Thursday, March 26, 2015

Big Ideas and Tests March 30-April 3

ELA - Spelling Test Friday - April 3rd:  revenge, large, judge, fudge, nudge, huge, nation, attention, direction, fraction, locomotion, stations,option, action, change, range, cottage, addition, caption, and the Tricky Word is Europe.  Students will identify the different ways to spell the /k/ sound and review the different ways to spell the vowel sounds.  Students will determine whether a sentence is complete or incomplete.  Students will identify and fix run on sentences.  We will continue to create sentences with adjectives and adverbs.  

Writing Assignment:Due Friday- April 3rd  Students will compare the difference between this week (a school week) and next week (spring break.)  Using a Venn Diagram - Four paragraphs - 1st paragraph introduces topic, 2nd paragraph describes how this week is different, 3rd paragraph describes next week and how it's different, 4th paragraph describes how they are the same.  

Math - Chapter 14 Time - Students will count by 5's with the minute hand.  Students will be able to read and write time.  Students will understand that am means morning and pm means afternoon and evening.  Students will begin to learn about elapsed time.  

Listening and Learning - Domain Assessment for Cycles of Nature - Monday, March 30th.  Students will begin the Domain The War of 1812.  Key concepts include America in 1812 and James and Dolly Madison.

Science - Weather - Chapter 4 Lesson 3 - Students will learn the difference between a cumulus, cirrus, and stratus cloud.  We will discuss different types of storms and how to stay safe if one occurs.  Quiz on Thursday, April 2nd 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Big Ideas and Tests March 23-27

ELA - Spelling Test, Friday, March 27th – after, barber, camera, difference, birthday, swirling, thirteen, chirping, burden, furnace, hamburger, turtle, marker, parcel, ramparts, safari, informer, organize. Perform, and war.  We will continue to read our non-fiction reader War of 1812.  We will learn about adverbs.

Writing: FICTION book report is due March 27th.  Please make sure he has read a fiction book before Monday the 23rd. 

Math-  - Customary Measurement - Chapter 13 -  Students will measure using feet and inches.  Students will be able to compare lengths of objects.  Students will solve real world measurement math problems.  Review Quiz is Tuesday, March 24thMeasurement Test is Wednesday – March 25th.  Fantastic 5 Quiz is Thursday- March 26th  

Listening and Learning 
-      Cycles of Nature – Student will learn about the life cycle of a chicken, butterfly, and frog, as well as about the water cycle. We will review everything Friday – Test will be Monday, March 30th.  Key concepts:  cycle, rotating, hemisphere, equator, precipitation, germination, seasons, humidity, metamorphosis, decomposers, protective, transparent, burrow, replenish, thrive.

Weather - Unit 4 - This week's focus is on lesson 2 – Why Seasons Happen.  Each student will take a turn being our meteorologist for the day.  Monday- Quinn, Tuesday- Walker, Wednesday- Seth, Thursday- Kieran, and Friday- Zaylon.  Key concepts include:  orbit.  Students will take a daily quiz on each season and must be able to tell when the season starts, what happens to animals and plants during that season, what activities or holidays people celebrate during that season, the temperature (warm, cold, cool, hot,) and what people wear.  Quiz on lesson 2 will be Friday, March 27th.  

*Poster Project is due Friday, March 27th.  Students received information on creating a seasonal poster project on March 13th.  Each table group was assigned a season.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

WEC -Weather Works visit

Click the link to watch the video - the students are acting out a thunderstorm..

Acting out a thunder storm

How do we measure weather?  - Temperature or heat - thermometer....Precipitation or water - rain gauge or ruler.....Air or wind - weather vane, anemometer,  and air pressure - barometer





Warm air on top, warm air on bottom, and cool air in the middle - tornado watch....could turn into tornado warning




Sunday, March 15, 2015

Critter Keepers

As a behavior reward for the 2nd nine weeks, Critter Keeper's came to show animals to our K-3rd grade students.  


A boa constrictor that had 16 babies.  





There were some surprises.

This big toad did a dance after someone almost kissed him.

Moments of shock and awe.  

She got a sticker for holding a tarantula.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Big Ideas and Test March 16-20th

ELA - Spelling Test, Friday, March 20th - noise, night, kneel, wrinkle, ripple, ferret, whistle, window, western, jungle, jolly, ginger, gentle, margin, photo, dolphin, graph, finish, traffic, Britain. We will begin our non-fiction reader War of 1812  We will review parts of speech (verbs, nouns, adjectives.)  Students will be able to tell the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.  Students will recognize that the ph makes a /f/ sound.  

