• 3rd Grade Plans Week of March 16th

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 3/15/2020

    Hello families,

    Below you will find the learning plan for the week for 3rd grade.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  Remember that for this week, the work is optional.

    Take care,

    Mrs. Gallegos

    March 16 3rd Grade Plans to share

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  • 2nd Grade: Plans for the Week of March 16th

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 3/14/2020

    Hello families,

    Below you will find the learning plan for the week for 2nd grade.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  Remember that for this week, the work is optional.

    Take care,

    Mrs. Galegos

    2nd Grade Plans March 16th

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  • March 8th

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 3/8/2020 2:30:00 PM

    With so much going on at school this week, there was a lot to be excited about!  We enjoyed Dr. Seuss Day, a STEM fair hosted by Great Oak High School, Movie Night, and Spring Pictures. 

    As a reminder, Open House is Wednesday, March 18th.  The kiddos are hard at work researching, creating, and preparing for your visit.  We hope you are able to make it!

    2nd Grade:

    This week we will review the question, How can we protect the Earth?   We continue to work on understanding the author’s and character’s Point of View.  Our spelling pattern this week is words with the aw sound.  We will also continue to work on possessive pronouns.

    Money is off to a great start.  We continue to work on counting on when counting change, as well as moving into adding and subtracting money.  Again, an easy activity you can do at home is to have your child count a handful of money every night.  Help your child organize their coins by type, then count on from larger coins to smaller coins.  This takes a great amount of practice, but pays off in dividends 😊

    As well, here is a great game you can play at home with your child to reinforce the concept of exchanging that incorporates money.  Instead of using a flat (100) use a dollar.  Instead of using a rod (10) use dimes.  For cubes (1) use pennies. At this age, fair trades are easy to understand when applied to money.

    Base 10 Trading:

    https://em-ccss.everydaymathonline.com/pdf/gameboards/BKG_G3_base10.pdf

     

    3rd Grade – Spelling WEEK

    In our Wonders reading program this week we are studying the question, How do teams work together?  We continue to work on Point of View during our reading groups and whole group lessons.  Students are looking for signal words in text to identify if the point of view is 1st or 3rd person, and are able to cite relevant evidence to describe the characters point of view.  The biggest challenging is helping students zone in on the details that best fits the point of view.  Distinguishing between details that somewhat support the point of view, and without question support the point of view will be our focus over the next two weeks.

    Students are hard at work discovering relationships between shape and perimeter.  Last week we learned that the perimeter of some quadrilaterals can be found by multiplying the length by 2, the width by 2, and then combining those amounts.  We talked about why this formula would not work for a triangle or an octagon.  The students are working hard to build a city with specific perimeters and areas to display at open house, and this will be a big focus of the upcoming week.  

     

    Important Dates:

    March 11th: Fun Run

    March 10th: Third Grade Permission Slip Due

    March 12th: Third Grade Field Trip

    March 18th: Open House

    March 23rd- April 6th: Spring Break

     

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  • March 1st

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 3/1/2020 2:30:00 PM

    We started a new unit in VAPA this week.  The kiddos are in a 6-week unit of Music. 

    The second-grade students are busy learning a ribbon dance that they will perform at a Friday flag in about 8 weeks.  Look for more information to come.  This satisfies their PE minute requirements.  The third grade students join me outside for running/walking, structured games, and free play to meet this requirement.

    2nd Grade:

    This week we will review the question, What do heroes do?   We continue to work on understanding the author’s and character’s Point of View.  Our spelling pattern this week is words with the ew sound (oo, u_e, ew, and ue) spellings.  As well, we continue to work on apostrophe’s and contractions.

    We are starting a new unit on money this week.  An easy activity you can do at home is to have your child count a handful of money every night.  Help your child organize their coins by type, then count on from larger coins to smaller coins.  This takes a great amount of practice, but pays off in dividends 😊

    Again, here is a great game you can play at home with your child to reinforce the concept of exchanging that incorporates money.  Instead of using a flat (100) use a dollar.  Instead of using a rod (10) use dimes.  For cubes (1) use pennies. At this age, fair trades are easy to understand when applied to money.

