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.

2/3 Week 10 News

Literatura

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Veteran’s Day assembly

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Classifying and categorizing our story!

This week we prepared to read Criaturas de la ciudad. Our objectives were:

  • understand the difference between gue and gui and review when there is a soft g vs hard g
  • review antonyms and synonyms
  • to use the comprehension skill Classify and Categorize as we read El niño que no creia en la primavera a second time
  • understand and use commas in a series

Matemáticas

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Playing multiplication train!

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Playing multiplication train!

This week we worked with multiplication. Our objectives were:

  • use multiplication properties
  • practice multiplication facts of 6

We also began taking our fast facts multiplication quizzes this week. Students have been doing a great job working on both accuracy and speed!

History & Geography

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This week we learned about the daily life in Rome. We particularly focused on the contrasting differences between patricians and plebeians, and how this inequity caused unrest and ultimately  led to the spectacles of the Coliseum and Circus Maximus.  We enjoyed a “Roman dinner party” on Thursday and worked on our Roman lapbooks  throughout the week.20171109_134456_resized

Our objectives were to:
•  Identify some of the contributions from ancient Roman civilization, and describe how they have influenced the present
•  explain that women did not have as many rights as men in Roman society
•  describe the everyday life of the ancient Romans
•  compare and contrast the three categories of people in ancient Rome colon patricians, plebeians, and slaves
•  review why ancient Rome was considered a civilization.

IMG_2878Social Studies with Ms. Laura:

We continued our study of Chinese calligraphy by practicing characters.  Miria helped us write the characters representing the numbers the numbers 1 through 10.  Alora brought her Buddha Board, purchased on our field trip to Lan Su Chinese Gardens last year.  She generously demonstrated and shared the use of the board with the class.  It was great fun!  Thanks Miria and Alora!  And Kate brought us her dad’s two authentic Chinese robes, and members of our class modeled them!  Thanks Kate and Joe! We discuss some of China’s many inventions, including kites, umbrellas, paper, woodblock printing, gunpowder, fireworks and porcelain.  We tried some block printing.

Science

20171106_142258_resizedOn Monday we took our animal classification assessment, the class did a great job of demonstrating how much they have learned about this subject.  We celebrated the end of our domain with popcorn and a film on baby animals in the forest.  Everyone has done a great job of 20171106_142231_resizedfinishing up their informational paragraphs and getting their animal projects in.  We will be presenting their projects and interesting facts throughout the next couple of weeks.
Schedule for presentations:
Thurs. Nov. 9, 2:30 – 3:05 pm – Ben, Emilie, Dean, Marisol, Kate, Pierce
Thurs. Nov. 15, 2:30 – 3:05 pm – Naomi, Natalie, Alora, Luke
Fri. Nov. 16, 2:00 – 3:05 pm – Ayden, Lucas, Gaby, Adi

English Word Work

Spelling and grammar:
Students will not be tested on their new sorts until next Friday the 16th. Spelling homework will be due at that time as well.  In grammar this week we reviewed synonyms and homonyms.

20171107_105050_resizedIn honor of Veteran’s Day, we had two guest veterans from the VFW come speak to the students on Tuesday.  The students did a wonderful job of listening and asking thoughtful questions.

Specialists

Art with Ms. Kelly: 

The students in all grades have been learning about Pablo Picasso this month in Art. We read a short book about this famous artist, and also looked at several examples of his artwork. Some of the art vocabulary words the students are learning about and/or reviewing this month are Cubism, Realistic, Abstract, and Collage.

IMG_2150We’ve been focusing on Picasso’s use of the guitar and violin as a theme in his artwork. He created a variety of drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures depicting these stringed instruments, some of which are recognizable and some are not. The students then made their own version of a cubistic guitar using the collage technique. The kindergarten and first graders worked really hard on this challenging project!

