WELCOME SPRING!

Hello, Another beautiful weekend in Tucson. We were so excited last Mon. to learn we had won an Eegee’s party for our Door Decoration for Love of Reading Week. Be sure you look at the outside of our door for some amazing book covers that the children created.

We had a lot of fun creating Pi in the sky in celebration wow lug of Pi Day. Thank you Mrs. Breault and Mrs. Gould.

We have really enjoyed studying Women’s History. Our Readers’ Theaters about Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman were awesome.

I have never seen so many creative Leprechauns as we had on St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to Adriana for t. Pat’s pencils and beads and to Tennyson for yummy St. Pat’s cookies.

On Wed. we will attend a Wind Ensemble presentation. Also on Wed. the children will “Step-Up” to 4th Grade. In the afternoon they will meet with the 4TH grade teachers to hear about 4th grade. It is always an exciting time.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Sandy

CURRICULUM
Language Arts
The main selection this week is The Strongest One. It is a play which we will act out using costumes made by Audrey Juneman three years ago. Thank you Audrey! We will practice summarizing. In Grammar we will continue with adjectives.

Math
We have a math test over division and then review for our Chapter Test which will be either Tues. or Wed. We will them take a Cumulative Test over Chapters 4-6. Fractions are up next!

Social Studies
Tucson History is winding down with only two more lessons.

Handwriting
Still working!

Spelling: Final Stable Syllables
able
purple
riddle
handle
towel
eagle
puzzle
castle
little
nickel
camel
pickle
travel
tunnel
squirrel
Review and Challenge Words
dislike
return
unwrap
motel
couple
Vocabulary Words
decorated
symbol
darkened
gnaws
securing
weakest

UPDATE

Hello, Congrats to us for winning the Love of Reading Door Decorating Contest. Our class will have an Eegee’s Party as our prize.

This Fri., March 17th is St. Patricks’ Day relaxed dress.

Thanks, Sandy

Science

The students have been exploring motion of objects.  Students rolled paper cups down ramps and grappled with the different behaviors of rolling systems with two different-sized wheels. They observed the way cups roll and use the predictable curved rolling path to meet challenges. They put cups together to make them roll straight and weight them in various ways to see how weight affects rolling.

 They will design roller coasters on their ipads using the FOSS link (see our Science Class blog for the link), and on Friday, Students will make twirly birds (flying spinners) that create motion from the interaction of the forces of gravity and air friction (air resistance).
First they create a standard twirly bird; then the class focuses on science practices as they investigate variables. Students take their twirly birds outdoors to find out if they fly the same.

WAY TO GO ARIZONA WILDCATS!

Hello, Just got back from the Tucson Festival of Books. Saint Michael’s had a booth there. Lots of people and great weather.

It was a great Love of Reading Week. If you haven’t seen our door covered with the wonderful book covers the children made, take a look. Our theme was Diversity in a Small World. In chapel we had a visit from two authors, had cookies on P.J. Day (thank you Hailey Ochoa), and loved the Book Fair. Along with all of that we had a Readers’ Theater presentation on Eleanor Roosevelt and read books and stories of famous women. This week we will have Readers’ Theater presentations wow jovial on Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks.

Last week we celebrated Preston’s birthday and Monet won the Prize Box Drawing.

This Tues. we will celebrate Pi Day with an activity led by Mrs. Breault and Mrs. Gould.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Sandy

CURRICULUM
Language Arts
We are back to our regular schedule. The well known folktale, Stone Soup, is our main selection. We will practice Making Inferences to enhance comprehension. In Grammar, Adjectives and Articles will be introduced.

Math
We will finish up our Chapter on Division this week. I will let you know when the test is scheduled.

Tucson History
The children continue to learn about how Tucson grew and developed.

Handwriting
We added capital letter U this week. Y comes next.

Spelling: Prefixes re, un, dis, pre
untied
repay
disagree
preheat
unafraid
return
preschool
dislike
disappear
resell
precook
prepay
unbeaten
reprint
unwrap
Review and Challenge Words
tiger
planet
spider
unlucky
recover
Vocabulary Words
guests
untrusting
banquet
agreeable
curiosity
gaze

Science

This week students use variety of systems to explore patterns of motion.

Monday:    They design wheel-and-axle systems and roll the systems down ramps to observe the pattern of motion. They extend their rolling investigations to systems with big and little wheels and use the predictable curved rolling path to meet challenges.

Wednesday:  Quiz (magnets/force)  Study guide handed out last week and reviewed

Friday:  Students roll paper cups down ramps, and grapple with the different behaviors of rolling systems with two different-sized wheels.  They will observe the way cups roll and use the predictable curved rolling path to meet challenges.

A WINDY MARCH DAY!

Hello, What a great day to fly a kite!

Tomorrow we kick off LOVE OF READING WEEK! There will be donation boxes for gently used books for Angel Heart Pajama Project. Angel Heart Pajama Project is a Non-Profit Organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need. We will have a guest author on Wed., the Book Fair is open Tues.-Thurs. and the children may wear their PJ’s to school on Fri. If they choose not to wear PJ’s they need to wear their school uniform. We will still need to have tennis shoes for our PE class.

On Fri. we randomly selected parts for our Readers’ Theaters Presentations as part of our Women’s History Unit this month. Every student has a part. Some of the women that will be studied are Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Helen Keller and Sacajawea as well as the women we read about for our Book-It Project.

Congrats to Tennyson who won the Prize Box Drawing and to the Amazing Math Challenge Winners Finnegan, Ruby, Eleanore, Oliver, Johnny and Sophia.

St. Michael’s will have a booth at next weeks Festival of Books.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Sandy

CURRICULUM
Language Arts
This week will be our Unit 4 Review and Test. We will be reviewing Mon. and Tues. and testing on Wed. and Thurs. There will be no WOW or Spelling this week, nor any Grammar homework. We will be working on a Women’s History Packet.

Math
Way to Go Claire, Sofia, and Finnegan who all completed their mastery of Multiplication and Division Facts. We will finish up our Chapter on Long Division this week.

Social Studies
Tucson History marches on!

Handwriting
This week we added the capital letters H and K to our repertoire.

UPDATE

Hello, Please have your child bring their library card with them tomorrow. We are going to the library to look at Women’s Biographies, our topic for March. Thanks, Sandy