    Base 10 Trading:

    https://em-ccss.everydaymathonline.com/pdf/gameboards/BKG_G3_base10.pdf

     

    3rd Grade – Vocabulary WEEK

    In our Wonders reading program this week we are diving deeper into the question, How can we reuse what we already have?  We continue to work on Point of View during our reading groups and whole group lessons.  Students are looking for signal words in text to identify if the point of view is 1st or 3rd person, and are able to cite relevant evidence to describe the characters point of view.

    As we move forward with perimeter and area this week, we are focusing on strategies we can use to determine the area of irregular shapes.  To do so, students are first trying to find the area of smaller shapes and then add that area to a larger shape.  Any opportunity you can give your child to measure in the upcoming weeks will be helpful.  Understanding measurement (linear, area, volume) takes multiple exposures.  Cooking, building, using a ruler and tape measure are all great ways to build this foundation.

     

    Important Dates:

    Mar 4th Spring Pictures

    March 11th: Fun Run

    March 10th: Third Grade Permission Slip Due

    March 12th: Third Grade Field Trip

    March 18th: Open House

    March 23rd- April 6th: Spring Break

     

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  • February 23, 2020

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 2/23/2020 2:00:00 PM

    We had a wonderful time at the Second Grade Field Trip to see Aladdin Jr.  Congratulations to Avery on a wonderful performance! 

    2nd Grade: 

    This week we will review the question, How do people get along?   We continue to work on Point of View.  During this unit student need to be able to identify the characters point of view, and also support their reasoning with text evidence.  At this reading level students will no longer find simple text evidence in their stories.  They will need to make inferences, or read between the lines. Our spelling pattern this week is words with the oi and oy spellings.  As well, we continue to work on apostrophe’s and contractions. 

    We are busy wrapping up our work with three -digit addition, and moving on to three-digit subtraction this week.  I continue to be impressed with the student’s progress and feel that we will be more than ready for our upcoming district assessment.  Cool Math Games and Prodigy both have wonderful and engaging math games students can access for additional practice. 

    Again, here is a great game you can play at home with your child to reinforce the concept of exchanging.  Instead of using a flat (100) use a dollar.  Instead of using a rod (10) use dimes.  For cubes (1) use pennies. At this age, fair trades are easy to understand when applied to money. 

    Base 10 Trading: 

    https://em-ccss.everydaymathonline.com/pdf/gameboards/BKG_G3_base10.pdf 

    In Friday folders this week, there was a flyer about our timeline project.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions at all. 

      

    3rd Grade – SPELLING WEEK 

    In our Wonders reading program this week we are diving deeper into the question, How do we get what we need?  We continue to work on Point of View during our reading groups.  Already, students are able to identify the characters point of view and back it up with text evidence.  We continue to examine a multitude of genres as we practice this skill, from opinion letters to fiction stories.  When you read at home with your child you can reinforce this skill by asking questions such as: 

    1. Why do you think the character is acting in this way? 
    1. How would you describe the way they are feeling? 
    1. What words in the story helped you understand this? 

    We quickly touched upon geometry this past week, and are moving on to perimeter and area.  We will come back to a deeper look at geometry at the end of the year.  Next week we will work on the concept of perimeter, or how we measure and calculate the outer edges of a space.  From there, we will look at the many ways we can calculate the area of both regular and irregular shapes.  

     

    Important Dates: 

    2/26 Family Literacy Night 

    3/4 -Spring Pictures 

    3/11 – Fun Run 

     

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  • February 9, 2020

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 2/9/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Hopefully you got the notice about our day on Thursday, February 13th.  Students should bring in a decorated shoe box, or any container to hold cards.  Please have your child fill out cards for the other students in our classroom and bring them to school on the 12th or 13th.  Students will open the cards in class, but bring home the candy.  In this way, you can monitor what they are able to eat.  We will do a couple of Minute to Win It style games in our classroom in lieu of a “party”.  All in all, it should be a fun filled day!

    Mr. Araiza:  Hopefully you saw the note in your child’s learning wheel that Mr. A will not be joining us this semester.  We wish him all the best!

    2nd Grade:

    This week we will review the question, How can two stories about the same idea be the same and different?   This is a review week in reading, and for that reason there will NOT BE A SPELLING LIST OR TEST.  On Wednesday, students will take their District Literacy Assessment in which they have to identify how two informational stories are the same and different, as well as distinguish which story a main idea came from.  We have been busy practicing these skills in both small and whole group, and I feel confident that they will do well. 

