Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18-22

"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."

We had a wonderful start to our school week! Students were introduced to our new Journey's Reading program. We started with an essential question: How is learning at school different from learning at home? We worked on vocabulary, phonics and comprehension. Please ask your child about the book we read called A Fine, Fine Day.

Students were given their first spelling pretest. They will have spelling homework this week. A spelling homework page will go home this afternoon with different activities for students to choose. Our spelling test will take place next Monday so students must have four assignments completed by Friday. They will study for their test over the weekend. 

Our math lessons this week involve telling time to the nearest minute and calculating elapsed time. We will also represent and interpret data on scaled bar graphs, use drawings and number models to represent and solve multiplication stories. Students will have a Home Link each night for homework. Please look for the Learning Objective sticker on each assignment. 

We will continue working on our Community PBL activities this week. We will focus on what being a part of a community means and how our actions can affect our community. 

Have a fantastic week!  :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 5-8

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Welcome to my weekly blog! Please refer here for homework questions and upcoming classroom events and activities. :)

We had a wonderful beginning to our week. Students worked cooperatively on a STEM project this morning. They had 20 minutes to build the highest tower possible using only two pieces of newspaper and 12 inches of tape. It was a difficult task, but students worked well together. We reflected on our strengths and challenges after the project in our PBL notebook (more about that later). :) We also watched an inspiring video from the Kid President.

Our math lessons this week include exploring the Student Reference Book, playing Number Grid Difference, reviewing and using a variety of tools, and using an open number line to round numbers. Students will have a one sided math assignment each night for homework with the exception of Thursday night. I will not give any homework on Open House night. Please take a moment to notice the Learning Objective or I Can statement located on a sticky label on your child's math homework. I have children add the objective to their homework each day so that parents are aware of what we are learning.

We will work on our map and globe skills this week. Students will learn to make a map legend. They will use that knowledge to create a classroom map for parents to use on Thursday night at Open House.

Students will practice writing Friendly Letters this week. They will write their first Learning Wheel entry this week for parents to find at Open House.

Have a fantastic week!  :)

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12-16

"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June."
-  L. M. Montgomery

I can't believe it's our last full week of school.  We've had such a wonderful year together as a class.  It's truly bittersweet to be so close to the end.

We have Field Day tomorrow.  Please help your child find a white shirt to wear since it'll be so hot.  I have encouraged students to bring a large water bottle and sunscreen as well.  We are going to have a fun day!

We won the Box Top Challenge so we were offered a movie and popcorn party by the PTO.  The class is very excited to watch the "The Peanuts Movie" together.  We are grateful to the PTO for this celebration.

Our Dress Rehearsal for the play will take place on Thursday afternoon. Please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing for this last practice.  A list of costume choices went home last Friday.  Teachers will provide the props. Our performance will take place on Friday morning at 9am.  We hope to see all parents there.

Have a fantastic week! :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

June 5-9

"Kind hearts are the gardens; 
kind thoughts are the roots; 
kind words are the flowers; 
kind deeds are the fruits." 
-  English Proverb

No spelling this week due to our Ellis Island simulation and multiple play practices.  We will have math homework on Wednesday and Thursday evenings only.

We are so excited to immigrate tomorrow morning. Students will be arriving at "Ellis Island" around 9:15am. Paperwork will be going home with students this afternoon regarding appropriate costumes and parent volunteer information.  I look forward to this awesome experience.  

Have a fantastic week!  :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22-26

"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."
- Kahlil Gibran

We began our week with the 5th grade band and chorus concert. They both had incredible performances.  There is so much talent in our school. I hope to see my wonderful students up on those risers and next to those music stands in the coming years.  

Students used mental math steps to multiply problems involving larger factors.  Later in the week we will work with elapsed time, explore polygon relationships, find the masses of objects and partition rectangles to solve multi-digit multiplication problems. Students will have a Home Link each night.  

Our spelling rule involves a review of lessons 25-29.  Students will have 25 words to study this week.  Homework will be given on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please help your child study on Thursday evening for his or her test.  

Our last Scholastic book order will be sent home this week.  All orders will be due by June 7th.  Our classroom code is HB244.

Information regarding our Ellis Island Simulation went home last week. Please contact me with any questions or concerns about this awesome experience.  We are hoping to get $2.00 from each family to help with the cost of food and drinks.  All money and volunteer forms are due back on June 2nd.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15-19

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." 
-  Rainer Maria Rilke

We began Unit 9 in math this morning.  Students practiced their multiplication facts by playing Product Pile-Up in groups of three.  Other lessons this week include using mental math steps to multiply problems involving larger factors, solving number stories by multiplying and dividing with multiples of 10, working with elapsed time and exploring polygon relationships. Students will have a Home Link each night for homework. 

Our spelling rule this week focuses on contractions.  Students will have a spelling assignment on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Please help your child study for the test on Thursday night.  

Students will write their first journal entry for immigration this week. They will work with their families to create authentic journal entries to describe their experiences leaving their homeland and traveling to America.  

Have a lovely week!  :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8-12

"You are as welcome as the flowers in May."
-  Charles Macklin

We were so happy to see the sun this afternoon. Students were rewarded with an extra recess for their wonderful behavior in the lunchroom at recess last week. They are working hard to accumulate the most amount of laps for our Miles in May competition.  

We finished Unit 8 in math this morning by exploring the shared attributes of prisms. We will review for the test tomorrow and the assessment will be given the following day. Students will have Home Link 8.8 for homework tonight. They will have a Review Packet for tomorrow night.  Students will have a Challenge homework assignment on Wednesday.  We may begin Unit 9 on Thursday, but I'd appreciate some flexibility regarding homework due to timing issues.  

Our spelling rule this week involves words with the /oi/ sound. Students will have a spelling assignment each night for homework. 

Students are so excited about our Immigration Unit. We have five families in our classroom currently who are immigrating from Ireland, Italy, Russia, Germany and Sweden. They will pick authentic names, occupations and background stories this week. Please ask your child about this awesome experience.

Have a fantastic week!  :)