Monday, December 15, 2014

What's going on...

WOW!!! I can not believe this is the last week before Christmas and the last week of the semester!  We have a CRAZY schedule with PBL this week, but we will continue to finish up some standards. Here is what our days will look like!

8:00-8:35 - Math - We will be reviewing/reteaching previous standards and really working on word problems that require addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

8:35-9:05 -  Activity

9:05- 9:45 - Science - Fossil formation and types of fossils -- QUICK Assessment for this on Friday morning

9:45-10:15 - Reading and Writing - Finish up Susan B. Anthony ( Assessment on Wednesday) read Christmas Narratives, and informational writing

10:15-10:45 - Recess

10:45-11:35-  Reading and Writing - Finish up Susan B. Anthony ( Assessment on Wednesday) read Christmas Narratives, and informational writing - Some crafts as well!

11:35 - Pack up

11:48 - 12:15 Lunch

12:30-2:20 PBL

Friday's schedule will be adjusted even more. We have the Sing-along at 9:45am, and  PBL will be earlier so we can start our class party at 1:30!

I'm tired just writing about the week!  :)

We are planning the class Holiday party which will held on Friday, December 19 at 1:30. The kids will be doing a used book exchange so we are asking everyone to bring in a gently used book that is wrapped. I have had many volunteers offer to send in snacks and goodies! Thanks to all!!

HOMEWORK-- The only homework will be to review as needed for Susan B. Anthony assessment on Wednesday and Fossil Assessment on Friday. We  WILL be reviewing in class, so there really should not be a great need to stress at home over this.  I PROMISE!  I added a Susan B. Review to the blog just in case! (See post below this one!)

Review on Susan B. Anthony

Use the link below to review for Susan B. Anthony Assessment.

PREZI on Susan B.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's going on THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!

I hope you all had a wonderful break and Thanksgiving!  The children started back great! It is so hard to believe that we only have 2 and a half weeks until Christmas Break! I know this is a very busy time of year, but we have a lot to cover! I have two parents that will be planning our Christmas party! I should be emailing more information soon for this!

Here is a glance at our next TWO weeks.

Reading: RI 1, 2, 3, and 5 and Social Studies – Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1  Who is Susan B. Anthony? What influence did she have on equal rights?
 Each student also started a Christmas or Winter narrative that they will be reading in class. The week before Christmas break, they will be working IN CLASS on a project about the book they are reading.  In addition, we will continue to work on identify main ideas and supporting details and cause and effect relationships.  Susan B. Anthony assessment will tentatively be NEXT Thursday, December 11. 

Writing: We are finishing up our independent opinion papers and next week will start writing informational papers.

Math- MD 5- Area - We are staring our new unit on the relationship between multiplication and addition and area.   This week we will focus on what area means and how to find the area of squares and rectangles. Next week we will work on solving area and perimeter word problems.

Science: S3E1 a, b, c ,d and S3E2 a, b - Rocks, Minerals, Soils and Fossils - We have discussed in depth how weathering and erosion can change the shape of rocks, minerals and soil.  We will assess on Rocks, Minerals, and Soil TUESDAY. I know I mentioned Friday in the agenda...I just want a few more days to have the children engaged in discussions and activities.  This week we explored the color, particle size, and water absorption of different soils.  

GrammarHow do I identify  root words, suffixes and prefixes? How do suffixes and prefixes change the meaning of root words? What are adjectives and how do they make our writing more detailed?

This week's homework is the usual! We will not have Spelling or Drops in the Buckets the next two weeks.  I know it is a busy time. I will send home review or other worksheets to help practice for upcoming assessments.  The last week before break is Project Based Learning. The children are excited we added a week in December. There are many wonderful opportunities for the children to experience this week.

What's going on in school this week/month...
December 15-19 Project Based Learning - 12:30-2:20pm
December 19, RBES Sing-Along, 9:45 in the gym
December 19, Class Christmas Party, 1:30

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fredrick Douglass Reveiw

Here is a Quizlet to help review for Fredrick Douglass!

Review for Fredrick Douglass

What's going on.........

Lots of information below! Let me know if you have any questions....