    We are wrapping up our study of two-digit subtraction in math, before we move on to three-digit addition.  The students have become more consistent in their ability to use the traditional algorithm for subtraction, but more importantly they are able to explain why they regroup in subtraction.  We will circle back to subtraction in a few short weeks before we take our math assessment.

    Again, here is a great game you can play at home with your child to reinforce the concept of exchanging.  Instead of using a flat (100) use a dollar.  Instead of using a rod (10) use dimes.  For cubes (1) use pennies. At this age, fair trades are easy to understand when applied to money.

    Base 10 Trading:

    https://em-ccss.everydaymathonline.com/pdf/gameboards/BKG_G3_base10.pdf

    In Friday folders this week, there was a flyer about our timeline project.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions at all.

     

    3rd Grade – SPELLING WEEK

    The students did an amazing job completing their informational writing piece.  They worked incredibly hard, especially in the editing phase of their writing.  This is something to be commended.  All students truly worked to earn the highest grade possible, pushing themselves to continuously review and improve their work.  Not only did this piece take a great amount of synthesizing of multiple stories, it also required a great amount of organization.  Well done to all of the students!

    In our Wonders reading program this week we are diving deeper into the question, How do we get what we need?  We are shifting into our next literacy topic, Point of View.  In this unit we will work in both fiction and non-fiction text.  Students will need to be able to identify who is telling the story, what their point of view is, and support this idea with evidence from the text.   

    We ended fractions with success.  While this was a challenging concept for students, in the end they came so far!  Students were able to identify shaded regions, unit fractions, equivalent fractions, and even compare fractions.  As well, we learned about mixed numbers and applied that learning to real-world problems.  Our next unit of study focuses on area and perimeter.  With the love of multiplication and division that this class has, I am sure this will be a unit they feel confident in!

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    Important Dates:

    Feb 14 & 17:  No School

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  • February 2, 2020

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 2/2/2020 2:00:00 PM

    There is so much research happening in our room right now!  Both grade levels are busy writing informational research papers, and learning how to identify facts that are not only interesting, but also important.

    2nd Grade:

    This week in our Wonders program we are studying the question, What excites us about nature?   This week we will learn about one type of weather as a group.  Students will then select another type of weather to research.  They will be able to use this information to compare and contrast the two weather types, and then write an informational piece about wild weather!  Our spelling pattern this week continues with more r controlled vowels.  In addition, we will continue to work on irregular plural nouns during our grammar time.

    We are in the full swing of regrouping for subtraction.  All of the students were able to regroup when using the physical base 10 blocks, as well as explain their reasoning for doing so.  When we drew the exchanges on paper the students continued to be successful with the concept.  Moving away from the conceptual understanding and into the traditional algorithm has taken some more practice for the students.  This work requires abstract thinking and synthesis of what they have learned so far.  This often takes a bit more practice.  Commend them for their hard work and remain patient, as it is important that they understand why the are or are not regrouping!

    Again, here is a great game you can play at home with your child to reinforce the concept of exchanging.  Instead of using a flat (100) use a dollar.  Instead of using a rod (10) use dimes.  For cubes (1) use pennies. At this age, fair trades are easy to understand when applied to money.

    Base 10 Trading:

    https://em-ccss.everydaymathonline.com/pdf/gameboards/BKG_G3_base10.pdf

    We are back into our Social Studies learning, studying the question How are people and places long ago different from today?  Your child may be asking you questions about your family history, including heirlooms, artifacts, old photographs and newspapers.  Look for a paper to come home tomorrow outlining photos needed for a timeline project we will do in class.

     

    3rd Grade – Vocabulary WEEK

    In our Wonders reading program this week we are diving deeper into the question, How are people able to fly?   This will be the topic of the students writing assessment in two week’s time.  We will read and take notes on one story as a group.  I will guide their note taking in a smaller reader, and they will be asked to take notes on their own in a third story.  From this information, students will be asked a specific question in this topic to write an informational piece about.  We are working to practice as much as we can to ensure students are able to master this difficult writing process.

    This week students will complete their unit math assessment on fractions.  The students are able to write fractions to represent a set of an item (how many crayons in the group are red), write a fraction to represent the whole (how much of the cookie is missing), and represent fractions on a number line.  I am proud of their perseverance in this area, as there is so much new information to take in and cement with this topic.  Following this unit, students will briefly explore polygons before learning about area and perimeter.

