Friday, February 20, 2015

Big Ideas Feb 23-27

ELA-  - spelling test, Friday- February 27th: yellow yarn, yelled, yes, myth, symbol, system, cry, frying, satisfy, yawn, sticky, lying, energy. edge. Students will continue to practice schwa spellings and read Sir Gus.  Students will be able to change verb tense – past, present, and future.

Writing – Non-fiction book report - Due Friday, February 27th

Math-  Chapter 11 – Money –
I can identify the name and value of coins and bills.  
I can compare amounts of money.
I can write money in dollars and cents form.
Quiz - Wednesday, February 25th, 
Fantastic Five Quiz - Thursday, February 26th
Money Test Friday, February 27th

Listening and Learning 
Immigration
Key concepts: ancestors, immigrants, hostile, immigrated, rights, citizen, emigrated, factors, opportunity, customs, descendants, responsibilities, traditional, guaranteed, support, e pluribus unum, U.S Constitution, James Madison, Pilgrims, Ellis Island, Angel Island, the Statue of Liberty, push and pull factors. 

Social Studies – Economics – Ways we make a living – discuss your job and how you make an income.  Tell him what skills you use for your job and how you learned them. 
Needs
Wants
Shelter
Producer
Consumer
Income
Goods
Services
Price

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day

The students made some beautiful Valentine butterflies.  We ate a special snack, passed out Valentines, and watched a Scholastic Valentine movie that highlighted special Valentine books.  


I feel very loved!  The flowers, cards, e-mails, and candy were such wonderful gifts.  I love my class and am so thankful for them!

Big Ideas and Test Feb 17-20

Tuesday - IAT - (8:15- 9:00) special guest will read from the 2015 Newberry Award winning book.
Tuesday - Chapman Cultural Center - Peter and the Wolf Play (9 am to 11 am)
         *Please make sure I have permission form and $2

Wednesday- Critter Keeper - 2nd nine weeks reward - $3

ELA-  - spelling test, Friday- February 20th: yellow yarn, yelled, yes, myth, symbol, system, cry, frying, satisfy, yawn, sticky, lying, energy. edge. Students will continue to practice schwa spellings and read Sir Gus.  Students will be able to change verb tense – past, present, and future.

Writing – Valentine Poem - Due Friday, February 20th

Math-  Chapter 11 – Money –
I can identify the name and value of coins and bills.  
I can compare amounts of money.
I can write money in dollars and cents form.
Quiz - Friday, February 20th

Listening and Learning 
Immigration
Key concepts: ancestors, immigrants, hostile, immigrated, rights, citizen, emigrated, factors, opportunity, customs, descendants, responsibilities, traditional, guaranteed, support, e pluribus unum, U.S Constitution, James Madison, Pilgrims, Ellis Island, Angel Island, the Statue of Liberty, push and pull factors. 

Social Studies – Economics – Ways we make a living – discuss your job and how you make an income.  Tell him what skills you use for your job and how you learned them. 
Needs
Wants
Shelter
Producer
Consumer
Income
Goods
Services
Price

Monday, February 9, 2015

Duke Energy Presents "Open your eyes, be resource wise!"

Students learned about natural resources and how to protect them.  Every student was able to order a free "treasure kit" full of energy saving materials.




Sunday, February 8, 2015

Introducing George II

I wrote a pet grant two years ago for George I.  We named him after George Williamson, a teacher here at SPS who passed away February 2013.  Hamsters only live a couple of years.  George I escaped from his cage on Sunday, January 11th to spend the remainder of his days in freedom.  I wrote a new pet grant and was able to get George II on February 1st.  G2 has bigger ears and a smaller rump.  He is adventurous and trying to adjust to being a pet to a room full of 2nd grade boys.  Although he has big shoes to fill, I think G2 is going to make an excellent classroom pet.  He will go home with a different student every weekend.  This gives students the opportunity to care for him - clean his cage, feed him, and keep him safe.  Students also journal about their time with him.  




WEC Magnetic Attraction

The Watershed Ecology Center came on February 4th and shared great information about magnets with some cool hands-on materials.  









video


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Big Ideas and Tests Feb 9-13

Monday - no IAT - special Electricity presentation.

ELA - Spelling Test - Friday, February 13th - /ee/ sound -field, piece, shield, thief, ladies, achieve, relief, grief, yield, movie, niece, cookies, babies, kitties, water. Students will continue to practice schwa spellings and read Sir Gus.  

Writing - Love Letter - Due Friday, February 13th

Math - TEST ON MONDAY, February 9th - mental math addition, subtraction, and rounding.   We will begin learning about money.  Please make sure he is able to recognize the name and value of every coin and bill.  We will also compare money.  

Listening and Learning - Westward Expansion   The Pony Express, Working on the Transcontinental Railroad, The Buffalo Hunters.  TEST ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH.  
Other key concepts include:  hardships, pioneers, communicate, settled, territory, transportation, route, wagon train, canal, landmarks, back, create, convenient, endurance, voyage

SCIENCE - Chapter 7 - Force and Magnets - Quiz on Lesson 3 (everyday magnets) on Tuesday, February 10th - TEST ON WEDNESDAY - February 11th - push, pull, force, motion, gravity, friction, attract, repel, and poles are the key concepts.  
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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Learning with Legos

The last Friday of each month, students receive reward time for their behavior.  There are four options:  iPads, Legos, trains, and a science kit.  The table group that demonstrated the best teamwork gets to choose first.  I love to see what the students create and how they work together.  


Physical changes to Matter




Heritage Projects

Every student created a Heritage Album.  They included a page about their family, a page with their favorite family tradition, a page with their favorite family celebration, their favorite family recipe, a timeline of their life, and a family tree.  They did a great job of presenting their album to the class.