4/5 Week 13 News

History & Geography

This week we continued working with the constitution. Our objectives were:

  • Understand how the founding fathers decided to deal with the problem of representation
  • understand The Great Compromise and The Three-Fifths Compromise
  • Understand why the Bill of Rights was added and what freedoms each amendment protects
  • Deepen understanding of the Bill of Rights by explaining completing the Bill of Rights Detective book

Mathematics

This week we continued working with multiplying fractions. We also began dividing fractions as well. Our objectives were:

  • Multiply a mixed number by a whole number
  • Solve real-world problems involving multiplication of whole numbers and mixed numbers
  • Divide a fraction by a whole number

English Word Work

This week we finished our rotation and just began our last rotation before winter break. Our rotation days were:

  • Writer’s Workshop: Students were able to edit/revise a writing piece they had already been working on, begin a new writing piece, or share their past writing with the class
  • Blind Sort Test: Students tested each other on their spelling using the Blind Sort method.
  • Word Search: Students received a word search with their new spelling words. They were tasked with finding and sorting their new words.

Our next spelling test will be on Monday, December 18th!

2/3 Week 13 News

Literatura

This week we read Perchas urbanas: donde anidan las aves. Our objectives were:

  • learn to apply the context surrounding a word to help discover the concept of words related to a specific topic
  • understand the capitalization of names of places
  • use comprehension strategies such as asking questions, and summarizing to construct meaning from the story
  • review Cause and Effect and use the comprehension skill as we read the story the second time

Students also received their new spelling words on Thursday!

Matemáticas

This week we began working with multiplying multiple digits by one digit. Our objectives were:

  • Multiply ones, tens, and hundreds mentally
  • Multiply ones, tens, and hundreds without regrouping
  • Multiply ones, tens, and hundreds with regrouping

History & Geography

Social studies with Ms. Marci.
This week we read about the downfall of the Roman Empire. The class began to work on their research for their Roman Contribution opinion papers.20171204_141536_resized
Our objectives were to:
•  locate on a map the following locations: the Mediterranean Sea, Europe, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, North Africa, and Cartridge.
• describe the evolution of government in ancient Rome: monarchy to Republic to empire
• identify some of the contributions of the ancient Roman civilization,  and describe how they have influenced the present
• explain that Rome had favorable and unfavorable emperors, and give a few examples
• identify a few factors that led to the decline of the Roman Empire

IMG_2904Social Studies with Ms. Laura: We located Japan and identified it as a country made up of four main islands.  We recognized the Japanese flag and learned of its symbolism.  We discussed the main geographical features and staple foods of Japan.  We learned about haiku and try writing, and illustrating, our own haiku.  We recognized Japan as a modern industrial nation, with the large city of Tokyo as its capital.   We discussed the many Japanese inventions we use in our lives.  We read the Japanese folktale The Greatest of All by Eric Kimmel.  It ends with a Haiku!

Science

This week we continued with our Light and Sound science domain.  The class learned more about light, how it bends, and how 20171204_150034_resizedsome familiar tools and instruments and bend light in interesting and useful ways.

Our objections were to:
• identify light as a form of energy the travels and waves
• describe how light waves travel in different mediums
• explain how light is absorbed, reflected, or transmitted
• describe the three types of mirrors: plane, concave, and convex
• compare and contrast the terms concave and convex
• compare and contrast transparent, translucent, and opaque objects
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• explain how life is refracted

English Word Work

We had our spelling test on Thursday.  In grammar this week we reviewed past tense verbs. In journals the class used the word “taunt” and wrote about a time when they either taunted someone or felt taunted.

K/1 Week 13 News

Reading buddies with the 2nd/3rd graders!

Reading buddies with the 2nd/3rd graders!

