Week of January 21 – 25

Week of January 21 – 25

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend, and that many of you were able to reflect on the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr.  We also had a cool lunar eclipse take place on Sunday evening!

*Important Announcements*

*Virtual Lesson with Virginia Museum:  On Tuesday, we will have our next virtual lesson with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  Be sure to ask your child what he/she discussed with the museum instructor and what primary sources we analyzed during the lesson.

*End of Quarter / Buzzy Bash:  This Friday, 1/25 is the last day of the 2nd quarter.  We will also have our next “Buzzy Bash” that afternoon to celebrate our many accomplishments, especially with showing ownership!

*Teacher Workday Monday 1/28:  This is just a reminder that next Monday, 1/28, is a teacher workday and there will be no school for students.

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:

This week we will continue working on formulating questions as our reading skill.  This week we will focus on formulating questions while reading fiction text.  Students will learn about 3 different levels of questions, from explicit (“green” level) to inferential (“red” questions).  During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small group and we will continue our strategy work using leveled texts.  When not with me, students will read-to-self and work on their writing.

We will also continue with our word study units from last week. Students have a detailed description of word study homework expectations in the front of their word study notebook.  Students will need to learn the word study feature and the meaning of the words. Please note that students will have 2 assessment during the week. First, they will be given 10 of their word study words to write sentences for, where they will need to use the words correctly and show the meaning of the word.  Students will take their Word Study Test on Wednesday 1/23.

*Math:

We are continuing with our fractions unit this week.  There are many different concepts in our fraction unit and it will be important that students complete homework nightly and work carefully in order to master the concepts. Please check in with your child each evening and see how they are doing.

Below is the schedule of what we will work on this week:

  • Tuesday 1/22 – Fractions Quiz #1 (on concepts covered so far); Then begin ordering fractions using 0, 1/2 and 1 as benchmarks for reasoning
  • Wednesday 1/23 – Continue ordering fractions
  • Thursday 1/24 – review fraction concepts
  • Friday 1/25 – Fractions Test (SOL 4.2)

*Please note that this unit on fractions will be our first unit that we do on fractions — SOL 4.2 only.  Later we will have another unit on computing with fractions.

*Social Studies:

This week we will begin our next unit on the New Nation (VS.6).  We will begin with VS.6a, where we will learn about the forming of the United States and the Constitution. We will learn about two of our “founding fathers,” George Washington and James Madison, and their contributions during this time period.

*Science:

This week we will start a new science unit.  The new unit will be on Energy, Force, and Motion.  The timing of this unit is great because it goes well with the field trip that we just took to the Math Science Innovation Center.  Some of the topics we will learn about this week are position, motion, speed, force, friction, and inertia.  Some of these concepts can be rather abstract for students to understand, so thank you for encouraging your child to review their notes at home.

 

Have a fantastic week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of January 14 – 18

Week of January 14 – 18

Happy Snow Day!  I hope that everyone is staying safe and warm on this cold, icy day!  As I told the students on Friday, if we were not in school on Monday, then we would need to push things to Tuesday.  Due to our field trip on Friday, we didn’t get a chance to take our Word Study Test or our short quiz on prefixes and suffixes.  We will do those in class on Tuesday.

We had a wonderful trip to the Math Science Innovation Center on Friday!  The class enjoyed participating in our “Kicking it With Newton” lesson, and had fun performing experiments about force, motion, and energy.  Thank you to Mrs. Davis for joining us on our trip!

*Important Announcements*

*Parent Survey:  SPES needs your help!  Please take a 10-minute survey to share your input: http://tiny.cc/spesfamilysurvey  (Please submit by Friday, January 18th)

*Classroom Prizes:  Our class is running low on raffle prizes, and we could use some new Dollar Store prizes for our “Gotta Get It Card” drawings.  Thank you in advance if you are able to send in some items!

 

*What Are We Learning This Week?*

*Reading:

This week we will be working on the reading strategy of formulating questions. Students will learn about 3 different levels of questions, ranging from explicit questions to inferential questions.  We will use nonfiction text to practice writing questions and answering them using the text.  Students will complete a comprehension assessment on Friday 1/18.  During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small group and we will continue our strategy work using leveled texts.  Students will also do independent rotations of read to self and writing.

As explained to the students on Friday, we will need to take our Word Study Test on Monday this week (we didn’t have time to take it in class on Friday, due to our field trip).  If we have a snow day, we will take our test on Tuesday.  As a reminder, 5 of the words I ask on the test will be words that are not on their analogy chart.  Students will need to apply their understanding of the feature to spell these words.  Students will also write 10 sentences using their words, to show they understand the meaning of their words.

