Language Arts-Shared Reading: The students learned all about reference materials, including which source to use when searching for information. Each day we focused on one type of reference book, from encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, almanacs, to a thesaurus. Matching games and power points were used as well as scavenger hunts through the books. This should be helpful as we delve into our research papers.
Guided Reading:The legend literacy centers continued with a focus on understanding the story grammar of each.
Word Study: Another round of compound words was practiced in Word Sort 26. A study and review of the major comma rules in punctuation filled our language arts time. To ensure that everyone can apply these rules to their own writings, the students have been assigned one rule. They will use Educreations on the Ipads to make a tutorial on the rule. You know that if you can teach others, you understand the skill yourself.
Writing: I have modeled the first steps of the research process. We all have an ocean topic and questions that will guide our research. For the next two weeks, the students will apply all that they have learned this year about note taking, and answer those questions. So, it will be important for your child to have at least three sources at school each day. I will teach how to take notes all next week, and the students will work on one question daily. That night they will finish the one question's note taking, and keep all of the work in the brown envelope. This culminating project will teach your child one way to organize and complete a research paper. We are also working on creating our own legend that's similar to those we read during this theme in reading.
Math: A review of metric measurement with grams/kilograms and milliliters/liters started off our math lessons this week and was assessed. What’s the area and perimeter of a rectilinear figure (combined rectangles)? That’s what we’ve been learning this week. We investigated areas and learned to decompose them into two or more shapes, find the area of those, and then add all together. Another important standard, problem solving, was a focus. This time we studied a problem solving rubric to learn how to improve. With partners we evaluated a kid's sample problem and concentrated on the areas of representation (drawings, tables, etc.) and communication. Knowing what is expected to achieve a successful rating will help the students improve on their own work.
It’s so much fun to see the students energetic about learning our thermal energy standard. In our investigations, partners measured heat loss with a Styrofoam cup (insulator) and ceramic and metal cups (conductor). In fact, each day investigations were performed to help the students see that heat travels from hot to cold, what makes a good conductor and insulator, and how heat travels by radiation, conduction, and convection. We learned what colors and materials absorb heat in investigations on Friday.
Everyone loved our Science Lab time as we were fortunate to have the Star Lab at our school. The stories about the constellations are so fun to hear.
Thank You, Parents!
Jason Wickline-Star Lab volunteer and Reading Dad
Three sources relating to your child's ocean topic need to be in the research folder by Tuesday of next week. Please help your child search for appropriate sources that are on his/her reading level, and ones that have information pertaining to the five questions that were created. Two weeks will be given for the note taking process. Deadline for note taking is April 25th, but I will be checking the progress daily.
Next Friday is the halfway mark for independent reading. Your child should have at least 15 boxes/375 pages recorded, and should have half of the AR goal met.
Reading- Shared Reading-After finishing up the Magnet book, we started reading legends. How the Stars Fell Into the Sky and How Chimpmunk Got His Stripeswere used to illustrate this type of tale. Studying the story grammar helps us not only practice comprehension skills, but also serves as a model for our own writing.
Literacy Centers-Story Grammar/Plot While Reading Legends-We’ve started a new rotation with exciting centers for this week and next.
Guided Reading-The Legend of the Bluebonnets, Too Close to the Sun, or Aladdin and the Magic Lamp are the books I'm using to teach story grammar.
Listening Center-The Drought Maker is an Australian legend and the students determined the problem and the solutions presented by different animals in the story.
Response Center-From a collection of legend picture books, each student is reading and making a flip flap booklet to explain the important elements.
Skill Center-Partner reading helps build fluency. King Arthur and the Magic Sword provided the practice. Then, a thesaurus activity accompanies the lesson.
Word Study-Compound word practice and adjective lessons were taught.
Writing-Partners continued their reading, researching, and writing for the "Rivers in Georgia" presentation. The students are learning to work together as well as how to research and create.
The Wise Guys were actively measuring this week, and this time the unit was milliliters and liters or grams and kilograms. After learning that a large paper clip is about the same as a gram, a math book is about a kilogram, 10 drops of water from a medicine dropper is a milliliter and a soft drink bottle is 2 liters, we had a benchmark to use as a way to predict the mass or capacity. Then, we used balance scales and containers with ml marked to actually measure. Graphing our weights on a line plot in kilograms was another activity. We also practiced converting one unit into another such as 3,000 ml = 3 liters.
Using Balance Scales to Measure Grams and Kilograms
And Milliliters and Liters
Students went from studying the life of Thurgood Marshal to studying our 35th President, Lyndon B. Johnson. These two men were both born in 1908, and were an integral part of the civil rights movement in the ‘50s and ‘60s. L.B.J. dreamed of a “Great Society” in which poverty no longer existed. He was a believer in the power of a good education to move the U.S. in this direction, and spent huge amounts of money on improving schools and the educational system. It was L.B.J. who nominated Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court, and fought hard to get the Civil Rights Act passed in Congress. As one of his mourners declared during his funeral, “He will be remembered”.
Happy Birthday to Eli on April 1st!
Put the STEM science night on your calendar. It's Wednesday, April 9th.
We have completed our study on magnets and need to go ahead with the assessment even though it's a social studies week. Today the class was given a study guide and will review with games on the blog. Thanks for helping your child study tonight and tomorrow night.
Reading- Shared Reading-Mysterious Magnets-We read this big book and it was great source for enriching our science lessons this week. Using a five column note taking organizer helped us find the main ideas about each chapter.