Literatura

This week we continued with our Animals theme and read Masticar, comer: Lo queen comes los animales. This is an informational photo essay about the foods that different animals eat, including plants, bugs, and other animals. We talked a little about the food chain.  The objectives of this week were:

  • to have a better understanding of informational writing.
  • to compare and contrast how animals and students eat.
  • to acquire new animal vocabulary along with verbs and adjectives to describe them.

Matemáticas

Using our knowledge of shapes to work on a directed drawing art project. Listening skills!!!

Using our knowledge of shapes to work on a directed drawing art project. Listening skills!!!

This week we worked with place value in new ways and continued our geometry unit by working with patterns.

We also practiced drawing shapes in a directed drawing activity.  Very fun!

History & Geography

This week in the world’s 3 major religions
We learned more about Christianity and Islam.  We worked on our class chart, filling in key information that we have learned from the read aloud so far. The students have been fascinated to learn about these three religions and about all the similarities they share.

Our objectives this week were to

• identify Judaism Christianity and Islam as major monotheistic world religions
• understand that there are many different types of religions in the world
• identify that followers of Christianity are called Christian
• identify that Christians believe Jesus Christ to be the Messiah and the son of God
• demonstrate familiarity  with the story of Jesus’s life
• understand that Easter celebrates Jesus’s resurrection after his crucifixion
• demonstrate familiarity with other important Christian holidays, such as Christmas which celebrates Jesus’s birth
• recognize the cross as a symbol  of Christianity
• recognize the both Christians and Judaism follow the 10 commandments
• identify the Bible as the Christian holy book and that a Christian house of worship is called a church
• understand that Islam originated in Arabia
• identify that followers of Islam are called Muslims
• identify that Muslims believe that Moses and Jesus were prophets, but they believe that Muhammad was the last and greatest of the prophets
• demonstrate similarity with important Muslim holidays such as Ramadan
• define the crescent and star a symbols of Islam
• identify the Qur’an as the holy book of Islam and that a Muslim’s place of worship is called a mosque

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This week in our Animals and Their Habitats we finished working on our sea creatures and began a class book about being a whale.  We also watched a documentary on the ocean habitat.
Our objectives this week were to:

•  understand that saltwater covers most of the earth and it is found in several oceans
•  identify and locate the oceans of the world on a globe:  Arctic Pacific Atlantic Indian, Southern
•  understand that ocean life is very diverse
•  apply the food chain to sea life in the ocean
• understand how humans can affect the ocean habitats20171205_110826_resized

English Word Work

20171205_105652_resizedIn spelling the Red group worked on the z sound, the Blue group focused on the initial consonant blends sc, sn, sw  Green group worked on short vowels o and a in easy CVC words .  In our journals this week we wrote a listener’s  response to the book Rainbow Fish. Our word wall words 
were: more, many, over, and new.
Our vocabulary words this week Muslim and fasting.

Preschool Week 13 News

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This week we started working with our new theme: Celebrations Around the World. We worked with the familiar Christmas celebration and we read Cuentos Clasicos de Navidad / Classic Christmas Stories like: Polar Express, El Arbol de Navidad/ Christmas Tree. We read about different ways that the kids learn values, generosity and sharing with others. The students were learning with different examples and activities using this topic. As well, they learned that Holidays give us a wonderful opportunity to share with others. The kids were really excited learning a little bit of these Classic Christmas Stories. It is amazing to see how they enjoyed the stories. The kids worked with activities like ornaments/esferas y/o ornamentas, elf/duende, and Santa Claus.
 
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This week we went over  the letter Nn /la letra Nn and we reviewed the number 9. Be sure to point out the letter that we practice when you are reading. The pronunciation of the letter N is the same in English and Spanish.
Example,
naranja/orange,
nueve/nine,
nudo/knot,
nube/cloud,
nútria/otter,
nido/nest.
 