We will also need to take our Prefix & Suffix quiz in class because we didn’t have time to do it on Friday.

*Math:

Students did a great job finishing up our division unit last week!  This week we will move on to our new unit on fractions.  There are many different concepts in our fraction unit and it will be important that students complete homework nightly and work carefully in order to master the concepts.  Many of these concepts build on each other, so understanding the early concepts is very important.

This week we will learn:

  • Monday – Fraction of a whole and fraction of a set using pictures & models; Fractions are a division statement (example:  5/9 means “5 divided by 9”)
  • Tuesday – Equivalent fractions: what they are, and how to use multiplication and division to solve for missing numerators or denominators
  • Wednesday – Comparing Fractions
  • Thursday – ordering fractions using 0, 1/2, and 1 as benchmarks to help us
  • Friday – review of the concepts we have learned this week

*Social Studies:

This week we will finish up our VS.5 unit on the American Revolution.  We will learn about some important event during the Revolution (VS.5c):

  • Battles of Lexington & Concord
  • Battle of Great Bridge
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Jack Jouett’s Ride
  • Battle of Yorktown/Surrender of British/American victory
  • The class will take the VS.5 American Revolution Test on Friday, 1/18.

Please check in with your child to make sure that he or she is reviewing their notes a little bit each night.

*Science:

The students have really enjoyed learning about the Earth and how it relates to the moon and the sun!  They especially have loved learning about the moon and the Apollo missions.  We will check the Earth, Moon, & Sun Study Guide in class to review.  Students will take the Earth, Moon, & Sun Test on Wednesday, 1/16.   

 

Have a good week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of January 7 – 11

Week of January 7 – 11

Hi everyone!  We have a lot going on, so thank you so much for all of your support at home!

*Important Announcements**

*Parent Survey:  SPES needs your help!  Please take a 10-minute survey to share your input: http://tiny.cc/spesfamilysurvey  (Please submit by Friday, January 18th)

*Kids Club:  Kids Club begins this week.  If you signed your child up for this program, feel free to send in a snack with your child that he/she can eat while students wait to be called to their class.

*BINGO Night:  Friday, January 11th is Family Bingo Night and the Silent Auction.  Information was sent out by PTA via email about this fun night.  The SPES Teachers have also created items to be auctioned off as part of a silent auction for this night.  The event starts at 6:00 PM.  We hope that you will be able to attend the Bingo night and silent auction!

*Classroom Prizes:  Our class is running low on raffle prizes, and we could use some new Dollar Store prizes for our “Gotta Get It Card” drawings.  Thank you in advance if you are able to send in some items!

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:

The reading skill we will work on this week is understanding and identifying affixes (prefixes & suffixes) and roots.  Students will have homework during the week to practice these skills, and there will be a classwork grade on affixes and roots on Friday 1/11.  We will be spending time in class discussing the meanings of various prefixes and suffixes, and how they change the meaning of a base word.  We will also learn about the meanings of common roots and how they can help us understand new words.

During small group rotations, students will meet with me in our small groups and we will continue our strategy work using leveled texts.  Students will also rotate through “read to self,” writing rotations, and other classwork assignments.

We will also continue with a new word study unit this week.  We will meet in our small groups to discuss the words and how we use them.  Please note that students will have 2 assessment during the week. On Thursday, they will be given 10 of their word study words to write sentences for. They will need to use the words correctly and show the meaning of the word. Then students will take their Word Study Test on Friday 1/11.

*Math:

This week we will finish our unit on division.  On Monday we will review three digit type B division that we did on Friday. Students will take a division quiz on Tuesday 1/8, which will cover all types of division problems we have learned so far (2 and 3 digit). 

The last concept that we will do this week before our test will be estimating quotients. The important thing for you to know is that we will NOT be rounding and then dividing. Instead I will teach the students how to use the compatible numbers strategy.  This means we will change the dividend to a new number which will make an “easy” division problem to complete.  Please look in your child’s math notebook for the notes on how we will be estimating quotients.

Students will take the Division Test on Friday, 1/11.

*Social Studies:

This week we will begin our next unit!  We will be learning about Virginia in the American Revolution (VS.5).  In order for students to understand the background of why the colonists would want to separate from Great Britain, first we will discuss French and Indian War and the taxes that angered the colonists (not in their notes).

