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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Good Morning!

Let's just say I feel your pain.  This Saturday I spent my time sorting through your sorts of our math adoption.  I am happy to report we have 17 complete class sets of Topic one through twelve.  I will try my best to finish the rest.  :)   If you still have a math text,  please kindly return the sheets this week so that we may begin to incorporate the lessons into our math instruction.  Please sort the pages and fold them.    Again, thanks to all who volunteered their time to complete this tourtious task. Next year, we will have a "sorting party" after school.  :)


This week, we we will begin our study of Arthur books during our read aloud time.  We will continue making text to self connections and introduce text to text connections.  A text to text connection is the ability to actively think while reading by making a reference to a similar text.  Students will use the phrase, "This reminds me of the book ________because______.  Practice at home as you child reads or you read to your child their Arthur books.  Please remember to record your great reading on the yellow sheets sent out Friday.  They will be collected at the end of our reading drive.

Please review your student's progress report and return the form signed.  Thanks

This week as previously discussed, we will begin our formally spelling instruction.  Lists will be adjusted to best meets your child's individual needs.

Home readers will also begin this week.  Your child will select a book on their reading level, read them to you.  Please record their daily reading on the form .   A yellow contract was sent out last week.  Please return the signed form.   If it is a new book, please do a picture walk with your child prior to reading to text.  This will assist your child with meaning.

In science, we will continue our study of matter.  This week we will look at the properties of liquids.  

In social studies, we will begin our study of map skills, including cardinal directions, and bird's eye view.

Thanks again for all your support.  Ana

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