Wow! What a treat I walked into this morning! The kids were so sweet to organize a surprise birthday party this morning, complete with decorations, music, a cake, and a gift, all centered around one of my all-time favorite books, The Wizard of Oz! The cake was delicious and gifts were so thoughtful! Thank you for the flowers, the framed picture, and the ticket to WICKED (another one of my all-time favorites)!! And if that wasn’t enough, I also had Chick-fil-a delivered for lunch and the students were well-behaved, even though it was Friday and we had to stay indoors for recess. I am definitely touched by all of your generosity and love as I celebrate my birthday this weekend. It was certainly a great way to kick off the festivities. Thanks to everyone!
Now, getting down to the business of this post…what else is going on in Room 35? Today, students came home with a large stack of graded papers that have been accumulating throughout the weeks and amidst the snow days. They should also be bringing home a blue packet/permission slip for our Aquatic Safety Field Trip on Friday, March 7th. The cost for the trip is $4.00 and I will begin collecting money on Monday. There is need for one dad to chaperone and be our locker room attendant for the boys. Please indicate on your form if you are willing and able, or shoot me an email.
This week, we wrapped up our pre-reading presentations where students worked in groups to research a famous Jazz musician, brainstorm ways to earn money, and teach the class one vocabulary word from our next story. On Monday, we will read Satchmo’s Blues about Louis Armstrong. Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to improve their comprehension skills and meet with Miss Atkins in small groups as we concentrate on identifying facts and opinions, sequencing events, and justifying answers with evidence from the text.
In science, we have been looking at the ways in which scientists classify plants and animals. Students have read several texts on the major classes of both kingdoms and should expect a quiz on these divisions on Wednesday. Key words include vertebrate, invertebrate, vascular, and non-vascular. Students will be expected to identify plants and animals in each of these four groups, as well as know the key characteristics that are cause for such divisions.
Our next Social Studies Unit takes us into the Midwest Region of the United States. Students completed their Geography Challenges today. We will go over this next week before we begin our tour through the states. Several students have already begun sharing their current event posters from this region, so the kids should already have some familiarity with the area.
Finally, in writing, we will begin our Boot Camp Season, as we kick test prep into high gear. Over the next several weeks, we will devote our time to organizing our thoughts for the 45 different prompts that may appear on the actual SOL. (Please see the packet sent home in the report cards for more information.) We will also work on small skills such as adding flair with sophisticated verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. Students will brainstorm ways to vary sentence structure as well as spend time editing work for proper punctuation and grammar.
Thanks again for your support at home of all that is happening in the classroom. I’m looking forward to another full week in school!