Weekly Update March 4-8

Weekly Update: March 4-8, 2019
Important Dates/Information

March 8 – Icee Day
March 11 – American Independence test, part 1
March 12 – McTeacher Night 5-8 pm (Forest City 74 Bypass location)
March 13 – Box Tops collection
March 14 – Field trip permission slip/money due for Cinderella play
March 15 – Noon release
March 18 – No school – teacher workday

Due to school cancellations and delays, April 12 will now be a full school day.

The WNC Nature Center field trip has been rescheduled to May 1, 2019.
Skills Unit 5
Spelling Words

chips, much, catch, fetch, marsh, shine, flash, hopping, brushes, how

The Reader for this unit is called Kate’s Book. It follows a girl named Kate who has various adventures during her summer vacation and eventually writes a book about them. The premise is that students are reading the book that Kate wrote, which her grandmother also illustrated.

The following are the sounds and spellings that are either reviewed or introduced in this unit:

• /ch/ spelled ‘ch’ (review) and ‘tch’ (new)

• /j/ spelled ‘j’ (review), ‘g’, ‘ge’ (new)

• /v/ spelled ‘v’ (review) and ‘ve’ (new)

• /r/ spelled ‘r’ (review) and ‘wr’ (new)

• /p/ spelled ‘p’ and ‘pp’ (review)

• /b/ spelled ‘b’ and ‘bb’ (review)

• /k/ spelled ‘c’, ‘k’, ‘cc’, and ‘ck’ (review)

• /g/ spelled ‘g’ and ‘gg’ (review)

• /t/ spelled ‘t’, ‘tt’, ‘ed’ (review)

• /d/ spelled ‘d’, ‘dd’, ‘ed’ (review)

• /f/ spelled ‘f’ and ‘ff’ (review)

• /l/ spelled ‘l’ and ‘ll’ (review)

During Unit 5, students will:

● recognize the spelling pattern for regular plural nouns — if a word ends in ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘s’,

or ‘x’, they will add ‘es’ to make the word plural.

● review nouns and verbs, including the identification and formation of present, past, and

future tense.

● practice identifying and creating statements, questions, and exclamations, both orally

and in writing

● learn that some root words change when adding the suffixes –ing and –ed

● learn the rule for doubling consonant spellings: if there is a short vowel word that ends

in a single consonant, it will change to a double letter spelling. For example, chip

changes to chipping and chipped, hug turns to hugging and hugged, rub turns to rubbing

and rubbed, and mop turns to mopping and mopped.

Unit 5 Tricky Words: how, picture, stagecoach
Listening & Learning: A New Nation: American Independence

In this domain, students will hear about the birth of our country, the United States of America.  They will be introduced to many important historical figures and events as the story unfolds to describe how the thirteen colonies evolved slowly over time from their initial dependence on England to the status of an independent nation. Students will hear about the establishment of the thirteen colonies and will learn about the conflicts that ensued between the colonies and Great Britain. They will learn how the imposition of taxes upon the colonies by Britain led to the Boston Tea Party and, eventually, to war between the colonies and Britain, culminating in the Declaration of Independence and the founding of a new nation.  Additional read-alouds highlight several particularly important historical figures: Betsy Ross, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. The domain concludes with two read-alouds that focus on the role of women, Native Americans, and African Americans during the colonial time period, as well as important symbols of our nation.
Test Part 1: March 11 Our unit on American Independence has a lot of content and vocabulary words.  We will be breaking the test into three smaller parts.

government – the group of people who make decisions and laws for a larger group of people

representatives – the people we send to speak for us in the government

spies – people who work quietly and are not noticed

Declaration of Independence document declaring the United States was independent from Great Britain, written by Thomas Jefferson, beginning says we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal

equally – in the same way or with the same amount

Stars and Stripes – nickname given to the American flag

freedoms – personal liberties or rights to determine personal action

independent – not controlled by any person, country, or thing

Boston Tea Party – the colonists threw tea into the Boston Harbor

harbor – a protected body of water that is deep enough for ships to set anchor and that has port facilities

Paul Revere – made a midnight ride to warn the colonists the British were coming

Fourth of July – national holiday to celebrate the approval of the Declaration of Independence

Shot heard around the world – the beginning of the fighting between the Minutemen and Redcoats

volunteers – people who do something without being paid or told to do it
Math: Chapter 13 – Addition and Subtraction Within 40

Students will:

● Add a one-digit number to a two-digit number by adding ones to ones

● Subtract a one-digit number from a two-digit number by subtracting ones

● Add a one-digit number to a two-digit number by composing a 10

● Use known facts to add a two-digit number and a one-digit number

● Practice adding a one-digit number to a two-digit number using different strategies within


● Subtract a one-digit number from a two-digit number by subtracting from a 10

● Practice subtracting a one-digit number using different strategies within 40

● Add 3 one-digit numbers