Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Return to the blog!

Well! It has been 2.5 weeks since I last made a post. I apologize to the loyal readers out there for this lack of updating! I was at a conference for 2 days in Bend with Mr. Bova and Mrs. Stoneberg. We learned a lot at that conference about how to use our iPads, creating better assessments so we know what our students are learning, and being respectful to our peers. It was a great learning opportunity for all three of us.

That being said, class is going VERY WELL! We are having so much success in here that I am not quite sure what to do with myself! Students have been working extremely hard in class, and we are nearly finished with Topic 4 in math. We have also been doing a lot of writing and reading. We are having review week this week and next in reading class, so there are no spelling words or tests.

There is no school on Friday so that I can do report cards for everyone. Remember that report cards are just a reflection of what students know, and are used as a tool for teachers and parents to be on the same page about their student's learning. Next week on Wednesday and Thursday are conferences, and I am excited to share everyone's progress with their parents.


We took a field trip to the pumpkin patch 2 weeks ago, and I have a great picture of Jayden to share with you. She is picking out a gourd!

 Here are some students having fun learning how to do Cat's Cradle!
 Steven enjoyed the "Hayflower." It was a scale model of the Mayflower made out of hay!
 Here are Zane and Jack also enjoying the Hayflower.
I made a joke about how I should take these students back to class with us. It didn't go over very well. Ha!

The next big news is that our class has been doing so well in all locations around the school, that we won the most awesome award at our Billie Spirit assembly, THE GOLDEN APPLE!!!

Also, Mrs. Stoneberg gives out an award each month to a student who is doing great work in class. Our Principal's Award winner this month was Hannah! She has been working hard and always shows great Billie Spirit! Congratulations Hannah!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Update/Spelling for the week

Well, hello there! Here are the spelling words for the week:


This week's focus in reading is on long i, short i sounds. We are also talking about subject and predicate in a sentence.

In math we will be starting place value, so look for questions in the homework about that. We had a fire truck visit us last week! Ask your student about their plan if there was a fire in your house.

I'll try to update with some poems and pictures this week, I'm in a blogging slump right now!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Week of 10/7

Good day readers! Here are the spelling words for the week:


Our focus is long a and short a. See if your student can tell you the difference!

We have started our subtraction unit in class, but to be honest, students passed the basic computation pre-test, so we're going to have a focus week on problem solving! I am going to bring in real world problems for us to solve and think about this week. We made some charts of key words for knowing what to do when presented with a word problem. I'm hoping that this focus on problem solving will allow students to better understand practical applications of subtraction in the outside world.

Another activity we did today was list the ways we use subtraction outside of school. It was difficult to begin with, but we eventually came up with some pretty good ideas. Some of them were counting down spelling words left to write, figuring out how many pages of a book are left to read, knowing if we can bake brownies based on how many eggs we've used so far, and being able to figure out how much money we have left after paying for things at the store. These are all great uses of subtraction in our daily lives!

We are reading a story about firefighters this week in reading, so ask students what they know about fires and safety. Our focus in reading is main idea and details. Our grammar focus is the subject of a sentence. Remember that the subject is who or what the sentence is about.

Example: Suzy ate her lunch quickly. The subject is Suzy!

I'm really enjoying reading the sentences students came up with in their homework. Thanks for supporting your students in all they do! Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Update on Curriculum

Well, we have come to the end of Topic 2 in math, and tomorrow we start in on Topic 3. Topic 3 is all about subtraction. Since I like to have students share their thinking in class, I was hoping I could give you readers a homework assignment with your kids!

Do some real world subtraction with your kids! If you bake some muffins and eat a few, have your student figure out the math that went with it. Include them in kitchen, shopping, or other chores where you have to use every day math. Talk about it too. Ask them what they did to figure out the problem. Did they count up? Did they count down? Did they break numbers apart? It's fascinating to listen to a child think about their math. I'm also finding that students are beginning to understand how all this number stuff relates to the real world, and it would be a great activity to apply that knowledge at home.

Reading is also going well in here. Our Daily 5 rotations have been going well, except for a bit of chit chat here and there. We are now up to 3 activities: Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Work on Writing. I plan to formally launch Word Work tomorrow, and then the only piece that will be left is Listen to Reading. Soon students will have so many choices for how to work on their reading that they will be even more excited to do it!

Our poetry writing has slowed down a bit as we have been taking more time on some concepts in reading. We will pick that back up soon though. In read aloud we are reading Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech. We just finished Love That Dog. Ask your student about these books!

Our focus in reading this week has been plot. The plot is what happens in a story. We have talked about beginning, middle, and end. We read a great story called Mr. Putter and Tabby. Have your student tell you about it!

Also, we have started our science kit! We are talking about changes in matter. Solids, liquids, gasses, and chemical and physical changes are some of the topics. Yesterday we dropped some Alka-Seltzer into a cup of water and investigated what happened. We still aren't sure where that tablet went!

Alright, I think that about covers it. Here are some upcoming dates for you to remember:

Oct. 4th- Jog-a-thon. Get those pledges and come prepared on Friday!

Oct. 18th- Field Trip to Northern Lights Tree Farm's pumpkin patch. Please get that $5 to me, or write a note if you need assistance.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Spelling for 9/29-10/7

Well, it's been another week! I totally did not update the blog last week, which is because things got a bit crazy here. So busy! This week I hope to showcase a few things the students have done and post more poems. There is some great work going on in this classroom, and it needs to be shared.

Here are the spelling words for the week:


There are also vocabulary words that you can help make sure your students understand. Those are:


Here is a poem that was written by a student:


A person to play with
A smile
My mom and dad
A person to make me food
Someone to take care of me
Someone to help me learn

By: Ryan