Shared Reading-Stone Fox was completed on Thursday, and we discussed how a great book can really hold our attention, especially with such a sad ending. We have learned quite a few new vocabulary words, and the goal of increasing reading stamina was achieved. Most days the students participated in silent reading, involving self-monitoring and keeping up the stamina to read and think, even when content is challenging or the book is a bit longer.
Guided Reading-Two reading groups also finished The Courage of Sarah Noble. Besides looking for the answers to questions in the text, studies of the Native American way of life and woodland animal life helped us emerse ourselves in the plot. The groups reading Lily's Crossing have quite a bit more to read, so we'll keep up the reading stamina into next week.
Writing-Last week we were so impressed with the poet, Marilyn Singer's, writing style in "Deer Mouse". So, we created our own poem about a Georgia animal surviving in winter. Each child chose an animal from the Georgia Wildlife Web, read the information, and used that knowledge to write the poem, using one action word over and over. Of course, the fun part was the art project to illustrate! Here's an example:
Word Study- Sort 18 involves the students in sorting words with the suffix -ed. The great thing about this unit is that the same rules apply as the -ing suffix that we've worked on the past two weeks. We continued revisiting language arts skills in our Susan B. Anthony packet, and practiced cursive too.
After completing the distributive property assessment, we practiced multiplication and division word problems. Students worked in pairs to solve, and used a rubric to evaluate each other's work. On Friday this standard was assessed too.
The Piedmont region was our focus for the week. We studied how this region differs from the mountain regions. We found out that many of the region's plant and animal life was similar to that of the mountains. We used reference materials to learn more about the Piedmont for an assignment, "Piedmont Times".
Happy Birthday, Thomas!
Mystery Reader-Darik Afshani
We appreciate all of the food brought in for the Food Drive. We donated 74 items.
3rd grade Movie Night is Monday, January 26th from 2:30-4:00. Hope you let your child attend. Flyers went home last week with details.
Pancake Breakfast should be lots of fun on January 31st. Hope to see you there!
To celebrate the 100th day of school, we have been challenged to collect at least 100 non-perishable food items. These will be donated to the Food Pantry at Lassiter High School to help serve families in our area.
Update for Tuesday-We have nine items! Let's look in our pantries or go to the store and bring in by Thursday, the 100th day of school. Thanks.
We're reading chapter books that show main characters' trait of perseverence!
Shared Reading-Prior to reading Stone Fox each day, we learned new vocabulary in different ways. One was Concept Circle in which three similar meaning words for the vocabulary word and one word which didn't go with the others were listed. By choosing the word that didn't belong, the students could determine the meaning of the new word. Another enjoyable lesson involved the students making Discussion Cubes with "thick" questions to ask teammates. I was so pleased to hear the conversations about the chapters showed deep thinking. We're nearing the climax of the book, and will finish it next week.
Guided Reading-The historical fiction novels of Lily's Crossing and The Courage of Sarah Nobel were continued this week. The students are learning about what life was like during World War II and colonial times as they enjoy the plot.
Writing-Did you enjoy reading your child's opinion writing? I hope that they persuaded you to visit the Georgia attractions or sites sometime. Next, we had lessons showing how to read and comprehend poetry. We used an ice cream metaphor to explain the steps for writing a constructed response to winter poems. This will help us as we get ready for the Georgia Milestones Test in the spring.
Word Study-Word Sort 16 was another sort with rules for adding -ing. We had a review of many English skills in a Susan B. Anthony packet and practiced cursive too.
On Monday, a word problem was solved in groups. The students worked together to solve it showing all of the components necessary for a successful rating on the Cobb County Math Rubric. Then, the teams explained their solutions while the rest of the class evaluated them using the rubric.
The distributive property of multiplication was our focus this week. We used Cheeze-Its to model area arrays, and then split up the array to make easier multiplication problems.
Games, using models, and practice problems helped the children understand how to multiply. Wow, we really were motivated in the Sumdog Cobb County Challenge this week, and ended up coming in first place. Since the students seemed to love the games so much, I used part of our "Fun Run" money to buy a year's subscription to the site. Now, other math skills can be practiced in a fun way.
To enrich our study of animal adaptations, we were lucky to study how a bird's beak has adapted to its particular food. Students used tweezers, scoops, and other utensils shaped like a bird's beak to discover and learn.
In Mrs. Huie's class, the students learned all about Susan B. Anthony and her role in helping women win the right to vote.
Bianca blew out those candles this week! Happy Birthday!
Thank You, Volunteers!
Ellie Griffis and Melinda Bailey-Donating the Cheeze-Its
Anneke Smith-Science/STEM lab volunteer
Alicia Poage-Clerical Helper
Todd Bailey-Mystery Reader
Enjoy your day off-MLK Holiday-Monday.
