Brrrrr! We had a cold start in our classroom this week. The kids did a great job being flexible as we tried to get warm. Luckily, we were scheduled to learn about Pedestrian Safety and got to spend some time out of the classroom. The kids did a great job with both guest teachers, and I heard the morning walk was a lot of fun.
In reading this week, we are reading the story Pearl and Wagner, Two Good Friends by Kate McMullan. We are working with the long E sound through word sorts and writing sentences, as well as designing and describing our own robots. In math, we are learning to use a number line to add and subtract, writing story problems to match math equations, and learning our new Work Places.
We will also be be working with watercolor paints and reading about different celebrations that occur in the Winter months. Please continue to send your children with warm clothing – especially gloves and a hat, as they are spending recess outdoors. (Plus, we never know when the heat may go off again in the building!)
Next Friday afternoon we will be having a Winter Holiday party in the classroom. I would love to have some hot chocolate and perhaps another goodie for the kids. I’ll put up a sign-up sheet for helpers later this week, but if you have a way to make and transport a lot of hot chocolate, let me know. Thanks!
Welcome back! It was nice to meet with families at conferences and share the progress your children have made so far this year. They are all doing wonderful!
We have more theatrical fun on the horizon and chaperones are needed! We have another field trip coming up on Thursday, February 6. We will be riding TriMet downtown to see Charlotte’s Web. This should be a great performance. We still have room for 5 chaperones. Please sign up outside the classroom door, or email me and I’ll sign you up. Thanks!
This week we are reading the old tale The Bremen Town Musicians. Using this story we are taking a closer look at cause and effect. As readers, paying attention to why things are happening in the story helps to deepen our understanding of the characters and story structure. We are also learning about spelling changes that occur when making a noun plural (-s, -es, -ies).
In math, we are starting a unit in which we will be examining addition and subtraction strategies. We will be learning several new games this week that will go into our independent Work Place rotation next week. We also made our own version of the book 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam. Each student drew a favorite setting full of things that add up to or subtract down to eleven. Each page has a written sentence as well as a number sentence. The kids really enjoyed the project!
Finally, we have been having fun with oil pastels this week. We will be posting our latest artistic creations in the dip – the corridor that passes by the music room. Come take a look! Questions or comments, please stop by after school or email Sjamesba@pps.net
This week we are focusing our math skills on measurement. We have been measuring things in the classroom in inches, and now we are measuring things in feet and yards. We will be working toward knowing how to best choose the unit of measurement when measuring something. Is this a job for inches, feet, or yards? We will also be wrapping up our round 2 Work Places in preparation of our next unit Addition, Subtraction, and Probability. In reading, we read a fun story titled A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting. It’s about one turkey’s Thanksgiving fate. We are working on retelling the story, our amazing word comics, and the spelling patterns -ai, and -ay. We are also discussing the different ways we celebrate holidays, and writing our own celebration stories. In science, we are experimenting with the motion of rolling. We are designing toys that either wobble, turn corners, or roll back and forth. We will have some more fun with ramps at the end of the week. Finally, I look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you at conferences next week. Cheers!
Yes, it is true, we have made a few changes in the classroom. It was great to have a teacher work day to revamp a few things that needed adjustment; We’ll see how it all plays out. This week, we are reading the folktale Turtle’s Race with Beaver. We will be working on our summarizing skills, as well as comparing and contrasting skills, and the r-controlled vowel sounds er, ur, and ir.
In math, we continue to work on measurement.Today the kids shared date and made their own line plot titled “the Length of Classroom Supplies in Inches.” Looking at the math assessments I see that quite a few kids are still confused on how the clock face works. We have learned that there are 60 minutes in an hour, and that each number on the clock stands for 5 more minutes, but it is still a challenge to put it all together and tell time. Any chance you get to have your kiddo tell time will be helpful to them in cementing this very important skill.
Elsewhere, we have one more look at the science of rotation before we move onto balls and ramps, and one more lesson with Ms. Liz, our counselor. She has visited our classroom 3 times to lead activities that help us recognize feelings and be more observant. It has been great fun. We hope we can get it to come back and do some more work with us!
Finally, the kids are loving their morning snacks. Thant said, I would appreciate your help in letting them know which item in their lunchbox is meant for snack. Also, please help to keep it small and mess free. A few crackers, pretzels, or apple slices, or a small handful of grapes is perfect. This snack needs to be eaten in just a few minutes – so not too much. Yogurt, hot foods, and sugary treats are not appropriate in the classroom. Thank you for your help with this matter. Cheers! Sjamesbarry@pps.net
This week we read the story Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat by Patricia Reilly Giff. In this story our main character Ronald and his friends learn about the importance of good sportsmanship. We will be looking at what we can learn from Ronald through naming and describing his character traits. We are also learning about and using contractions in our writing, along with proper capitalization and punctuation.
We will be working with our science unit again on Wednesday to build Zoomers. They will help us to investigate the way things spin. We will be recording our questions and observations in our science notebooks.
In math, we continue to use our inchworm rulers to measure things in the classroom. We will use this data to make line plots. A line plots helps us to organize and access data more efficiently.
To finish up this short week, we will be meeting with our 5th grade reading buddies on Thursday afternoon. The kids have enjoyed seeing their buddies in the hallway, so another session with them will be a fun reunion.
Finally, Friday is a teacher work day and no school for students. I will be preparing for upcoming conferences as Thursday the 7th is the last day of the grading period. I look forward to sharing with all of you the progress your student has made so far this year. Cheers!
This week we are reading a story titled Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends by Andrew Clements. It is a story about two dogs who pull their owner to safety after a fall in a frozen lake. We are thinking about heroes, hazards, and rescues. We are also working on our sequencing and retelling skills, as well as our partner reading skills.
In math we continue with our measurement unit. We made inchworm rulers on Monday, and are now using them to find things that measure less then a foot, exactly a foot, and more than a foot. We switched math to the morning. So far it seems to be working out – but we’ll consider this a test. So, if you are volunteering you may find us doing something different than expected.
Finally, in science we are leaving balance behind and looking more closely at motion. The kids made tops today and had great fun spinning them across the tables. We will be working more with rotation and motion over the next three weeks. Cheers!