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We worked with number 7. The kiddos are doing a good job counting 1 through 7. We did different activities with counting and recognizing the number through dots, Legos, stickers, coloring and tracing the number. The purpose of these projects is is to give the kiddos different experiences with the numbers to help them recognize the number and counting to the number.
La Figura y Color
This month we started with rectangulo shape (rectangle), and yellow (amarillo) color. We passed the shape around while talking about what makes a rectanglulo and how the shape is different from our other shapes.  We compared different sizes of rectangle shape as well.
It was great having a chance to sit down and brag about your kiddos and talk about how different things we can work on together. Have a great weekend!
Macky J

4/5 Week 12 News

Literatura y Ciencias

This week in literacy, students read and listened to the expository piece – El misterio de marte. This was a great opportunity to use this piece as a mentor text to illustrate the expectations for our science report, besides being a fascinating story about the red planet.

In connection to science, students started working on their science report. Students received a rubric and a calendar that stated the expectations for the project. This project will be done in class, although, to make it more complete, students are welcome to work on it at home. These are some of the expectations for the project:

  • Students identify an area of interest they want to do their research project on, in relation to our unit: The universe.
  • Students formulate a question to investigate about the topic at hand.
  • Students go through the writing process to produce an expository piece to inform.
  • Students are expected to research and cross-check different sources of information.
  • Students understand the format of the report: introduction, body, and conclusion (four paragraphs as a minimum).
  • Students may include non-fiction features such as photographs, diagrams, tables, captions, etc (three non-fiction text features as maximum).
  • With the help of an adult, students are required to submit their report electronically, as a word document, via email by December 12th. Please note maestra Paola’s email- poli_andream@hotmail.com.
  • Students are expected to read and present their report to the class on December 13th or December 14th. We are still discussing whether we will open these presentations to the public – families and community members.

We will continue to work on our report next week. I have already conferenced with some students and they are ready to work on their final piece. Feel free to message me or stop by at any time, should you have any questions.

Ciencias

What is Air? What is Earth Atmosphere?

This week, students took a close look at the air surrounding us. They explored the properties of air by working with syringes and tubes to discover that air takes up space and is compressible. Students discussed evidence that air is matter and has mass. After that, we went on to discuss the idea that Earth is surrounded by layers of gasses that have very particular properties. This is called Earth’s atmosphere. We learned the science vocabulary and used precise language to understand these concepts.   Using diagrams, photos from space, and reading, we concluded that the atmosphere is a mixture of gases with properties that change with distance above Earth’s surface. We enjoy so much our science class and our meaningful and interesting discussions! These bullet points summarize some of the concepts seen during science:

  • Air is a mixture of gases held by gravity near Earth’s surface.
  • Air has mass, takes up space, and is compressible.
  • Most of Earth’s air resides in the troposphere, the layer of the atmosphere closer to Earth’s surface.
  • Weather happens in the troposphere.

Next week we will be taking a closer look at the troposphere and the weather. Students were assigned to see/read the weather report this weekend. They are encouraged to get familiarized with weather vocabulary in terms of its variables: temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind, and air pressure.

 

History & Geography

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Preamble Relay Race!

This week we began working on The Constitution! We are also learning about American Reformers during out Person of the Week time. Out objectives were:

  •  List the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation as set forth by their critics.
  • Understand in “modern language” the preamble
  • create a Preamble mini book that explains the Preamble in the student’s own words
  • understand the three branches of government and their duties as well as the system of checks and balance
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Three Branches of Government and the System of Checks and Balances by completing two mini-projects

Person of the Week: The reformers who took part in the Temperance Movement

Mathematics

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Great job showing your work!

This week we began multiplying fractions! Our objectives were:

  • multiply proper fractions
  • solve real-world problems involving multiplication of proper fractions
  • Multiply improper fractions by proper fractions and improper fractions

English Word Work

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Using the Chrome Books for Spelling City!