Food Drive-Bring in for the 100th Day of School!
Please sign the Georgia Habitat Diorama project information sheet and return on Tuesday. Then, the students can keep it at home.
Pancake Breakfast-January 31st-8:30-11:30
Have you taken the Parent Survey yet? Please do!
Parents, the state would like your input about Shallowford Falls Elementary School, by taking the Georgia Parent Survey. Parents you can complete the survey using your personal computer, smartphone or iPad. We would appreciate all parents participating in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used to calculate the Shallowford Falls’ School Climate Star Rating,which is a diagnostic tool within the CCRPI score for our school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.
What a fantastic start to the new year! The Wise Guys returned from the Winter Holidays ready to learn! We sure wish for snow, though!
Shared Reading-As a part of the Common Core Reading standards, the children are expected to increase the complexity of their reading, understanding texts that are more sophisticated. With that in mind, we've started this nine weeks period reading chapter books during Guided Reading. We will integrate many different skills along with the independent reading each day. The reading skill of questioning was reviewed as we read Getting Ready to Race. The students learned about the Iditarod race in Alaska, and what it takes to prepare for the long journey. This book picqued the interest for another book, Stone Fox, a fictional book with a dogsled race too. The students started reading this book on Friday.
Guided Reading-We are learning to love historical fiction as two groups are reading Lily's Crossing, and the other two groups are reading The Courage of Sarah Noble. Many new vocabulary strategies have been taught each day before the chapters are read. One group is making a lapbook to show the comprehension of the story elements. Due to the length of both books, all of our reading time is being devoted to the historical fiction instead of literacy centers.
Writing-The evaluated genre for the third nine weeks is a opinion writing. A prewriting was finished this week. The students are already looking forward to our next break, the MLK holiday. Each child used a website, "Places to See in Georgia", to plan a trip somewhere in our state during the break. They read all about the attraction and came up with reasons to convince you to travel there. From this prewriting, I will plan lessons to improve the quality, and later in the nine weeks we'll complete another opinion piece and evaluate the growth. Of course, we will visit the other genres too as the nine weeks period progresses.
Word Study-Word Sort 15 was a study of the rules for adding -ing. We are learning about pronouns too.
Multiplication and division games started off our week. We reviewed these skills and learned about remainders in division.
Then we worked on learning the properties of multiplication, starting with the associative property. We used macaroni to create the parentheses in the problems.
And, new guided math centers are helping us practice all of the skills for the nine weeks.
Here we are creating matches showing the distributive property.
We were amazed at all of the interesting animal adapations we learned about this week. Each day we focused on a behavior adaptation and created a step book to help us remember them. Camouflage, migration, hibernation, and mimicry were studied, using Georgia animals to explain each term.
Alicia Poage was our Mystery Reader today!
Please, pretty please! Would you kindly take this survey? It helps us plan, and is a part of our overall school rating.
Georgia Parent Survey
Parents, the state would like your input about Shallowford Falls Elementary School, by taking the Georgia Parent Survey. Parents you can complete the survey using your personal computer, smartphone or iPad. We would appreciate all parents participating in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used to calculate the Shallowford Falls’ School Climate Star Rating, which is a diagnostic tool within the CCRPI score for our school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.
Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling-Hightower Trail MS is hosting a presentation by Kirk Martin, “America’s Calm Coach” that will give parents practical ideas for dealing with common parenting challenges. Kirk will demonstrate 10 ways to:
Get your kids to listen the first time
Stop defiance, disrespect and yelling
Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights
Get kids off video games/screens without a fight
Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime
Practical, life-changing and laugh out loud funny”
Monday, January 12-7:00-9:00 pm
Hightower Trail MS TheaterTuesday, January 13-8:45-10:45 am
Hightower Trail MS 8th grade Commons
3rd grade Movie Night Fundraiser for the Foundation-Jan. 26th! Information will come home next Wed.
Pancake Breakfast-Jan. 31st!
Please join us for an exciting morning of family fun at The Foundation of Shallowford Falls’ Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction from 8:30am to 11:30pm in the cafeteria on Saturday, January 31, 2015.
Enjoy hot pancakes with your family and then be entertained in the gym by Martial Arts, the Fox Trotters, a performance from the upcoming drama Peter Pan, and a performance from a select group of Ms. Boland’s music classes. Students and their families may also participate in fun learning activities in the STEM Lab and the Technology Lab. More information and an opportunity to buy pancake tickets will be sent home with your child soon.
We have a critical need for volunteers to help us prepare for the event, secure silent auction items, as well as, work the day of the event. If you would like to help us, please contact Adrianne Morin at Adrianne.firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation's fundraising efforts.