Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Spring!

Hi All,

I hope that everyone is drying out now that the rain has ended! It was so great for the children to be able to go outside today for recess. We are all looking forward to the sunny, warmth of spring!
Here is a quick curriculum update:
Math- We are working on multi-digit subtraction with re-grouping. Please keep practicing those facts! We are also working on problem solving.

Reading- We are just about finished with Balto and will begin our next unit on mystery soon! I am looking forward to exploring this exciting genre with the students!

Writing- We are working on 4-detail paragraphs now. The children comtinue to select topics and carry them through all stages of the writing process. We have added the choice of publishing with handwriting paper or using an AlphaSmart to type on and publish using MS Word.

Science- We are exploring habitats now. We have learned about the tundra, the desert, and grasslands. We will explore the rainforest next.

Social Studies- Students should be working on their Famous Person Fact Cube Project. I look forward to seeing them share their new information. We will also be starting our Family History Projects soon.

Help Wanted!
We are in need of help during writer's workshop (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday), but especially on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:15. Please consider volunteering and making a difference in your child's class! Contact me if you are available.


We still need tissues and Clorox wipes. Allergy season is on its way!
Toy Recycling!
Feel free to clean out your toys that are not being used and donate them to our class for indoor recess/choice time play. We just scored a pirate ship that was rescued from the Zeh School attic and the Gillerin Family has donated several card games. Items desired include: board games, legos, matchbox cars, Barbies, Polly Pockets, etc. Please only donate complete puzzles and games- no missing pieces!

That's all for now. Have a great long weekend!
-JoAnne Gorham