Also, for an upcoming project, we will need an abundant supply of items that might be in your recycling bin. Please send in any paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, various-size cardboard boxes (like cereal boxes, cracker boxes) and clean yogurt or tofu containers. We will also be grateful for any donations of clear tape, masking tape, duct tape, and string. If you're looking at something made of thin cardboard or plastic, and you're not sure, please send it in! I promise to recycle any materials that come in that we don't use. :-) I don't want to spoil the surprise of why we need so many materials, so please stay tuned to the blog. We will use these items the week of March 18. Many, many thanks in advance for your help!!
We have already collected more than 400 box tops, so we are getting very excited about our chances to win the March contest. Thank you to everyone for your help with this. Every box top helps raise money for our school!
In academic news, we will be finishing our math unit on fractions and moving into addition and subtraction. We will build on strategies we practiced in the second quarter to solve harder problems and story problems. We will also write our own problems. When solving a story problem, students will be asked to show their thinking in pictures, numbers, or words.
We are also wrapping up our unit on matter and beginning a unit on force, motion, and energy. Most likely this unit will continue into the fourth quarter, but we will begin by focusing on types of motion and pushes and pulls.
In reading, we are continuing to practice comprehension skills for fiction and nonfiction. In nonfiction, we are paying attention to key vocabulary, the author's purpose for writing, and formulating questions that can be answered in the text. In fiction, we are continuing to build fluency by reading in the character's voice, and we are thinking about our reading by visualizing what is happening and making inferences.
In writing we are finishing writing small moment personal narratives. We have begun to work with a writing partner to help plan our writing and revision. We are focusing on adding details to our writing to make our stories more vivid.
* Picture day is Tuesday, March 12.
* Wednesday, March 13, we will attend an assembly provided by our wonderful PTO. Wednesday is also "Wear Red" day for Youth Art Month.
* The Mill Run Carnival is Friday, March 15. By all accounts, this will be a fun family event. "Just chill!"