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WEEKLY UPDATE: February 19 - 23

Dates to Note:

 February 13 - 27:   Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser (this is OPTIONAL)

February 16 - Valentine's Day Skating (10:45- 12:25) 

February 19 - NO SCHOOL K-12 (President's Day)

February 21 - Dress as your favorite Disney book character for I love to read month

February 27 & 28 - Jump Rope for Heart packets and money is due

February 28 - Wear your workout clothes for I love to read month

March 1 - K-5 Conferences (5-8pm)

March 8 - K-5 Conferences (5-8pm)

March 9 - NO SCHOOL K-5 (K-5 Conferences 8am-4pm)

March 26 - 30:  NO SCHOOL Spring Break

 

Other Things to Note...  

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:   A pink slip was sent home on Friday, Feb. 9 as a reminder to sign up for Spring Parent Teacher Conferences.  The sheet lists the instructions for how to do this online.  Thank you for setting up your conference and I can't wait to share all the great things your child has been doing! 

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I LOVE TO READ MONTH:  I Love to Read Month is underway and the kids are really excited about the Olympics theme this year.  One other thing to point out...Each event has to be a different book.  For example:  You can't count an honor award wining book that is also one of your mom or dad's favorite books from when they were a child as two books.  So you can read one book and write it down for two events.

REMINDERS:  This year the kids complete "Olympic Events" on the worksheet to earn a medals.  Anyone who earns a gold medal by completing 7 events will be entered into a drawing to compete in the Raven Stream Winter Olympic Games that will be held on Friday, March 2.  For 3rd grade 100 pages equals one book.  Students may use books that they are already reading for the Reading Challenge, so there will be no additional reading that has to be done.  Just keep track of your reading on the green sheet to earn your medals.  Hang onto the sheet at home and return it to me by Thursday, March 1.  Good Luck and Go for the GOLD!!!   

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SCHOOL WIDE YEAR LONG READING CHALLENGE:

Continue reading, filling out, and turning in your yellow Reading Logs for this.                                                  

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CHARACTER EDUCATION: 

Trait of the Month:  Perseverance

To work towards a goal, even when it's hard.

 

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READING/BALANCED LITERACY:  WEEK 19

Focus Standard:  Poetry  

                                 

                                              

Writer's Workshop:

We will continue writing poems in "Our Book of Poetry".  Look for that to come home at the end of the week if all goes as planned.

                          

                                                                                                                                                                                 

VOCABULARY:   Week 20

1.  destination - the place where someone or something is going

2. landscape  - a painting of natural outdoor scenery

3. youth - a time after childhood and before adulthood

4. verdict - a decision made by a jury

 

 

SPELLING/GRAMMAR:   

Spelling Skill:  VCCCV syllable pattern & abbreviations

Grammar skills:  Prepositions

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*Students will be given 10 spelling words. Five of those ten will follow a pattern. The other 5 are commonly misspelled words. There is not a pretest. On Friday students will have a test that goes in the grade book.

 
A few things to note while helping your child practice-
*If letters are backwards it will be wrong.
*If it is uppercase when it should not be it will be marked wrong.
*If it is not capitalized and it should be, it will be wrong. 
 
*****Visit our classroom Spelling City page to practice spelling words. 

  

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MATH:   Fractions and Multiplication Strategies

Lessons Being Taught:   

 

**Recognizing Helper Facts 

**Multiplication Facts Strategies:  Doubling Part 1

**Multiplication Facts Strategies:  Doubling Part 2 

**Solving a Number Story involving equal shares

 

Math Home Links

Here is a great website that has ALL of the homelink in one place so you are able to print them at home. This is always helpful because sometimes they get lost between school and going home. :)

 

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SOCIAL STUDIES:   Unit 3 - Many Cultures, One Country 

***In Unit 3 we will take a look at the diverse peoples and cultures that make up the United States.  Students will learn how this diversity has added to the richness of life in our country.

Lessons Being Taught this week: 

**All About Culture 

**Sharing Culture Through Stories 

**Local Celebrations

 

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HANDWRITING:

This week we will learn the lowercase "o" and "c".

 

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Other Things to Note... 

    **Please check my weekly updates each week for updates on what we are doing in the classroom and what you can expect your kids to be doing.  Please let me know if you have ANY questions/concerns when they arise...email works best for me, but you could also send a note or leave me a voicemail too.

 

 

 

Mrs. Harkins

 758-1562

vharkins@isd721.org