The students learned how to draw a simple guitar shape by observing a real guitar, and using basic shapes. The following week they cut the guitar drawing into shapes and rearranged it on a background of a variety of papers. It was fun to look at the wonderful compositions (arrangement of shapes) when we displayed the artwork on the whiteboard! The 2nd and 3rd Grade class artwork is on the bulletin board at school. I think Picasso would have loved seeing all the students’ creative, abstract art!

It was great having Miss Erin teach the students about guitar music while we were working on guitar art! We’ll be doing one more Picasso art project at the end of the month.

2/3 Week 9 News

Literatura

img_1167.jpgimg_1165-1.jpgThis week we read El niño que no creía en la primavera. Our objectives were:

  • Have students practice comprehension by playing Halloween “Guess Who?”
  • understand adverbs that describe time/order, dialog dashes, and adjectives
  • to use comprehension strategies such as Asking Questions, Clarifying, Visualizing, and Predicting to construct meaning from the story
  • to understand the definition of our new vocabulary in order to better prepare for the spelling test next week

We also worked together on our reader homework this week in class. Monday they will be receiving their new reader homework as normal.

Matemáticas

img_1152.jpgimg_1149-1.jpgimg_1150.jpgThis week we began learning about the Multiplication Tables of 6,7,8 and 9. Our objectives were:

  • Students will practice 4-digit addition and subtraction by playing a Halloween math game
  • Use multiplication properties by modeling multiplication on number lines and dot paper, and understanding the commutative property, multiplying by 1, and multiplying by 0

Next week we will begin practicing our multiplication facts at the beginning of each class by taking fast facts quizzes. Students will try to complete each quiz within 4 minutes and with 100% accuracy. Once they have passed a quiz they will move on to the next set of multiplication facts working up to x12. If the student does not pass they will retake that quiz until they are able to pass.

History & Geography

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This week we learned about the Punic Wars and some information about the daily Roman life in the city.  We also had fun working on our Roman wax writing tablets.

Our objectives were to:
•  identify and locate on a map the following : Mediterranean Sea, Italy, Sicily, North Africa, Carthage, Spain, and the Alps.
•  explain the significance of the Punic Wars between ancient Rome and Carthage
•  describe the role of Hannibal in the Punic Wars
•  describe the everyday life the ancient Romans
•  describe the many structures the ancient Romans built, including roads, bridges, aqueduct, and amphitheaters
•  Identify some of the contributions from the ancient Roman civilization, and describe how they have influenced the present

IMG_2869Social Studies with Ms. Laura:

We explored the importance of ancestors in Chinese beliefs and tried to understand ways that ancestor worship has been practiced.  We wrote letters to a special someone!  We talk about the Great Wall of China and read the book The Seven Chinese Brothers.  We talked about the Chinese Language and writing.  We talked about the importance of written language to a civilization, comparing Ancient China to Ancient India.  We practiced some Chinese calligraphy.

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This week we finished our classification of animals domain and read about vertebrate animals around the world. We continue to work on our informational paragraph about an animal of our choosing. Students will be creating their animal, in some form of their choosing, at home next week.

Our objectives this week were to:

•  identify cold-blooded or warm-blooded and vertebrate / invertebrate as important characteristics used to classify animals
•  identify fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals as groups of vertebrates
•  identify basic characteristics of fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals
•  close-by particular animals as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals
•  compare and contrast two groups of vertebrates
•  identify insect as in invertebrates
•  identify insect has the most numerous group of animals that have currently been identified

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We took our spelling test on Friday.  For grammar we reviewed proper ways to punctuate quotes in sentences. For giggles, we used Halloween costumes to identify possible character traits and then shared them with the class.
In our journals we used this week’s vocabulary word, “attire” to describe our Halloween outfits.

2/3 Week 8 News

Literatura

This week we took our first unit assessment and began our new unit. Our unit assessments consist of a comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and writing piece. We spread our assessments out over two days to make it more manageable. These assessments are used to keep track of the progress our class is making throughout the year. Our objectives this week were:

  • Students will demonstrate their comprehension and writing ability and understanding of grammar and vocabulary on the Unit Test
  • Introduce new story and new unit WIld Life in the City
  • Define new spelling words
  • Create visual spelling list
  • Take spelling test

Matemáticas

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Working on Real-World math problems!

