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Chapter 1: Lesson 1: Plants and Sunlight

Our science curriculum began this year with the study of life science. We’re currently discussing plant structures and photosynthesis, and soon will be moving onto food chains. For a great animated summary of our studies, please click below!
 

First Scholastic Book Orders ’14

If you plan on purchasing books for your student via Scholastic book orders this year, I encourage you to consider choosing books from our very first catalog order. Scholastic gives away more books and bonus points from this first order than it does for any other. This translates into more books for our classroom library, and more choices for your child during Accelerated Reader time! Please review the fliers sent home and send in your order no later than Monday, September 22nd. Or, if it is more convenient, please place your order online by clicking on Place Your Book Club Order. Online orders are due one day before in-class orders — in this case, September 21st. If you need a reminder of our class code, please send me a note or use the Contact page.

BrainPop Jr.

Lucky Room 36! Thanks to last year’s Math*A*Thon funds, our class has been able to renew our subscription to BrainPopJr! This is a fantastic service that shows short cartoon movies covering a variety of content ranging from Writing a Paragraph and Camouflage to Rounding and Food Chains! These movies can be viewed by using the username and password sent home to you.  If you have forgotten the username/password, send a quick note or e-mail and I will resend it to you. Many of the videos are linked under specific content areas on our Games page, but feel free to browse the entire site as well!

Fall Picture Day

Picture DayA quick reminder, school pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 18th. Picture package order forms were sent home on Monday! :)

Deep Dive (Multiplication)

Deep DiveKeeping in line with this year’s beach theme, the first game I’d like to steer you to is called Deep Dive! It is a colorful, engaging game based on SCUBA diving and mastering multiplication facts. You are able to adjust your level by choosing which facts you’d like to practice. As you answer questions correctly, you visit new creatures in deeper ocean waters! Try it out and tell me what you think! :) Have fun on your first virtual SCUBA dive and master those multiplication facts!

Back to School Night

Please mark your calendars for Back to School Night on Thursday, September 11th! Second and third grade teachers will present from 6:30 to 7:00 PM. Fourth and fifth grade teachers will speak from 7:15-7:45 PM. Teachers will share information about important procedures, curriculum, as well as any other pertinent information to the classroom. PLEASE ATTEND!

Parents Are Partners

Thank you so much for returning our Parents Are Partners surveys! Most parents have already returned their sheets and I’m receiving some very valuable information! It’s a great resource to make sure we’re all on the same page. If you ever have any new information or a scenario you’d like to keep me informed with during the school year, please don’t hesitate to use the contact form or send in a note with your child. Have a great Labor Day holiday!

Musical World Tour: “Water and Land”

Tomorrow, we will listen to the song “Water and Land” to help us remember the names of the continents and oceans on our planet. Please practice the song often! There are LYRICS HERE & AUDIO HERE. In order to help solidify the locations and shapes of each of these places, please use the fun review below!
 
* Blank World Map (printable at-home practice)
* Name the Continents, Continents and Oceans, Test Your Geography Knowledge
* Continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, North America, and South America. Oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

A filled bucket!

This year, Wilson Elementary is enthusiastically introducing a new character development program called Bucket Filling! To begin this concept, we will read the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud. Click here to have it read aloud!

The book explains that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. This bucket represents our social and emotional health. When our buckets are full, we are happy; when our buckets are empty, we are sad. Children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. They also learn that when they are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful, they dip into buckets and remove those good feelings. Every choice we decide either makes us a “bucket filler” or a “bucket dipper”.

So how do we fill a bucket? You can fill a bucket when you show love to someone, when you smile, make someone feel special, or do something kind. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things to other people. They help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, read to a younger sibling, or invite a new friend to play. By filling other people’s buckets, we fill our own bucket too! A great message from this book is the realization that giving not only helps the receiver, but it also benefits the giver!

What do bucket dippers do? Bucket dippers rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task, by saying or doing mean things, by making fun of someone, or by ignoring or excluding someone. Bucket dippers act this way because they have empty buckets. They think that they can fill their bucket by dipping into our bucket, but that will never work. A bully is an example of a bucket dipper.

Students will be encouraged to be bucket fillers both at home and at school, and I invite you to use these terms with your child. It is a simple message with a big outcome!