Writing:  St. Patrick's Day Poem is due Friday, March 20th
*FICTION book report is due March 27th.  Please make sure he has read a fiction book before Monday the 23rd.

Math - Customary Measurement - Chapter 13 - Pre-test on Monday, March 16th.  Students will measure using feet and inches.  Students will be able to compare lengths of objects.

Listening and Learning - Cycles of Nature - Students have already heard about the cycle of day and night.  This week they will learn about the cycle of season, the life cycle of a plant, and the life cycle of a tree.

Science - Weather - Unit 4 - This week's focus is on lesson 1 - Observing Weather.  On Monday, the WEC will come and students will act out a thunderstorm and learn about weather.  Each student will take a turn being our meteorologist for the day.  Monday- Kingsten, Tuesday- Jared, Wednesday- Ethan, Thursday- Shaun, and Friday- Justin.  Key concepts include:  temperature,precipitation, and an anemometer.  Students will learn how to use a thermometer, rain gauge, ruler, barometer, wind sock, and wind vane.  Quiz on lesson 1 will be Friday, March 20th.  

*Poster Project is due Friday, March 27th.  Today students received information on created a seasonal poster project.  Each table group was assigned a season.  

* Unit 5 workbooks went home today.  If they are turned in completed, students will receive an extra 100 in language arts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

IAT -Newberry Award Winners

Our IAT group has been reading Charlotte's Web and I have encouraged everyone to read Newberry Award winning books (as well as Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, and Children's Choice award winners.)  Ms. Ann Waters brought the 2015 Newberry Award winner and let students help her read excerpts from it.  I was written in verse, so she also brought Joyful Noise (a previous Newberry Award winner written in verse) for the students to read.  My IAT students are excellent readers!




Thursday, March 5, 2015

Big Ideas and Tests March 9-13

Critter Keepers - Friday - March 13th at 11:30 am

ELA - spelling Test Friday, March 13th  turtle, bundle, pickle, shuffle, cattle, label, angel, gravel, jewel, fiction, education, inspection, motion, question, schwa.  This week we will wrap up Unit 5 ASSESSMENTS with a Reading Comprehension Assessment, decoding assessment, alphabetizing assessment, and a grammar assessment ( verb tense - past, present, and future - titles and proper nouns, plural nouns, identifying parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, verbs - subject predicate) 

writing - persuasive letter - Persuade Mrs. Warnock to teach on a certain topic the last 5 weeks of the school year.  Each student must give at least three good reasons that we should learn about a topic.  

Math- Chapter 12 - Fractions - Fractions are equal parts.  The denominator tells the total number of parts and goes on the bottom.  The numerator tells the part that is shaded and goes on the top.  Students will compare fractions (1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 - greatest to least)  Students will add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.  Fraction test will be Thursday - March 12th.  

Listening and Learning - Immigrants Assessment - Wednesday, March 11th.  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.  We will begin a domain about cycles of nature on Thursday.

Social Studies - Unit 4 - Economics "People at Work"  needs, wants, shelter, goods, services, producer, consumer, income, price, bank, savings account, barter, trade, capital resources, human resources, natural resources, scarcity.  Students should be able to read a bar graph, a map, and use a reference book (such as a dictionary.)  Unit 4 TEST -Tuesday - March 10th.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Big Ideas and Tests March 2-6

CRITTER KEEPERS Tuesday March 3rd.

NO HOMEWORK PACKETS - focus on writing at least 3 - quad genius paragraphs (4 strong sentences with details in each paragraph)  Don't forget your illustration 

Writing Topic - SNOW DAY - due Friday, March 6th - best part of a snow day (things you love to do)- worst part of a snow day - opinion - do you like snow days - why or why not?

ELA - NO SPELLING TEST  THIS WEEK -
SPELLING PRE-TEST - (test will be March 13th)  question. turtle. label. inspection. bundle, angel, motion, pickle. gravel. education, shuffle. jewel. cattle. fiction, and schwa.  We will review the tion /shun/ sound and the schwa sounds/ spellings.  Students will learn how to change verb tense to past, present and future tense.  

Math - Money Review Quiz Monday- March 2nd,  Money Test Tuesday, March 3rd,  Students will learn how to represent and compare fractions (1/2, 1/3, 1/4)  

Listening and Learning 
Immigration- Stories include -Land of opportunity, We the People, A Mosaic of Immigrants, and Becoming a Citizen.
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 – Unit 4 -Ways we make a living –   
Needs vs. Wants
Shelter
Producer and Consumer
Income and Price
Goods vs. Services
Bank and Savings account
Factory
Barter, trade
specialize