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. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

This Week in Our Classroom

November 12th

I hope you all had a wonderful long week!  I look forward to meeting with all of you at conferences tomorrow!

Here is a sneak peek into our classroom this week:

Reading: We are moving into our next unit, Plot and Character Development. We will start by reviewing the structure of a story's plot to understand the gist or "flow" of a story. We will be using the mentor text "Thank you, Mr. Faulker" as I model using a plot mountain to identify the different parts of the text structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution) . Students will also have a chance to work in small groups with me and practice this skill, as well as independently using short stories from the book "Every Living Thing." We will then use our plot mountains to help us summarize the stories.

Math:  Math this week will be 2.6, 2.7, and 2.8. We will be focusing on a measurement story problem, units of time, and multiplicative comparisons.

Science: We are continuing our unit on Energy with a focus on circuits. Students will learn the difference between a conductor and an insulator as well as distinguish between series circuits and parallel circuits.

Writing: Students will continue to develop a 4-5 paragraph opinion essay. We are working towards using text evidence to support our opinion, as well as our own schema to elaborate ideas. Students are also working to remember transition words when we change paragraphs. Text structure for this type of essay will include a 2 sentence introduction, followed by 2-3 paragraphs where students state the reason behind their opinion, text evidence, and then elaborate using their own ideas. Students will end their essay with 2 sentence conclusion.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

This week in our classroom

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I can't say enough how happy I am to be back at school.  Thank you for all of your patience and support, I know it was a challenging time for everyone.

This week we will jump right back into our curriculum.   We will also support our school at the Walk-a-Thon this Wednesday, November 6th.  If you haven't signed up online yet, please do so!

In the reading block, we'll wrap up our literature circles and and review determining the main idea and supporting details.  I will also review summarizing with the students.  On Thursday, we will take our final assessment on Main Idea and Summarizing.

During writing, students will continue to develop essays using a five paragraph format.  Students will begin forming an opinion about a text and using evidence from the text to support their opinions this week.  We will practice finding the most supportive/strongest evidence to support our ideas.

Students will learn to find factors and multiples in math this week, as well as distinguish between prime and composite numbers.  Later in the week, students will work in small teams to solve a problem involving factors and multiples. 
In science, students will begin to study circuits. We will be looking at systems to make a light bulb work. 

Conferences:  Conferences will be taking place next Wednesday, November 13. A sign-up sheet came home with your child on Monday. Please send that back asap. I will return the forms in your child's Friday Folder (sent home on Thursday) about your time for conferences.

40 Book Challenge second essay is due this Thursday!  Please make sure your child posts his/her to the student blog.

Thank you again for all of your patience over the past couple of weeks.  I am looking forward to seeing you all at conferences next week!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Week of 10/7

Below you'll find a brief overview of our week.  Students will take a reading comprehension assessment as well as a math test this week. 

Literacy:  Our reading mini-lessons will focus on summarizing strategies.  Students will learn to use main ideas and key words to write details.  They will also practice straining out the unimportant details to write brief summaries.  We will use a variety of texts to practice these strategies.  Towards the end of the week, students will choose their first book club text.  During book clubs, students will practice finding main ideas, summarizing, and conversing about important details. 

Writing:  This week, students will continue to practice paragraph development.  I'll teach students to use transition words and we'll review using a variety of sentences in our writing.  Students will choose their best piece to publish towards the end of the week. 

Math: I taught the final lesson in Unit 1 on Tuesday.  Students will review for the assessment and take the final test on Friday.  Study guides are due on Friday.  We have a guest teacher on Thursday, so students will work on a math related activity. 

Social Studies:  We are wrapping up our mini-unit on explorers and I am excited to begin our first science unit later in the week.  Students are working on an in-class mini-project for the next couple of days. 

Reminders: 

  • Parent-Teacher Coffee this Thursday morning, we hope you can make it! 
  • No School in honor of Columbus Day 10/14
  • 40BC Check-In and Response #1 due 10/17
  • Picture Day 10/22