2013 - 2014
Hello Families, Students, and Friends!
We are very excited to get this new school year off with a field trip to the EMP Museum at the Seattle Center. We are introducing this year's learning theme, "Realms of Fantasy, Reality, and Imagination," by first exploring the "Worlds of Myth and Magic" exhibit at the Museum. We will integrate this theme throughout our school year. So expect the unexpected as we have some fun and learn a lot too!
Units of Study for 2013 - 2014
Houghton Mifflin Reading program, 2,3, 4th
D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read!
Language/ Writing: (2nd grade “Explode the Code” workbooks and a plethora of good reading and recorded books!)
Parts of speech / Dictionary skills
Six-trait writing: Ideas and Content, Voice, Organization, Writing for a variety of purposes: to inform, to entertain….
Poetry and Spelling
Addition / Subtraction
Multiplication / Division (emphasis with 3rd and 4th grades)
Time and Money
Place Value and Fractions
Measurement (standard and metric)
Social Studies: What is an archetype? Who are the character's from literature you most identify with? We will explore these questions and more this year!
Science: Alchemy anyone? Lets explore the early system of beliefs and practices that led to modern day chemistry and more.
Art: Fantasy, Myth, Imagination, and Creativity will be a big part of our art projects this year.
Students will need to wear proper shoes on the days we have PE. We will be working on building coordination and specific sports and game skills. For your child’s safety, and the safety of others, they will need to wear shoes that fit, and will stay on if your child is kicking
Index’s Accelerated Readers
At Index we stress the importance of students reading every day. We use Accelerated Reader, a program that encourages students to select books to read at their individual reading levels. The students will be able to earn points by correctly answering comprehension questions that measure how well they understand the story. One goal of our reading program is to have students read for 30 minutes nightly. Your child may read alone, to someone in the family, or may take turns reading aloud with someone. This reading is a part of our regularly scheduled homework.
Please encourage your child to read every night!
Lets Talk about Homework!
Homework has a definite place in the educational process. Homework is designed to aid the student in achieving classroom and school goals, and should not be used to punish a student. By having regularly assigned homework, students will develop the habit of regularly working on homework and returning it on time. This habit will benefit them throughout the rest of their school years.
The home assignments are intended to be completed by your child without much difficulty. Students will be practicing skills covered in class, for the most part. I will also assign a few more involved projects during the year.
Your child will have homework 4 times each week. I will not assign homework on Fridays. Your child should spend about 40 to 50 minutes a day on homework.
Your child will be bringing home a special homework folder every day. Inside the folder will be a “homework” assignment sheet”, and the homework for the day. On Thursday evening when you are going over your child’s work, sign the homework sheet and have your child return it to school in the folder on Friday. This will enable you to be aware of all homework assignments.
Please have your child return his or her homework folder to school EVERY DAY!
If you have questions or concerns please let me know. As a courtesy, I ask that you call the school in advance so that we might find a time where I can effectively address any questions or concerns in a relaxed and unhurried way.