Week of Feb 18th

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  The class had a great time this week exchanging Valentines.  I love to see them so excited and happy to be together!  Below is details about the upcoming week.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Homework – We are back on our usual schedule for HW – math packet, reading packet, and cursive packet.  All due Friday.

Multicultural Night – This will be held on Thursday from 6:30 – 7:30.  The kids have been working hard on typing out their stories on the computers, and I am super proud of them!


Here is this week’s Sticky

Week of February 18th

Monday – New HW Packets

Tuesday – Timed x4 (unless x3 were sent home to complete again)

Unit Test on Money

Wednesday – Mali Test Today

Thursday – DOM Test Today

Friday – WS Test Today

Happy Friday!


This week’s SOL’s

Reading – SOL 3.6a – Author’s Purpose – does an author write to persuade, entertain, or inform.

Math – SOL 3.6 Money – counting, comparing, and  giving change

S.Studies – SOL 3.4 Mali – Studying traditions, government, and the development of ancient Mali.

Writing – Finishing the Multicultural writing.

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Week of Feb. 10th

Happy Sunday Parents,

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Below are a few notes about the upcoming week.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Report Cards – Will be coming home tomorrow, please sign and return the gold envelope at your earliest convenience.  Remember, the paper copy is yours to keep.

Field Trip – We will be heading to the theater this Friday.  Please pack a lunch for them to eat when we get back to school.

Homework/Testing – They will have Reading, Math, and Cursive this week. They will be getting new word study words, but will NOT be tested until NEXT Thursday on those.  In addition, we will not have a DOM math quiz this week.  Instead, the kids will work on DOL (Daily Oral Language) morning work, which we will review in class.  We will return to DOM and Thursday quizzes next week.  We are trying to make room to review for both.


Sticky for the week of Feb 10th

Monday – New HW Packets

Tuesday – Timed X3 (unless X2 were sent home to complete again)

Wednesday-

Thursday – Bring in your Valentines for today!

Friday – Field Trip (pack a lunch)

**Test on Money will be on Tuesday 2/19


SOL’s for this week –

Reading SOL 3.5g – Drawing Conclusions in fiction and poetry

Math SOL 3.6a,b,c – Money – Counting, Comparing, and making change

S.Studies SOL 3.4 – Mali – students will learn about the government, economic development, and oral tradition of Mali.


 

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Week of January 29th

Hello Parents,

We have lots of things happening this week so let me know if you have any questions –

Homework – As we enter the 3rd nine weeks, we will NOT be doing reading logs.  The kids will be focusing on grade level passages.  They will still bring them home on Monday’s and they will still be due on Friday’s.  We are focusing on getting them to practice reading and using highlighting skills on a reading passage.  They will continue to have math packets and cursive packets as usual.

Ice Cream Multiplication – Each Tuesday, we will have timed multiplication tests for the kids to earn a piece to their multiplication sundae.  We will actually be doing x1 tomorrow, because the kids know those facts very easily.  We already did x0’s as well.  They are building their sundaes in the hallway on a plate with each multiplication fact that they earn fluency on.  Fluency is 80% or better on the test and they get 3 second per problem.  It is NOT graded, it’s just a positive reinforcement for learning them fluently.  In 3rd grade, they are

only responsible for 0,1,2,5,and 10.  However, we will test for their ice cream pieces in all the math fact areas (they will need all facts for 4th grade).  After we are done, we will hopefully have an ice cream celebration!  If your child has to repeat a set of facts they will bring home the test to let you know what to study.  The kids also have been working on small multiplication cards, so they can study them at home.  Reflex or and app on a phone or Ipad works for studying too.

Tuesday Folders – This week the kids will be bringing home 2 items I want to point out in their Tuesday folders.  One, is their DOM test from last week.  This test has a note on it, it needs to be signed and returned to be put in their SOL review binder.  Measurement and Time continue to be a weakness for some students across the grade level, and I will continue to pull groups for remediation.  They will also have a Time Telling worksheet.  I have attached an extra one behind it.  Please review time with your child if they received below a 80% on this.  4th grade will only get harder if they are still struggling with the time.  Again, I will continue to pull and remediate in Time as well.

