Dawkins’ Newsletter 9/17-9/20

Things you need to know:

  • Field Trip to Oxbow Park to create land art~ Tuesday 9/23
    • Thank you Kaitlin, Karina, and Shannon for chaperoning. We could use a couple more to volunteer to chaperone. We will be loading buses at 11:35 OR you can meet us at picnic area A.
    • Please keep an eye on the weather so your child can be prepared (coat vs sweatshirt).
    • We have our tie dye t-shirts to wear on our field trip! I’ll send them home on Monday, please have your child wear it on Tuesday!!
    • Please have your child wear tennis shoes.
  • Reading logs are due Monday

Reading: Writing about Reading

  • Please remind your child that their weekly reading homework is to read for 20-30 minutes at least 4 times a week and record it on their reading log.
  • Focus on literary elements
    • Mountain Plot: a series of events that make up the story
      • Beginning~ (character(s), setting and problem introduced
      • Rising action~ The characters work on solving the problem
      • Climax~ The high point of the story
      • End Resolution~ Character(s) usually learn something

Writing: Personal Narratives

  • Writers typed their personal narrative stories about a small moment this week!
  • Some writers had one-on-one conferences to discuss what they can work on, to further develop their writing.
  • I will be conferencing with other writers next week to discuss their writing.
  • Please encourage your child to work on their personal narratives at home on their google account.

Social Studies: First Americans

  • We are beginning our new unit on Native Americans
  • Our class watched three videos that explained possible ways the gatherers and hunters made it from Eurasia to North America
  • We colored a map of the six regions that the Native American groups we will be studying lived: Northeast, Southeast, Plains, Great Basin, Plateau, and Southwest

Art: Landform Art

  • Artists were given 2 different landform artists to write about and draw a piece of their art work in preparation for our field trip on Tuesday!
  • Please encourage your child to go outside and create land art. Take a picture and send it me so your child can share it on Monday morning.

Guest Teacher on Wednesday

  • We welcomed having Mrs. Hanes in our classroom this week!
  • We learned about a little bit about how our brain works and controls our emotions.
  • We continue to increase awareness of how to help with our Zones of Regulation (green, yellow, blue and red).

Thanks for having such wonderful kiddos and I wish all of you a wonderful weekend. I was out of the classroom on Thursday, but will return on Monday!