The topics students will learn about in their notes will be the conflicts between the colonists and the British that led to the Declaration of Independence (VS.5a), the role of famous Virginians during this time period and the role that everyday Virginians played during the American Revolution (VS.5b), and some important events during the Revolution including the surrender at Yorktown (VS.5c).

Please check in with your child to make sure that he or she is reviewing their notes a little bit each night.

Students will take the VS.5 American Revolution Test on Thursday, 1/17.

*Science:

Students will take the Earth, Moon, & Sun Vocabulary Quiz on Tuesday 1/8.  The last topic in our unit that we will learn this week is the phases of the moon.  Please check in with your child to see how they are doing with the different phases. Our class will take the Earth, Moon, & Sun Test on Wednesday, 1/16.

 

Have a super week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Happy New Year!! Week of January 3 – 4

Happy New Year!! Week of January 3 – 4

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful winter break with your families!  I had a wonderful 2 weeks spending time with my family and friends.  Happy 2019!

I also wanted to thank you all SO MUCH for all of the generous gifts you gave me before winter break.  Thank you for all of the treats, cards, gift cards, and other thoughtful gifts!  It made me feel truly appreciated, and I definitely enjoyed eating and using them!  🙂

*Classroom prizes:  Our class could use some additional classroom prizes.  If anyone is able to donate items, we would truly appreciate it!  The Dollar Store is a great place to find these kinds of items.  Thanks for any help you can provide!

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:

When we return from Winter break, students will finish their writing about winter using sensory words.  Their poems are very descriptive and vivid!  After they are done, they will type them on the computer so we can display our work.

We will also spend some time over the next 2 days reviewing some of the important nonfiction reading strategies we learned earlier this year – “stop and jot” for important information, using “boxes and bullets” for main idea and details, and making inferences (“I read, I know, I infer”).

We will not have word study since this is such a short week, but we will pick back up with our word study process when we have our first full week on January.

 

*Math:

We will continue with our unit on long division when we return from break.  First, we will review 3-digit Type A long division (which we learned before break), and then move on the learn about Type B 3-digit long division.  In these problems, the divisor will be less than the first digit of the dividend.  An example of this type of problem would be 648 divided by 4.  Students will discover that they will need to go through the “D M S C B” steps more than before.  Thank you in advance for checking in with your child to see how he or she is doing with this process.

 

*Science:

This week we will continue our unit on the Earth, moon, and sun.  We will learn and discuss the causes of day and night, the difference between rotate and revolve, and why we have different seasons.  Ask your child if they can tell you the “2 reasons we have seasons” ( 1.) the Earth revolved around the sun, and 2.) the Earth is tilted on its axis).  The class will take a short astronomers quiz on Friday, 1/4.  Students will also take the Vocabulary Quiz on the Earth, moon, and sun vocabulary words on Tuesday, January 8th.  Please encourage your child to be working on these words using their notes and the flashcards that we will be making in class.

 

*Social Studies:

We will not start a new social studies unit until next week.

 

Enjoy the short week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of December 17 – 19 / Have a Wonderful Winter Break!

Week of December 17 – 19 / Have a Wonderful Winter Break!

It’s crazy to think that winter break is upon us!  Everyone has been working so hard this year, and I am so proud of my students.  It’s time to enjoy a nice vacation!  I want to wish you all a wonderful winter break with your families!  Happy holidays and have a happy new year!  See you in 2019!

*Important Announcements This Week*

*Winter Party:  Thank you to our amazing room parents, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Martindale, for organizing our class’s winter party that we will have on Wednesday!  Last week, your child brought home a permission slip with information about the food we will be having for the party.  Please sign and return it letting me know if your child will be allowed to eat these foods.  Also, if you have not already, please send in $3.00 with your child to help offset the cost of the party.  Please send in cash with your child to school, and I will make sure that it gets to our room parents. Thank you very much for your help with this.

*Jingle Bell Jam:  Short Pump’s annual “Jingle Bell Jam” will take place on Wednesday morning at 9:00 am.  Please send in a jingle bell for your child to jingle, if you can.  We will be enjoying a fun celebration in the gym first, and then will head outside for our Jingle Bell walk outside around 9:30 am.  Parents are welcome to come watch the outside portion of the event at 9:30 am.

*Virtual Lesson with VMHC:  On Tuesday, we will have our next Virtual Lesson with the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.  The students have been enjoying these lessons with the museum instructors!  It’s a great way for them to see and analyze primary sources about what we are studying in social studies.

