Our attendance has been excellent thanks to the dedication of parents and students. There is a school-wide competition that delivers a trophy to the class in each grade level with the best attendance percentage for the week. We have won 2 of the 3 weeks so far! Students are excited to host the trophy.
Students in 208 are earning many PAWS for their hallway transitions, for working hard, and being helpful. We got a "Paw Party" after earning our first 10 on the 8th day of school. Since I don't give 208 any Paws, I am excited to see other teachers and staff congratulate the class and individuals. I'm proud of them too.
We have now reached our new goal and received 28 total Paws in 28 days! To celebrate, we are coming to school in Pajamas on Wednesday, October 18th. They may bring pajamas, comfy clothes, snuggies, slippers, and stuffed animals. We will still work hard, but in style.
*Students have been struggling with chattiness in Specials Classes, and we are working on it each day. If you want, encourage your child to do as well in specials as they do in class.
I am very proud of students so far! They are working hard and I would like for us to keep encouraging them to keep the momentum going!
We are partnering with "Barrel of Monkeys" for this unit. They will be coming in on Thursdays staring 10/19 to work on writing. In the end of the program, they will perform a creation from student work.
We are going to see an Opera on Thursday, November 9th in the morning. More information will follow as I receive it. If you are willing to chaperone, please email me at email@example.com.
I need 2 parent volunteers.
Although we are are still in the "How We Express Ourselves" unit, we are moving on to a bigger focus on poetry. We are using the novel "Love That Dog" to guide our learning and are using many poetry styles and poets to inspire our own poetry.
Students organized and created binders for this topic and have begun to do Poetry Studies.
Students compared the several articles read and videos seen about the Hadenosuanee people. They worked on group projects to present an aspect of their learning.
After place value, the newest unit is on Numbers and Operations. We began with addition and subtraction to any place value and have started to move on to multi-digit multiplication. Many students still need to work on basic multiplication facts, and practice at home is much needed. Thank you in advance for working with your children on learning multiplication.
You may have already seen the multiplication grids being sent home. It is meant to slowly strengthen fact skills without students memorizing the order (like in skip counting), but truly knowing the facts. To clarify, students are meant to time themselves for 5 minutes and complete as many as possible. Afterward, they must complete the chart in pen or another color. They may use any resource to do so, such as parent help, a calculator, or a multiplication chart.
Students who struggle with multiplication facts will use multiplication charts for a short time to be able to learn the multi-digit multiplication algorithm.
We are tracking our progress in a math journal and are multiplying 3-Digit by 1 Digit numbers.
This was a while ago, but I want to thank parents who came to Open House. I appreciate your time, your suggestions, and your questions.
The Hadenosaunee use Wampum Belts to record important events instead of writing. Apart from researching and learning about the custom, we took part in it as well and made the connection with the narratives we were writing. Students chose a memory and dedicated a symbol for who was there, where it occurred, and when it happened. Symbolism has been a consistent discussion.
Students did this fist by getting ideas using post-it notes and a journal. Then, students got engaged with Google Classroom and created a mock Wampum using Google Draw. Finally students created the Wampum and explained their symbols in their 1st 5 paragraph "essay" of the year.
See the transition made in the last 2 weeks!
* Parents: My phone broke recently and I will unfortunately be unable to post photos or video until further notice.
This week we are focusing on details as we work on our narrative pieces and on poetry. We will be taking time to observe our surroundings by going outside and focusing on detailed descriptions.
We will continue learning number sense and creating a concrete foundation before starting
We are getting ready for "Genius Hour", where students will dive deep into their interests and start the research process. I added a photo of the groups. I will be seeing a group per day and each group every 2 weeks.
We read several articles and legends about the creation of the Hadenosaunee confederacy, which greatly influenced United States governance. Students researched and presented on one of the many documents we analyzed and videos we watched. We focused on comparing numbers, and understanding place value patterns in a concrete way.