This week began our rotation again. Our rotation days were:

  • Word Search: Students received a word search with their new spelling words. They were tasked with finding and sorting their new words.
  • Teacher Meeting: I met with each student to discuss and clarify their new sort.
  • Vocabulary day: Students dug through Martin Luther’s 95 Theses to find words to add to our word wall. The words we found were remit and mortifications
  • Spelling City: Students had a chance to work on computer skills as well as spelling on spellingcity.com.  If your kiddo would like to work on spelling city at home they can follow this link www.spellingcity.com/users/34SpellingSWS

Our spelling test will be on Tuesday December 5!

Students will also be presenting their book reports on Monday starting at 2:40 pm. Each presentation should be 2-3 minutes long. They will be presenting in this order:

1. Luke

2. Juliette

3. Tamra

4.Christian

5. Rafa

6. Sophia

7. Lily

8. Sophie

9. Hazel

10. Jack

Specialists

CHARACTER ED with Ms. Jennie: 

Giving Tree update: Thank you to all of you who have purchased gifts for Share’s Giving Tree this year! We have just one more week to get our gifts in. All unwrapped gifts are due back to school on this Thursday, December 7th. If you do forget for some reason, you could also bring them to school on conference day – Friday the 8th. I will be taking all the gifts to Share on Mondaymorning.
December theme for character ed this month is Positive Thinking! We read a wonderful book called Perfect Square last week where a square gets cut, hole punched, ripped, crumpled, etc. and instead of becoming negative about these “challenging circumstances” it decides to transform itself into new, wonderful things like a bubbling fountain or a beautiful landscape. We are constructing our own “square art” and these will be displayed at the end of the hallway. We will also read one more book this month entitled Last Stop on Market Street, which is about a grandma teaching her grandson to look around and see the beauty in everyday things, even things that might be seen as unfortunate or ugly. Check out our bulletin board for the quotes and poems of the month!
Music with Ms. Erin
What we did in November:
– Learned how to write a song with guitar chord progressions, lyrics, melody and harmony
– Learned more about Ludwig Van Beethoven, and listened to his Symphony No. 5 and Moonlight Sonata while analyzing the music
– Learned about Sharps and Flats, and how they alter notes and melodies
– Learned rhythmic syncopation, and how to emphasize syncopated beats
Plans for December include:
– Listen to Handel’s Messiah
– Learn how to play Jingle Bells on the recorder in the key of G Major
– Learn vocal ranges, and identify each student’s vocal range
– Work on part singing skills using Hark! the Herald Angels Sing vocal score
– Learn Hanukkah song ‘Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov’
Sing Scottish New Years song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ with piano accompaniment

2/3 Week 12 News

Literatura

img_1241.jpgThis week we read Abran paso a las patas! Our objectives were:

  • identify whether a verb is in past, present, or future tense
  • To use comprehension strategies such as Asking Questions and Predicting to construct meaning from the story during the first read
  • Understand that a writer can write stories based in reality or fantasy and be able to identify examples of fantasy or reality within stories
  • Introduce book report
  • introduce and define new spelling words

Students took home their book report instructions this week. The book report is due January 4, 2018. All of the writing for the book report will be complete in class, students will complete their shoe box diorama at home.

Matemáticas

img_1242.jpg img_1243.jpgThis week we finished our chapter on Multiplication of 6,7,8, and 9. Our objectives were:

  • Divide to find the number of items in each group
  • Understand the related multiplication and division facts
  • write division sentences for real-world problems
  • Divide to find the number of groups
  • express division sentences for real-world problems
  • Students will review multiplication by creating multiplication Holiday trees!
  • students will demonstrate mastery and understanding of multiplication and division on the chapter test

History & Geography

Social studies with Ms. Marci.
This week we learned about the significance of Julius Caesar, Augusta Caesar, Marc Anthony, and Cleopatra to Ancient Rome. We finished our Roman lapbooks this week and began brainstorming our Ancient  Roman contribution papers.