    In Social Studies, students have begun to learn about the history of our town. Students are currently working to build a timeline of the events before they dive deeper into each subject.  We have a tentative field trip to the Temecula History Museum on March 12th.  I will send out further details as the date draws near.

     

    Important Dates:

    Feb 4th:  TVUSD Board Meeting

    Feb 14 & 17:  No School

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  • January 26th

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 1/26/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Welcome to Mr. Arazia, our student teacher this semester.  He will be with our classroom until the end of the school year.  Mr. A. will join us for 3 days a week and we are lucky to have him.  Read below to find out more about Mr. Arazia. 

    Hello my name is Sal Araiza and I am a Student Teacher at Jackson Elementary in room 19. It’s a privilege to work with Mrs. Gallegos and your children for the remainder of the school year 2020. I would like to share a little bit about who I am as a person and my professional background. I call Temecula my home, it is my community and I’ve resided in Temecula for the past 6 years. I’m a U.S. Marine Veteran, I served my country from 2000 to 2008, and a father of two beautiful teenaged girls that attend Temecula Valley Highschool. After serving my country, I attended college as an undergrad at CSUDH where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Public Administration/Hospital Administration. Shortly after, I applied and was accepted at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA.  and completed my doctrinal courses. However, after a brief externship with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission I decided law school wasn’t the path for me, and that teaching would be my passion. I am now enrolled in a CA distinguished Teaching Credentials program called CALSTATETEACH. In addition to Student Teaching, I perform the duties of a Substitute Teacher for Momentum Learning in San Diego and for Lake Elsinore Unified School District.  

     

    I am making calls home to answer any questions you have about your child’s progress.  If we are not able to connect when I call, send me an email as to when a good time to reach out would be!

    2nd Grade:

    This week in our Wonders program we are studying the question, How are celebrations around the world the same and different? The students are coming along nicely in their ability to identify similarities and differences among stories about the same subject.  While it is easy for students to find small details within a story at this age, synthesizing, or taking those details and grouping them into bigger ideas can be difficult.  This is an important transition for students to make as they prepare for 3rd grade.  As you read informational text at home with your child, ask them questions about the stories that focus on how the author organized the information in sections or paragraphs. 

    What was this paragraph mostly about?

    What is the author’s purpose in this section?  Are they comparing, giving details, etc?

    Students have taken the first common assessment in addition and subtraction.  They are doing well with this subject, and we are working on using the most effective strategy to add or subtract based on the numbers.  We will begin to complete an applied project in which students have to apply the mathematics they are learning as they make decisions about setting up a mock video game store.

     

    3rd Grade – SPELLING Week

    In our Wonders reading program this week we continue looking at the question, How are people able to fly?   We continue this study as we work to identify cause and effect relationships.  Students are progressing nicely with this skill when the relationships are simple, but we are still practicing identifying those relationships when we talk about large concepts, not small details.

    We have almost completed our second informational writing piece in which we compare how animals adapt to challenges in their environment.  These writing pieces are several paragraphs long, and stamina is the key to this writing.  Students better understand the format, but are working to make their introductions and conclusions more concise.

    Fractions, fractions, and more fractions!  We are still working through building our understanding about fractions.  Students can now name the parts of a diagram, fill in missing fractions on a number line, and understand that fractions can be added together.  This week we will talk about comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions.

    Important Dates:

    1/28: 100th Day of School

    1/29 PTA Movie Day- send in permission form and $5

    1/31- Tie Dye Day

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  • January 19, 2020

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 1/19/2020 2:30:00 PM

    I am looking forward to the mild weather we have in store this week!  As the temperature rises, please remember to send a water bottle to school with your child each day.  They are able to keep the water on their desk to drink throughout the day.

    I will be reaching out in the next few weeks, but feel free to email me a good time to chat if you would like to have a conversation about your child’s progress. I am always happy to answer any questions you have!

    2nd Grade:

    This week in our Wonders program we are studying the question, How does the Earth Change?   We are continuing our unit on compare and contrast as we read stories about volcanoes and earthquakes.  Our spelling pattern this week is words with r controlled vowels.  As well, we will continue to work on irregular plural nouns during our grammar time.

