We have been continuing our exploration of insects and gathering facts about Leafcutter ants. This is in preparation for a report that the students will be writing in class. We will be using the internet and books in class for our sources. Our writing activities have also prepared them for this report. We will be using a 5 paragraph format.

I want to thank you for all the classroom donations. The snacks, dry erase markers and Dixon Ticonderoga pencils (they sharpen the easiest) donations are greatly appreciated by me and the students.

Digital Storytelling: Students are using the digital cameras to create stories about the school and gardens. I also encourage them to write about their lives outside of school and to bring in pictures or artifacts to use in class. Students have also been checking out cameras to bring home to document stories that take place outside of the classroom. We’re always looking for those writing opportunities that happen every day.

I am will be uploading your child’s stories and pictures to my blog and YouTube channel weekly. If you do not want your child’s name or work listed please notify me. This also applies to my webpage postings which include photos of the class.

Important Dates

Nov. 27-28   Thanksgiving Break-No school

Nov. 24        School Crew Meeting

Homework: This week’s home work is due by next Wednesday. The red folder is due this Friday. This week’s homework consists of writing using the graphic organizer and written using a 5 paragraph format on a topic of their choice. Remind them that the need to either indent or skip a line between paragraphs. Please have your child write in pencil and create an illustration (if applicable) to go along with their writing. Create dialogue with your child to help them generate ideas and the accompanying sentences. This can be done on the computer if appropriate. Math homework for this week consists of various story problems counting by groups (2s, 4s, 5s etc.) This is in preparation for faster addition and multiplication skills. Please have your child show their work and or thinking on the back if more room is needed. The student may write a sentence describing how they solved it in their head if needed. Reading on RAZ-Kids is also an expectation throughout the week. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the homework.

About randy cueto

Randy Cueto is a third grade teacher at Cordata Elementary.
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