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•  identify in locate on a map the following areas: France (the area formally known as Gaul) Spain, England, Germany, North Africa, and Egypt.
• describe the life in contributions of Julius Caesar
• describe the evolution of government in ancient Rome monarchy to Republic to Empire
• describe the role of Cleopatra of Egypt in the Ancient Roman civilization
• identify some of the contributions of the ancient Roman civilization and describe how they have influence the present
• describe the life and contributions of Augusta Caesar as first Emperor of Rome
• explain the significance of the Pax  Romana and how it affected the life of Romans

IMG_2903Social Studies with Ms. Laura:

We learned about the Chinese zodiac, by listening to the book Cat and Rat The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac by Ed Young.  We made our own zodiacs!  We celebrated Chinese New Years with a song and loud parade.  We ended Ancient China unit with a review, assessment and some traditional food.  We are introduced to our new unit, Japan Today, by reading a Japanese folktale, The Badger and The Magic Fan by Tony Johnston and Tomie DePaola.

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This week we began our Light and Sound science domain.  The class did a few Light experiments involving the concept of concave and convex as well as refraction and magnification.
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Our objections were to:
• recall the census and there corresponding sensory organs
• identify the Sun as Earth mainsource of light and name other light sources
• identify light as a phone is Energy that travels and wave
• explain why life is so important
• describe how late waves travel in different mediums
• explain how shadows are formed
• explain how light is absorbed reflected or transmitted
• describe the three types of mirrors:  plane, concave and convex

English Word Work

We had our spelling test on Friday, everyone did really well!  The class sorted and practiced their spelling words on Tuesday and Thursday.  In grammar this week we reviewed past tense verbs. In our journals we used the word “baffled” and wrote about Thanksgiving break.20171130_124949_resized

Specialists

CHARACTER ED with Ms. Jennie: 

Giving Tree update: Thank you to all of you who have purchased gifts for Share’s Giving Tree this year! We have just one more week to get our gifts in. All unwrapped gifts are due back to school on this Thursday, December 7th. If you do forget for some reason, you could also bring them to school on conference day – Friday the 8th. I will be taking all the gifts to Share on Mondaymorning.
December theme for character ed this month is Positive Thinking! We read a wonderful book called Perfect Square last week where a square gets cut, hole punched, ripped, crumpled, etc. and instead of becoming negative about these “challenging circumstances” it decides to transform itself into new, wonderful things like a bubbling fountain or a beautiful landscape. We are constructing our own “square art” and these will be displayed at the end of the hallway. We will also read one more book this month entitled Last Stop on Market Street, which is about a grandma teaching her grandson to look around and see the beauty in everyday things, even things that might be seen as unfortunate or ugly. Check out our bulletin board for the quotes and poems of the month!
Music with Ms. Erin
What we did in November:
– Built familiarity with 2-3 class - Della - Christmas Carolsthe acoustic guitar
– Learned about the life of Tchaikovsky, and listened to his suite from Swan Lake, both piano and orchestral arrangements
– Learned about songwriter Woody Guthrie, and sang This Land is Your Land
– Learned and practiced rhythms using Eighth Notes
– Started our Christmas Carol Lyric Booklet project
Plans for December include:
– Finish our Christmas Carol Lyric Booklets and sing carols
– Learn and sing ‘Hanukkah O Hanukkah’
– Learn how to sing a canon (round) with Hey, Ho, Nobody Home
– Use percussion bells to keep a steady beat with music

K/1 Week 12 News

Literatura

This week we jumped right back into our Animals unit.  We read a great expository text in which we asked ourselves: For all baby animals look like their parents? Where do baby animals find food? Our learning objectives were:

  • share prior knowledge about baby animals
  • talk about illustrations and use them to predict what the story is about
  • compare and contrast information within the story about different animals
  • practice dictation, making sure to stretch the words out like a rubber band, so all sounds are represented
  • classify animal and animal home vocabulary from the story
  • introduction to the Revision/Deletion part of the writing process
  • using adjectives to give more information in sentences (orally and in writing)

Matemáticas

This week we had a great time with our shapes.  We used pipe cleaners to make shapes and talk about the number or sides and corners. We traced the bases of geometric solids to see the shapes they made.

