We wrapped up two milestones this week; earth cycles and fractions! Our culminating activity was the Oreo moon phase project and trust me, they’ve been ready for it for over a week. Here are more photos from the activity.
We also wrapped up fractions and completed the 4.5 week math assessment. Fortunately, the kids and I agreed that they were ready and forged ahead with the assessment. They did a FABULOUS job. I’m very proud of their hard work. I sent their grade sheets today and posted the grades. as well. I’m very thankful that we pushed through!
On Friday, each child received a distance learning packet. The work will be graded when school resumes, so it is important for you to pick it up on Monday if your child was absent on Friday. The building will be completely closed after Monday.
Here is link to the slideshow for Assignment 1. I’ve created a Flipgrid and book in Book Creator if your child would like to use either app, for his/her presentation. Both of the codes are below.
Epic Class Code
Complete 1 activity from each category in week 1 and week 2.
Shade in the activity.
Complete at least one activity in week one and a second activity in week 2.
Epic (login instructions are above), EFollet (Destiny Discover; use hcps username and the password “read”) and Gale Ebooks are available for digital reading.
You may also use MobyMax for additional practice.
Complete at least one activity in week one and a second activity in week 2.
You may also use Khan Academy and MobyMax for additional practice.
Our guest reader dropped in, bright and early Monday morning, to kick off Read Across America Week. We also enjoyed daily read alouds from Mrs. Broudy and Mrs. Rhoden throughout the week. I also learned of some other read aloud books, from Ms. Capano, that you may want to share with your kids, from Oprah Winfrey and many others here.
I sent a field trip permission form yesterday for the Virginia Living Museum and a Scholastic Book Fair flyer today. If you may need financial assistance for the field trip, please email me by Tuesday, March 10th. I know that it’s a big expense, however, I’d like for every student to attend. The sooner you tell me, the better.
Scholastic Book Fair
Did you know that you can set up a Scholastic Book Fair eWallet for your kids, using your credit card? Check out the video below for more details!
The book fair will be open for business starting Monday morning. Students can shop from 7:20am-7:40am and Thursday night from 5pm-7:30pm before, during and after the 2nd grade PTO performance. Students may also turn in their wish lists and money to me each morning and the librarians will fill their orders before the end of the day (if their requests are available). You may also shop online using this link!
Field Day Tee Shirts
Field Day Tee Shirts are on sale! You may purchase Tee Shirts on line using this link or send it in using the order form that I sent last week. The last day to purchase shirts is this coming Friday, March 13th.
Earlier this week, I sent several things home in preparation for a fun-filled Read Across America week;a bookmark design contest sheet , a book bingo sheet, a list of theme days (see above) and a picture form. The contest design and bingo sheet are both due to me by Monday, March 9th. Be sure to list the book titles read and sign the boxes used. You may fill in a row horizontally, diagonally or vertically to receive a prize.
On Monday, I’ll also be sending adding the March calendar to the kids’ binders, but a snapshot of it is below
I guess we’ll have to close the book on snow this year… Oh well, the extra days have given us more time to work on regrouping subtraction. 🙂 I was overwhelmed when EVERY student successfully regrouped this week when making change. I don’t know if I’ve ever been as proud. It was true testament to hard work paying off.
What We’re Learning
We began the week with our S.T.E.A.M. Day focus on water conservation. Students created devices that would limit the amount of water wasted while hand washing in our classroom sink and/or collect water wasted. As aforementioned, we also worked on counting coins and dollars, compared coins and made change this week. Here are a few photos and videos from S.T.E.A.M. Day and one of our money activities here. Next week we’ll continue working on money in math, earth cycles in science, persuasive texts in reading and narrative writing. We added three study guides this week, the water cycle, earth cycles and money.
