I cannot tell you enough how proud I am of your kiddos! We have been “writing machines” these last two weeks. The kids have done an amazing job as we have been working on an Animal Classifications Non-fiction Book. We have spent about 2 days on each animal group. This includes doing research through books and short videos, brainstorming cool facts to write about, and then writing about the following animal groups- Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish. They have had to write 7+ sentences including a “bold beginning” introduction sentence, fact-filled supporting sentences, and then a strong, conclusion sentence to “wrap un” each writing. Once they’ve finished their writing, they have then had to illustrate 3+ animals in each group and label them. It’s been a lot of work, but they have been doing such a terrific job! We’ve focused also on our handwriting, capitalization, and punctuation of each writing page. For me and I think them, we all get to see how far their writing has come!
We have tried to cover some of the more unusual animals in each group that they will want to look for when we go to the zoo next week. That’s been a lot of fun. I love animals and kids always have a strong interest in them too. I’ve tried to encourage them while they are at the zoo to study the animals, pay close attention to their habitats, and read the information about the animals they see. A couple of weeks ago, we designed animal habitats through a STEM Activity so I think it will be interesting for them to see what needs to be a part of a zoo animal’s habitat. I also want them to be able to have an understanding of where certain animals live since we have covered continents this year (there’s usually a regional map about where each animal lives in the world).
I can’t wait and I know the kids will learn so much and have a blast doing so! Here’s hopong the weather will be sunny, warm, and perfect for animal viewing!
Hope you all have a wonderful week! See you soon!
Come join us on the Zoo Atlanta Trip on Wednesday, March 21st if you are available!
- *Read 15 minutes nightly and record on Reading Log.
- Homework Packet due on Friday.
- Study for Mad Minute Math Quiz on Thursday.
- Study for Spelling Test on Friday.
- *Get Bragging Behavior Sheet signed daily.
Secret Code Word
Thanks so much for continuing to read this newsletter! If you’ve made it this far, congrats! This week’s secret code word is flamingo. If your child whispers the secret code word to me sometime this week before Friday, they will receive a bonus Good Behavior Coin!!
Tuesday, March 20th: Spring Picture Day
Wednesday, March 21st: Zoo Atlanta Field Trip
3rd Nine Week Report Cards go home
April 2nd-6th: Spring Break
Phonics: oi/oy, -er and –est endings, ar and /er/ spelled –er, -ir, and –ur, and words with multiple syllables
Writing: Journal writing and zoo writing
Reading/Social Studies Integrated: Who Was George Washington Carver?
Math: Recognizing 2-D Shapes (squares, rectangles, triangles, and trapezoids) and equal sides
STEM: Zoo Animal Journal (Giant Pandas and Red Pandas)
Spelling: but, what, all, neat, eat, seat, meat, sea, read, beam, team, lean, mean *BONUS: spring, sports, and flowers