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I also took some time to assess the students on their number sense, their counting, patterning, place value, etc.

History & Geography

We began our next section in our ancient Civilizations on the Three Major World Religions.  This week we read about the origins of the three world religions and focused in on Judaism.  As a class we worked on a chart in order to remind us about key points that we have learned so far.

Our objectives this week were to

• identify Judaism Christianity and Islam as major monotheistic world religions
• locate Jerusalem, Israel, and the area known is the middle East on a map
• define monotheism  as believe in one God
• identify the Western Wall (or the Wailing Wall) as associated with Judaism, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher  with Christianity, and the Dome of the Rock with Islam
• identify Judaism as a monotheistic religion
• identify the Hebrews as the ancient people who were descendants of Abraham
• identify that the followers of Judaism are called Jews and that the term Jewish is used to describe practices or objects associated with Judaism
• identify Moses as a holy figure and teacher who long ago let the Jews out of Egypt
• understand the story of Exodus is celebrated each year as a holiday known as Passover with a special service and meal called Seder
• understand that Moses received the tent amendment from God and that they told the people how to behave or live there life
• recognize the star of David as a six point of star in a symbol of Judaism
• identify the Torah as an important part of the Hebrew scriptures
• identify that it Jewish house of worship is called the synagogue or temple

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This week in our Animals and Their Habitats we continued to learn about saltwater habitats and the animals that live there. We had fun creating sea          creatures and writing about them.

Our objectives this week were to:

•  understand that saltwater covers most of the earth and it is found in several oceans
•  identify and locate the oceans of the world on a globe:  Arctic Pacific Atlantic Indian, Southern
•  describe the landscape of the ocean floor
•  understand that ocean life is very diverse
•  match saltwater plants in animals to the salt water habitat
• classify animals on the basis of the types of food that they eat

 

English Word Work

In spelling the Red group worked on w and y sounds, the Blue group focused on the initial consonant blends st, sl, sn, and sm.  Green group finished reviewing vowel sounds.  In our journals this week we wrote a short story about a seahorse. Our word wall words this week were: could, car, make, made, play, part, other, and old.
Our vocabulary words this week were:  faithful, Hebrew, shellfish, and Messiah.

Specialists

CHARACTER ED with Ms. Jennie:

Giving Tree update: Thank you to all of you who have purchased gifts for Share’s Giving Tree this year! We have just one more week to get our gifts in. All unwrapped gifts are due back to school on this Thursday, December 7th. If you do forget for some reason, you could also bring them to school on conference day – Friday the 8th. I will be taking all the gifts to Share on Mondaymorning.
December theme for character ed this month is Positive Thinking! We read a wonderful book called Perfect Square last week where a square gets cut, hole punched, ripped, crumpled, etc. and instead of becoming negative about these “challenging circumstances” it decides to transform itself into new, wonderful things like a bubbling fountain or a beautiful landscape. We are constructing our own “square art” and these will be displayed at the end of the hallway. We will also read one more book this month entitled Last Stop on Market Street, which is about a grandma teaching her grandson to look around and see the beauty in everyday things, even things that might be seen as unfortunate or ugly. Check out our bulletin board for the quotes and poems of the month!
MUSIC with Ms. Erin:
What we did in November:
– Learned about the acoustic guitar, and sang songs with guitar accompaniment
– Learned how to recognize Like and Unlike musical phrases
– Learned about the orchestra, and the orchestra’s instrument families
– Listened to the music and story of Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’
– Learned about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his music
Plans for December include:
– March to the beat of the famous piece March of the Toys by Victor Herbert
– Learn about the ballet with Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’
– Sing holiday songs, using percussion bells to carry a steady beat
– Review the musical terms we have learned this year, such as Forte, Piano, Quarter Note, Half Note, Whole Note

