Week of March 6th!

 

THANK YOU Mrs. Bress for our Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dr. Seuss shirts! It was the perfect way to culminate a wonderfully celebratory week of Dr. Seuss!

Reminders:
  • This Tuesday, March 7th will be Picture Day. Envelopes were sent home earlier this week.
  • Our March Homework Choice Boards will be sent home on Monday! Please staple all related work through the month!
  • Please remember to respond to your child’s Family Journals this weekend.
Weekly News:
Math: We will continue learning how to add and subtract to 100 by using 10’s and 1’s. For example, 60+27=87. We will also be solving word problems using these skills. We will begin to regroup as well, i.e. 27+8=35

Reading: We will continue working on our ability to compare and contrast characters and their experiences. We  use the word, “contrast” for differences and “compare” for similarities. They will be able to practice this skill in their reading logs this week, as well!

Writing: We will continue writing about opinions and will also start to learn about verbs, as well as subject/verb agreement.

Phonics: We will be working on the “er” by using the letters, ir/er/ur as in “turn,” “bird,” and “serve.” Students may have a little more trouble with this this week, discerning which letter combinations to use.

Social Studies: We will be learning all about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

S.T.E.M.: Students were introduced to our new S.T.E.M. challenge, designing a structure. They were able to select their group members and select a strategy for their design. Many of them started to design their models as well. This week we will be building these structures, estimating their height, measuring them with a non-standard unit of measurement, as well as comparing the sizes of the structures.

Melissa

Week of February 27th!!

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Read Across America Week!

Reminders:
  • The Week of February 27th will be Read Across America Week and our theme is Dr. Seuss! 
  • Monday-Bring your favorite Dr. Seuss book to school and wear your favorite hat.
  • Tuesday-Wear Crazy Socks
  • Wednesday-Wear Mixed-Up Clothes
  • Thursday-PJ Day!
Weekly News:
Math: We will be learning how to add and subtract to 100 by using 10’s and 1’s. For example, 60+27=87. We will also be solving word problems using these skills.

Reading: We will continue working on our ability to compare and contrast characters and their experiences. We  use the word, “contrast” for differences and “compare” for similarities. They will be able to practice this skill in their reading logs this week, as well!

Writing: We will continue working on our opinion pieces, making sure that we include an opening sentence, supporting reasons and a closing sentence. We will be writing about pet parades, our breaks and our favorite pets this week!

Phonics: We will be working on the “Y” as a vowel sound, such the Long I sound in words like “shy” and the Long E sound in words like “penny.”

Science: We will start our unit on Muscles. Students will be learning all about our face, neck, arm, and heart muscles.

S.T.E.M.: The students loved creating and performing their shadow puppet plays. I was so impressed with their characters and story lines. I’m sure they will be telling you all about them. This week we will be doing a special Dr. Seuss themed activity which will incorporate all aspects of S.T.E.A.M.

I hope that everyone has a special break!

Melissa

Week of February 13th!

 

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Reminders:
  • Valentine’s Day boxes and cards are to be brought in this Tuesday for our exchange!
  • Please continue to staple any Choice Board homework assignments to their Choice Board sheet and make sure that their name is on it!
  • Please read and respond to the Family Journals each week!
Weekly News:
Math: This will be a week of review of all the concepts we have learned so far this quarter: missing variables with addition and subtraction, 10 more/10 less, solving mentally, without a chart, as well as solving word problems incorporating these concepts.

Reading: We will be working on our ability to compare and contrast characters and their experiences. We will use the word, “contrast” for differences and “compare” for similarities. They will be able to practice this skill in their reading logs this week, as well!

Writing: We will continue working on our opinion pieces, making sure that we include an opening sentence, supporting reasons and a closing sentence. They will also be writing their plots for the shadow puppet theater.

Phonics: We will be working on the Soft C and Soft G in words like prince and age. This is the “Gentle Cindy” Rule: “When a C or a G is followed by an E, I, or Y it will say its soft sound.”

