Wow. What a fast, eventful school year! I can't believe we're already to the last day. Thank you for the support and kindness this year. Have a wonderful summer!
Students are enjoying realistic fiction writing. They worked on publishing book 1 of their series this week. Today we are celebrating by sharing stories to the class. In science, students chose a habitat, researched it on PebbleGo and created a poster to present to the class. We are finishing up presentations today. They are proud of their hard work!
We are looking forward to the opportunity to go to Fantastic Caverns for our field trip! The permission slip that came home yesterday had a lot of information. Please let me know if something is not clear. It, along with the $8, is due next Friday, April 20.
Friendly reminder to keep track of books your child reads at home to earn a free Pizza Hut pizza! Please let me know if you need a reading log!
Monday- Hunter (birthday)
Friday- Moselle (birthday)
As I mentioned through dojo, the optional Topic 11 study guide came home today. Our test is next Thursday.
Students had a fun time with Reader's Theater for shared reading this week. Each group practiced their play throughout the week, then performed for the class today. We are back to narrative writing for our fourth and final unit. Students practiced with small moment stories to get back into it. We'll begin learning how to write series next week.
Thursday, April 5 at 7pm is the school-wide music concert, Let's Go to the Movies. It takes place at the high school gym. While one grade performs, the others sit it the bleachers together with their teachers.
Friendly reminder, no school next Friday and the following Monday. Have a great weekend!
Wednesday- Chandler (birthday)
Friday- No School!
We survived! Everyone enjoyed our fun-filled snow day makeup days. Students explored the Great Barrier Reef, Anciet Egypt and the Rain Forest. They also had a surprise visit from the zoo and got to see and learn about some pretty neat animals! The summer themed STEM challenges and Sno Ballz Shaved Ice was a huge hit on Tuesday.
Next week we are diving into our fourth and final writing unit, narrative, and starting math topic 11. Looking forward to what's in store the last part of the school year.
What a busy, productive week! Students worked extra hard on the NWEA and our topic 10 math assessment. We had a blast celebrating Dr. Seuss with read alouds, creative writing and Seuss Juice.
Willard East has some exciting activities planned for the snow makeup days!
Monday, March 12 is Academy of Exploration. Kids dress like explorers and classes rotate to explore a different region of the world. We'll be making binoculars out of toilet paper rolls this week :)
Tuesday, March 13 is Tropical Tuesday. Kids dress in summer/luau attire and rotate among classrooms in the afternoon for summer-themed STEM challenges. Friendly reminder to send the Sno Ballz Shaved Ice form and $1.25 with your child by Thursday,
We have 25 students in our class now!
Friday- Half Day!
We finished our opinion unit this week. Students enjoyed the varieties of writing we learned and practiced, from opinions on the best pet to persuasive pieces, candy comparisons and restaurants reviews.
The students are experts on Abe Lincoln and George Washington. Even I learned some new things in our two-week president unit! Our current math, Topic 10, is one of the most challenging of the year. We have slowed down quite a bit. As of right now, our test is scheduled for next Friday. I'm sending the optional study guide home on Monday. We review and take a practice test, but it would be beneficial if your child does the study guide as well.
The Book Fair starts Monday to celebrate Read Across America! I hope to see you all at Family Reading Night Tuesday from 6:30–7:30. There will be fun, themed activities focused around our school-wide book, The One and Only Ivan. Our dress up days for the week are: Monday- dress like an animal, Tuesday- PJ day, Wednesday- dress like your favorite book character, Thursday- Crazy hair day, Friday- Willard wear.
We have 25 students in our class now!
Another busy week! We celebrated the 100th Day of school and continued with our arctic animal science unit. Students learned about penguins, polar bears and walruses and their adaptations. We did a blubber experiment to comprehend the important role blubber has for a walrus. Students put both hands in a bucket of ice water. One hand was placed in a ziplock bag lined with crisco and the other straight in the ice. We learned that without blubber, a walrus couldn't withstand the extreme arctic temperatures.
The opinion writing is still a big hit, and students are learning how to create a quality piece that gives good reasons and examples.
Friendly reminders. The Change-a-Life Coin Drive starts tomorrow and ends Friday. If you're wanting to participate, please send pennies and/or bills with you child. Our Valentine's Day party is Wednesday, February 14 from 2:45-3:25. Students exchange valentines at the start of the party. More details to come this week!
I apologize this is the first blog post in awhile. It's hard to believe Christmas break has come and gone. It was hard for everyone to get back in the swing of things, but the students have been working hard the last couple weeks.
We started opinion writing, and it is a big hit so far. I enjoy reading about the students' favorite things and what they are passionate about, from pizza and ice cream to dogs and baseball. We are working on convincing our readers with plenty of reasons and examples.
Has your child told you about Pierre the Penguin yet? If not, be sure to ask about him/her. We learned about penguins this week, along with Pierre's true story of his journey at the California Academy of Sciences. See the live feed we viewed this week here! The kids loved checking in on the penguins.
The students enjoyed the playground equipment voting. I love how they have a say in the decision! The winning piece will be announced tomorrow at Tiger Pride.
Next Wednesday, January 31, is the 100th day of school. To celebrate, students can either dress like they are 100 years old or wear 100 of something.
We have 24 students in our class now!
Students learned more in depth about nonfiction books and their text features. They are practicing using a TOC, headings, labels, glossary, etc. in their writing pieces. National Geographic Kids' books are great to reference. Many of the students used ones we have in our classroom library. We are learning how to get information from sources, such as NGK or PebbleGo, without copying word for word.
I read many of my favorite Christmas books this week. For Night Tree, we worked on identifying the central message, along with key details.
The kids are enjoying keeping up with the weather in science. We are graphing it, along with keeping track of the temperature on a weather journal calendar. Our next and final math assessment before the break is Thursday. The optional study guide came home this week.
We ended the week with a fun STEM challenge. Each team was given 12 pipe cleaners and worked together to build the tallest free-standing christmas tree.
Our holiday party is Thursday, December 21 at 11:45. This is a half day, so students dismiss at 12:30. More information to come. Thank you, and have a great weekend!
We have 24 students in our class now!
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! We reviewed on our 7 Habits this week and reflected on what we do well in our class and what we can work on. We're going to continue to do this every Monday. I think it will be beneficial to discuss at the start of each week!
Students are practicing identifying character traits and the difference between them and a person's appearance. They learned about the parts of a letter and practiced writing to friends, family and even Santa! They had fun using their imaginations writing to Goldilocks as one of the three bears. We are still enjoying nonfiction writing and learning so much. It is exciting to watch them grow the last few weeks.
If you wish to participate, the items for Shoeboxes for Soldiers are due next Monday, December 4. Thank you, and have a great weekend!
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