This week we worked with real-world addition and subtraction problems. Our objective was:

  • use bar models to solve 2-step real-world problems involving addition and subtraction

Real world problems involve a lot of steps. They must not only understand the story problem and what it is asking for but they must also know what steps to take to get the final answer. Students worked really hard this week and the biggest thing we noticed is that we need to slow down and take each problem step-by-step. We will continue working on real-world problems next week and take our assessment.

History & Geography

Wrath of the Roman Goddesses/Gods

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Social studies with Ms. Marci.
This week we had a great time dressing up like Roman gods and goddesses.  Each person introduced their goddess/ god and describe them.  We also learned about the Roman Republic and played the “Who Am I Game”, identifying patricians, plebeians, slaves, senators, and consuls.20171024_143227_resized (1)

Our objectives were to:
•  identify and locate on a map the following: the Mediterranean Sea, Italy, Rome
•  Identify and describe ancient Roman gods and goddesses
•  explain why ancient Rome was considered a civilization
•  compare and contrast the three categories of people in ancient Rome:  patricians, plebeians, and slaves
•  describe the evolution of government in ancient Rome from monarchy to republic
•  describe the importance of forums in Roman society and government

IMG_2856Social Studies with Ms. Laura: We completed our study of Ancient India with a review, an assessment, dressing up and having a special snack, including ghee, the sacred offering to the Hindu god of fire, Agni.  We read Ms. Frizzle’s Adventure Imperial China to preview our next unit on Ancient China.  We heard about important rivers, farming rice, drinking tea, honoring relatives and ancestors, important Chinese inventions, The Silk Road, The Great Wall of China, The Emperor and Chinese New Years.  We began our study of Ancient China by locating two rivers, Huang He (Yellow River) and the Yangtze.   We talked about why rivers are both helpful and destructive, comparing the importance of these rivers to those of Ancient India.   We talked about the basic principles of Confucianism and tried to see its influence on Chinese government and culture.

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This week in our Animal Classification domain we continued to learn about mammals. The class is preparing to write an informational paragraph/ paragraphs on an animal. They have begun to plan and gather information this week.

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•  identify basic characteristics of mammals
•  classify particular animals as mammals
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English Word Work

We took our spelling test on Friday. This week we worked on sorting in different waves in order to help us remember spelling patterns. For grammar, we reviewed predicates in sentences.
In our journals we used this week’s vocabulary word, “eerie” and we also wrote about our field trip.

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Thanks to everyone who drove on our field trip. It was not only a beautiful day but a great success.

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Specialists

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This month the 2nd and 3rd graders learned about Australian aboriginal dot painting. The students created turtles, fish, and lizards, using q-tips dipped in tempera paint.  Then they used this same technique with fall leaves using warm colors in the leaves and cool colors in the background. The students really enjoyed this project and created some beautiful patterns and designs.

The 2nd and 3rd graders also worked on leaf rubbings with crayon and watercolor. They learned how to overlap shapes, and use warm and cool colors to create some beautiful leaf designs.

We also discussed Value, or light and dark, in the artwork. We looked at a Vermeer painting with strong lights and darks, and then the students used chalk pastels to create light and dark sides of a moonlit pumpkin.

Next month – Picasso art projects!

 

Character Education with Ms. Jennie In November, our theme for character ed will be Compassion and Generosity and we’ll be setting up our 3rd Annual Giving Tree for Share. Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again! Look for the tree and the gift tags in the hallway but the second week of November. Information about the specifics of the Giving Tree will also be posted in the hallway, and we’ll send out more details in an upcoming newsletter as well. Our quote of the month is: “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington and our featured poem is another seasonal one called “The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven” by Jack Prelutsky. Check out the bulletin board to see what books we’ll be reading as well!

