Friday, March 23, 2018

Fun with Farmer Leila!

Superkids Day 2018!

Students had a blast today on SUPERKIDS DAY! Centers included: dramatic play with superkids figures, acting out scenes from Superkids Stories, Sal's soccer game with memory words, a superkids matching game, pattern word board games, Ettabetta's  puzzles, Doc's building, etc.

Monday, March 19, 2018


Just a reminder that this Friday is SUPERKIDS DAY! If your child should want to dress up as one of the Superkids, please send him/her to school in costume! We will have a fun day filled with creative Superkid-themed centers, which include: learning activities, art projects and games. I am thrilled to celebrate all the hard work and commitment your child had given to his/her reading this year! Thank you for all your support at home. If you have any questions about this day, please feel free to email me!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Almost Spring!

Hello Families! Can you believe it is almost Spring?! Let's hope the weather cooperates, although it may be that we have to get through tomorrow's storm before we switch gears! Students are doing some great learning in the classroom and have really been enjoying some of Farmer Leila's garden lessons. We are growing potato roots and germinating beans! Here's a peek at our learning for this week:


We will start looking at y and the two sounds y makes at the end of a word (long /e/, long /i/ and the /ay/ ending. Our new memory words are: down, too, work, many, first. Students are going to be getting some extra practice with memory words and pattern word spelling in the classroom. There are many words we are learning and patterns, so feel free to practice writing them at home or review as their Superkids workbooks come home.


Students are starting their realistic fiction writing this week. They spent last week planning their characters, setting, problem and solution and story events. Students will work on their leads, sketch across pages and then start to write. 


We will be wrapping up unit 8 of math this week. Students are working on learning time to the hour and half hour and 1/4ths. We will be doing some review of 2-D and 3-D shapes as well before our assessment. In our next unit students will be going back to place value and looking at it in a more conceptual way.


-The Irish Step Dancers have been rescheduled to March 15th. It should be a fun assesmbly!
-Superkids Day is March 23rd! Send your child dressed as his/her favorite Superkid!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dancing Beans

This week students will be involved in some really fun activities! We will have Farmer Leila visit on Wednesday morning to teach us more about plants. Students are germinating beans in the classroom and watering them daily. On Thursday morning we will have a fun assembly, where students will watching Irish step dancers from the McDuffy school of dance. This is one of my favorite assemblies every year! Just as a reminder, Friday is no school for students. Here is a look at the rest of our week:


We have wrapped up the last unit of Adventures of Superkids and students will be taking an end of unit assessment this week. It is long so we will be breaking it up over the course of the week in blocks. Students learned about suffixes: -ed, -er, -es, -ing, and -est and the pattern word rules when adding them to the end of a word. Students also practiced identifying the base word. We have been looking at contractions and compound words as well. Next unit, students will look at /y/ and /ay/ endings.


In math this week we will be working on 3-D shapes and halves. Students will begin to look at parts of a shape and equal haves. Students have been experimenting with making both 2-D and 3-D shapes with other 2- and 3-D shapes. Next week we will start to look at 1/4th's and time.


Students continue to work on their realistic fiction stories. Students developed their characters last week and their setting. This week we will be writing the problem, solution and sketching across the pages to show the parts of our story: First, next, then, last.


Superkids Day: March 23rd! Dress your child as his/her favorite Superkid!

Wish List:

-table wipes
-extra snack
-dry erase markers

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 23rd: Superkids Day

Keep your eyes peeled for info coming home with your child about SUPERKIDS DAY. It will be Friday, March 23rd!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"Shaping" Up: Geometry

Welcome back! I hope you had a chance to spend some time with your child over the last week. The students seemed to come  back well rested and refocused. I think the slow shift in warmer weather should help! Here's a look at this week's learning:


This unit students are learning about compound words including the ones that follow the rules: are+not=aren't, do+not=don't..., and "trickers": will+not=won't, can+not=can't...   Students will also be working on compound words such as: rain+bow=rainbow, butter+fly=butterfly, mail+box=mailbox. Some reading groups have been shifted slightly but most students remain in their same reading groups. Keep up all the great reading at home!


Students have started their realistic fiction writing. We are working on interior and exterior character traits, setting, problem/solution and story events. There is a focus on story elements and then the students will be putting the pieces together to write their story. They are doing a great job developing some very interesting characters right now!


Students have started geometry. We are looking at 2-D and 3-D shapes and their attributes. Students are learning vocabulary like: side, vertex/vertices (for 2-D shapes), and corner, edge, face (for 3-D shapes). Students will start to learn about halves and equal parts toward the end of the week and into the following week.