    We continue our study of regrouping (borrowing and carrying) in Math.  We are enjoying looking at math puzzles that help students think beyond the traditional algorithm.  We will spend the majority of this week applying what we have learned through an applied math project.

     

    3rd Grade – VOCABULARY Week

    In our Wonders reading program this week we continue looking at the question, How are people able to fly?   During our large reading groups, students will read about the history of flight, with one story zooming in on ballooning!  We are taking research notes as we read our stories, which is helping the students develop their own informational pieces. Students are able to use these mentor texts as models for the way they build sentences and organize ideas in their own writing.

    In Math this week we are continuing our fraction unit.  Students are now being asked to use the language of fractions, but are still working at the conceptual level.  We will transition to traditional algorithms and shortcuts by the end of the unit, but first the students need to have a strong foundational understanding of a few key skills.

    Key understandings we have tackled so far:

    ½ is not always the same size-it depends on the size of the whole

    When dividing a whole into regions the parts must be equal

    There are many ways to build a fraction; 1/2 is the same as 1/4 + ¼

    These learnings are built through guided math conversations with the students, allowing them to test and discuss their ideas.  They then use these concepts to build their algorithms and shortcuts.  It is such a fun process to be part of!

     

    Important Dates:

    Monday January 20th:  No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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  • January 12, 2020

    Posted by Cori Gallegos on 1/12/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Welcome back to the start of the new year!  We had a really wonderful first week back, catching up and diving right back into our learning.  This Friday your child’s report cards will be coming home.  There shouldn’t be any surprises on them, but do feel free to reach out with any questions.  I plan on making calls in the next few weeks to touch-base with each family and have listed a what’s ahead under each grade level section. 

    2nd Grade: 

    This week in our Wonders program we are studying the question, What makes parts of the world different?   This week we are kicking off a unit on compare and contrast.  This ties nicely to our writing unit on informational text, as compare and contrast paragraphs are one of three paragraph writing styles we will learn about!  Specifically, we will dive deeper into our reading about the Tropical Rain Forest, comparing the different layers of this region. Our spelling pattern this week is words with silent letter combinations.  In addition, we will work on irregular plural nouns during our grammar time. 

    We continue our study of regrouping (borrowing and carrying) in Math.  By the end of this week students will work on adding more than two numbers both with and without regrouping.  The heart of the math here is to have students understand why we regroup, explain it in their own words, and then investigate if this skill holds true with larger numbers.  We have many wonderful math conversations happening in the classroom and the students are feeling more comfortable with challenging each other’s thinking! 

    What’s Ahead: 

    Reading Groups:  Book Studies and Literature Circles 

    Math Groups: Money and Math 

    Social Studies:  Community Helpers and Local Government 

    Science:  Our Changing Landscape- Erosion understanding and prevention 

    Writing:  Research and Informational Writing 

     

    3rd Grade – SPELLING WEEK 

    In our Wonders reading program this week we continue looking at the question, How do animals adapt to changes in their habitat?   During our large reading groups, students will read about animals that may look similar but live in different habitats.  We continue to examine multiple types of non-fiction text as we begin our own research on topics, focusing specifically on the structure of writing. The students have become familiar with these different types of structures, but will now need to apply this work in their own writing. 

    Reading groups are running smoothly!  Students have begun to lead the discussions during group time, building on one another’s ideas and defending their thinking.  During this time, I serve more as a coach of their reading, with the ultimate goal that they carry these analytical thinking skills over to their independent reading time. 

    In Math this week we are head first into fractions.  We are building upon the idea of equal groups from multiplication and division and using this to talk about dividing regions into equal parts.  The goal is to build conceptual understanding first, before introducing algorithms or procedures.  Especially with fractions, if students do not understand that more parts mean that the parts get smaller, they end up making mistakes with algorithms down the road when it comes to converting fractions and finding like denominators.  

    Reading Groups:  Book Studies and Literature Circles 

    Math Groups: Fractions and Geometry 

    Social Studies:  Temecula History 

    Science:  Weather and Climate Zones 

    Writing:  Research and Informational Writing 

     

    Important Dates: 

    Wednesday, January 15: Jersey Mike’s Restaurant Night 

    Friday, January 17th: Report Cards Come Home 

                                     Rubik’s Cube dress up day 

                                     2nd to wear: Green 

                                     3rd to wear:  Yellow 

     

     

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