Music with Ms. Erin
What we did in October:
– Learned how to read notation for the Treble and Bass clefs
– Learned about string, brass, and woodwind orchestral instruments
– Featured the cello (student share) and clarinet (teacher share) in the class
– Listened to pieces by famous composers Bach, Saint-Saens, Mozart, Debussy, Rossini, Gershwin, Grieg,
– Learned and practiced rhythm patterns in 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 time
– Learned musical terms Accelerando, Ritardando, and Rallentando (gradually speeding up and slowing down)
– Learned about the life of composer Antonin Dvorak, and listened to an except of the New World Symphony, and his piece The Noon Witch
Plans for November include:
– Build familiarity with the acoustic guitar
– Sing along well-known songs with guitar accompaniment
– Learn about the life of Tchaikovsky, and listen to his suite from Swan Lake
– Practice note reading in the key of C major
– Learn and practice rhythms using Eighth Notes

2/3 Week 7 News

Literatura

This week we read two stories! The first story we read was Compañeros de equipo, the second was La leyenda de Damón y Pitias. Our objectives were:

  • use comprehension strategies such as clarifying predicting and summarizing to construct meaning from the text while reading Compañeros de equipo
  • use the comprehension skill main idea and details to create Main Idea and Details Spiders as they read the story the second time
  • use comprehension strategies such as self-questioning, clarifying, and summarizing to construct meaning from the text while reading La leyenda de Damón y Pitias
  • define our new spelling words

Because of the field trip next Thursday we will be having our spelling test on Friday!

Matemáticas

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Playing some subtraction games!

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Working together on subtraction!

This week we finished our unit on subtracting numbers up to 10,000. Our objectives were:

  • Use base-ten blocks to subtract with and without regrouping
  • Use base-ten blocks to subtract across zeros
  • Write subtraction number sentences
  • Solve subtraction word problems

Students did a great job on their test! Next week we will begin Using Bar Models in Addition and Subtraction.

History & Geography

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This week we dive deeper into our Ancient Roman Civilization unit. In our journals we wrote a legend after hearing the legend of Romulus and Remus. We have also begun thinking about what we want to include in our lap book for this unit.

Our objectives were to:
•  identify and locate on a map the following: the Mediterranean Sea, Italy, Rome, and the Tiber River
•  locate the approximate area where the ancient Roman civilization began
•  Identify some of the contributions of the ancient Roman civilization, and describe how they have influenced the present
•  explain that most ancient Romans worshipped many gods and goddesses
•  describe the religion and mythology of ancient Rome as similar to that of ancient Greece
•  retail the legend of Romulus and Remus, and explain that this Legend is believed to tell the story of the foundation of Rome
• explain the importance of the Tiber River to the ancient Romans

IMG_2836Social Studies with Ms. Laura

We heard a Buddhist Jataka tale (a fable) and talked about its lesson.  We then compared it to the familiar story, ‘Chicken Little’.  After we acted out the Buddhist tale for the K/1 class, with our handmade stick puppets, and we listened to a second Buddhist Jatake tale and discussed its lesson.  We learned about King Asoka, whose life was changed when he met a Buddhist monk.

On Tuesday, October 24th, we will complete the Ancient India unit with a review of all lessons and topics covered, a unit assessment and a costume party (dress like a person from Ancient India)!  Students may bring outfits to school and change during the first part of class or they may dress up in the clothes and jewelry we have in the classroom.

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This week in our Animal Classification domain we learned about bird’s beaks and how the shape of their beaks helps scientist identify bird’s feeding habits.  We had fun doing an experiment about habits beaks.  On Friday we began reading about mammals.

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•  observe and describe basic characteristics of an animal
•  explain that scientists classify animals by common or shared characteristics.
•  identify fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals as groups of vertebrates
•  identify basic characteristics of mammals
•  classify particular animals as mammals
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English Word Work

We took our spelling test on Friday. We did a lot of practice with a partner on Thursday to get ready for our test.   In grammar this week we worked on sentence structure, focusing on the predicate.

