Newsletter 8 – 9/30/13

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This week we talked about our BRADFORD WOODS trip! The trip will be on october 16 (Wednesday) and we will come back that Friday.This week we also had our makeup pictures. Fall Break is also starting at the end of the week. That about sums it up.

Writers 

In writers workshop, we ended our memoir unit with our publishing party. Families joined us in the room. We also started our new unit – non-fiction comics!

Readers 

In readers workshop, we are working on our nonfiction text sets. Students are learning about note-taking strategies. 

Math

We are working with centimeters in math so i hope you are ready for more hard work on the new centimeter unit. Get prepared for it.

P3

We had so much work around climate change this week! We first reviewed nonrenewable and renewable resources. Kids are learning about coal, oil, other fossil fuel products, wind, solar, and hydropower energy.  We had two guest speakers, Mr. Daniel and Mr. Jim (a different one than in our class!) come speak on how BPS is working toward using renewable energy to power our building. Students are thinking about realistic impact they can have on environmental sustainability. 

 

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Newsletter 7 – 9/22/13

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Hello! This week we had a readers celebration but I’ll let you go to the readers section for that. On Thursday we were supposed to  have picture day, but we got visited by a little rain. Guess what I got dressed up for nothing and other people probably feel the same way! Some more exciting news has stirred up, The Weekly Scoop is about to start two new things:

  1. Taking student interviews.
  2. We are taking student suggestions on stuff to put in the blog(birthdays,shout outs,etc.).

We would love it if you post some comments especially on the joke/riddle. We are going to post the answers in next weeks blog.    Riddle: What gets wetter and wetter the more it drys?

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Math Workshop

In math we are learning about multiplication. We are also doing work with arrays, and we will start some area and perimeter work soon. So I hope you are excited for what we are doing next! And be ready for home work.

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Readers Workshop

In readers workshop we have just ended our unit on character. At our celebration on Wednesday, characters mix and mingled together, asking questions of one another. We are moving onto nonfiction text sets. We’ll have a close study of one kind of non-fiction in this mini-unit. 

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Writers Workshop

As writers, we are focusing on our FINAL EDIT stage of memoir. Students worked through an editing checklist to fine-tune their small moment stories. Our celebration will be tomorrow, Monday, September 23rd in the afternoon. 

P3

In P3 we are thinking about the origins of climate change. Last week we began a jigsaw process of elements related to ozone and climate change. Students did small group presentations on topics to teach the rest of the class. We learned about the carbon cycle and how carbon dioxide is processed through our atmosphere, plants, and animals. 

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Newsletter 6 – 9/15/13

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NWEA. On Wednesday we finished all our NWEA tests. First we did reading then then language arts and lastly math. We also finished our read aloud The One And Only Ivan.

 

This week we are only going to do 2 jokes. awww…1) What’s a cow favorite moosical note?2) Knock knock/Whos there?/Dwayne/Dwayne who?/Dwayne the bathtub i’m dwowning

F.Y.I you can post comments on what you think the answer is and you will figure it out next week.

Writers Workshop 

In writers workshop this past week we were working on picking a small moment to craft into a final memoir piece. Students are working hard to make sure their piece has an interesting lead, has a life message at the end, and demonstrates something important to them. We will have our publishing party next week, details forthcoming.

Readers Workshop 

In readers workshop, we are also finishing up a unit on character study. Mr. Jim’s comics have helped us gain an understanding of how to make an inference about a character. Each workshop time has ended with a set of partner questions, often these questions involve linking thinking to the text. This week, we will have a celebration of our characters. 

Math Workshop

In math groups, students are nearing the end of their first units. All groups are working on factors, multiples, and easy division. Mr. Bryan’s math group has been specifically working on the times table, learning how to use it in a speedy way!

P3 

In P3 we are learning about climate change. Last week, students collected data on “greenhouses,” using different variables – plastic bags, construction paper, open air, sunlight. They measured whether there was a change in temperature and then spent Friday’s P3 time discussing the results. The jar that had black construction paper, was in direct sunlight, and had a plastic bag around it had the largest temperature change, demonstrating the same impact as the greenhouse effect. We’ll be moving onto mass and melting this week.ImageImageImage

Newsletter 5 – 9/9/13

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Labor Day! I don’t know about you but I loved my three day weekend it was a nice break from the rest of the week. nothing big right now is going on for 4/5 but just in F.Y.I fall break starts at the end of this month. Yeah!

The jokes for this week are: 1.)How do you make an egg-roll? 2.)What did baby cor say to mama corn? 3.)What do you call a cow without legs?

Note To Parents: On Oct.6 at Bryan Park there is something called the Buddy Walk where kids with Down Syndrome walk to help support people with this syndrome.

Book Buddies

We had our first round of book buddies on Friday. 4/5 students are paired with a student in the K/1 room and spend 10-20 minutes once a week reading just-right books. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to serve as reading mentors to K/1. We are so excited about this opportunity. 

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Readers

In readers workshop, we are building our stamina in power spots now. We are continuing our work with characters. 

Writers

In writers workshop, we are focusing on our memoirs. We were in the prewriting stage and we have now moved onto our drafting and idea development stage. This upcoming week, we will be working on developing a “seed” idea. Students have generated ideas on a range of topics – vacations, discoveries, “firsts,” special holidays, family memories, and “OUCH!” stories. 

Math

We are continuing math in our just right math groups. This past week Ms. Kalei & Mr. Jim’s groups worked on learning about factors and prime/composite numbers. 

 

Newsletter 4 – 9/1/13

Teacher comments are in italics. Thanks again to our student bloggers! 

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Field Day! Field Day! Field Day!  Field Day was awesome! Personally I loved CTF(capture the flag) and hiking. scratch was very popular. I also loved seeing all my friends from 6/7/8.

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BAM – Our first Big Afternoon Meeting occurred on Friday after Field Day. The entire Project School gathered in 3rd street park to engage in a whole-school version of the wave and a few songs. We hope to continue this trend once each month!

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Readers Workshop

Welcome back to the section about readers workshop! Now we have been learning about so many things like mental movies and so many other  things!  Readers have mental movies while there reading their book.  In readers workshop, we are starting our unit on Character Study. Students are reading about characters – so fiction of any genre. Mr. Jim has been drawing cartoons to demonstrate the ‘inner thinking’ that we should all be doing as readers. 

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Writers Workshop

We have been  writers and talking about a story of your life. In memoir writing we have come up with many brainstorming ideas including making maps of places that are special to us, making heart maps, creating small moment lists (friends, family, dreams, objects), and narrowing our focus to seeds we want to develop. 

P3 

We have finished up our P3 committee work and are moving swiftly through presentations. Two committees we learned from were the committee on dismissal procedures & room rescue – During dismissal you have to be in ⅘ you have to sit down at the carpet so you can have a story, you need to wash boles and clean tables during room rescue.

 Word Work

Word work groups will start this upcoming week. We did a sample sort last week to get used to the word work rhythm. Students will have 4 days of word work in class: 1) Write/read/talk about words & definitions 2) Sort the words by familiar patterns 3) Do an application activity (sentences, definitions, etc.) 4) Do a flashcard and/or quizzing activity to make sure the word spellings are correct. Students will find out these assignments on Tuesday, any work they do not complete daily during class can be brought home to finish. 

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