Social Studies: We will kick off our unit on  Harriett Tubman and the Underground Railroad! We will be continuing this unit after break.

Science: We will wrap up our unit on Light and Shadows and there will be an assessment later in the week.

S.T.E.M.  Students creatively collaborated with their peers to develop their characters, the plot (beginning, middle and end), the problem and solution, as well as my challenge to them: incorporate a Central Message for their Shadow Puppet Theater Skits. Their shadow puppet theater skits include: dragons, puppies, knights, whales, robbers, castles, and are SO creative! We will create these shadow puppets this week and students will use them to perform their skits, lights out and all!

I hope that everyone has a “love”ly week!

Melissa

 

Week of February 6th!!

Reminders:
  • February Choice Boards will be on the LEFT side of Homework folders this week. All assignments will be due at the end of this month. Please staple all work to the Choice Board.
  • Valentine’s box directions and class names went home this week on the pink sheet. These are due on Valentine’s Day 🙂
  • Please read and respond to the Family Journals that went home today!
Weekly News:
Math: We will be solving for the unknown variable in subtraction problems, i.e. 14-?=6. Please work on those subtraction flashcards at home!!!!

Reading: We will be reviewing their ability to retell stories and their ability identify the central message.  Please remember,  as part of the homework every night, students have to complete a reading log sheet in their homework notebooks that helps them to use these skills at home. Those reading skills will be on there this week!

Writing: We will continue working on our opinion pieces, making sure that we include an opening sentence, supporting reasons and a closing sentence. They all did an amazing job at this this week!

Phonics: This week we will be learning about making the Long O sound by using the letters “ow” as in row, “oe” as in toe, “old” as in gold and “oa” as in coat. We will have a spelling test on Friday :).

Science: Students were introduced to Light and Shadows. We will continue learning about the different sources of light and how and why shadows are formed.

S.T.E.M.  This week we start planning our next STEM activity which is creating a shadow puppet. This will incorporate all that they are learning about light and shadows

I hope that everyone has a fantastic week!

GO FALCONS!!! Rise Up!!

Melissa

Week of January 30th!

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Reminders:
  • Please send in a teddy bear with your child on Monday to commemorate President Theodore Roosevelt!
  • This week is Atlanta Falcon’s Spirit Week!! Monday is hat day! The Countdown to the Superbowl LI has begun!! Still hard to believe!!
  • Keep an eye out for spare shoe boxes around the house. They will be needing these to create their Valentine’s boxes at home in a couple of weeks!
Weekly News:
Math: We will start 1o More and 10 Less this week. For example, 10 more than 88 is 98, 10 less than 16 is 6.

Reading: We will work on their ability to retell the stories they read by summarizing the beginning, middle and ending of the stories. Please remember,  as part of the homework every night, students have to complete a reading log sheet in their homework notebooks that helps them to use these skills at home.

Writing: We will continue working on our opinion pieces, making sure that we include an opening sentence, supporting reasons and a closing sentence. They tried their hand at editing their pieces this week and did a great job!

Phonics: This week we will be learning about making the Long I sound by using the letters “ight” as in bright, “y” as in try, and “ye” as in bye. This will probably be the most challenging week so far, so try to allot some additional study time at home! We will have a spelling test on Friday :).

Social Studies: We will wrap up our unit on President Theodore Roosevelt. We will send a book home on Monday to review and will have an assessment on Tuesday.

Science: Just in time for Groundhog’s Day, we will be starting our unit on Light and Shadows. This unit will give students an understanding of light and how, exactly, shadows are formed.

S.T.E.M. Students had so much fun creating their unique versions of snowmen. It was very impressive to see how individual each one was. They had limited resources and certain size parameters and did a great job! I’ve never quite seen snowmen like that before! This week we will be be doing a S.T.E.M. project incorporating our Light and Shadows unit we are starting in Science.

I hope that everyone has a fantastic week!

Melissa

Week of January 23rd!