Just a reminder that we will have our field trip to the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center on Thursday at 9:45. Students should bring a brown bag lunch.

Apparently a little bird told that my birthday was this week. I felt very showered by love from everyone!  Thank you so much!! ~Ms.Marcie

2/3 Week 6 News

Literatura

This week we focused on grammar and writing. Our objectives were:

  • understand how to vary sentences and stay on topic within writing
  • continue working on Halloween autobiography
  • building a better understanding of what auxiliary verbs are by creating verb trees
  • understand what topic sentences are and be able to identify the topic
  • understand and be able to identify  different types of sentences

Matemáticas

This week we completed Chapter 3 Addition up to 10,000. Our objectives were:

  • Review 4 digit addition with and without regrouping.
  • Add greater numbers with regrouping in ones, tens, and hundreds

Remember that students should complete 50 minutes of Khan Academy each week!

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We wrapped up our World Rivers unit this week.  We discussed trade on rivers, worked on river research, took our unit assessment, and celebrated the end of our unit by wearing blue and sampling some “river” related food.

Our objectives were to:
•  explain how Rivers help people trade with each other
•  refer to a map and describe the locations of the Rhine, Danube, Volga, and Niger Rivers
•  understand the meaning of the following domain-specific vocabulary: toll, manufactured good, network, and canal

IMG_2830Social Studies with Ms. Laura: We learned about Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with its many traditions.   We heard the story of Prince Siddhartha, who grew up and became Buddha.  We explored images of Buddha on the internet and drew our own images.

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This week in our Animal Classification domain we learned about bird’s wings and feathers.  We examine feathers from several different types of birds and we looked at Edgar to examine a bird’s skeleton.  We continued our science experiment and looked at pollution impact on in amphibians and reptiles after an extended amount of time.

Pollution experiment, day 4

Pollution experiment, day 4

Our objectives this week were to:

•  observe and describe basic characteristics of an animal
•  identify fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds as groups of vertebrates
•  identify basic characteristics of birds
•  classify particular animals as birds
•  compare and contrast two groups of vertebrates

English Word Work

We took our spelling test on Thursday. Nice job everyone for being ready to take it a day early!   In grammar this week we worked on linking verbs.

Sharing vacation time

Sharing vacation time

2/3 Week 5 News

Literatura

img_0891.jpgimg_0904.jpgThis week we read Rugby and Rosy. Our objectives were:

  • understand what auxiliary verbs are
  • use comprehension strategies such as making connections, visualizing, and Self-questions to construct meaning from the story during our first read
  • use comprehension skill cause and effect as we read the story the second time

Matemáticas

This week we finished our second chapter and started chapter 3 Addition up to 10,000. Our objectives:

  • Add greater numbers without regrouping
  • Add greater numbers with regrouping hundreds

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Social studies with Ms. Marci.
This week we in our World Rivers unit we talked about how wildlife is supported on rivers and how rapids and waterfalls affect river travel. We also began a gathering information on all the rivers that we have learned about in this unit in preparation for our unit test next week.

Our objectives were to:

•  explain how rivers provide good habitats for wildlife
•  refer to a map and describe locations and major features of the Amazon, Orinoco, Mackenzie Rivers, Iguaçu, Paraná, Congo, and Yukon Rivers.
•  explain how waterfalls make River navigation difficult
•  describe ways that boats can travel on rivers with waterfalls
•  understand the meaning of the following domain-specific vocabulary: piranha, humid, waterfall, Arctic Ocean, Northern Hemisphere, migrate, landlocked and rapids

IMG_2812Social Studies with Ms. Laura:

We began our study of Ancient India by learning about the Indus River valley and the people who lived there.  We made jewelry and dressed up! We were introduced to Hinduism, learning about its origins and some of its gods.  We even practiced some yoga.

