Newsletter 16 – 12/21/14

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We saw Shrek. We talked about theme and what the the theme of Shrek was. We came to way more than one theme theory.

We also had the Variety of Talent Show on Wednesday and parents and family came and we all had a great time. We are all so proud of all the brave performers in all the classes. There was a violin song at the beginning and then at the end we had Jazz Band sing “Hotel California” and everything else was AMAZING! We would also love to thank Ms. Sadie, for a wonderful year! She has been so kind, and we will miss her SO MUCH! We wish you luck in the wilds of college! You’re wonderful Ms. Sadie!!

This week in our read aloud we had a classwide debate. We have been reading Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos. In the book, Joey, an excitable and energetic spirit, is working on a project involving his teacher’s scissors (which he’s taken without asking), when the rule-enforcer and class leader Maria walks in front of Joey. With the scissors wide open, he snips off the tip of her nose! We’ve been debating whether or not Maria’s nose getting cut off was her fault or not.

Math Workshop

In Ms. Kandi’s group we began the week with a game called Dozens of Eggs.  This game built on the fraction combining activities from last week.  We then used an analog clock as another model for fractions.  The concepts and activities in this session served to increase students’ comfort with the clock face, as well as with fractions.

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been been working on exact triangle stars with Ms. Pam’s math group. We have also been working on nets. Nets are a thing when you have a two dimensions and then put them into three dimensions. Over the break, students will have homework to practice their area formula skills. You can find a pdf of the homework here. We are having homework because ms. Kalei assigned it for practice on the break to remember.

This week in Mr. Jim’s group we did an assessment on division.We cleaned out our folders in prep for the break. We checked our GIANT 8 PAGE PACKET and then turned it along with all of our other pages from our folders.

This week in Ms. Pam’s group we have been working with Ms. Kalei’s group to make perfectly even stars with protractors, and shape garlands with 3-D webs. We are very happy to be spending some time with them!

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we continued reading History Of Us. We read a chapter about tribes and did a project about the Inuit. It included their religion,food and homes. Later we did a lesson on what inventions tribes made that we use today. Including rubber balls, detergents, disability rights,domesticated animals,bridges,bunk beds etc. It’s fun learning about history that way!

Writers Workshop

In  writers this week we  went over body paragraphs and introductory paragraphs for our buy local or none buy local. today Friday we are going to learn how to write a concluding paragraph.

Readers Workshop

This week we finished our book clubs. This was our last round of book clubs in our Realistic Fiction unit.For the activity we made cool bumper stickers. They showed the theme that we thought was in our books. Many people did things like never give up or follow your heart. This week we continued to read Joey Pigza. What happened was that Joey was trying to make bumper stickers, to try and change the world. So he was running down the aisle with sharp scissors and he accidently cut the tip of Maria’s nose off with the scissors. We all no know not to run with scissors. EVER!

Performing Arts

We practiced “Going West” and we are trying to memorize the wonderful songs that some of the 6/7/8 kids have done. We are also working on getting the dance moves for one of the songs, Load up the Prairie Schooner. Ask your child to do the hand motion for it!

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have been doing task! Task is a thing that you do if you have the amazing Ms. Sara as a teacher, what you do as you write down two things that are weird or cool or whatever, you put it in a basket and you shake it and draw from the basket, then you have to do that task in a creative way, and sometimes you will draw your own!

Book Buddies

In book buddies we did not have anything to discuss this time. We are still working on helping our book buddies that cannot read sound out words. That is something we will be working on the whole year.  In the variety show we got to see our K-1 book buddies sing a song from their play: Where The Sidewalk Ends.

Morning Meeting

Good morning we are doing one similar game and it is were we all start out a baby werewolf then we play rock paper scissor and then if you win you turn into a robot and the person that lost stays what they are and then after robot  and then there are some other things and these are zombie and happy cloud. This week we did the big mouth greeting  this is how we did  it you opened your mouth and said good morning ___________(some ones name).

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Newsletter 15 – 12/12/14

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We have worked very hard on our Music, Visual art and Writing identity projects. On Thursday we had our WAM (writing, art, music) celebration, where our parents and 2/3/4 friends came to listen, read and look at with us. In case you don’t know, in our identity project we made a GarageBand Soundtrack Of Me, in music we made an art piece inspired by artist River Hunt, and in writers we made an essay that tried to sum up our identity. If you didn’t make it, you will get to see the work of your child at the MAW (at the end of the year.)