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading: 

This week we will continue our study of sensory words.  Last week the students enjoyed listening to the book Owl Moon, and worked in groups to identify and sort various sensory words and phrases in the story.  This week, students will have the chance to write their own poem using sensory words.  The class will take a short assessment on sensory words on Tuesday, 12/18.

 

*Math:

This week we will continue our unit on division.  As we discussed in class last week, it is really important for students to follow the same steps each time and not try to take shortcuts.  They still need to follow along and use their notes to help them when practicing independently. Please encourage your child to use the example problems that we put into the math notebook when they are at home and working on homework. From this point forward, students will need to check each division problem that they do by multiplying. There are notes in your child’s math notebook showing exactly how to check by multiplying.  We will continue both Type A and Type B 2 digit division this week.  The class will take a 2-digit division quiz on Monday 12/17 (it will cover both “Type A” and “Type B” problems).  This week we will move on to do “Type A” 3-digit division. Problems that we consider to be Type A 3-digit would be a problems such as 538 divided by 7 or 185 divided by 5.  In both of these examples, students would need to divide the divisor into the first 2 digits of the dividend because the divisor is greater than the first digit of the dividend.  Please see the examples in your child’s notebook for help.  Thank you for checking in with your child on how they are doing with division.  It will be especially helpful to continue practicing some problems over winter break, so they don’t forget how to do them!  Thanks so much!

*Science:

This week we will continue our new unit on the Earth, Moon, & Sun.  Last week we learned about the historical contributions of 4 famous astronomers.  This week we will learn about characteristics of the Earth, moon, and sun and compare the three of them.  Then we will learn about rotation and revolution, while discussing the causes of day and night and why we have different seasons.  Students will take a Quiz on the 4 astronomers on Friday, 1/4.  They will also take a Vocabulary Quiz on the Earth, moon, and sun vocabulary words on Tuesday, 1/8.  Please encourage your child to be studying these words.

 

*Social Studies:

We will have our next virtual lesson with the VMHC on Tuesday, but won’t be starting any new content until after Winter Break.

 

Have a fantastic break, everyone!  Happy New Year!  🙂

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of December 10 – 14

Week of December 10 – 14

I hope you all enjoyed the record-breaking snow we received on Sunday and your 3 snow days!  I had so much fun playing in the snow with my kids this week, as it was the most snow they had ever seen!  🙂

*Important Announcements This Week*

*Winter Party:  Thank you to our amazing room parents, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Martindale, for organizing our class’s winter party that will take place next Wednesday!  If you have not already, please send in $3.00 with your child to help offset the cost of the party.  Please send in cash with your child to school, and I will make sure that it gets to our room parents. Thank you very much for your help with this.  Also, I will be sending home a permission slip with information about the food we will be having for the party.  Please sign and return it letting me know if your child will be allowed to eat these foods.

*Coding Lesson:  Students did a great job with the coding lesson that we did for “Hour of Code” last week. If you are interested in checking out the website that we were using, you can go to Code.org and have your child show you some of the modules that we worked through. It is a great problem solving activity, and the kids think that it is so much fun!

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading: 

This week and next week we will focus on sensory words.  We will use a picture book at the beginning of the week to analyze the descriptive language that authors use to play on our different senses.  Students will then analyze a shorter writing and use a graphic organizer to locate sensory words that appeal to each of our 5 senses.  Next week, students will have the chance to write their own poem using sensory words.  The class will take a short assessment on sensory words on Tuesday, 12/18.

 

*Math:

This week we will continue our unit on division.  As we discussed in class last week, it is really important for students to follow the same steps each time and not try to take shortcuts.  They still need to follow along and use their notes to help them when practicing independently. Please encourage your child to use the example problems that we put into the math notebook when they are at home and working on homework. From this point forward, students will need to check each division problem that they do by multiplying. There are notes in your child’s math notebook showing exactly how to check by multiplying.  We will continue both Type A and Type B 2 digit division this week.  The class will take a 2-digit division quiz on Monday 12/17 (it will cover both “Type A” and “Type B” problems).  Then we will move on to do “Type A” 3-digit division. Problems that we consider to be Type A 3-digit would be a problems such as 538 divided by 7 or 185 divided by 5.  In both of these examples, students would need to divide the divisor into the first 2 digits of the dividend because the divisor is greater than the first digit of the dividend.  Please see the examples in your child’s notebook for help.  Thank you for checking in with your child on how they are doing with division this week and next week.