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This week in our Animal Classification domain we learned more about the group of amphibians and read up on reptiles, on Friday we began an interesting experiment comparing the skin of amphibians to that of reptiles.

Our objectives this week were to:

 

Amphibians and Reptiles pollution experiment

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•  identify characteristics of amphibians
•  compare and contrast fish  and amphibians
•  identify basic characteristics of reptiles
•  classify particular animals as reptiles
•  compare and contrast two groups of vertebrates

How long are anacondas?

How long are anacondas?

 

English Word Work

We took our spelling test on Friday. Everyone is working hard and the test reflect this!   In grammar this week we worked on auxiliary verbs/ helping verbs.

2/3 Week 4 News

 

Literatura

This week we read La casa del árbol. Our objectives were:

  • understand what verbs are
  • use comprehension strategies such as making connections, visualizing, and self-questioning to construct meaning from the story during our first read
  • use comprehension skill compare and contrast as we read the story the second time

Matemáticas

This week we continued working with mental math and estimation. Our objectives were:

  • Use different strategies to add 2-digit numbers close to 100 mentally
  • Round numbers to estimate sums and difference
  • Use front-end estimation to estimate sums and differences

History & Geography

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This week we in our World Rivers unit we considered a river viewed from above and dangers and navigation of rivers. Some of our big questions were the difference between the source and the mouth of a river, as well as what dangers boats face on rivers. Together as a group we began filling in a chart on interesting facts about World Rivers.

Our objectives were to:

•  describe the mouth and the source of a river
•  refer to a map and identify the location of the Murray River
•  list at least two ways people use the Murray River
•  describe the dangers on the Mississippi River and the Ob River
•  locate the Mississippi River and the Ob River on a map
•  understand the meaning of the following vocabulary and phrase: drainage basin, orchard, vineyard, pasture, sandbar, current, tributary, swamp, wasteland, and “river pilot”

IMG_2802Social studies with Ms. Laura
This week we completed our study of The Geography Of The Americas by learning about the seven more countries in South America.  We reviewed our unit by talking about North America, Central America, The West Indies and South America.  We had our assessment and worked together on a project about elevation, plotting the heights of cities close by, capitals of many of the countries studied in this unit and three mountain ranges:  The Appalachians, The Rockies and The Andes.  We enjoyed an ‘end of unit’ celebration!

Science

Demonstrating how gills work for fish.

Demonstrating how gills work for fish.

This week in our Animal Classification domain we learned about two groups of animals, amphibians and fish. Students worked on different classification charts in order to better understand how each group of animals has unique characteristics.  We also finished our animal shape poems. 20170926_134239_resized

Our objectives this week were to:

•  explain that scientists classify animals in order to study them and show relationships
•  identify basic characteristics of fish and amphibians
•  classify  particular animals as fish

H2O molecule model

   H2O molecule model

•  classify particular animals as amphibians
•  compare and contrast two groups of vertebrates

English Word Work

Thanks for attending curriculum night everyone!

Thanks for attending curriculum night everyone!

We took our spelling test on Friday. Everyone did great!  We had quite a few perfect scores.  A couple of students wrote stories with their spelling sorts for homework this week, I was quite impressed with the creativity these spelling words could inspire! In grammar we worked on verbs; present, past, future tense.  On Mondays the class will have the opportunity to go to our school library. They do not have to check out a new book each week.  I’m encouraging students to check out chapter books that they can take home and read for a while. I’m reminding Students to try to find a special place to put their book in order to keep track of them over the weeks that they have the book checked out.

Specialists

Character Education: I so enjoyed having the students bring in one of their “favorite things” over the past few weeks! It’s such a fun “get to know you” activity. This took a bit more time than anticipated, so we are finishing up our theme on Manners next week and then will move on to our next theme: Friendship, Cooperation, and Teamwork. In K-3rd grades, we will be reading some great books including The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, and Amos and Boris by William Steig. Our poem will be a seasonal one, called Something Called the Wild Geese by Rachel Lyman Field. Be sure to check the bulletin board to see more books, as well as the poem, song, and quote we’ll focus on for the next several weeks.

