Sunday, January 26, 2014

What have you learned new today?

This week we are beginning new units in math and in reading. In math, we are going to be learning about fractions. In reading, we are going to begin a 4 week unit on non-fiction literature.

For math we will get started learning about the numerator and denominator of a fraction. Remember, the nUmerator is "up on top" and the Denominator is "down below"! After that, we will quickly move in to understanding that fractions can be represented in many different ways but all mean that we have "part" of a "whole".

In reading, we are going to learn about informational text with a story about the Statue of Liberty. We will look at diagrams, captions, as well as many other features of text. We also will be working on our comprehension and understanding how these features help our learning.

Have you ever seen the Statue of Liberty in person? Do you have pictures or a video we could borrow? If so, please e-mail me or comment on this blog. We would love to hear from you!

I can't wait for this week to begin. Please ask your child what they are learning new each day!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Good morning, families! I know what you are thinking right now. I do. I am a parent. I get it. I know your plans have changed because of our delay this morning, and I know that you are wondering how you are going to make it all work. Trust me. I am there too.

When the children get to school today, we are going to go on with our day like we haven't skipped a beat. We are going to get working right away! This is the time of year for reading assessments & so far, everyone has made great improvements!

Today I also set up your child's Reading Eggs account. Please have them log-on to www.readingeggs.com. Their user name is their first and last name together & their password is 1234. They will all be coming home with this information in their agenda. Please let them practice their reading skills as often as possible.

Thank you!

Monday, January 13, 2014

~Crazy Monday~

Boy, today was wild! We started our day greeting our new intern, Ms. Bringman. So far, she is a wonderful addition to our class. She spent the day getting to know the students as well as learning with us.

Then, (we are learning the difference between then and than) we were visted by the brass quartet from the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and also had our bi-weekly time in the Science Lab. There, Mrs. Fulk started an experiment with us about Force and Motion. Please ask your child about it when you have time.

Today on our Bobcat News the names of the students that would be playing in the Student/Staff basketball game were also announced. From our class Holy was selected to play for the Blue Team. I hope that you will be able to make it out on Friday evening to cheer for her and the other students. It is going to be a fantastic time! Doors open at 5:30 and we should be wrapping up by 8:30. Mr. DeLaCruz (Heavenly's dad) will be deejaying for us too! I can't wait to see you there!

I can't wait to see what else this week will bring, but as for now, thank you for reading! We will see you soon!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What a crazy week!

So this week we returned to school with some crazy, crazy weather. We had a morning delay on 2 days this week as well as 2 substitute teachers, a fire alarm, a new student, and on top of it all, we started taking Read to Achieve tests! Wow! What a lot to deal with for grown-ups and children alike.

I am so glad they are resilient and pulled through. Hopefully, tomorrow, we can get back to a bit of normalcy and then have the weekend to recover.

If you are interested in reading more about Read to Achieve (House Bill 950/S.L. 2012-142 Section 7A) please click here:

Information about Read to Achieve

We will be having a parent meeting on Tuesday January 21st in order to answer all of your questions about how we are implementing this Bill in Guilford County.

Monday, January 6, 2014

....and we're back!

Today was our first day back from winter break. The children were excited and so was I! We all came back tired but ready to learn. Today we started right off with reviewing our PBIS procedures and got right down to work. Have I told you we have a TON to learn?

In reading this week we are reviewing sequencing and using text evidence to support our answers and claims. In math we are also reviewing how to solve word problems and partition shapes. Geometry has been harder for some students that have difficulty with spatial visualization. Here is an example of our math problems of the day today. Feel free to review concepts like this at home when you have a chance!
 
 
1.Which term best describes closed plane figures with four sides?



  a. Polygons

  b. Quadrilaterals

  c. Rectangles

  d. Squares



2. Partition a circle into sixths.


3. What fraction of the shape is green? 
 
 
 
 
 
Your child has an account on: www.sumdog.com to practice these and many other math skills. Please have them log-on when you can!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

T minus 12 hours....

There's only about 12 hours left until I get to present this new blog to my students & have them hold me accountable for keeping it updated. I will e-mail it out to their parents and I will share it with my friends and co-workers. I will ask for their help in writing it and try my best to keep track of all we are learning.

I can't imagine the fun this is going to be, or the great learning opportunity that it will create for my students. We can't even imagine the technology our students or their children will be working with in the future...perhaps some of my students will be responsible for creating it, and maybe helping to maintain this blog will spark the interest for them!

Go here :David Gallo's Tech Tips to check out a TED talk on some great technology time savers you can use in the new year.

Let's all get excited about learning together!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let's get this thing rollin'!


Next week we are going to continue our unit on the solar system. My students are going to have the responsibility of creating a model to represent each of the planets. You giggle, because it sounds pretty old school, but hands on learning still tops the charts as one of the best ways to learn information and retain facts.

I love this picture I found about our journey around the sun. We started this new year off with a beautiful new moon as well and I can't wait to get back to my children who are so excited to continue this stretch of learning about outer space together! 

Here's to traveling 584,336,200 more miles around the sun in 2014!




Time to get started!

After taking the first day of the New Year off for prosperity, today struck me as the right time to get started with this blog! First things first, this is dedicated to my students, their parents, and for my fellow educators. We work hard and deserve some kudos every once in a while and so do our students. Hopefully this blog will highlight some great achievements in the classroom, in the community, and at home. Watch out as we pack a ton of learning into the few days we have left of this school year! Happy reading friends, parents, and students! Remember, on our quest to be lifelong learners:

photo credit: Pratham Books on Flickr