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GO Falcons-Our Home Team!!!
Reminders:
  • Please remind your children about the Reading Logs each night. This could be on books they read independently or that they are read aloud to.  They are in their red homework folders.
  • The January Choice Board’s 6 activities will be due THIS Friday!!
  • Keep an eye out for spare shoe boxes around the house. They will be needing these to create their Valentine’s boxes at home in a couple of weeks!
Weekly News:
Math: We will continue start solving equations with unknown variables, otherwise known as missing addends. For example, 9+__=15. We will starat using this skill to solve word problems. There will be an assessment on this at the end of the week.

Reading: We will continue learning about the Central Messages that authors try to convey in their stories. We will also be spiraling in the ability to make connections while we read and create mind movies. As part of the homework every night they have to complete a reading log sheet in their homework notebooks that helps them to use these skills at home.

Writing: We will continue working on our opinion pieces, making sure that we include an opening sentence, supporting reasons and a closing sentence.

Phonics: This week we will be learning about making the Long E sound by using the letters “ee” as in seen, and “ea” as in “dream.” We’ve been reviewing the rule, “When 2 vowels go walking, the first does the talking.” We will have a spelling test on Friday :).

Social Studies: We will start to learn about President Theodore Roosevelt and all of the things that he did to make our country stronger and more beautiful! We will focus upon all of the National Parks and Wildlife Refugees he created. Our students will surely share his passion for animals!

S.T.E.M. Students will be using items in their pencil boxes to partake in a “Snowman Challenge.”

I hope that everyone has a fantastic week!

Melissa

Week of January 17th!

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Reminders:
  • This Thursday, January 19th is the 100th Day of School! Please remember to send in the 100th Day project, a clear bottle filled with 100 of the same item. We will be using these on Thursday as well as many other fun activities to celebrate this special day. I can hardly believe it myself!!
Weekly News:
Homework This Week: On the right side of the homework folder, you will find the spelling words for the week, spelling homework and the  reading logs that they need to fill out nightly. On the left side of the folder will be a new Choice Board. Students will have to complete at least 6 squares per month. As they complete these items, they can color the squares in and put any written work related to these assignments on the left side.  I have included a double-sided sheet of writing paper. Please let me know if you need more. For math homework, please have your child practice math flash cards ( addition and subtraction facts to 20) for 5-10 minutes each night.
Math: We will start solving equations with unknown variables, otherwise known as missing addends. For example, 8+?=15. It will be very helpful if students have their math facts memorized for this unit!

Reading: We will continue learning about the Central Messages that authors try to convey in their stories. This is very similar to the lesson or moral of a story. We will continue developing our mind movies and connections while reading as well!

Writing: We will officially kick off our Opinion Writing Unit! This is a unit where I find there is never a lack of things to write about, ha! They ALL have their opinions, and that is wonderful! We will finally get to share the items from their bags this week.

Phonics: This week we will be learning about making the Long A sound by using the letters “ai” as it wait, and “ay” as in clay. This may be a little tricky for them, so try to get some time in for review this week. There will be a spelling test this Friday.

Social Studies: We will start to learn about President Theodore Roosevelt and all of the things that he did to make our country stronger and more beautiful!

S.T.E.M. We will be creating our own unique “snowflakes” using base ten blocks. They will have to create these snowflakes within the parameters of “Greater Than” and “Less Than” block totals.

I hope that everyone has a fantastic week!

Melissa

Week of January 9th!

So, it’s not EXACTLY a Winter Wonderland out there, but it’s a great weekend to relax, play games, take walks and just have fun as a family! Enjoy!
Reminders:
  • Please sign the Report Card envelopes and return just the envelopes to school on  Monday. Please do NOT lick the envelopes!
  • Please send back the paper bags filled with 5 of your child’s favorite things on Monday. If the actual item is too big, you can send in a picture.
Weekly News:
Homework This Week: On the right side of the homework folder, you will find the spelling words for the week, spelling homework and the  reading logs that they need to fill out nightly. On the left side of the folder will be a new Choice Board. Students will have to complete at least 6 squares per month. As they complete these items, they can color the squares in and put any written work related to these assignments on the left side.  I have included a double-sided sheet of writing paper. Please let me know if you need more. For math homework, please have your child practice math flash cards ( addition and subtraction facts to 20) for 5-10 minutes each night.
Math: We will continue learning about Greater Than, Less Than, and Equal To equations. We’ve been learning that the “alligator” always eats the larger number. I’ve noticed that the class could use some work with the automaticity  of their math facts. Your math homework this week will be to make or buy addition and subtraction flash cards to 20 and practice for 5-10 minutes each night :). I’d recommend starting with addition, then moving along to subtraction.