IMG_1706Art: The 2nd and 3rd graders started the school year with some fabulous sunflower paintings which we’ve all enjoyed on the bulletin board!

Next we learned about Ancient Roman mosaics, which are pictures made of glass or stone tesserae (tiles). The students learned that mosaics were most often used on floors and walls of ancient Roman buildings and homes.

After choosing a simple animal shape (fish, turtle, lizard), the students used magazine pages to cut out paper “tiles” to fill in the shapes. Then they made a background of somewhat contrasting colors. Lastly, they made a mosaic border. Some of these mosaic animals are camouflaged in their settings, but they’re all very creative! Check them out on the bulletin board at school!

We also had time to start on an Australian Aboriginal Dot painting, using q-tips as our painting tools. The students are using the same animal shape as their mosaic, so we will be able to compare and contrast these different art techniques.

 

October Music with Ms. Erin
In September the Second and Third Grade class learned about Quarter, Half, and Whole notes, the American composer John Philip Sousa, Marches and how to march to a beat, 4/4 time signature, played fast and slow rhythms on the drums, learned the meaning of verse and refrain, sang Solfeggio, played the C Major scale on the electric piano, and sang the following songs:
– I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
– Li’l Liza Jane
– Clementine
– Good Bye Old Paint
– Alouette
For October we will be focusing on:
 
 – Reading treble clef notation
 – Time signatures 3/4 and 2/4
 – Clapping, drumming, and reading eighth notes
 – Singing a ’round’
 – Recognizing brass instruments in a symphony orchestra by listening to Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’ and Mozart’s Horn Concertos

 

2/3 Week 3 News

Literatura

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Journal writing!

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Using dictionaries to define our spelling!

This week we read Niña ángel, niña dragón. Our objectives were:

  • understand what pronouns are
  • use comprehension strategies such as self-questioning, visualizing, and Summarizing to construct meaning from the story during the first week
  • use comprehension skill Cause and Effect as we read the story the second time

Matemáticas

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Playing mental math games!

This week we finished our first math chapter and began our second Mental Math and Estimation. Our objectives were:

  • add 2-digit numbers mentally with or without regrouping
  • subtract 2-digit numbers mentally with or without regrouping

History & Geography

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This week we in our unit on geography we began looking at world rivers.  Students each have a copy of the World Rivers Student Reader and are reading chapters together and on their own.  Each person also spent some time researching and gathering information to add to our “living” map including rivers, animals, and other significant landforms.

New readers!

New readers!

Rivers.

Rivers

Our objectives were to:

•  understand how to use and construct maps, globes, and other geographic tools to locate and derive information about people, places, and environments
•  locate  and label the four oceans and seven continents on a map
•  measure straight line distances on a map using a map scale.
•  use the maps in the atlas of the Student Reader to find geographic information
•  describe two ways that Rivers bring life to farms and cities
•  compare the Nile River and the Yellow River
•  understand the meaning of: river, riverbank, source, irrigation, silt, and flow

IMG_2788Social Studies with Ms. Laura

We studied The West Indies (The Caribbean), locating many islands and talking about some characteristics and history of the area.  We learned about some countries in South America (Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Science

This week in our Animal Classification domain we finished looking at of warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals and read a chapter on vertebrate animals .We also worked on our animal shape poem.

Our objectives this week were to:

•  classify particular animals as cold-blooded or warm-blooded
•  interpret information about animal characteristics and their classifications from diagrams, charts, graphs, and graphic organizers
•  classify and organize the characteristics of five groups of vertebrates

English Word Work

We took our second spelling test on Friday. Overall the class did very well on their first spelling test. Almost everyone turned in their homework on time too! Good work to all those that did. We have an added flashcards to the weekly activities ,  these are worth 10 points.  In grammar this week we worked on pronouns, singular, plural, subject, and object.