Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Monday!

I hope all you kids have a great day off! I'm excited to be at school working on our classroom. I plan to re-arrange a few things so we have more space to work. I think we had some wasted space. I'm also excited to be meeting with 12 of your parents tomorrow! I can't wait to talk to them about how much you've learned and all the progress you've already made. Hooray! Report cards will be sent out on Thursday - and the Terrific Kids ceremony is Friday. We will also recognize Perfect Attendance and Honor Rolls too! We'll have a bunch of kids on Honor Roll! You'll find out on Thursday. See you on Tuesday! Don't forget to work on your Spelling Contract and READ and write in your log!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Testing This Week

Hi everyone!

As the kids have mentioned, we are administering a test on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday of this week. It is vital that all students be at school on these days. The test, called the Cog-AT, is used to make sure we are using the right instructional strategies for each student. The results will not be used in any other way by any staff member.

Please remember that Monday, October 27th is a Teacher Work Day. You may have a conference scheduled that day. Please be on time and prepared.

Thanks for your support! See you soon!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Changes to Spelling Homework

Guess what? Beginning Monday, you will not turn in daily spelling homework. You will have a contract and will turn in everything on Friday morning. Sounds cool? Here is what you have to do.


Choose from the activities below to make a total of 100 points. Do each choice on a separate piece of paper. You may use the fronts and backs of pages. Write the choice name at the top of the page. Attach ALL your work to this sheet. Assignments are due Friday morning. Incomplete assignments or missing assignments will be completed at Fun Friday. Please do not turn in work early.

10 points

* Write each word three times.

* Write each word one time using this code: vowels are blue, consonants are red.

* Write each word one time using a different color for each letter. (Rainbow Words)

* Have a helper give you a practice test on your words.

20 points

* Write a sentence with each word. Underline the word.

* Write all your words in ABC order.

* Find your words in a newspaper or magazine. Cut them out and glue them to a piece of paper.

30 points

* Write a joke or riddle for each spelling word. Include the answer!

* Write a silly story using all your spelling words.

* Find the value of each word if vowels are worth 10 cents and consonants are worth 5 cents.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Exciting Math Activities

We are going to be doing some interesting things in Math this week. First, we will learn about the properties of addition. You did some with this while I was gone. I hope you remember! I'll need your help to fill out a chart.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we'll use book orders to practice our addition. Then, on Thursday and Friday, we are going to read this book:

Then we are going to do a webquest from this website. We will learn about addition and problem solving. I think we will have lots of fun AND learn too.

What can be better?