*Social Studies:

Students will take the VS.4 Colonial Virginia test on the next day we have school!  It was originally scheduled for Tuesday of this week, but as I told the class on Friday, they would be taking the next time I saw them if we didn’t have school due to snow. 

*Science:

Before winter break, we will begin our next unit on the Earth, Moon, & Sun.  We will start our unit by learning about the historical contributions of 4 famous astronomers.  Next week we will learn about characteristics of the Earth, moon, and sun and compare the three of them.  Then we will learn about rotation and revolution, while discussing the causes of day and night and why we have different seasons.  Students will take a quiz on the 4 astronomers the week we return from break.  They will also take a vocabulary quiz on the Earth, moon, and sun vocabulary words after we return from winter break. Please encourage your child to be studying these words.

 

Have a great rest of your week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of November 26 – 30

Week of November 26 – 30

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families!

*Important Announcements This Week*

*Scholastic Book Order:  If you would like to books for your child, the last day to order will be this Friday, Nov. 30th.   You can either order online using the classroom code I sent home with the fliers, or you can order by sending in a paper copy of the order form with your payment (cash or check).  You are not restricted to ordering from just the items on the fliers I sent home.  If you order online, you can select any items you find on the Scholastic Book Club website.  Also, if you are ordering books as a gift/surprise for your child, please let me know and I will arrange for you to pick up your books from the office when they come in before winter break.       

*Assembly:  On Wednesday of this week we will have an assembly of the Richmond Symphony.  What a wonderful chance for the students to see a fantastic musical performance!     

*SPES Stinger Fund:  Safety continues to be Short Pump ES’s number 1 priority, and this year, we hope that you can support us in this effort as well. Please consider donating to the Stinger Fund, which is comprised of direct donations to support instruction and this year safety as well. We need to raise over at least $15,000 collectively to reach our goal. The way we figure it is if each family in my class donates at least $25, it will cover instructional materials of my classroom that the PTA financially provides each year and allows me to have a walkie talkie, an enhanced security measure. Thank you for consideration!

*Friendly Reminder:  Please be sure to check your child’s “Take Home Folder” each night because the items on the “Keep at Home” side need to be taken out.

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:  

This week the reading skill we will focus on will be identifying and using reference materials. Each day we will look at a specific reference material and discuss when you might use the reference item and how to access the information in the reference book. The reference materials we will analyze are: dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, almanac, and encyclopedia.  Towards the end of the week, students will complete a reference material assessment.  During small group rotations, students will meet with me in our small group and we will continue our strategy work using leveled texts.  Students will also participate in their “read to self” and “work on writing” rotations.

We will also continue with word study this week.  We will continue with our study of homophones in our small groups.  Students will need to learn the spelling and the meaning of the words, especially with how to use the different words in sentences.  Please note that students will have 2 word study assessment during the week.  The first assessment will be on writing sentences using 10 of their word study words on Thursday.  They will need to use the words correctly and show the meaning of the word.  Then students will have their Word Study on Friday 11/30.

*Math:

This week we will continue our unit on multiplication. Please continue working with your child on learning his or her basic multiplication facts.  I think that it is helpful to stay with a certain times table so that your child can begin to see patterns within the table and learn to use friendly facts.

This week our lessons will be:

  • review 2 digit x 2 digit
  • practice and analyze 2 digit x 2 digit word problems
  • 2 digit x 2 digit quiz
  • learn and practice 3 digit x 2 digit

Students will take a short 2 digit x 2 digit Multiplication Quiz Wednesday, 11/28.

Tentatively we have scheduled a 3 digit x 2 digit quiz for Monday, 12/3 and the multiplication test for Wednesday 12/5. Please continue to monitor your child’s homework agenda for confirmation of these assessment dates.

*Social Studies:

This week we begin our next unit on Colonial Virginia (VS.4).  We will begin by understanding the effect that agriculture had on the colony and the institution of slavery in the colonies (VS.4a).  Later in the week we will begin a review of key economics terms associated with life in colonial Virginia (VS.4d).  It is important that students understand these vocabulary terms instead of just memorizing the words and definitions.  There will be an Economics Vocabulary Quiz on Friday, 12/7.

*Science:

We will begin our Solar System unit this week (SOL 4.7).  On Monday we will look at the order of the planets from the sun and how our solar system is organized.  Later in the week we will learn about the inner terrestrial planets and the characteristics of those planets.  Then we will learn about the characteristics of the outer gas giant planets.  The class will take the Solar System Test on Thursday, 12/6.

 

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of November 12 – 16 and November 19 – 20 / Happy Thanksgiving!

