# Mrs. Smith's Superstars

## WELCOME TO THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!

January 3, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Reading: We are continuing to work on long vowel sounds/spelling patterns. We'll also review syllables this month. Our big focus will continue to be on improving on our reading fluency. Please encourage your child to read each night and complete the monthly reading challenges. The January reading challenge will come home tomorrow.

Math: We just started chapter 6: Multiplication Tables of 2, 5, and 10. In this chapter, children will learn to multiply 2, 5, and 10 using skip counting and related facts. Please remember to have your child practice addition and subtraction facts to 20 for three to five minutes each night.

Writing: This month, we will continue to focus on narrative writing. We should be moving into opinion writing by the end of the month.

Please remember to review your child's journal with him/her as it comes home each month. It's a good opportunity to work on editing their writing. You can have you child look for and correct mistakes in spelling, capitalization (first letter of a sentence & names), and punctuation marks.

Science: We'll continue to work on the engineering process.

Social Studies: Students just finished learning about holidays around the world before winter break. This month, we'll talk about a famous American, Martin Luther King Jr.

December 1, 2017

UPDATE: What's happening in our room?

Reading: We've been working on the long vowel sounds and spelling patterns. Our goal is to sound out words quickly and to make our reading sound like we are talking.

Math: We've been working on using bar models to solve addition and subtraction word problems. We will be testing on this chapter sometime next week. Then, we will move onto multiplication.

Writing: We are working on writing a narrative. We've learned that good writers use a trick to help them write a good story - POW-WWW WHAT =2, HOW = 2. Ask your child to explain this trick to you!

Science- We've been working on using the engineering process. The kids were recently challenged to build a Thanksgiving table using just paper and tape. This month, the students will try to build the tallest tree using just toothpicks and spice drops.

Social Studies: We have been talking about the importance of historical holidays. Last month, we talked about Veterans Day. The kids even got to meet a veteran of the Air Force!