Preschool Week 12 News

20171201_094844December is here, I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. This week we continued working with and finished the unit “Los Alimentos y Su Procedencia/ The Foods and its origin!” This week kids had fun doing activities related with fruits and vegetables, in our circle time we promote the importance of and encourage eating five or more servings of vegetables and fruits every day. Our goals of this week were;
1. Children will become familiar with a variety of vegetables and fruits and the importance of eating them.
 2. Children will be made aware of where to find vegetables and fruits (grocery store, vegetable/fruit stand, farmer’s market, garden).
3. Children will be made aware of the importance of eating five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day. We did different project like, paper corn, carrots, paper watermelon, glass of lemonade. To finish the week, kids chose their favorite fruits and veggies from our fruit and vegetable market. Then they chose meats, chicken, fish, eggs, bread, milk, yogurt to complete their plate of food. They had fun playing this game 😊!
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This week we went over the letter Tt /la letra Tt. Be sure to point out the letter that we practice when you are reading. The pronunciation of this letter is the same in English and Spanish. As example:
tomate/tomato
tambor/drum
tijeras/scissors
triciclo/tricycle
tortuga/ turtle
We did activities as, find the letter Tt into our classroom and letters game, draw, coloring and recognition of letter Tt.
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This week we went over number six (6)/ número seis doing different activities, like placing five watermelon seeds into the watermelon, counting corns, blocks, tracing the number and sorting activities with colors, shapes, and sizes.
 
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This week we continued working with the triangle shape (triangulo), and green (verde) color. The kids played around the classroom looking around for triangle shapes and green colors. They played games doing figures using different sizes of shapes as circle/ circulo, cuadrado/square, and triangulo/trinagle.
Have a good weekend!
Macky J

4/5 Week 11 News

I am so thankful for my wonderful students, the amazing teachers I get to work with, and our incomparable SWS community.  I could not feel more fortunate to be a part of all of this! I hope you all have fantastic Thanksgiving holiday celebrating with your loved ones.

Maddie sharing her experience during her family’s trip to Mexico, and the wonderful benefits and blessing of her bilingual skills❤️

During our community circle on Monday, Maddie shared her family’s trip to Mexico, and the wonderful benefits and blessing of having a bilingual education❤️

Literatura

The focus in literacy this week was writing letters. We identified different purposes for letter writing and compared and contrasted informal v/s formal letter formats. This included tone, word choice and elements and format of letters. Students did a fantastic job going through the writing process to write letters to our school principal, Sarah Segall. Students maintained a professional, educated and polite tone, and used elevated vocabulary and word choice. I would not be surprised if maestra Sarah considers some of our students’ requests as legitimate options to be implemented at our school! Great job writers!

Continuing  with literacy, we read Circulos, cuadrados y dagas: Como miraban el cielo los nativos americanos. It was incredibly meaningful to read this story this week, not only because we are really enjoying our science studies, but because we feel very passionate about the wisdom and history of native peoples. Some of the listening/reading comprehension strategies and skills were: Making Connections, Asking Questions, Summarizing, Identifying  Fact and Opinion and Comparing and Contrasting information from text. It is beautiful to see students naturally apply these skills and, most importantly, see them reflect on their own individual and collective learning experience. As part of our word-work studies, we went through the vocabulary and structures. We also discussed the genre and revisited characteristics of an expository piece.

As we read the story, we were reminded that:

  • the purpose of expository text is share information with the reader.
  • in expository text, information is presented in straightforward way.
  • diagrams, photograph, maps, or other illustrations may be included to help the reader understand the subject.
  • the factual information can often be checked by referring to other sources.
  • the need, as an author, to remain objective in the information presented.
Christian sharing with the class the cool app he has on his IPad to see the planets, stars and constellations!

Christian sharing with the class the cool app he has on his IPad to see the planets, stars and constellations!

In science we had a lot of fun finalizing the details of our solar system and constellations studies. Please make sure you stop by our wonderful bulletin board created entirely by our students! We learned interesting facts reading a story and watching some videos that are part of our FOSS resources.