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This week’s sticky

Tuesday –    New HW coming home

x1 Multiplication Ice Cream Test

Time, Temperature, Elapsed Time Test

Wednesday –

Thursday –   DOM Quiz (Graphing & Word Problems)

Friday –        Ancient Rome (open notes test)

Have a good weekend!

Benchmark Testing – starts next week!

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Week of January 14th

Hello Parents,
I hope everyone had a restful weekend.  Below are some things to look forward this week.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Testing – We are scheduled to take our mid year MAPS tests tomorrow and Tuesday, but due to the 1/2 day delay the Monday test may be delayed.  I will keep you informed.  Our benchmarks are as follow –
Feb 4th – Reading part 1
Feb 5th – Reading part 2
Feb 6th – Math part 1
Feb 7th – Math part 2

We will continue to review using our SOL binder.  This week we are reviewing computation and estimation of large numbers (adding and subtracting using regrouping).  They will be quizzed on this on Thursday of this week.  You can review this SOL by using their binder for information.

Word Study – They will get new words on Wednesday of this week and not test until NEXT Friday.

Reading – We will be working on Reference skills – using a dictionary, encyclopedia, etc.
S.Studies – We will start a new unit on Greece and Rome this week.
Math – We will work on time this week.  They will have to work on reading time to the nearest minute.  As well as working on how much time has passed.
Writing – We are continue to write a fictional piece of writing this week.

Important Dates –
Jan 18th at 7:30 – Muffins with Mom
January 21st MLK Day – No School
Jan 28th Student Holiday

Sticky this week –
Monday – New Cursive and math Packets
Tuesday – Test on Science (animal’s and food chains)
Wednesday-
Thursday- DOM Quiz
Friday- Have a good Weekend!

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Week of Jan 7th

We are getting back into the routine of a normal school week this week. You will see below what we will be up to. Any questions – please let me know!

New SOL Prep Binders – Thanks to my wonderful parents who donated them, we will be able to start our SOL Prep Binders this week. We will be putting in our morning work (also known as DOM – daily oral math). This will be our formal review, a way of circling back and reviewing material be have already learned this year. Our goal will be to review at least 4 mornings per week, then test on Thursday’s. They will be on the computer and consist on 10 questions. You can use the binders to see what questions to test your child on. Please send the binder back and forth to school each day so that we can use it at school as well.

Upcoming Testing – an e-mail went out earlier about our upcoming testing dates.
Jan 15th – MAPS Reading
Jan 16th – MAPS Math

Benchmarks –
Feb 4th Reading (part 1)
Feb 5th Reading (part 2)
Feb 6th Math (part 1)
Feb 7th Math (part 2)

This Week’s Sticky
Week of January 7th –
Monday – New math packet and Cursive packet today/
Thursday – *DOM (math review quiz) on all of SOL 3.1
(use new SOL binders for practice problems)
Friday – * Word Study Test Today
*Reading a Thermometer/Temperature Test

This week’s SOL’s
Reading – Main Idea of Fiction and Roots and Affixes
Math – Reading a Thermometer and starting to read a clock
Science – connection between food chains
Writing – Completing a whole writing piece including editing
Math Review – SOL 3.1 Number Sense – writing numbers, ordering numbers, comparing numbers

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January 3rd and January 4th

Hello parents,

I hope everyone had a great break!  I wanted to start my e-mail by thanking everyone for the gifts sent in to me for the holiday.  The kids were so sweet and excited to watch me open them!  Thank you so much for thinking of me.  I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed working with your students this year.  I hope the rest of the year continues to go so well!

