It’s Friday!

Good afternoon!  It has been a great week with a lot of busy beavers in Room 19.  The students have responded really well to Math Rotations and seem to be building confidence in areas that may have caused a little trouble on our midyear benchmarks.  Students stayed attentive and interested as we read Treasure Island in preparation for our field trip next week.  They were able to follow along with the plot, even though at times they were uneasy about the numerous pirate deaths.  Overall, I was very pleased with the two unit tests this week.  Chattiness has picked up a bit this week, but I know they are just excited about the upcoming Spring Break!

Coming home in the folders this week is a lot of important info.  I apologize for the amount of money requests that are coming…timing just does not seem to be on our side at the moment.  This is what you should expect to see:

  • Monticello Permission Slips – Our trip is Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  The cost is $30 per person and money needs to be in by next Friday, 4/3/15.
  • Mrs. Roye is ready to order harmonicas.  She has sent home an envelope in which to collect $3.60 and has asked that the money be turned in by Wednesday.  As I mentioned to the students, it will be best if you email her directly with any questions.
  • The PTA Spring Carnival Flyer came home with information about where you can purchase pre-sale wrist bands and tickets.  The Carnival is April 24th, rain or shine!  I have even volunteered to stand under the Pitch Blast game (yes, I’m a little crazy!).
  • Individual spring picture packets came home.  Everyone had their picture taken if they were here on the day of pictures.  You are to review the packet, decide how much you want to keep, and return accordingly.  
  • Gator Checks as usual.

Looking ahead to next week, students can expect to begin a geometry unit in math.  We will wrap up our literature work on Treasure Island as well as some short passages focusing on using the text to support our answers.  We will review some key concepts covered thus far in science and social studies as we prepare to tackle the 4th quarter after Spring Break.  In writing, we will continue looking at the use of quotation marks and respond to a writing prompt or two.

Happy Weekend

One thing to always keep in mind is the importance of being flexible.  And that is what we’ve been doing in Room 19.  There have been a few changes since the last update, but I think it’s all for the best.  The students have worked hard this week, working with calendars and practicing elapsed time.  We continued working with Mrs. Kinnier’s class, partnering up to work on reading skills with non-fiction passages.  Our gummy worm lab was a big hit as we watched the long, slender candy treat first get fat, and then dissolve into the water.  If the students come home wanting to do a little experimenting this weekend, it’s just a further exploration of matter as it changes.  I can’t believe we’re down to our two final weeks of the third quarter.  Here’s a look at what flexibility is bringing our way next week.


  • Math: Our time and date test will be on Monday. Friday’s Jeopardy review went well, and I believe the students are fully prepared to knock it out of the park.  The rest of the week will be devoted to a review of computation and graph skills, including a chance to familiarize everyone with technology enhanced questions where diagrams are involved.
  • Reading: Our folktales and proverbs are going to wait one more week.  Next week, we are going to prep for our trip to VaRep Theater by reading an adapted version of Treasure Island.  The majority of the text will be read to the students, but they will also work with small passages as we discuss character traits, cause and effect, and summarizing strategies.
  • Science: Our Matter Test was moved back a few days to Wednesday, March 25th.  Students have a study guide and their journals to help them master the information.  We will conduct a matter walk next week and wrap up with another diagram activity.  Students will also have the pleasure of another visit from Young Scientist on Tuesday!
  • Writing: Students will take a word study test and receive their last list for this marking period.  We will continue to plug along on our cursive lettering and utilize writing skills across the curriculum, especially as students respond to our Reading Unit.

Happy Friday!

Hello there everyone!  It looks like the weather is warming up and we will return to our regularly scheduled school year.  Of course, we are still playing catch up from our days off, but we are going to make it!!  The students did a great job this week considering we haven’t had a full week in over a month.  They were especially well behaved during our Friday Mash-up with Mrs. Kinnier’s class, where students in both classes worked together to review math concepts, explore some science stories, and watch a matter video.  In Miss A’s class, we have spent several days working with elapsed time and have solidly taken a look at the properties of matter, including a trip to the library for some dictionary research and hands-on property investigation..  Students in room 19 finished up our work with “Centerfield Ballhawk” and also added a few more cursive letters to their repertoire!  We finally got to enjoy some much needed time on the playground, but also leveled up on our GoNoodle account with various brain break exercises and indoor recess activities.

Here’s a look at what’s coming home in the Red Folder today:

  • The usual Gator Check along with this week’s graded papers.  Please be sure to look over them and see any notes.
  • Third Quarter Interims are on white.  They have the grades thus far along with notes if there are any major concerns.  There is a place for parents to sign. I will check off the signatures and send home the sheet again for your records. Please note the marking period ends on Friday, April 3rd.
  • Permission Slips for our March 31st theater field trip to VaRep’s Treasure Island are also on white.  Cost for this trip is $12.  Both the money and permission slip are due next Friday, 3/20.
  • Several flyers about area recreational activities and camps.

Check out what is coming in the next week:

  • Our math unit on time will proceed as we review concepts already covered as well as look at time equivalencies.  Students will need to understand how to convert from minutes to hours, days to weeks, and months to years, just to name a few.  There will be a short quiz on this next week before we take our time test the following week.
  • We will continue working on matter with a couple more labs and reading passages.  Students should regularly bring home their science journals next week to review and expect to take their Matter Test at the end of the week.
  • To begin the week in reading, we will continue our partnership with Mrs. K’s class as we hone our non-fiction skills and make connections to the text.  Each students will practice with main idea and details, using the glossary and index, and determining author’s purpose.  Mid-week, we will switch gears to proverbs and fables as we look at Stories We Share.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!  As always, thanks for all of your support at home!  Don’t forget about the Book Fair going on all next week along with our next PTA Meeting on Tuesday, 3/17.

