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Monthy Newsletter


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* Our class will be attending the Environmental Festival sponsored by the Gateway to Science Center. This festival will provide students with opportunities to learn about careers in environmental science. It will be fun to be on the BSC campus.

* In Social Studies, we recently completed a walking tour of the colonial town of Williamsburg. Students took on the roles of colonists in several settings. They were even expected to greet one another in the traditional colonial way. Up next is the start of the American Revolution-my favorite!

* We will soon be starting our figurative language unit. We will be learning about types of figurative language and writing some of our own examples.

* In reading, we are learning about writing a summary using the Somebody Wanted But So Then strategy. Ask your child how much easier summary is using this strategy. They are getting quite accomplished at writing summary.

* During the month of February, our class competed in the Reading Month reading challenge. Check out all of the fish on our classroom door. Each fish represents 1000 minutes of reading done by our classmates! Thanks for encouraging your child to read at home.

* We are nearly done with our writing unit on narrative writing. We have had lots of fun writing about our own thoughts and feelings. We will conclude with a narrative brochure.

* We are continuing our science learning with living systems. We are now investigating plant systems and how they relate to the human digestive, excretatory, and circulatory systems. We are crossing our fingers our plants actually grow!

* The students enjoyed sharing their I Survived (Didn't Survive) the Sinking of the Titanic rewrites. We are some very creative historical fiction writers!


Tips for Parents

* Looking for a great book for your child? Check out Scholastic's Book Wizard. You can find reading levels, interest levels, or book look alikes.

* Use figurative language in visiting with your child. Ask your child to determine the hidden message.

* Continue to listen to your child read. Even as children get older and become stronger readers, children still need to know reading has value.

* Bonus: What genre is I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic?

* We are now one week into the third and final trimester! Whether we are ready or not, these students will soon be off to middle school. Please use your child's work/behaviors to discuss middle school quality and expectations.

* Thank you for taking the time to visit about a very important person-your child-at conferences.

* Think Spring!!

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