Many students in our class our having some trouble remembering our classroom rules: “ask for permission to leave your seat, raise your hand for your turn to speak (using an inside voice level), keep your hands and feet to yourself and always give your best.” These problems are not only a problem in our class, but are following the kids into our school hallways where kids are screaming, singing, talking and arguing loudly, the cafeteria where children are shouting, throwing food, playing with food, flipping bottles, arguing, screaming across tables, getting out of their seats without permission, dropping food and paper onto the floor then leaving it and creating messes on the table without cleaning them. Quite frankly, I’m extremely embarrassed to have received reports this week from more than two resource teachers about my students arguing, rolling around on the floor like animals and lying on the floor (refusing to get up when asked), refusing to sit or stand silently (after several prompts), ignoring the teacher’s directions and failing to use the materials appropriately. Please encourage your child to do his/her best here at school, understanding that her/his major purpose while at school is to learn, while having fun is secondary. I hope that with your help, the class behaviors will completely turn around. Thank you in advance for your assistance!
Field Day Tee Shirts
Field Day Tee Shirts are on sale! You may purchase Tee Shirts on line using this link or send it in using the order form that I send to your earlier this week.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Feb. 26th-PTO Spirit Night McDonald’s 5-8pm (near Amtrak Station)
Thank you so much for your gifts, donations and for volunteering today. You made our day special! Earlier this week, we celebrated our accomplishments during our classroom awards ceremony. Thank you so much for joining us. Here are photos from the ceremony. Yesterday, we visited the Fourth Grade Living Museum, where students dressed as famous Americans, were “statues” waiting to be activated. When activated, each student shared information about his/her contributions and accomplishments. This was quite apropos considering our current study of famous Americans. Soon, we will be publishing our Flipgrid videos on famous Americans, as well. Here are some photos from the event.
I’ve checked these guys out over the past few weekends. Do your kids play sports or perform? Let me know!
Today, the kids enjoyed PAW Achievement. They fully deserved to indulge in their chosen activities. Hopefully, we’ll keep our PAW Achievement streak, 100% attendance, this quarter. Please encourage your kids to follow the school and classroom rules and give her/his best effort. We’ve had SEVERAL hiccups over the past two weeks, especially on the day that I was out this week. We also had an awesome party today. I mean… who doesn’t love a party on a Friday afternoon?
Guess what? We met our benchmark testing goal! Every child passed BOTH tests! I know I’ve already said it, but thank you for making sure that they were present and ready to work. That made a big difference. We will continue to work on those skills that the kids struggled with, during math stations. As promised, Mrs. Broudy and Mrs. Rhoden are throwing us a pizza party on February 28th! Way to go!
We made it through all of our benchmark testing unscathed! Thank you for your full support this week, by making sure the kids were present everyday, during a time that can be anxiety provoking. I also appreciate you all for speaking with me after school. As I shared with several of you, the kids are working on/with a new presentation tool, Powtoon, that I hoped to share with you here, but we still have a little polishing to do the projects. Here’s an example of a Powtoon video about Theme vs. Main Idea.
Next week will prove to be busy. On Monday the classroom award ceremony will begin promptly at 8am. On Thursday, we will preview the African American Museum (in the school cafeteria) in the morning and parents will view the presentations later that night during the PTO meeting. There will also be a 5th grade chorus performance (6pm). Friday will be full of fun with P.A.W. Achievement and our Valentine’s Day party. I think that the only things left on our list are different kinds of candy, chosen by the kids. You may sign up to bring something here. Thank you SO MUCH for your donations!
Flowers for Friends
To continue spreading kindness, next week, the SCA is hosting a flower sale and delivering all flowers on Valentine’s Day! Pre-orders will be taken in the lobby on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until 7:50am. Money is due at the time of order and flowers are a dollar each. Flowers will be delivered Friday morning! Students may send a carnation to a friend or buy one for a family member. The sale is open to everyone! Email or call Ms. Bushey with any questions. See flyer for more information.
