What a busy 4-day week we've had! We have successfully finished chapter 3 in our math series with properties of multiplication. A test was given online this Friday and I'm proud to report that EVERYONE (that was present, that is) has successfully completed this with high marks! You can always login to my website here and ask your child for their GoMath! login and password and click on "My Test Scores." Chapter 3 Test - Form A is the one you will click on to see their scores. Next week, we will begin chapter 4 with Multiplication Facts and Strategies.
In reading, we moved the comprehension test and spelling test to Friday since there was no school Wednesday. Next week, we will go backwards one story to read Tops and Bottoms. This is a fable about a lazy bear and some clever rabbits that take over his property in a sneaky business proposition. We will be discussing Author's Purpose. We teach it like this: Author's Purpose is as easy as P.I.E. P=Persuade I=Inform E=Entertain. Authors mainly use these three choices when they choose to write something. Plural possessive nouns will be the grammar skill. Example: The dogs' owners were very caring.
The pioneer unit came to a close today. This three-week simulation has been a lot of fun and hopefully a memory that they can reflect back on for years to come. Lots of excitement and unfortunate fates have happened along the trail. Did your child's wagon train make it safely to Oregon, or did they get trapped in the snowy mountains? Be sure to have your child share what their ultimate fate was when they get home today!
Thanks for all you do,
*Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 7:30 PM
*Thursday, Oct. 31 - Halloween party in the room at 1:45 - 2:45. No parents are allowed in the building before or after the party. Parade will start at 2:45. You may pick up your child from my classroom at the end of the day, but there MUST be a sign-out sheet that you fill out prior to this. This is the safest way to monitor this hectic afternoon.
*Friday, Nov. 1 - NO SCHOOL
*Monday, Nov. 4 - Field trip to Old Prairie Town - Topeka - 12:00 - 2:00 Sack lunches in the classroom prior to loading the bus
Yes, you heard it right. Tigers finished strong to end the first quarter of school. I'm pleased to announce that the last reading comprehension test had a class average of 92%. That is a great way to finish the quarter! Mr. Crawford was so proud of their academic effort, he provided pizza for the class!
In math, the students have been working on understanding the meaning of multiplication in chapter 3 of our new math series. They are grasping this concept quite well. They finished up the week with problem-solving skills. When reading word problems, I personally like to teach the Jeff West problem solving process titled "CATS."
C=Can I find the problem? This is where they underline the actual question in the story problem.
A=And all the important facts - This is where they find the numbers they will use in order to solve the problem.
T=Tell the strategy - This is where they decide which operation they want to use or whether or not they want to make pictures or use various manipulatives to visualize the problem.
S=Solve and label the problem - Just like it says.
Social studies has been a continuation of learning about pioneer life on the trail. We will be focusing on how to read timelines in the upcoming days from our social studies book. Students have been greatly enjoying this simulation on pioneers. Some have had some very unfortunate fates happen to them. Be sure to ask your child if they have been bitten by a rattlesnake, stung by a scorpion, or had their wagon washed away in a river!
*Parent/Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, Oct. 23 12:30 - 7:30 PM - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, Oct. 29 3:30 - 7:30 PM
*Halloween Party: Thursday, Oct. 31 prior to the parade. Check the bulletin for parade times!
*Field Trip to Old Prairie Town - Monday, November 4 - 12:00 - 2:00
Thanks for all you do,
Happy Fall, Y'all!
As the temperature drops outside, the excitement raises inside! Students have finished chapter 2 in math with a successful test over data and graphs today. As a whole, the class has performed much better this go-round than the chapter one test. I commend them for their attitude and effort on this. All students earned 5% better than what their online test score showed, due to a random glitch on one of the questions that appeared on a few computer screens. I gave all the benefit of the doubt and accounted for this for everyone.
Reading has been spent focusing on problems and how to solve them in Unit 2. This week's story was titled A Day's Work. Next week, we begin with the story Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It. It is about a girl who has serious problems with hoarding and organizational skills. I'm sure a few students in our room could gain a few helpful tips from this girl, even though it is a rather unrealistic story!
Social Studies has been a time of rounding up the wagons and heading west on a simulation titled "Pioneers!" Students are grouped together in separate wagon trains and are faced with challenges and situations in which group and individual problem solving take place. Diary entries are written, which will be eventually published as a blog for you to comment on. Look for those next week!
Thanks for all you do,
Mr. Mayer and
*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES 10/23 AND 10/29. REMEMBER THE TIME YOU SIGNED UP FOR!
*FIELD TRIP TO OLD PRAIRIE TOWN 11/4 12:00-2:00 PM - Be sure to look for the yellow permission slip and return it with $3 by Friday, October 18. They need head counts by that day at Old Prairie Town.
Well, we all survived Science Day this year! I feel all went pretty much as planned and the students were definitely excited about it. I'm sure lots of memories were made. Lots of hard work from volunteers and staff went into make this a success. Thank you for helping in one form or another!
We finished up our penguin research and most have made a podcast. These podcasts will be published on their websites some time next week...if all goes well.
Social studies next week will be spent learning about timelines and pioneers. The students will be participating in a pioneer simulation where groups of students will be placed in "wagon trains" and take on a fictional identity of a person who actually traveled west from Independence, Missouri. Challenges, problem solving, and diary entry writing will be used in this exciting journey to Oregon! Tough luck, sunken wagons, and dying animals might happen along side lush green valleys and hope of a better life! Students' choices will be the deciding factor in this challenging and engaging simulation!
*****Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 23rd from 12:30-7:30 PM and the following Tuesday, October 29th from 3:30-7:30 PM.***
If Wednesday's time doesn't work for you, mark down a time on the yellow sheet on the following Tuesday and I'll see what I can do to fit you in. This is the first time the conference calendar was written this way, so if it doesn't work too well for you, be sure to let me know.
Halloween Room Party Helpers that have signed up, Oct. 31:
Treats: Janet Grey
Drinks (juice boxes only, please): Donna Wells
Napkins and Plates: Amy Fleischer
Treat Bags: Jen Mattox
Thank you for all you do,