Students learned about contractions during a grammar lesson. They learned that they can put two words together to make one. Students created a contraction flip book where they had to make the contration and then use the new word in a sentence.
Room 8 gets a visit from Ms. Davis.
On Monday, Ms. Davis read Room 8 a book about bullying and talked with students about how words can hurt just as much (if not more) than unsafe bodies. Students colored pictures of themselves and thought of ways that they can STOMP OUT BULLYING at Madison School. On February 27th, students and teachers will wear pink to support STOMP OUT BULLYING day!
Great job on making an amazing Trash Museum room 1! I loved seeing all of your creativity! We also had a blast celebrating the 100th day of school!
This week our unit will focus on “kids around the world.” We will be reading lots of great stories and learning about different cultures. High frequency words will be: any, boy, by, does, friends, girl, water. The spelling pattern will be three-letter blends, examples: strike, splash, split, scrub. We will also be practicing contractions with not. The reading strategy for the week is compare and contrast.
We will be reviewing place value in math and taking the chapter test this week. Concepts covered are: hundreds, tens, and ones, comparing numbers, ten more and ten less, and reading and writing numbers to 120.
We will be having a Valentine's Day celebration on Thursday! Please make sure that if you decide to bring cards, that there is one for each student. Also, we will be having a healthy snack so please don't send any chocolate or candy. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Anyone reading this blog will be in the know about the new addition to our classroom - no not another student, though that is always a possibility! This addition comes to us via a grant with the ELL center in Skokie. Mrs. Maxwell wrote this grant and it was approved at the end of 2012. The Center is encouraging parents of English Language Learners to become involved in the field of education. They are offering a large number of training hours and time in a classroom in order to help these parents on their way toward furthering their involvement in the community. I applied for a position as a mentoring teacher with the program. This will be of great benefit to all of us! I am really looking forward to getting started. Of course parents may not work in their own child's classroom, so our parent has a kindergartner at Madison. She will be starting next Tuesday, Feb. 19, and will be working in our room for two hours a day, four days a week. This is a great opportunity for our classroom to get some extra hands-on help. To begin this parent will observe, get to know the routines and rhythm of our day, then slowly she'll become involved with kids working independently at their desks, helping those who need a quick question answered so they can continue working. She will also read with individual students, listening to them, questioning them about what they are reading. As time moves forward her contributions will, as well. I am sure she will become a great asset and be a tremendous help in our classroom.
All Room 12 families... remember to write out and send in your Acts of Kindness Hearts! When you catch your child doing a kind act for someone, please help him/her to write and draw about it on one of the hearts I provided. Our goal as a class is to collect 100 hearts! We can do it!
Room 19 students did an AMAZING job with creating a piece of art using something old (recycled) and turning it into something new. They worked really hard on their projects and they turned out fabulous!!! They are so proud of themselves and I am as well. Nice job and thanks to all you parents as well for motivating and inspiring them.
It's true I'm writing on the morning of Feb. 5 - but I'm writing about Feb. 4, so it's almost like I did this last night, right?
Well, through a series of events we have had to cancel WIN just for Monday and Tuesday of this week - but, because I hadn't really thought about having this "extra" time, I thought it was the perfect time to do an art project - YES, I said ART!!. The kids were surprised and very excited. There are no circumstances under which I would call myself qualified to teach art, but this project is fairly me-proof, so we tried it. I found a power point about M.S. Escher; a Dutch graphic artist. I'm sure some of his more famous works are familiar -
Pretty interesting, huh? The kids were fascinated! The more you look, the more you see! Anyway, we looked at a number of his creations - and then began a project that has an interesting optical element too. It was pretty educational to watch my kids, who I have known for nearly 100 days now, engage in an activity I haven't had the opportunity to observe yet. Many kids felt like I have felt trying to do something at which I felt incompetent; they kept saying they couldn't do it and wanting to give up. We needed to make rulered lines across the large construction paper in fairly even increments. This was difficult for some, understandably, we haven't used rulers yet - when I tried to explain that it is always difficult to do something for the first time - they weren't having any; it looked easy when I showed them how and they expected to find it easy too.
Kids are SO tough on themselves - it is amazing to me! Even these kids, who are very sweet natured by the way, are kind to one another, but so tough on themselves. Anyway, more on this project later today when we try to wrap it up!
This week we will be focusing on "being creative!" There will be a trash homework assignment due on Friday 2/8, which allows students to practice being creative! Click here for more explanation on the homework.
Below is a picture from last Friday when we made masks!
High frequency words for the week will be: after, done, find, new, old, work. The spelling pattern will be long o and long u, examples: hope, nose, cute, cube. We will also be practicing when to use is and are in sentences. The reading strategy for the week is making predictions and confirming.
We are continuing our unit on place value in math. On Monday, students will take a check my progress to see how they have grasped the concepts from the first part of the chapter. Then we will continue learning more ways to use place value, such as comparing numbers to 120.
Hundreds day will be celebrated on Wednesday. The children can wear something related to 100 to school like a cereal necklace with 100 pieces of cereal, or a shirt or pants that have 100 pictures or squares, or something else creative.
We will be able to celebrate Valentine's day on Thursday, Feb. 14th. Please do not send any candy to school. We will have a healthy snack. But the children are welcome to bring valentine cards if they want to. A class list was sent home. If they want to bring valentines they need to bring one for each student. But it is fine if they don't bring valentines. It's up to you.
Second trimester parent-teacher conferences which will be held on March 7th and 12th. Please sign your name by TWO times that work for you on the sheet that went home on Friday. Please let me know if you need an alternative time or date. I look forward to meeting with you!
This week room 19 have been learning about art and different materials that are used to make art. We also learned about masks from our countries and why they use masks in their cultures. We made our own masks for an art prject and they were excited to be able to discuss what they would use their masks for.
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