Week of November 12 – 16 and November 19 – 20 / Happy Thanksgiving!

This blog update is going to cover both this week and the week of Thanksgiving.  I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  Enjoy the time with family and friends!  🙂

*Important Announcements*

*Veteran’s Day Assembly:  Friday was supposed to be our annual Veteran’s Day assembly.  Due to the rain forecast, it was moved to this Monday Nov. 12.  It will be held outside this year on the lower grade playground.  Please check the weather forecast and make sure that your child has a jacket (and hat and gloves, if it is very cold!) to wear during the assembly.  Your child may also want to bring a towel or a blanket to sit on during the assembly.  We look forward to watching the 1st graders honor our Veterans.

*Treats for the Troops:  THANK YOU very much for all of your support with Treats for the Troops!  We collected hundreds of items to send to the members of the military serving both at home and overseas.  The students also worked hard in class writing cards to the troops!  It is always exciting to see if anyone writes us back!

*Square One Art:  On Thursday, Nov. 8, Mrs. Dornik sent home your child’s Square One Art order form.  Please go online to order any keepsakes you want by the deadline next Friday, November 16th.  All the ordering information is printed on the brochure. Feel free to contact Mrs. Dornik with questions! Thanks to the many families who have already ordered, I know you are going to love these one of a kind treasures! All money raised will benefit your child directly in the SPES Art program! Here’s is the website address: https://shop.square1art.com

*Thanksgiving Break Reminders:  If you know that your child will be absent either Monday or Tuesday before break, please let me know so that I can have your child complete any graded assignments before break. This will be so much better than having to study over the holiday break. Thank you for your help with this. Additionally if you know that you will be picking your child up early on either of these days, please send in a note because it helps the office staff stay on top of things. We greatly appreciate your help with this, too.

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:

This week we will continue working on the important skill of making inferences when we read.  Students will continue practicing using this strategy that we learned last week.  To make inferences, readers need to use evidence from the text (“What I read”) + something that they know in their brain (“What I know”) to make an inference (“I infer/I conclude”).  Later in the week we work on using context clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words.

During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small groups and we will continue using comprehension strategies using leveled texts.  We will also learn about our word study features and discuss how to spell words with this feature throughout the week in our small groups.  Students will also read to self and work on their writing in their rotations.

Students will take an assessment on inferences on Wednesday 11/14.  There will be a short context clues assessment on Monday, 11/19.

We will also begin patterned word study this week. Students have a detailed description of word study homework expectations in the front of their word study notebook. Students will need to learn the word study feature and the meaning of the words.  Students will have 2 assessments during the week. On Thursday, they will be given 10 of their word study words that they will use to write sentences. They will need to use the words correctly and show the meaning of the word in their sentences.  Students will have their Word Study Test on Friday 11/16.  They will be assessed on how to spell their words and ALSO apply the word study feature to new words that are not on the list – but have the feature that we have been studying.

*Math:

This week we will begin our unit on multiplication. We will take a pretest on Monday so that I can determine students knowledge on the topic. We will also spend some time on Monday working on basic facts strategies. Please be working with your child on learning his or her basic multiplication facts.  A good way to focus on these basic fact strategies is to start with the 2 times tables, and then use those facts to figure out the 4 times and 8 times tables (by doubling and doubling a double).  Then work on the more challenging 6s, 7s, and 8s.  I think that it is helpful to stay with a certain times table so that your child can begin to see patterns within the table and learn to use friendly facts.  For example, if your child knows 9 x 5 = 45, then they can use that “friendly fact” to help them know 9 x 6 = 54 (add 9 more to 45).

During the rest of this week and into next week, we will learn the following topics of multiplication:

  • estimating products by rounding to the greatest place
  • 2 digit x 1 digit
  • 3 digit x 1 digit (including $)
  • word problems with multiplication – single and multi-step problems
  • 2 digit x 2 digit

Students will take a short multiplication quiz on Monday, 11/19.

*Social Studies:

We will be finishing our Jamestown unit this week.  We will learn about the interactions between the Jamestown colonists and the Powhatan Indians and how they changed over time. We will also review all of the Jamestown unit in preparation for the Jamestown Test on Friday 11/16.

*Science:

This week we will continue our unit on Virginia’s natural resources (SOL 4.9).  Students have their unit vocabulary and notes in their science notebook. Please be sure that your child is reviewing a little bit each night. We will review all of the natural resources unit this week, in preparation for the Natural Resources Quiz on Monday, 11/19.

