Please look in the Weekly Newsletter Folder
in the Files and Documents section
for the optional weekly lesson plans. Power
Points for lessons are included in this
folder as well. 

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?


LANGUAGE ARTS 
*the role of an author and the role of an illustrator
* story elements: characters, setting, main events
*retelling familiar stories including beginning, middle, and ending (folktales)
*making text-to-self and text-to-text connections while reading
* expanding our vocabulary
*identifying rhyming words 

*using drawing and writing to express ourselves and reading our own writing 
*stretching out words we want to write: using at least the beginning and ending sound during Q3 and attempting the medial sound 
*writing with proper letter formation,  proper use of capital and lowercase letters, spaces between words, and punctuation at the end


MATH
Working towards mastery on the following skills in Q3:

*counting to 100 by 1s

*reading/writing/representing numbers 1-20

comparing groups of objects (more/fewer/the same)

*ordering sets (least-greatest, greatest-least)

*number before (one less) and number after (one more)

*counting groups of 10s

*recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 5

*modeling and solving single-step story problems to 10 (addition and subtraction)

*reviewing coins and their values: penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
*determining how many pennies are needed to trade for a nickel, a dime, and a quarter

SCIENCE
We will begin learning about the seasons, reviewing the needs of living things, and learning about the life cycles of plants and animals in Q4.

During Q3 in Science we learned about shadows and light (K8): 
* the sun provides light and warm's the Earth
* shadows are made when an object blocks light
* objects in shadows and objects in sunlight have different temperatures
We also learned about water (K.4):
* water has many uses
* water can be found in many places
* water occurs in different phases (focus on liquid and solid)
* water flows downhill


SOCIAL STUDIES
During Q3 we learned about how communities express patriotism (K.11):
* recognize the American flag
* recognize the Pledge of Allegiance
* knowing that the President is the leader of the US
* recognizing holidays/people associated with them (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, George Washington Day)

We also learned about maps and globes  and relative location (K.4, K.5, K.6):
* using positional words near/far, above/below, left/right, behind/in front to describe relative location
* understand that a map is a drawing of a place to show where things are located and that a globe is a round model of the Earth
* describe place referenced in historical events, stories, and real-life situations 
* locate land and water features
* identify basic map symbols in a map legend
* identify places and objects of a familiar area
* understand that maps and globes show a view from above
* understand that maps and globes show things in smaller size
* understand that maps and globes show the position of objects