Important Dates to Remember:
Students return for the 2017-2018 school year:
August 28-students return
Sept. 21st early dismissal
Sept. 22nd-student holiday
Oct. 20-early dismissal
November 10th-early dismissal
November 20th-24th-Thanksgiving holiday
1 1/2 inch clear view white binder
1 pencil pouch
5 plastic folders with pockets and brads-one blue, one green, one yellow, one red and one purple
1 Crayola watercolor
1 box Crayola markers (at least an 8 pack)
1 box crayola crayons (24 pack)
1 pack #2 pencils
1 pair fiskar scissors
2 glue sticks
2 bottles Elmer's glue
1 box baby wipes
1 box Kleenex tissue
1 box quart size ziploc bags
1 set headphones
4 primary composition books
Optional: clorox wipes, antibacterial soap, expo markers, paper towels
Sight words to study:
able about across after again along also always
among another answer another anything around ask all
any are as ask ate away back become best bell bed because be been before begin
better big black break blue book boy box
break bring build buy call came can't carry
caught clean close clothes can car come cut
cold coat cold color could dark dear deep
didn't does dog do down doesn't don't done
door draw during drink each eat ear early
eight end every eyes face far fly for
form from fall fast field find fine first
fire five food found four friend front full
funny gave get girl goes going gone good
go give got green grow half hand happy
hard hat had has have he her here
heart hear him his hot how head held
help here high hold home hurt inside into
itself if is jump just keep kind know
knew let like little live long land large
last laugh least leave left letter light life
lay look love longer made main made man
many matter men might miss money more morning
most mother much must myself make may more
name next new not near need new never
night now o'clock of off old once out
our other over often only open order outside
own page pair paper part part people pick
play please point put present pull pretty quite
rain read real ride right room round said
run same school said sat saw see she
shut some stop second show simple seem seven
shall should sing sister sleep small someone soon
stand start stay straight study such sure strong
take talk taught tell ten than thank that
their them then there these thing think third
this those though three today together tomorrow too
took town tree try turn up under until
upon use very walk were what when which
who why will with work would want warm
wash watch water well went wish white while
woman word world write year yes you your
yellow yesterday zoo
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Thank you so much parents for all your help on our zoo field trip. I know it was hot but we did have fun and more importantly got to see some animals up close and personal.
Our Perfect Attendance reward was a hit! All students who attended class every day for the month of April got to attend a little dance party hosted by our illustrious music teacher. He taught them the Macarena and the Hokey-Pokey and they danced their ancillary time away. We will be doing the same thing for May-so come to school every day!
Our Egg Drop Competition: there aren't many jobs in the real world where you don't have to work in teams. We wanted to have some fun and work on our collaborating skills at the same time. The students brought materials from home and worked in a team to make a blueprint, then construct an apparatus that would protect and egg dropped from about 5 feet. Some of them were extremely creative and 3 out of the 5 were successful!
Thank you again parents for supporting our Character Court presentations. I know you did your homework on the costumes and helping the kiddos learn their lines. I think they did a fabulous job! The assignment was to work with a partner in writing a debate based on an ethical dilemma 2 characters had in a story that we have read this year. They made the background and wrote a summary, ethics overview and a real-world application for this issue. Then they performed their debate at our presentation. Here are some pics from that project:
Thank you so much to the parents who were able to attend our "Author's Tea". I know the kids enjoyed sharing their autobiographies with everyone. It was a task that was completed over literally weeks. They would work on it a little bit each day. My only direction to them was to come up with a creative title and then make an outline listing 10 things about their lives so far. I was very impressed with most of the finished products! Excellent spelling and time taken to do detailed illustrations.
Well, our 50's Day was a success! The kids learned some new vocabulary like "records", "jukebox", "diner" and tasted root beer floats. They learned how to do the twist and the pony and most importantly-we had a lot of fun!
Can you believe we have been in school for 100 days already? We did lots of activities to celebrate the honored number. Here the students worked in pairs to be the first to count 100 manipulatives. The key some groups figured out was to separate the counters into groups of 10. The kids love a little friendly competition and if you can get math review in with that-then it's win-win for everyone!
Well, no snow! I know the kids will be disappointed. We did read the story "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. They made Double Bubble Maps which is another way to compare 2 things and compared a snowy day to a sunny day. Then they drew a picture of themselves ready for the arctic weather and wrote a story about what they would do on a snowy day. I can't believe how far their writing has come. I remember when they couldn't make a sentence and now stories with titles, punctuation, good spelling-I'm very proud of how far they've come! :)
We got another proposal funded from the Donorschoose website!!! This time for art supplies. So exciting! There are very generous people out there in the world. We had 19 different little donations that added up to enough to fund the project. The kids can't wait to start creating!
Learning About Civil Rights
The students learned about the contributions of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Susan B. Anthony in fighting for equal rights. They pretended they were either a snowman or snowgirl and made protest posters indicating the rights they were fighting for. I think it was a great way for them to apply what they had learned about history.
In math, we've been working on growing patterns. It's a pretty tough concept, but as you can see our little scholars have mastered it! We talk a lot about patterns everywhere, but it's particularly cool when you can find them in unexpected places-like a 100's chart!
Working collaboratively in reading stations! Who knew learning how to read could be so much fun! :)
Working hard in our Math Workstations!
Some photos of students in workstations:
This is our word wall. The students can remove a vocabulary word and use it in their writing.
Before pictures of the classroom. This is what the classroom looked like the week before school started. I had my work cut out for me-who knew you could accumulate so much stuff in 8 years! :)
Thanks for much for all you do to support your child's success!
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