I also wanted to thank our room parents Mrs. Avallone and Mrs. Williams for all their help with the Gingerbread houses.  They helped collect all the stuff we needed and helped the kids when it was time to put them together (along with some other great parents too).  Thank you ladies for helping out with all of our fun activities this year.  Mrs. Avallone took some great pictures and I am trying my best to get them to upload to the blog, but am having some problems and may have to have the school tech see what is wrong.

This week –

Holiday Reading Log – If the kids beat my time for reading, they will get a reward.  If they participated at all in a reading log they will earn 2 stars on their card.  We will see who read the most!

Homework – There will be no cursive this week, just math and one night of a reading log.  Once again, I am doing this just to keep the kids in a sort of routine, since it is such a weird week for us.

New work – We will start learning to read a thermometer, and work on prefixes and suffixes this week.  They will also get a new word list, but will not test until next Friday.

Any questions please let me know!

Mrs. Wheaton

 

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Week of December 17th

Happy Sunday Parents,

Can you believe that we are three days away from break?  I hope everyone gets to spend some quality time with their families this holiday break.  Please check out below to what we are up to this week –

We are finishing our Fairy Tale Unit this week and will be putting together our Gingerbread houses from 1:00 – 2:00 on both Monday and Tuesday.  Remember, if you want to volunteer in the room you will need to fill out a volunteer form.  We love having classroom helpers!

Homework – this week’s HW will only be 2 days of reading log and 2 days of Math.  There will be NO cursive this week.  I am trying my best to keep the kids on a steady sense of routine as we get closer to break. So having some HW will help with that.  We do have 2 exams – Math and SS both on Tuesday.

Computers – We have finally gotten our class set of computers!  They are amazing!  Each student has been assigned a computer that will stay in the classroom.  Therefore, we will be doing more grading and completing of class work on the computer than ever before.  The grades can always be seen on Power School, but if you have any questions about what was graded, please let me know.

Winter Reading Log – This is an optional log the kids will bring home on Wednesday.  It is a “Can you beat Mrs. Wheaton” reading log.  It will not be graded, but prizes will be given for those who participate, and those who beat my reading over break (many of them beat my time over Thanksgiving).  They are pretty excited about it!

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This week’s sticky-

Week of December 17th –

Monday –      No Cursive this week only Reading Log and Math HW

PJ Day!

Tuesday –      Math Test (Capacity with Perimeter and Area Review)

Ancient Egypt/Ancient China Quiz

Wear Tacky Holiday Clothes!

Wednesday  –  2 days Reading Log and Math Packet Due Today

Wear your favorite winter outfit – hats included!

Thursday –       Winter Break!

Friday –            Winter Break!

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Week of Dec 10th

Happy Sunday Parents!

Can you believe all this snow? As I am working on this week’s plans, I am trying to figure out how to fit it all in, especially since I am not sure when we are going back.  Please know that the plans below are tentative, and can change.  Also – HW has already been copied for Mon-Thur, so I will give the kids some extra rewards if they are able to get all the HW done in their packets for the week. I guess it all depends on when we are back to school.  See below for our week –

Gingerbread Houses – Thanks to my room parents, a sign up genius went out asking for supplies.  We are in the middle of our Fairy Tale unit and the kids will be really excited to make their own gingerbread house.  We will be making them next Monday and Tuesday, both at 1:00 each day.  Please remember, as my room mom posted – you have to have a volunteer form filled out if you want to come into the room just to help. Email me if you need a paper copy.  Here is the site for the sign up if you have not signed up for anything yet.  Please send in everything by this Friday, Dec 14th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49aaae23a6fd0-gingerbread

Holiday Party – On Wednesday, Dec 19th – I will be having a small party for the kids.  The school will be showing Polar Express, we will be making a craft, and I will provide some goodies for the class.  I like to make reindeer food together then eat it during the movie, as my fun treat to them.  If anyone has any allergy concerns please let me know and I will send home the recipe.  It has no nuts in it, so I don’t believe there should be any issues. Parents are welcome to come in.

