March 31, 2016

Language Arts

We worked on Georgia Milestone Practice pages.  We talked about how to write a great response.  If we are writing a 2 point response, we talked about how we need at least 2 reasons from the text to support our answer.  We also talked about reading our question first so we know what we are looking for when we read.  We can then underline or circle important information within the text.  We are going to begin reading groups based on what we need to work on for the Milestone.

We also practiced a 4 point narrative response.  These questions are about a page in length, so we will be focusing on these when we come back from break.

We read the story Two Bad Ants.  We talked about realism and fantasy, which is talking about if something is real or not real.  We talked about this in the past, so it was a fun story to review.

Read Aloud: Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse


This week we talked about graphs.  We talked about pictographs and bar graphs.  We learned/reviewed that you have to check for a key when you are working with a pictograph.  Sometimes each picture is worth 2, 5, or 10.  We have to pay attention to what each picture is worth.  With a bar graph we have to look at the numbers on the side to see what the scale of the graph is.  We also reviewed different questions that may go with graphs.  We reviewed that we have key words that tell us what to do.  For example, if we hear “how many more” we know we have to subtract.

We also talked about elapsed time.  This is something we have practiced through mountain math.  We reviewed and worked on using a number line to help us figure out how much time has passed.  We used mountains, hills, and rocks to help us.  Ask me how mountains, rocks and hills help with math.

Notes and News

  • The Georgia Milestones are coming up.  We are going to be practicing the week before and the days we aren’t testing.  It is very important to make sure your child is present and on time every morning!  Also, please make sure your child has breakfast either at home or here at school each morning.  The testing days are long, so we may not have snack for awhile.  If you are interested in bringing a healthy snack for the class, please let me know.  I typically bring or have parents bring things like string cheese, granola bars, crackers, or any other healthy snack.  Again, let me know if you’re interested, so I can fill in on the days we are missing.
  • I am going to do one more book order this year.  I am not sending home a flyer this time, so go online to order if you are interested.  I will send in the order on April 15th.  A lot of the children are into the I Survived books, which are a couple dollars online.  Otherwise you can search for titles your child might be looking for.
  • Please make sure you are checking your child’s agenda every night. This is where we write down our homework and upcoming tests.  I check their agenda each day to see if it is signed.  Encourage your child to be responsible and bring their agenda to you to sign; however, if you do not see it, please ask your child to see it.

   Specials Schedule

 Monday – PE

Tuesday – Counselor

Wednesday – Computer

Thursday – Music

Friday – PE

 *Students must wear athletic shoes on PE days in order to participate.


April 1 – April 10, 2016 – Spring Break

April 18th – April 29th – GA Milestone testing/ Make-Up testing

May 6, 2016 – All Pro Dads Breakfast

May 25, 2016 – Last day of school


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