In the past years, last week would have been when progress reports would have been sent home.  However with Power School and the many other forms of communication we used to inform you of your child's progress, printed Progress Reports are not sent home. In Friday Folders, I sent home 3 assessment feedback results sheets. In addition, I have recently held conferences with most of you either in person of by email. If any of you question concerning your child's progress at this point in the quarter and need more information PLEASE feel free to let me know! I promise to notify you if I have any concerns.  Also, we will be reteaching the Government standards and review them in December. We will re-assess for those who need it! These are very challenging standard and vocabulary  that really need a great deal of practice.

 Our Christmas party will be on Dec 19 at 1:30. Is there anyone that would be willing to head up planning our party and arranging food etc. I typically like to do a snacks drinks, simple class craft, then a book exchange. Each child wraps a gently used book, then we do a quick game to exchange them.  However, I am up for anything! I was wondering if there was a class "giving/kindness" project work on as well. Any ideas?? Please let me know.

Finally....please make sure to read one of the post from last week if you are interested in the Six Flags reading program. Your child can record his/her reading on the reading log and earn a free ticket to Six Flags this summer!  You can print the Reading Log as well. 

I hope you all have something to look forward to next week with your child!  I am truly thankful to work with your children each day!  They are all so uniquely special! Enjoy your time with them next week! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Here is a glance at our week!

Reading: RI 1, 2, 3, and 5 and Social Studies – Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1  -Science: S3E1 a, b,c,d and S3E2 a, b - Rocks, Minerals, Soils and Fossils
This week we WILL finish our study on Fredrick Douglass. We just didn't get finished last week.  We will have the assessment on Friday.

We will also continue to read informational text on rocks and minerals.  We will have the opportunity to test minerals and identify the properties of the minerals.  
The children LOVE sharing different rocks and minerals from home or that they have found! On FRIDAY, we will have a Rocks and Mineral Museum.  The children may bring any rocks or minerals to share with the class. We will test some of them for hardness and luster. Some want to make a "collection" by putting them in an egg carton and labeling them. That is fine too but not required. We will try to identify the minerals or parts of the rock in class. 

Math- MD 5- Area - We are staring our new unit on the relationship between multiplication and addition and area.   This week we will focus on what area means and how to find the area of squares and rectangles. 

Writing- Well, we are STILL working on opinion or persuasive papers because the children have been excited about a project we stumbled upon when researching finding different ways to solve problems with friends.  We found some information on a "Buddy Bench" and how it can be used to help solve problems on the playground and help our friends who are lonely.  They were so excited, and they wanted to write Mrs. Wages to see if we could get a Buddy Bench for Rocky Branch.   I have been impressed with the enthusiasm and support of their opinions. I hope to get these to Mrs. Wages by Thursday! These children really understand the ROCKETS' Way!

Here are some videos, if interested, that explain how the Buddy Bench was started and how it is used in schools.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club!

Dear Families,
Welcome to the Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club!

Your child’s school is participating in an exciting program that encourages students in grades
K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school’s deadline noted below is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at participating

Six Flags Theme Parks. Students will develop a greater appreciation for books when they see

that you think reading is important too. You are sure to have fun as you investigate the world of reading together!
Here’s what you need to know:
Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate.

 Review the attached reading log. Your child should use this sheet to record what and how long he/she reads.

 Your child must complete six hours, or 360 minutes, of recreational reading.

 Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the six hours of reading has been completed.

 Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count.

 Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult—you can read to your child, or your child can read to you.

 Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her teacher by the date on the log.

 Late entries will NOT be accepted.
About the Tickets
Tickets will be awarded to students by their teacher/coordinator.
 The ticket is valid for admission on select dates only during the 2014 season. Valid dates will be printed on the tickets.

 Tickets are valid for students in grades K-6 only and are not valid for anyone over the age of 13. No exceptions.

 Each ticket is valid for one free admission only.

 Tickets are not for resale and are nontransferable.

 They cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged.

We hope that you and your child enjoy this free program and spend time reading together.
Happy Reading!
The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Team

We will let you know the due date for logs soon!
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