Guided Reading and Literacy Centers- Rivers and Landforms reading has begun which links social studies with reading.
Guided Reading-Groups are reading either Two Great Rivers or Follow the River. Both give information about the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and the importance of both. We’re learning about author’s purpose as we read as well as new vocabulary words such as barges, locks, deltas, and tributaries.
Listening Center-Facing the Flood is the text and we’re practicing understanding the plot of the story. Students create a story star which explains the story grammar. Skill Center-Partners are reading about the rivers of Georgia and will create a presentation to share what they've learned. Response Center-Partners read Landforms and chose one they liked in the book. They are writing descriptively about the landform.
On Wednesday we used large maps and atlases to travel along the major rivers of the United States. In teams, the students asked trivia questions, and then searched for the answers using the atlases and maps.. Afterwards, a map was labeled with the major rivers and mountain ranges. Each team came up with a mnemonic device to remember the order of the rivers. Here's one: C assie R ode M iles O n Horseback. (Colorado, Rio Grande, Mississippi, Ohio, Hudson)
Word Study/English-Lessons explaining how words change by adding suffixes, cursive, and the One Card games were on the agenda for this week. We also reviewed verbs and studied run-on sentences.
Writing-Partners are hard at work on a presentation project. Each pair has chosen a river in Georgia to research. Working cooperatively, they will decide on a way to present what they've learned to the rest of the class.
An excellent way to determine the amount of time that has elapsed is by using a number line. Two other methods, using a Judy clock or printed clocks and creating a T chart were taught. This standard is the first or our measurement unit. Guided Math centers are in full swing with more practice of area and perimeter. Next week the centers change and all are related to measurement.
Magnet investigations intrigued the students this week. We went fishing with magnetic fishing poles and figured out averages of paper clip fish that were caught. We learned how electromagnets work, and studied magnetic field too. Students tested many objects to find out if they were attracted to a magnet or not.
Science Lab-Look at the cool experiment! We crushed up cereal and found that it does contain iron. Some of the tiny pieces were attracted to the magnet. A few students could actually see the tiny bit of iron in mushed up cereal and water.
It's always fun to watch the magnets at work with these toys.
Fun at School!
Did the kids tell you that a leprechaun created and left a scavenger hunt on St. Patrick's Day? He/She didn't trick us though. We followed the clues and found a wonderful treat!
Weren't you proud of the Wise Guys and they way they performed at the Orff Concert? I sure was!
Thanks for the fantastic help in making sure that your child is practicing for the CRCT! Please continue checking and initialing the pages for homework. Watch your child take the review tests online and note which areas need review.
Shared Reading/Guided Reading-Our Allen Say author study continued with the reading of several of his books. The standard of comparing and contrasting characters, books, and themes was our focus. We readTea with Milk and used the laptops and a power point to guide us in the creation of a travel log related to the book. Many new facts were learned about Japan as well as an opportunity to compare the character's and our lives with those in Japan. Grandfather's Journey was then read by partners to serve as the comparison text. The Lost Lake and River Dream, both written by Say were enjoyed and used for comparison too.
Writing- Should you fear alligators or not? Students came up with three reasons to support their own opinions, and then used sources to back up those reasons. Learning the format for this type of informational writing will be helpful in life!
Word Study-Word Sort 23 -Making plurals for words that end in y and lessons on the use of commas in letters were on the agenda.
Well, the third nine weeks standards have been taught and assessed. Even with so many days off this nine weeks, we were able to stay on track and finish what was planned. So many more students have passed the multiplication and division timed tests, proving fluency with the math facts. Thanks for your help in making sure that the Common Core Coach books are being completed.
Spring has sprung a little early in the Science Lab. This week's lesson was taught by a Pike's Nursery Master Gardener. The students learned ways that we can attract birds into our own personal habitats with bird feeders and houses. Then, in the afternoon, Mr. Currin, a Shallowford Falls parent, helped hang the birdhouses that Mrs. Mills ordered.
Here he is hanging the Screech Owl house.
And here is the Chickadee house.
We are helping birds by providing some great nesting items to use in nest making.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our longest serving president, having been elected for four terms. FDR is credited for leading our country out of the Great Depression with his New Deal programs and "fireside chats". He was a formidable leader during World War II, and died shortly after beginning his fourth term as president. He did all of this in spite of personal health challenges. We had many interesting questions arise in class as we discussed FDR's accomplishments, such as "Why didn't the government print more money to give people during the Great Depression?" and "Why did the stock market crash?". Be prepared to answer these types of questions at home to 8 and 9 year olds, as I couldn't!
Social Studies Connection
Today we had a Performing Arts presentation on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. Some students even had a part in the production. What a terrific review of what your child has learned in Social Studies!
Star Student, Sophia!
Reports cards will be distributed on Wednesday.
Book Fair is next week. It will be open before the Orff Concert if you'd like to stop by.
Speaking of the Orff Concert, it will take place on Wednesday, March 19th, at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. Students should meet in our room at 6:20. Wear western attire such as jeans, overalls, western style shirts, etc.
Talent Show-We have some classmates that are performing so come and enjoy!
Grades K-5 on Friday, March 21st at Simpson Middle School. The show will be divided into two sessions:
1st Session: Grades K-3 6:00-7:30 PM;
2nd Session: Grades 4-5 8:00-10:00 PM.
Thanks to our Weekly Volunteers!
Kari Long taped a few biography speeches and knocked out the clerical for the week! Jenny Magis-Graves was our Reading Mom on Friday!