Monday, January 6, 2020

PJ Day

Some photos of our cozy DEAR Day!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Week of 1/6

This week in our class...

Math:  We will finish up Unit 3 this week with the test planned for Thursday, January 9! A study guide will be sent home Monday. Please return this to school by Wednesday so we can go over it together in class. Topics covered this unit include: equivalent fractions, fractions on a number line, comparing fractions and decimals, converting fractions in the 10ths and 100ths to decimals, and representing decimals on a grid.

Reading: In reading, students will be moving through 3 stations throughout the week to review main idea and details, plot, and characterization.

Writing: We will continue to work on our realistic fiction pieces. Students will be creating "scenes" each day for each component of the plot mountain they created in the pre-writing phase. We will focus on how setting and dialogue can move a plot along.

Social Studies: Continuing with our Just Add Water book, students will be learning about the causes and effects of the Chicago Fire.

Spirit Week:

Monday: PJ Day & DEAR Day- Students are encouraged to bring a blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, and book for a special cozy reading day to go along with PJ Day

Tuesday: Character Day

Wednesday: Crazy Day

Thursday: School Spirit Day or Social Media/Meme Day

Friday: Winter Wonderland 

Personal Note:

Thursday, January 9th will be my last day before my maternity leave. Dr. Magnuson has found a great candidate that we hope will be able to take over after I leave. We will provide you with more details once things are official. I have had a wonderful semester with our class and will miss all of them greatly! Thank you for trusting me with your children this year :) I hope to be able to come back and visit once the weather warms up a bit!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

This Week in our Class..

December 16, 2019

A look into what we will be doing this week:

Math: This week, we will be focusing on decimals. Students will be expected to understand decimals to the tenths and hundredths. We will model decimals with base 10 blocks, compare and order decimals, and convert fractions to decimals.

Reading: We are focusing on theme this week. Students will be using their "Every Living Thing" short stories, as well as leveled texts to determine a theme sentence supported by text evidence. A short quiz over character changes and theme will be Thursday, December 19.

Writing: Using writing partners in class, students have chosen an idea for a realistic writing piece. This week, we will create a plot mountain as the framework for our writing piece. Students will work to make sure their story idea "flows" before beginning a rough draft. We will work on strong story leads as we write the introduction to our story.

Social Studies: We will be focusing on social studies for the remainder of the quarter. Using the "Just Add Water" book, we will be looking at how Chicago Came to Be. This week's focus will be on Ft. Dearborn.

Important Dates:

Wednesday 12/18- Class Spelling Bee
Thursday 12/19- Book Blog Check- In: 10 Books and 1 new post
Friday 12/20- Character and Theme quick check Quiz 

Monday, December 9, 2019

This week in our classroom...

December 9. 2019

A look into what we will be doing this week:

Math: This week, we will be taking our understanding of equivalent fractions and multiples to compare and order fractions. We will be focusing on fractions with different denominators. Students will be expected to use the Least Common Multiple (LCM) of 2 denominators and the Equivalent Fractions Rule to create 2 fractions with the same denominator.

Reading: We are continuing our unit on characters this week by focusing on dynamic versus static characters. Using stories from "Every Living Thing" along with leveled texts, students will be using text evidence to determine HOW a character changes and WHY a character changes. Later in the week, we will look at the characters and how that contributes to the overall theme of a book.

Writing: Using writing partners in class, students have chosen an idea for a realistic writing piece. This week we will focus on developing the characters internal/external traits along with the developing internal/external struggles of their character. Ask your child about his/her realistic writing piece!

Science: We will wrap up our unit on Energy this week. Students will complete our investigations over magnetic force and electromagnets.

SEL: Our SEL focus this week is on creating friendships. We practiced how you can start a conversation with a friend, continue to ask questions to your friend that are on topic, and kindly end a conversation.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Friendship Lessons

Mrs. Jacobson took a break from our regular 2nd Step Lessons this week to focus on qualities of a good friend. Our class created “Friendship Fire” pamphlets describing the qualities they would like in a friend. Today, we did a gallery walk and discovered that there are many classmates who want the same things in a friend! We talked about how we can continue to have a community of friends within our classroom. We encouraged one another to try playing with new friends who are looking for similar friendships. We also talked about having empathy for classmates who take the courage to ask a new friend to play or sit with us at lunch, and to make time to get to know new people.

Monday, December 2, 2019

This Week in Our Class...

December 2, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday weekend.   Below is a brief overview of what we'll be up to this week in the classroom. 

Reading:  Students will continue to study characterization clues and make inferences about a character based on these clues.  Specifically, students will identify a character's actions, dialogue, thoughts, and feelings to make inferences about the character's personality traits.  They will also learn that characters often experience a change or learn a lesson within the plot of a story.  Students will continue to study the characters in Every Living Thing, as well as other short leveled texts.

Writing: Students will work on creating a realistic fiction writing piece. Students will also learn about what it looks like/sounds like to work with a writing partner. 

Science:  Our class will explore magnetic fields and how magnets interact with one another.  

Math:  Unit 3 will kick off with a review of fraction concepts.  I will review equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, and strategies for comparing fractions with students.

40 Book Challenge:  Check in and reading response #3 are due this Thursday.  Students should have the response posted to their Kidblog account and their book list updated. 

Picture Day is Tomorrow, December 3rd

Monday, November 18, 2019

This Week in Our Classroom...

November 18, 2019

We finally have a full week of school! I am so excited as we are getting back into our groove and getting deep into our learning units! Here is what we will be doing this week in Room 210:

Math:  Students will be working with lessons 2.9, 2,10, 2.11, and 2.12. These lessons focus on multiplicative numbers stories with an unknown variable, classifying triangles by angles, classifying quadrilaterals, and finding line symmetry. We will be finishing up Unit 2 next Monday with our unit test on Wednesday, November 27 before the Thanksgiving Break. Be looking for the Unit 2 study guide at the end of this week!

Science: We will be wrapping up our investigation on energy and circuits. Students will be investigating the differences between a series circuit and a parallel circuit. At the end of this week, we will begin investigating the force of magnetism.

Reading: In our Character Unit, students will learn to analyze characterization clues and draw conclusions about how and why characters change throughout a story.  In the beginning of the unit, I will teach students to identify thoughts, words, actions, feelings, and other characters' opinions about a main character.  Then, students will use these clues to determine character traits.  The class will use a shared text, Every Living Thing, by Cynthia Rylant, as well as group guided reading texts throughout the unit. 

Writing:  Students have finished writing their 5 paragraph persuasive essays. We will be publishing poems this week and posting to our KidBlog. Our focus is on transition words, strong reasons with text evidence and elaboration. 

SEL: Our Social-Emotional learning this week focuses on empathy and showing compassion for others. We practiced focusing our attention and listening to others to help you show compassion. We also talked about our actions and kind words are ways that we show compassion for our classmates. 
At home, reflect on times that your child has shown compassion for others.