Wednesday, September 19, 2007

September 19, 2007

Hi Everyone!

It was great to see so many Zeh faces out at Applefest last weekend. Emma & I certainly enjoyed the parade and the gorgeous cool weather. As you can see, Emma was also quite pleased with the paper bag hat that she made at the Newcomer's Booth. Fall is lurking and it seems hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of summer!

Here are some quick updates on Room 5's activities:

Math: Quiz on Place Value tomorrow. We will begin to review addition & subtraction next. Please keep practicing the multiplication facts. We will be multiplying and dividing very soon!

Social Studies: We are coming close to wrapping up our Economics unit. I have planned a fabulous field trip to the Boott Cotton Mills in Lowell for mid-October. Details to follow.

Writing: I am amazed at the wonderful work that is being produced so early on in the year. The third grade teachers deserve a nod for preparing such creative writers. Super Monkey is alive, well, and flying high in Room 5! We are focusing not only on revising and editing skills, but finding our 5 BEST vocabulary words to share in every paragraph we draft. Stay tuned for more Super Monkey adventures!

Reading: Our nonfiction unit on The Cod's Tale, is coming to a close. We will wrap it up with an ABC book using information we've learned from the text. Our next unit will be on realistic fiction. We will be reading The War with Grandpa and Because of Winn-Dixie.

Language Arts: We are working on a FALL acrostic poem and painting project. We are also looking for new words that help to "paint" vivid pictures in our poems.

Read aloud: We have begun to read The Doll People by Ann M. Martin. It is a fantasy/mystery involving a Victorian doll family and a modern "plastic" doll family. They must work together to uncover the mystery of the missing Auntie Sarah Doll. Ask you child which family they prefer; the Funcrafts or the Doll Family. Perhaps, they have some predictions to share with you.

Homework Help: Agendas are assigned and initialed by a teacher everyday. I encourage you to review them with your child. Feel free to initial the agenda as well. Also, if the homework is on colored paper, it it due on Friday. If it is on white paper, it is due the next day. Please contact me with questions or concerns.


  1. Curriculum Night for Parents is Thursday, September 20th from 6:30-7:15 for Grades 3-5 and from 7:15-8:00 for Grades 1-2. Please feel free to drop in, visit with Mrs. Brush & I, and investigate your child's daytime home. I look forward to seeing you there!
  2. Fall Fundraiser is at its mid-point. Please return order forms by the end of September.
  3. Picture Day for our class is Wednesday, October 3rd. Please have orders in to school if you plan to purchase a photo package.
  4. Field Trip to the Boott Cotton Mills will be Wednesday, October 17th for our class only. Mrs. Zia & Mrs. Villaflor will take their classes on Friday, October 19th. The museum was not able to accomodate a group of our size for their guided program on one day. Permission slips are coming soon.

Thanks for all you do to support your child at home. We have had a great couple of weeks and I am really enjoying working with this wonderful class!

-JoAnne Gorham

1 comment:

Justin & family said...

We also had fun at Applefest. Emma looks cute in her hat! My parents enjoyed meeting you and seeing our classroom. I was excited when I read in the blog that we will be reading Because of Winn-Dixie. We have the movie.