Mrs. Chan's Class: Room 27 MONTHLY Newsletter

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January Important Dates

  • Friday, January 17th: Talent Show Participation Permission Slips due for participation in the 3rd Grade Level act. Permission slips will be sent home 1/9. 
  • Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School
  • Wednesday, January 22d from 6:00-7:30pm: Family Math Night @MPR
  • Monday, January 27th- Wednesday, January 29th: Talent Show Auditions

January CurriculuM

*Each Close Reading unit we have an essential question that we discuss with the stories in the booklet. We also apply a variety of reading strategies when looking at these texts in depth. Each month I will list the Close Reading Unit, Essential Question, Texts for Close Reading, and the Reading Strategies. 

  • Close Reading: Unit 1 Government for the People (Non-Fiction)
    • Essential Question: Why do people participate in government?
    • Texts for Close Reading: "Working Together", "Election Day", "It's My Right!", "Winning the Right to Vote"
    • Reading Strategies: Develop sequence and cause &effect for historical events, non-fiction text features
  • Writing: Students learned about the Writing Process (Pre-writing, Rough Draft, Revising, Editing, Peer Reflection, Final Draft). We will be finishing up our Animal Reports this month.
  • Grammar: Irregular Past Tense Verbs, Helping Verbs, Linking Verbs
  • Math: Topic 9- Understanding Fractions & Topic 10- Fraction Comparison and Equivalence
  • Mystery Science: Animals Through Time Unit: Animal Survival & Heredity
  • Social Studies: Government

Homework

Red homework folders are due every morning, except Monday. Homework consists of:

  • Reading 20 or more minutes.
  • Math worksheet- complete both sides and check your work, due following school day.
  • Nightly reading worksheet- read story aloud everyday and answer comprehension questions. Remember to underline or highlight text evidence. Worksheet will be distributed on Mondays and due by Friday.
  • Spelling worksheet- distributed on Mondays, due by Friday. Spelling tests will be every Friday. 

*If homework is taking your child longer than an hour, please let me know. This homework time should also include the 20 minutes of reading.

Weekly Envelopes

I will usually send home a Weekly Envelope at the end of the week. Inside the envelope will be paper communications (permission slips, book orders, etc.) and/ or student work. Please remove and review all the papers each weekend. Then have your child return the weekly envelope to me the following school day. 

Extracurricular Activities

  • PE: daily from 10:50-11:50am. Please have your child wear appropriate shoes everyday. If your child needs to be excused from p.e., send a note to school.
  • Library with Mrs. Fournier: Mondays 1:00-1:30 pm
  • Art with Mrs. Owyang: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am
  • Computers with Mr. Oxendine: Tuesdays 1:00-1:40 pm
  • Music:  Thursdays 2:00-2:30pm
  • Buddies with Mrs. Jordan & Mrs. Warren's kindergarteners:                                Fridays 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Links to Useful Sites

AR Book Finder is an online tool to look up a book's reading level.

Scholastic book order. When ordering books online, use the Class Activation Code GZV38.

*Your child's username and passwords for BrainPop Jr., RazKids, IXL, and Moby Max are all the same. 

BrainPopJr. offers animated educational videos that cover a variety of subject areas. 

RAZ Kids is an interactive online reading program. It offers leveled e-books that are accompanied with reading comprehension questions. Instructions and passwords were given to you at Back To School Night.  Teacher username: chan27.

IXL is an online math and language arts practice program. 

MobyMax provides an online curriculum and is tailored to your child's individual needs. Our school code is ca633. 

Growth Mindset videos. These are videos we have watched and discussed in class. We are practicing to have a growth mindset, which is the idea that we can all get smarter and our brains can get stronger with more effort.

Common Core Standards are the academic standards for K-12 literacy and math education. 

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May chan

Classroom ph #650-638-2929

mchan@smfc.k12.ca.us


*Email is the best way to contact me. Please let me know if your child will be missing school or will be leaving early.

*Please have your child bring an extra sweatshirt or jacket to school. Our classroom can get quite cool even when the air conditioning is off.