Using what we already knew and learned about pumpkins, we worked together to write a non-fiction pumpkin book. Students also kept a pumpkin decomposition journal and learned that the piece sitting in water kept its shape and size best. We also performed a candy corn experiment that students enjoyed! Ask your child which liquid did not change the candy.
Looking forward to the week! We will write a new non-fiction book about Native Americans and practice asking and answering questions about key details in books. Synergize is our habit of the week.
The fall party last Friday was a blast—the kids had a great time.
We started our informational writing unit, and they are rocking it! We began looking at non-fiction texts and comparing them to fiction stories. I'm learning a lot from the students—Sonic the Hedgehog, making eggs, sharks, hunting and much more :) Next week, we research pumpkins as a class and write a teaching book.
Friendly reminder to keep track of the books your child reads at home. If you don't have a reading log, any piece of paper is fine! Students earn free BookIt Pizza Hut pizzas. Also, students who log 100 books by March get to eat lunch with me. Hopefully good motivation for everyone :)
Parent Teacher Conferences start Monday. Please let me know if you need a reminder on what day/time you signed up for. Thank you!
Friday- No School
Happy Friday! Looking forward to the Fall Party today! We had an awesome week learning more about and practicing punctuation. We played a sentence writing game with dice. Depending on what the students rolled, they wrote a sentence using the correct punctuation. It was fun and engaging! Ask your child to tell you a fact about bats. We read informational books on Epic! and learned so many interesting things.
Red Ribbon Week starts Monday. For those who did not see the dress-up days:
PJs | Fake Injury | Western Wear | Red | Tiger Wear
Our next Tiger Pride is Friday, October 26 at 2:30. Hope some of you can make it! Also, Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. Please let me know if you need a reminder on what day/time you signed up for. Thank you!
Tuesday- Levi D
Students enjoyed learning about fire safety this week. Fire fighters came and spoke about what to expect if there is a fire and educated us on their equipment, uniform and how to be safe. For shared reading, we read and discussed fiction and non-fiction fire safety books, along with a Weekly Reader that compared fire dogs long ago and today. Ask your child what we learned about the dogs and horses :)
We learned about punctuation and practiced choosing the correct type for passages that had no punctuation. The goal is for students to transfer and apply this to their writing.
Friday, October 19 is the Fall Party and a half day. Friendly reminder to send $3 with your student to help cover the cost of games, pizza, fruit and cookies. Thank you!
Thursday- Kiera (birthday!)
Friday- Fall party
What a great week! We finished Habit 3: Put First Things First and are moving on to Habit 4: Think Win-Win on Monday. Students are practicing the habits and noticing when they are. For shared reading, we worked on comprehension and discussed manners. Ask your child about What if Everybody Did That or Do Unto Otters :)
Students learned about craft moves in writing, such as pop-out words and ellipses, and practiced using them in their stories.
I introduced proficiency scales to students a few weeks ago. We started by doing one together on carpet behavior. I created one for How to Make and Fly a Paper Airplane that we used today. They had a blast! It was so neat to hear them use the proficiency scale language and know where they are--1, 2, 3 or 4.
Friendly reminder, Tuesday, October 9 is picture day, and October 11 is the parent information night at 6pm that Principal Miller is leading.
Tuesday- Levi P
Leader in Me Night was a big hit! I enjoyed seeing so many there. I will send out the sheet for Parent Teacher Conferences if you didn't have a chance to sign up.
We are finishing our narrative writing unit and working hard on the final piece. I'm so proud how much growth everyone has made!
Students enjoyed our apple-themed week. We wrapped up the observation journals, tasted diffrent kinds and graphed our favorites, made applesauce and tied in lots of apple books and poems!
Friday- Emy happy birthday!
The parade was such a special experience! I hope this becomes a tradition. The kids had a great time.
We started apple observation journals. Students found out fast how important an apple's skin is! They enjoy watching it change in size, shape and color each day!
Daily 5 is officially launched and in full swing! Students are rocking it. I praised them all week on how well they're building stamina and following the expectations. I plan to start reading groups in the next week.
Leader in Me Night/Open House is this Thursday! I will have a sign-up sheet for Parent Teacher Conferences.
We enjoyed wonderful community helper presentations this week and learned a lot. Students are building stamina in Daily 5 and rocking it!
Friendly reminder to fill out the Reading Log for BookIt! When your child reads 10 books for the month, send the log to school, and I'll send home the Pizza Hut free pizza coupon.
Homecoming Spirit Week starts Monday! Friday is a half day, and the parade is at 10 am. The entire district is walking to the parade. Such a fun and special day for all of us to be together!
Thursday- Tacky Tourist
Friday- Willard Pride
Friday- half day
It was a busy short week! We had our first math test, launched Daily 5 word work and dug deeper into small moment story writing. Students also took the district-wide NWEA assessment. Math was this week, and next Tuesday it is reading.
The fundraiser packet, along with information about it, comes home today. The money we raise goes toward new playground equipment!
Monday- Levi D (birthday)
Tuesday- Levi P
Wednesday- Grady (birthday)
What an awesome first several days. I am so blessed! We launched Daily 5 Read to Self, discussed how to be leaders and learned a lot about each other. We also started narrative writing. This is usually a favorite among students because they get to tell me stories about things they've done :)
Friendly reminder there is no school Friday, August 31 and Monday, September 3.
Friday- NO SCHOOL
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