All in all, we can say we had a very productive and full week of fun!

Just a few reminders…

  • As homework, students were assigned to stop by the post office to drop off the letters we wrote in class. Please make sure your child has a chance to do this sometime during the week. Everybody in our class will be expecting to receive a letter! 
  • As part of their reading in Spanish homework  students took home a biography of Albert Einstein.
  • Students took home a new spelling list of homofonos. They were reminded to do the sentences at some point next week  and turn them in the Monday after the break.

 

History & Geography

img_1220.jpgThis week we had a short week, we were able to finish our Reformation unit and take our unit test though! Our objectives were:

  • Explain why religious leaders did not accept the ideas of Copernicus and Galileo
  • Describe the theories of Nicholas Copernicus and Galileo
  • Describe the causes and effects of the Catholic Church’s attempt to reform itself
  • explain how Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits, the Council of Trent, and the Index of Forbidden Books contributed to the Counter-Reformation\
  • Complete the unit test as a class

When we come back from break we will go back and finish the 4th grade chapters we missed out on last year!

Mathematics

img_1227.jpg img_1225.jpg img_1226.jpg img_1228.jpg img_1230.jpgThis week we finished our unit test and test corrections. Our objectives were:

  • demonstrate mastery of fractions and mixed numbers on the Unit 3 test
  • complete test corrections for any incorrect or partially incorrect problems on the Unit 3 test
  • Complete a Division Room Escape

We had a blast on Friday with our Thanksgiving themed Division Room Escape! We will definitely being doing more of them in the future! Over Thanksgiving break kiddos should be working on their Book Report and Khan.

English Word Work

This week we finished our rotation. We tested on our words using the Blind Sort method on Thursday. There is no spelling over Thanksgiving Break!

Specialists

The Giving Tree: Our annual giving tree is now available in the hallway outside the K/1 room. Please feel free to grab a tag (or more) to help a family in need celebrate during this holiday season.

2/3 Week 11 News

Literatura

img_1208.jpg img_1207.jpgThis week we were able to complete a writing project with our two full days together! It was great hearing the kiddos speak Spanish all day and having the extra time to do something fun. Our objectives were:

  • to use comprehension strategies such as Asking Questions, Clarifying, and summarizing to construct meaning from the text during our first read of Criaturas de la ciudad
  • use the comprehension skill Drawing Conclusions as we read the second time
  • test spelling words
  • understand words that tell us when an action is occurring
  • check out library book for the upcoming Book Report
  • write a response to a nonfiction book about Thanksgiving

Over Thanksgiving break there is no spelling homework and no reader homework! Kids should be reading their book report book over break, when we get back from break you will get more information on the book report, most of which will be completed in class!

Matemáticas

img_1202.jpgThis week we continued working with multiplication. Our objectives were:

  • understand multiplication by using area models, number lines, and array models
  • practice multiplication facts of 7,8, and 9

Over the break the only homework is to continue working on Khan!

History & Geography

This week we worked on our Roman lap books and we read about Augustus Caesar and the Roman Empire.

Life on the Silk Road

Life on the Silk Road

H & G with Ms. Laura: We learned about the silk … its discovery and its secrets!  We ‘role’ played life on The Silk Road, with students acting as Chinese traders, western traders and bandits.   We began to study for customs relating to celebration of Chinese New Year, including making some Chinese lanterns, dragon stick figures and singing a Chinese New Years song.  We will celebrate Chinese New Years on Tuesday, November 28th!  Wear red!

Science

On Thursday and Friday we finished our animal presentations.  The students did a great job of presenting in a clear and projected voice, while reading from their report.  They also fielded questions and comments from their audience afterwards.

Specialists

The Giving Tree:  Look for the tree and the gift tags in the hallway. Information about the specifics of the Giving Tree is posted in the hallway, and we’ll send out more details in an upcoming newsletter as well.