On Thursday next week we are going to see Shrek, and on Wednesday, we will have the annual TPS Variety Show.

Morning Meeting

Hello we are doing some new games that all relate  to each other. We didc harades and we had to work  together  and try to figure out what the person is doing and when they figure it out it they get a new card and new people can act it out.  The new greeting that we learned   the snail greeting and Ms. Kalei and Mr. Jim are having a battle for what is the best snail greeting.

Book Buddies

In book buddies we are still helping them sound out words. That is something that we will be working on all year. This time we did not have anything to talk about. Our book buddies have just right books that, our book buddies that cannot read very well yet, can read! It is very exciting and makes us proud to see them read all by them self!

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on our new unit, geometry. For geometry, we have been working with angles, like acute angles, straight angles, zero angles, right angles, and obtuse angles.We have also been working on parallelograms and comparing them to each other like a square, a rectangle, and a rhombus are all parallelograms. This week we connected three mathematical ideas 1) The area of a parallelogram is base x height. 2) Any triangle is half of a parallelogram. 3) The area of a triangle is 1/2 base x height. Students have a homework assignment that asks them to calculate area and perimeter in different figures. 

This week in Mr. Jim’s math group we did some meteor math bingo. We also are working on our GIANT 8 PAGE PACKET. Good news more people are finishing their 1 through 10 multiplication facts. We did a long division sheet also a clock and ruler fractions.

In Ms. Pam’s math group, we have been doing more work with decimals, fractions, and percentages. Also lots of fix and finish, and project work. Many of us are close to finishing them! We are also enjoying the time Ms. Caitlin has been spending with us.

This week in Ms. Kandi’s group we began by generating a list of things that come in groups of 12 and students were introduced to the 12-egg carton as a model for representing fractions as parts of a whole and parts of a set.  Then students used the egg cartons to model different unit fractions (e.g., 1/2, 1/3, etc.) and reviewed the terms numerator and denominator.  Next, students determined the fractions of a dozen represented by different numbers of eggs.  For example, when asked to fill in their carton with 3 tiles they had to use their string to make partitions to help them determine what fraction of a dozen the tiles represented.  In doing so, they explored the concept of equivalent fractions (e.g. 3/12 = 1/4).  At the end of the week students used egg carton models to explore adding fractions.

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we read some of the book “History of Us”. The person who wrote the book believes that learning about history is learning about you! Ms.Kalei has been reading it to us. The author teaches history in a whole new way! We also wrote paragraph about what we think about history. As we move into as study about Native people, we are reading A History of Us by Joy Hakim. This is an eleven volume series, but we will just read sections of The First Americans. The series relies heavily on primary documents and telling the stories of those we don’t often hear from/about. This text will be used as foundation for later work we do. 

 

Readers Workshop

In Readers workshop this week we studied inferences we can make about a character based on how they handle a problem. Students worked on a graphic organizer that compared a character’s literal response to a problem and what that says about their character. Students also used The Arrival by Shaun Tan as a mentor text in discovering or thinking about how/why we know a character is experiencing empathy. In book clubs, we did an activity where we chose a quote in our book where one character had empathy for another. Then other people would write their comments about why they thought this was empathy. This week when we read Joey Pigza we found that scissors are very dangerous. Joey was running with scissors and by accident he cut off, with the scissors,the tip of one of his classmates nose!YUCK

Writers Workshop

This week in writers  we interviewed Justin the owner of the Chocolate Moose about economics. We also did  simulation of the buy local process and if you buy at a big box store nothing goes into the community but if you buy local you can give money to the community. We had Allison (owner of AZ Vintage and member of Local First – Bloomington) come in and talk with us. Students are generating arguments for whether or not it is important to buy local. As we write these first persuasive essays, we are thinking about how to form body paragraphs, introductory paragraphs, etc. 

Performing Arts

In performing arts, we have been working very hard on “Going West” so you might have heard your child humming the songs from the play. We also have wrapped up our identity project. It was stressful at times but it all worked out in the end. Everyone is wondering what we will do next for our Performing Arts classtimes!

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have finished our identity projects! Also we are probably going to start our set design.

