra copy you can find it on my website under the tab HOMEWORK.  

SAFARI Folders
Where we do our goals in our green folders will be changing for next week.  We are going to try a different model.  The students and I were discussing this previous model and found that the students weren’t getting the benefits, so we’re going to try something new.  The folder will be filled out Monday through Thursday.  We will try it next week and see if it works, otherwise we will keep trying until we find something that works for us.  I will post a picture of the new model on Class Dojo.  

Campus Announcements…
Survey
The annual Round Rock ISD survey is now open for parents to provide valuable feedback on how schools are working and what can be done to improve campus and District practices. The survey will be available through February 9, 2018 and can be accessed in English and Spanish. Parents are greatly encouraged to participate as the survey serves as the District’s primary source of obtaining feedback about their experiences and how they can be improved. The Title survey will also be included and all surveys are anonymous.

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...3RD QUARTER, WEEK 2
Math:  Students will continue to deepen their understanding of place value up to 99 through expanded form.  We will use games and hands on activities to reinforce place value skills. There will be a test over place value and expanded form on Friday.

Science: This week we will begin our unit on Objects in the Sky & Day and Night. We will learn about the differences between day and night and will make observations about the appearance of the moon and stars.

Reading with Integrated Social Studies: For the next few weeks, we will learn about being a geographer by using maps, learning about the physical characteristics of our environment and the importance of natural resources. This week students will focus on locating places using the 4 cardinal directions. Students will learn that a map has a title, cardinal directions and a legend/key with symbols.


Writing:  This week students will embark on a three week journey of research.  Each student will research, with a partner, a state of their choosing.  (Texas will not be available for students to research. Classroom teachers will use Texas as a guide throughout the research unit.)  Students will discover what makes resources useful and reliable while learning to put gathered information into their own words. They will then create a Google Slide presentation based on their research. Each group will present their Google Slide presentation to their class at the end of the three week research unit.  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 7

Important Dates:
  • Dec 20: 1st Grade Winter Party @ 1:30 to 2:15 PM.
  • Dec. 22 No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 8 Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 8  Teacher Workday/No School for students
  • Jan. 9 Students return to School from Winter Break
  • Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 23 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery
  • Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due

Campus Announcements…
Gingerbread Houses
Students who are interested in building a candied house are welcomed to show off their artistry on Monday, December 18th.  Bring your crafty house to the office Monday morning.  Make sure your name and teacher’s name is on your work.
Our Student Council will place them in the front hallway near the trophy case.  Houses will be judged by our Student Ambassadors.  These creations will be judged for the following:  
  • Most Holiday Spirit
  • Favorite Kid Creation
  • Most Creative
  • People’s Choice
Houses will need to be picked up by Thursday, December 21st (houses will not be kept past this date).
Merry, merry!

Class Announcements…
Donations for Holiday Activities
If you are able to bring in or donate any of the items listed below, please sign up!  These items are for Mrs. Gustafson’s and my classes the last week before winter break.  We have lots of fun things planned!  We are so excited!!  :)

Winter Coats
Please send your child with a coat on cold days. We go outside if it is above 32 degrees. Our recess time is 9:30am and it is still in the 40's at that time even though it may warm up to 60's or 70's by the afternoon.

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...2ND QUARTER, WEEK 8
We will review previous lessons and have themed days for activities.  Your child is welcome to dress up for this week as this will be a week of fun.  Or if they’d like to wear a Santa hat or antlers they can do this too.  We will be having lots of fun!

Here are our themed days for the week
Monday: Grinch Day (students may wear green, or dress like Max or a Who from the Grinch if they’d like.  I’ll be sending a little sheet home on Remind today.)
Tuesday: Elf Day
Wednesday: Gingerbread Day/Winter Party 1:30-2:15 PM (Parents are welcome and invited to attend the party.)

Thursday: Polar Express Day (students may wear pajamas, bring a stuffed animal and a small pillow or a blanket to school if they wish.  But it all has to be able to fit in their backpack!)