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This Week’s Sticky

Monday – Snow Day

Tuesday – New Math and Cursive Packets (we are now starting Capital Letters!)

Wednesday – nothing new

Thursday – nothing new

Friday – Please send in all supplies for gingerbread houses by today!

**There will be no new WS words until after break.  We also will not have any major tests this week.

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SOL’s

Reading SOL 3.5 – Finishing our Fairy Tale Unit this week

Math SOL 3.7   – The student will estimate and use U.S. Customary and metric units to measure

b) liquid volume in cups, pints, quarts, gallons, and liters. They will NOT have to do conversions.

Studies – SOL 3.2 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient China and Egypt have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language.

Writing – Homophones, and writing with expression using adjectives.

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Week of Nov 26th

Happy Sunday Parents,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Break!  I missed the kids and look forward to seeing them early tomorrow morning.  Here is our week ahead –

Field Trip – We are schedule to take our field trip on Friday, please pack a lunch for your child and make sure they are dressed to be outside most of the day.  I will send you a reminder e-mail closer to the date.  Please remember, I also need all signed permission slips back with the new date on it.

Report Cards – Report cards went home before break.  Please sign the envelope and you are welcome to keep the report card inside.  If you would like to conference at any time, please let me know.

Ginger Bread Houses – We are starting our three week unit on Fairy Tales, which we will incorporate reading skills such as – main idea, sequencing, supporting details, reading for accuracy, and much more.  So the Monday and Tuesday (the week before break) we will be building our own Gingerbread Houses.  My wonderful room moms will be sending out a Sign Up Genius so that you can look for things to send in for this event.  The kids really seem to like it and I am excited to be a part of it this year!

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Here is this week’s Sticky-

Monday –   New Math and Cursive HW Packets

Tuesday  –  Turkey Court 1:45

Wednesday – New Word Study Words (Test next Thurs.)

Thursday – nothing

Friday – Field Trip to Tredegar Today!  Pack a lunch!

Measurement Quiz Today!

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This week’s SOL’s

Reading SOL 3.5 – The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fictional text and poetry.

  1. c) Make, confirm, or revise predictions.
  2. d) Compare and contrast settings, characters, and events.
  3. f) Ask and answer questions about what is read.
  4. g) Draw conclusions about text.

Math SOL 3.7  The student will estimate and use U.S. Customary and metric units to measure  length to the nearest 1/2 inch, inch, foot, yard, centimeter, and meter.

Science – We are finishing habitats this week.

Writing – What is an adjective?

As usual, if you have any questions  – please let me know.  Have a great week!

Mrs. Wheaton

 

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Week of Nov. 12th

Happy Sunday!

Below you will find our usual notes and sticky about this week.  As usual, if you have any questions please let me know!

Veterans Day Assembly – This is scheduled to start at 9:00 am Monday morning.  The kids have been asked to wear – red, white, and blue clothing, if possible.  It is a great performance and I hope everyone can attend!

Field Trip – We are schedule to go down to the Tredegar Ironwork’s Walk on Tuesday.  However, it looks like we will be getting some rain.  Please lookout for an email from me.  The students should plan on wearing comfy clothes and shoes, as well as a packed lunch.  I will let you know asap if the trip is canceled due to the weather.

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This week’s sticky –

Monday – Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9:00am

**New Spelling Words given out – won’t test until next week (Tuesday)

Tuesday – Field Trip – pack a lunch

**Patterns Quiz when we return

Wednesday

Thursday-   

Friday – Have a good weekend!

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SOL’s this week

Reading – SOL 3.5d/h – Compare Character, Setting, and Plot and Problem and Solution

Math – SOL 3.4 – Multiplication – the students will work on using arrays, number lines, etc. to understand the multiplication factors for 0,1,2,5, and 10.

Science – SOL 3.6 – Ecosystems and Habitats of living things.

Writing – Still working on persuasive writing

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