Newsletter 14 – 12/7/14

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Thursday we did a whole class written conversation (“chalk talk”) for current events using the questions “What current events have you heard of?”; “What issues do you hope we learn about this year?”; “What questions do you have about current events?”; “What are your sources for news?” This morning, students looked for themes that emerged in those conversations by rereading the chart paper. The three themes that they identified were the events Ferguson, Ebola, and global warming. Since we have already discussed Ebola and global warming this year and last year, we asked them to complete the statement “I’ve heard___ and I heard it from___” in relation to recent violent events in the U.S.  After students heard from one another, they had the opportunity to write questions. They may come home with these on their mind. As we said when we shared with your our plans for continuing conversations about current events and issues, we are committed to being genuinely responsive to what is on the minds of our students.  Please know that we are fully aware of the multiple viewpoints and want students to feel safe to share, examine, and questions their beliefs.  We plan to follow up based on the questions that were generated by the class. We will keep you informed of next steps as they are developed.

Also, on the 18th, we will be seeing the play of Shrek. The admission is $6.50, so if you have not sent that to school with your child yet, please do. If you can, we would appreciate if you would send in a bit of extra money to pay for a family who cannot afford to pay it themselves.

Morning Meeting

So for a greeting for today we were thinking about what a new greeting will be and so we were thinking about what animal for our greeting and some very  funny things and we might use them for an greeting and that is what we did for the morning.

Book Buddies

In book buddies we did not talk about anything,we just read. We are still working on helping our book buddies that can not read sound out words. Our book buddies have their own just right reading level of books that they can read. It is fun to hear them read a book they can read by themselves,because we are working on helping them sound out words and we are so proud!

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Pam’s Math group we have started doing a very long section on converting fractions, decimals, and fractions into each other.

This week in Mr. Jim’s math group we have been working on adding fractions. We have also been figuring out how to find equivalent fractions. Today we started a small assessment on fractions.We also started a new math practice this week. We also got a packet that is like 8 pages long!

This week in Ms. Kalei’s Group we  in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on adding and subtracting uneven fractions, then we started a unit on geometry. Today, on friday, we took our pre-assessment for geometry. there was a shape that we had to explain all of the meanings for the shape.

This week in Ms. Kandi’s group we began a new unit on Fractions and Division.  You should have received a family letter explaining this unit in more detail.  Students began by exploring and recording various ways to divide the square geoboard into halves.  While testing the pairs of halves to prove that they were indeed of equal size, students also explored area, congruency, and symmetry.  Students also completed a pre assessment  to demonstrate their current understandings of fractions, division, and remainders. At the end of the week, students explored how to divide foot-long strips into halves, fourths, thirds, sixths, and twelfhs .  They used these strips to compare fractions, explore equivalent fractions, and add fractions informally.

Readers Workshop

This week we started a new book club round. All the book club books are the same as last round except for the two new books “Joey Pigza swallowed the key”, and “Just Juice”. All the book club groups meet on Friday. Today we did an activity where we compared ourselves to the character in our book. Then if we had time we were supposed to do a visual representation of our reading. Some groups did not get to that part of the activity. A lot of kids had to take their books home. So that would give them extra reading minutes. We can’t wait for our next book club meeting. Readers spent time this week finding the mood of the setting, citing evidence of this, and also comparing that to the character’s attitude toward the setting.

Writers Workshop

In writers this week we  are working on our persuasive essay.  we have also been working on our buy  local in p3  and persuasive essays.The teaching points for this week are. Writers summarize information from  many sources. Students have received several resources to read, summarize, and take notes on that relate to the buy local/buy big box/buy online movements. They are comparing information to the “pro” and “con” of buying local.

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we started economics. We’ve been researching the buy local movement. We also did a chalk talk about issues the next day we talked about the thing that came up most. We had deep thoughts. The thing that came up most about white police shooting people with dark skin.It was a tense topic but we had a proceduer to make sure most people weren’t in their danger zone.

Visual Arts

This week we got are art to remember, and we are finishing up our identity projects.we are going to start set design “GOING WEST!” So make sure to ask your child how their Visual Arts went that day.

Performing Arts

Mr. Chris gave us a little reflection form asking us about how we felt about our identity pieces and he asked us about the tune of our main piece in the music. After we finished the reflection form we rehearsed our songs of “Going West”, and learned the dance moves to the songs.

Snack Schedule

We are all out of snack in 4/5. Here is the snack schedule.

Week of 12/8 – Last names that begin with R-W
Week of 12/15 – Last names that begin with A-H
Week of 1/5 – Last names that begin with I-L
Week of 1/12 – Last names that begin with M-P