Reading: We will be learning about the Central Messages that authors try to convey in their stories. This is very similar to the lesson or moral of a story. We will continue developing our mind movies and connections while reading as well!

Writing: We will kick off our Opinion Writing Unit! This is a unit where I find there is never a lack of things to write about, ha! They ALL have their opinions, and that is wonderful! We will get to finally share our favorite things from our paper bags and write about them.

Phonics: This week we will be learning about making the Long A sound by using the letters “ai” as it wait, and “ay” as in clay. This may be a little tricky for them, so try to get some time in for review this week.

Social Studies: We will wrap up our unit on our global address and start learning about the inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. We will focus upon how important it is to stand up for what you believe in!

S.T.E.M. We will be creating our own unique “snowflakes” using base ten blocks. They will have to create these snowflakes within the parameters of “Greater Than” and “Less Than” block totals.

I hope that everyone has a fantastic week!

Melissa

January 5th & 6th!

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Welcome to 2017! I know this will prove to be a fantastic year for all! I hope that you have had a wonderfully relaxing vacation with your children. I think of them often and look forward to seeing them this Thursday, January 5th! My family and I just returned from a beautiful week in the North Carolina mountains and I’m rested and ready to get back to work 🙂 !!
Reminders:
  • Report Cards come home this Friday, January 6th!
  • There will be No Homework nor Spelling Tests due to our short week!
Week At A Glance:
Math: We will be learning about Greater Than, Less Than, and Equal To. The hungry alligator will be coming out to eat up all of our greater than numbers. This will also give us a good opportunity to review our Number Sense!

Reading: We will be reviewing story elements (setting, character, problem and solution) and main idea and details. We will continue to strengthen our ability to make “Mind Movies,” as well as connections while we read. To reinforce these important reading skills, while your children are reading at home, ask them, “What are you seeing in your mind right now?” Also, “What does this remind you of?”

Writing: This week we will have a fun time writing and reminiscing about our vacations. We will also create and write about our New Year’s Resolutions!! I will be making and writing about mine with them, of course!!

Phonics: There will be NO Spelling Test this week!

Social Studies: After learning about our 7 continents and 5 oceans, students will be learning about where, exactly, they live in the great scheme of things. We will be “zooming in,” as they are so familiar with, to our continent, country, state, city, and town. We will also take this opportunity to discuss all of the places they have visited and/or have relatives living, and where these places are in relation to where we live today!

I look forward to seeing all of my amazing students Thursday!

Week of December 19th!

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Winter Centers Wrap-Up: Students had a GREAT time dressing as reindeer, making snowmen, paintings, wrapping presents, and making ornaments. ALL crafts will come home on Monday. In the bag, the gift in the snowman bag is your present with a card inside!! Keep your eyes peeled. There is also a gift from me to each of them in there as well.

We’re in the homestretch! I’ll keep our blog short this week 🙂

THANK YOU for my very generous cash holiday gift! I really appreciate all of your generosity and fabulous support this year. This is a wonderful class and I’m so thankful to get to work with them every day!

Reminders:

  • Wednesday, December 21st: LAST DAY and School-wide Pajama Day!
  • Winter Break-School Resumes January 5th! ENJOY!!!!

Our Week At A Glance:

In all areas we will continue to review and assess.  I’ve been conferencing with students and giving assessments in all subjects. The Second Quarter ends this Wednesday!! We will be giving out report cards when students return!

Melissa