The weeks are flying by! I really appreciate all of you for signing up for Parent/Teacher Conference night. I know that every slot is full, so I please contact me by email if you’d like to schedule an alternative day. Additionally, if you’ve scheduled your conference, cannot make your appointment time and would like a different day, please email me. This will free up a few slots for those who feel that they really need to get in for a conference. Remember, children are not invited to this conference.
We’re having a party! I’ve created a list of names, as well as a sign up sheet for party donations. I’ll send the hard copy home on Monday, but here’s the flyer if you’d like to get a head start.
What We’re Learning
This week, we worked on theme (the message or lesson in a story), comparing and contrasting texts. We read a Chinese version of Cinderella, Yeh Shen, and will compare it to an Egyptian version on Monday. Next week, We will explore two other versions of fairy tales and continue similarly as this week.
We’re continuing to review! Check out the Benchmark Review Page and be sure to work on number patterns… we’ve struggled with that a little. Here are a few examples of test questions in which they’ve had some difficulty.
I’ll be sending home a review for you to use at home, with the trickiest test questions we’ve encountered this year. Please be on the look out for it.
We’ll be wrapping up physical properties of matter this week.
Our study of Famous Americans will begin this week. This year they’ll add Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall to knowledge base. Here’s more about him.
This week was fantastic! The kids were focused and our reading benchmark test was a success. Next up is our math test on February 6th and 7th. I was elated to hear that many of you were encouraging your kids to use the links that I found for practice. One student told me that her mom said that they were good practice. I REALLY appreciate that compliment (it made me smile :)). Be sure to use the math review practice links, specifically tailored to the skills assessed this semester.
Despite preparing for testing, we continued with regular instruction, working on expository writing (nonfiction), equality, life cycles and wrapped up ancient Rome. Our culminating activity was creating fruit roll up mosaics, similar to those you would find on a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). That would be a nice weekend excursion. Hint, hint… Here are more pictures from the activity.
Physical Properties of Matter-How does matter change, but stay the same?
Famous Americans-What are the lasting legacies and contributions of Americans from the past?
Parent Teacher Conferences
I sent a flyer home today with a list of times that you may choose from for Parent/Teacher conferences (February 6th). If you choose to return the hard copy, please remember to make three choices. In addition to the hard copy, I included a link and a QR code that you may scan using the camera from your smartphone. To sign up for a conference, open your camera app, center the QR code in the camera frame (a link should appear), just click on the link and follow the prompts. This is a sure way to secure the slot you’d really like to have, as you will be selecting your time slot in real time. Regardless, if you’d like to use the hard copy, I will be more than happy to schedule your time for you. Here is the link for signing up and the QR code is pictured here as well.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Jan 24th-End of Quarter
Jan 27th-Student Holiday (No School)
Jan 27th-31st-Great Kindness Challenge
Feb 3rd-National School Counseling Week-Do Something Nice for Mrs. Bushey!
Hola!Today we had an exciting pep rally and finally saw our drummers perform. It was awesome! Their hard work has definitely paid off. They sounded great! During our morning meeting, we discussed what we knew and wanted to know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., then after viewing two videos (the Kid President’s Video and a Scholastic Video later), what they’d learned. I asked, “Has Dr. King’s dream come true? Why or why not? ” Here’s the video that we viewed during morning meeting. Be sure to ask your kids their response.
We moved into reading with our Scholastic News magazine article about Dr. King. Students read about Dr. King’s life as a child, followed by discussion and comprehension questions.
Next Thursday and Friday, we will complete our second quarter reading benchmark assessment. I’ve compiled a few websites with games that you can use at home, based on what will be tested (I really hope you’ll use them). Please use your previous reading assignments, study guides and the First Semester Review sites to practice. You may also continue to use these questions, that I previously shared, when your child reads independently.
Our next parent/teacher conferences will be on February 6th. Unlike our previous conferences, students should not attend. Here is the link that you may use to sign up. I will send a hard copy home, as well, but please remember that using the form will reserve your time quicker.
Review and Assessment
Equalities-students will distinguish between equal and not equal groups and use the correct symbol to show the relationship