 

Have a great week ahead!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of November 5 – 9

Week of November 5 – 9

We had a fabulous time on our Jamestown field trip!  The students enjoyed seeing all of the locations and learned some new information they would not have learned with me.  I’m sure they will remember this trip for a long time!  Thank you so much to our chaperones, Mrs. Perkins, Mr. Bell, and Mr. Martindale. It was so great to have their help throughout the day.  I also wanted to thank you all for your patience with our late arrival. A little bit of bus trouble really set us back and then we hit all sorts of traffic once we got on the road. I know that it was a long day for the kids, so I hope that they all slept well for you Friday night!

**Important Announcements This Week**

*Parent Teacher Conferences:  This week we will have our parent teacher conferences.  I look forward to meeting with many of you on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.  Please remember that there is no school for students on Tuesday 11/6 due to Election Day.

*Family Life:  On Thursday, Nov. 8 fourth grade students will participate in Family Life.  A letter went home a couple of weeks ago explaining the Family Life information that will be shared in the lesson.  An opt-out form was also sent home if you would prefer that your child not participate.  Please send this form back before Thursday if you would like to opt your child out of the program.

*Veterans Day Assembly:  Friday, Nov. 9 is our annual Veteran’s Day assembly.  It will be held outside this year on the lower grade playground.  Please check the weather forecast and if it is going to be chilly on Friday – please make sure that your child has a jacket that he or she can wear during the assembly.

*Treats for the Troops:  Short Pump Elementary has a tradition of collecting items to send to our troops overseas. We do this in collaboration with the Blue Star Families of Richmond, http://www.bluestarrichmond.org, a chapter of a national organization of families with loved ones who proudly serve our country. Each grade level is assigned specific items to collect. Our goal is to collect 200 of each item in order to complete 200 care packages for active duty military personnel in combat zones and various USO sites.

Here’s the breakdown by grade:

  • Kin:  Q-tips, travel size shampoo/conditioner, sample size Gold Bond foot powder
  • 1st:  dental floss, “wisps” (dental cleaners), toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • 2nd:  socks, travel size lotion, deodorant/antiperspirant (stick only)
  • 3rd:  instant oatmeal, individual snack packs (nuts, dried fruit, fruit snacks, trail mix), beef jerky
  • 4th:  power bars/granola bars, powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, coffee, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
  • 5th:  tuna/chicken in foil packages, crossword puzzle books, playing cards

Students can bring the items into their classroom any time between October 29 – November 9, 2018.

*Lunch Policy:  Please note that the county has a new HCPS Safety Lunch Policy: This year, HCPS has changed this policy to help make your child safer. Only adults who are on the child’s authorization for pick up list are allowed to eat with your children unless you have provided a written note to the school authorizing your permission. For example, Grandma, who’s from out of town, comes to visit your child and wants to eat lunch with him. The only way she can eat lunch with your child is if you have placed Grandma on the authorization for pick up or have written a note. Anyone who is listed on the Authorization to Pick Up list can always come in and eat. If someone is not on the list, please just send in a note letting us know who is coming in and that they have your permission to eat with your child. Thank you for your help with this new safety policy.

**What Are We Learning In Class?**

*Reading:

This week our reading comprehension strategy will be making inferences.  Students will learn that they will need to use evidence from the text (“What I read”) + something that they know in the brain (“What I know”) to make an inference (“I infer/I conclude”).  We will practice by using some picture books, and then at the end of the week we will begin to look even deeper as we analyze the dialogue between characters and the inner dialogue of a character in a short excerpt from a novel called Bayou Magic.

During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small group and we will continue our strategy work using leveled texts.  Students will also read to self and work on their writing.

We will take a week off from specific word lists for word study this week due to the short week with the Election Day.

*Math:

We will continue work with decimal computation and solving multi-step word problems involving decimals this week. Students will complete a decimal computation quiz on Thursday.  Then on Friday we will spend some time working on math equalities. We will work on understanding the meaning of an equality and determining strategies to solve various equalities.

*Social Studies:

This week we will continue our Jamestown unit (VS.3).  We will learn about the arrival of Africans (1619) and women (1620) to the Jamestown colony (VS.3e).  We will learn about the impact of the Africans and women and how they changed the future of the Virginia colony.  Other topics we will discuss this week are the hardships faced by the colony and the changes that the colonists made to ensure the survival of the colony (VS.3f).

