What a fantastic first week in room 231! We've spent a lot of time getting to know each other, we've been working on routines and procedures, and began working on our first theme and unit for trimester one skills.
Hello Families! I'm not even sure of the answer to my question posted... Where the heck did November go? I hope each of you had a fantastic Thanksgiving break, and are preparing for the Christmas season. Would you believe we only have 13 'school days' until Christmas vacation. That's crazy to me! There is SO MUCH to do :)
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to come visit with me during conferences. Our classroom had 100% attendance for conferences. Yeah! Thank you! If you ever have questions or concerns, don't be afraid to call or e-mail. I'm happy to talk with you!
Families of room 231- Thank you so much for such a successful Halloween party! Be sure to check out pictures from our party in the 'Misc. Info and Pics' tab. For those that donated items and/or time, your generosity is appreciated! A special thanks to our room mom, Amanda Leemhuis for creating the lab of unicorn vomit and rat barf.... :)
Today was day 3 of Iowa Assessment testing. We took reading part 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Science today. We'll take Math next week. Results tend to come back around Christmas time. I'll get them home to you as soon as they are in my hands! I'm so impressed with the 'seriousness' and hard work the kids are showing. Be proud!
Many of the students have brought in a jumpdrive that we will use throughout the year. Currently we are working on some nonfiction animal reports. The students save their information on their own drive, along with their pictures. We'll use these the entire year. If you have not sent one, please do so ASAP. It can be the cheapest one.... it doesn't need a lot of memory. It's very convenient for the kids to take their information to and from home (if need be), along with utilizing the computers throughout the school. Thank you!
Last week was Homecoming week. Tyler Clark, a former student, came to visit the classroom. He shared the importance of working hard and maintaining good grades. I told some funny stories of Tyler that made everyone giggle (and his face turn red). :) The band came through on Friday, along with some cheerleaders and football players. It was an exciting day!
We've wrapped up place value, discovering strategies, and long addition and subtraction. We've started multiplication and discovering prime and composite numbers. Last week we did discovery activities with factors and multiples. Check out the 'Math' tab for some pictures. Very soon we'll be doing 2-digit times 2-digit multiplication. In today's lesson, we discovered that there are REALLY only 21 multiplication facts we need to know. The rest are ones that are soooooo easy or are commutative property. We also discussed the importance of knowing our facts. We have 3 Math Masters so far this year....
In Language Arts we've finished the novel, Rules by Cynthia Lord. Each 'day' the kids had a HOT (higher order thinking) question that went along with their reading. There are many obvious themes within this story, but we realized the 'main' theme was acceptance. This week our focus will be on finding the theme in poetry. It's important that your child is reading every night. I set individual October reading goals last week with your child. I was so impressed with the amount of effort and enthusiasm from September's goals. Keep up the good work!
With the cooler temperatures, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. It can get pretty chilly up here on 'the hill.'
~Hello Families of Room 231~
I added many new pictures to different tabs on the website, so be sure to share with friends and family. Speaking of pictures... we took school pictures last week. I'll send them home as soon as they come in.
In Lang. Arts we're working on inferring the theme of a story. We're also working on Independent and Dependent Clauses. This also goes with writing run-on sentences. In Math, I have been giving some short assessments for unit 1. Over the summer we broke up the skills, so we can 'chunk them' together. It seems much more manageable.
The very first fabulous fourth grader from room 231 is such a kind person. He is quiet and well-mannered. He gets his work complete, and has been very good at returning all communications to and from school. He is a bat boy for the Clinton Lumberkings, and very much enjoys it. They are lucky to have him! I'm anxious to watch Quentin (Q) Mangelsen grow in my classroom community!
Hello Families! Be sure to check under the tabs of this website often. Today I added some pictures of our ELA lesson.
This might sound very funny, but.... our classroom can be COLD. Feel free to send a sweatshirt with your child, as it does get chilly in here. They can just keep it in their locker. Again, that sounds crazy to say with temperatures in the 90's. :)
I've started a ticket system with the class. On Fridays, the students will be able to 'purchase' items with their tickets. When necessary, I have been taking tickets away as well. The kids have been doing a terrific job getting their planners signed. We'll begin goal setting for Language Arts next week.
Thanks for your continued support!
Families of 231-
I can't believe I'm blogging to say that the first week is over. The week went by so quickly, without major hiccups. Today, the students had a demonstration from our district orchestra leader. There is a flyer coming home about it tonight.
The first book order is coming home tonight as well, and I'm asking they are brought back, or ordered online by next Thursday.
I'll be posting a couple of math videos from today under the 'Math' tab... I'm extremely impressed with their thinking ALREADY!
On the second day of school we made cards that represent things that make us happy. Yesterday I created a tower of happiness for all Eagle Heights to see! :)
What an awesome way to start off the year! The sun was shining, it wasn't too hot (yet), and we had some fun getting to know each other. I feel like the day went by so quickly! We did many activities that centered around building community within our classroom. The emphasis being that we are a school family, and although we may not always get along with one another, be each other's best friends, we will always respect our peers. The team building activity below was much more challenging than it looks. Each team had 6 strands of spaghetti, one large marshmallow, a yard of tape, and a yard of string. Their task was to see which group could build the tallest tower (with the marshmallow on top) in 18 minutes. The winning team's tower was 17" tall! See you tomorrow 4th graders!
We are finishing up our solar system unit in room 231. The kids have been actively engaged, and have soaked in some really cool things about our 11 planets. Yes, I said 11! There were 3 dwarf planets ( Eris, Pluto, and Ceres). Below are some pictures of the students' 'aliens' that needed accommodations to survive on their researched planet.