Life After Snow!

I hope that everyone has really enjoyed their week off and maybe even found some time to enjoy the snow despite the frigid temperatures! Miss Atkins has certainly been busy preparing upcoming lessons and is looking forward to seeing all of your bright faces again next week.  Here are a few things that you can expect.

  • We will wrap up our unit on Ancient Civilizations with several activities focused on Ancient Rome.  Students will explore aspects of daily life with a short video, mini-presentations, and some further reading.  We will complete our Roman knowledge chart and then take a quiz to finish the unit.
  • In Math, we are going to move into our time unit.  We will spend the first few days reviewing how to tell time, and move from hour and half-hour increments, into telling time to the minute.  By the end of the week, students will begin exploring elapsed time with real-life application.
  • Students are enjoying our read aloud, Jackie and Me.  In keeping with the baseball theme, our next short story study will be “Centerfield Ballhawk.”  Students will have many opportunities to practice reading skills with several short passages in a variety of genres.  Specifically, we will focus on synonyms and antonyms, as well as using details from the story to support our inferences and conclusions.
  • We will continue to work on our cursive handwriting and move forward with our word study groups and lessons.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you next week!

From the Teacher’s Desk

The students have had a busy week with our multiplication drills, math benchmark, Greek mythology, and a look at some famous Olympians from the past.  They were also treated to a wonderful concert by the Pocahontas Middle School Music Department and we finished our most recent read aloud, Twice Upon a Time.  I was very pleased with the way in which the students followed this unique twist on a beloved fairy tale.  We saw a new side of Sleeping Beauty, told in a constant back-and-forth narration between the prince and princess.  Next week, in honor of Black History Month, we will begin our class reading and discussion of the historical fiction story, Jackie and Me.

Also coming up next week:

  • We will wind down our direct focus on multiplication and division foundations with several more activities before our Math Test on Thursday.
  • Students will take a final look at the expository non-fiction piece based on the Olympic Games, and show their comprehension on Tuesday.
  • We will spend a large amount of our time next week preparing for our Greco-Roman Enrichment.  Students will decorate t-shirts, create head wreaths, and design several other decorations for the room.  Much like our in-class research on Greece, the students will work through a guided reading activity about Ancient Rome and enjoy pictures and stories from this ancient civilization.
  • Students were extremely excited about our first few lessons in cursive.  Next week, we will continue adding letters to our repertoire as we slowly build our knowledge of lower case letters, grouped in similar formation patterns.
  • Next week also promises to be exciting with our school-wide Jump Rope for Heart event on Tuesday afternoon and our Valentine Exchange on Friday afternoon.

Don’t forget to check out the Grade Level Newsletter coming home in your child’s folder today for more information about upcoming events.  Also coming home are two half sheets from Mrs. Wright concerning Jump Rope for Heart and Gators on the Move.  Enjoy your weekend!

Math Fact Drills

We have been practicing with some drills this week to help the students build their speed with multiplication facts.  I have included the links (list on the right) to a website where you can print both multiplication and division problems just like the ones we use in class.  Each time you click “Create It,” a new worksheet is generated, so feel free to practice away!!

Happy Friday

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last update and I apologize for not posting.  Here’s a little glimpse of what we have been up to and what you can expect in the next week.

We have finished our latest story, Balto, the Dog Who Saved Nome, and will be moving into a new story next week.  In conjunction with our Social Studies unit, students will read about the Olympics and the many athletes that make history every couple of years.  With the reading, we will do a little research and a mini project in class regarding some famous Olympians.

Today in math, the students started multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers where neither factor ended in a zero.  Several students were really excited and were ready to keep going.  Don’t worry…we will continue this next step of multiplying for the next week.  We will also continue to practice facts for speed.  I am sure many of you are listening at home and perhaps worried that your child isn’t as fast as you would like.  This is still a somewhat new concept and it is one of those things the students just have to memorize.  My advice is to have them make flash cards, play games that require speed, and make use of online games.  As we work with bigger numbers, they will also see the need to know the facts quickly.

In Social Studies, we have been studying (through books, movies, and pictures) about the Ancient Greek Civilization.  Students should have come home this weekend with their interactive notebooks in which you can find two sets of fill in the blank notes and a knowledge chart complete with hand-drawn pictures.  They should be studying this information for a quiz scheduled for next Wednesday.  We will reinforce information about Ancient Greek culture with activities on Monday and Tuesday.  Please ask the students about how they competed in our mini-Olympics today!

Finally, in writing, we are wrapping up a unit about service animals.  We have talked in detail about creating main ideas and details that support them.  Students who have not already done so, will finish their service dog story early next week.  Our morning work grammar focus will be shifting.  Every two weeks, we will focus on a different aspect of grammar and have quizzes accordingly.  Next week, we start with commas.  I also hope to start working with cursive, hitting 1-2 letters a day over the next month.


  • Math Benchmark, February 5th-6th
  • Jump Rope for Heart, Wear RED Spirit Day, February 6th
  • Jump Rope for Heart Event, February 10th
  • Greece and Rome Enrichment, February 13th
  • Conferences, February 19th