*Science:

This week we will begin our next science unit which will be natural resources of Virginia.  We will be learning about the various resources in Virginia and the James River Watershed.  Students will have the unit notes glued into their science notebook. Please begin reviewing this information and the vocabulary associated with the unit.

 

Have a wonderful week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of October 29 – November 2

Week of October 29 – November 2

We have a busy week ahead!  I wasn’t in school on Monday because my younger brother got married on Sunday!  I was so happy to be able to celebrate such a special occasion with my family and welcome my new sister-in-law to the family!  The substitute told me that the class did a great job and I am so proud!  🙂

*Important Announcements This Week*

*Jamestown Field Trip:  This Friday, November 2nd is our field trip to Jamestown!  We will leave SPES before the normal school day so you will need to bring your child to school that morning. We will leave SPES at exactly 7:30 AM and will return to school around 4:15 PM.  We would like for students to be there by 7:15 so that we can all board the bus and be accounted for and ready for our 7:30 departure.

Weather Reminders! — Please be sure to check the weather forecast for the Jamestown area and dress your child appropriately. It can get very cool and windy along the James River, so we would definitely recommend dressing in layers and wearing comfortable shoes for walking.  Our trip is rain or shine so your child may want to wear a rain coat and bring an umbrella if the forecast is calling for rain.

Food – Children will be asked to bring 2 nut-free snacks.  One snack for the morning ride to Jamestown and one snack for the afternoon ride back from Jamestown.  In addition, your child will need to pack a lunch and a few drinks. Please pack a couple of waters that have screw tops so that your child can drink “safely” on the bus without spilling.  If you need to purchase a school bag lunch for your child that day, you must let me know by Wednesday of this week so I can let the cafeteria manager know.

We will NOT be visiting the gift shop, so please do not send any money with your child.  Your child may bring a camera (not a phone), but it is their responsibility to keep track of it and carry it around all day. No other electronic devices are permitted on the trip.

*Treats for the Troops:  Short Pump Elementary has a tradition of collecting items to send to our troops overseas.  We do this in collaboration with the Blue Star Families of Richmond, www.bluestarrichmond.org, a chapter of a national organization of families with loved ones who proudly serve our country.  Each grade level is assigned specific items to collect. Our goal is to collect 200 of each item in order to complete 200 care packages for active duty military personnel in combat zones and various USO sites.

Here’s the breakdown by grade:

  • K:   Q-tips, travel size shampoo/conditioner, sample size Gold Bond foot powder
  • 1st:  dental floss, “wisps” (dental cleaners), toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • 2nd:  socks, travel size lotion, deodorant/antiperspirant (stick only)
  • 3rd:  instant oatmeal, individual snack packs (nuts, dried fruit, fruit snacks, trail mix), beef jerky
  • 4th:  power bars/granola bars, powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, coffee, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
  • 5th:  tuna/chicken in foil packages, crossword puzzle books, playing cards

Students can bring the items into their classroom any time between October 29 – November 9, 2018.  Thank you for your support!

 

*What Are We Learning This Week?*

*Reading:

During our whole group lessons this week we will continue to work on specific reading skills and strategies. We will continue our work with author’s purpose this week in both fiction and nonfiction. We will be analyzing two texts and looking deep into the text to analyze the choices that the author used.  We will also continue focusing on learning new vocabulary from our character traits list.  Understanding these new vocabulary words are a great way to improve our reading and writing skills!  During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small group and we will continue our strategy work using leveled texts.  They will also rotate through the “read to self” and “work on writing” rotations.

We will take a week off from specific word lists for word study this week due to the short week with the field trip.

*Math:

We will review on Monday for the Addition/Subtraction/Estimation Test, which is going to be on Tuesday, 10/30.

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week we will practice working on computation with decimals.

*Social Studies:

This week we will begin our unit on Jamestown (VS.3 notes).  The topics we will learn about this week are the reasons why England wanted to set up colonies in the New World (VS.3a), the economic and geographic influences on the decision to settle at Jamestown (VS.3b), the 3 charters that were given to the Virginia Company of London (VS.3c), and the beginning of government in the Jamestown colony (VS.3d).  We will not be finished with learning about the unit when we go to Jamestown, but the trip will be such a great way to reinforce what we have learned in class as well as experience everything else we will study next week!  As with all past units, it is very important that students begin reviewing the content that we cover in class a little bit each night.  Thank you for encouraging your child to review at home.

*Science: 

Our class will take the Weather Test on Wednesday, 10/31.  (As our class discussed, we would rather have our test on Halloween than on the day after Halloween!)

 

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen