Newsletter 29

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Next week is….. ISTEP TIME! We will be starting the multiple-choice part of ISTEP on Monday.

Also, a new installment on our moving wall, we have two paper TARDISes! (tardi?) Ms. Kalei and Mr. John used them in their demonstration of the effects of time traveling in P3.

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on the order of operations, graphing, percents, and multiple choice questions. We are learning this, and many mor e(like the mean, median, mode, and range) for preparation for ISTEP next week.

This week in Mr. Jim’s group, we got new homework that was elapsed time. We also started a new unit on decimals and changing fractions to decimals. We checked our homework and almost every one turned in their homework!

In Ms. Caitlin’s group, we are starting a whole group project! As you know every Friday we work on projects (usually on the computer) and w are starting a big Scratch program that everyone will work on. Stay tuned for more details!

In Ms. Kandi’s group, students worked in pairs to complete a variety of problems in which they are asked to compare decimal numbers and fractions.  Students expressed their conclusions in the form of inequalities.  Mid-week, students played More or Less, a game played with decimal numbers to the hundredths place.  Before they started the game, drew and compared pairs of decimal numbers.  At the end of the week students represented the value of the dollar and each coin in the U.S. currency system in decimal and fractional notation.  In doing so, they continued to make connections between decimals, money, and fractions.

Readers Workshop

This week we continued to work on author’s purpose so our fiction books may be running out of pages. We have all enjoyed the books that we have read. Through out the week we have done multiple work sheets for example. Today we  did a sheet where we had to choose an event, setting, or character in our books and wrote the character’s emotion  when the scene was taking place.This week we haven’t continued to read The Watsons Go To Birmingham. Instead we read part of Harris Burdick story called Just Desert. A boy who was out biking and somehow found himself   in a neighborhood  that seemed like it was dead.There was no leaves on the ground, there was the same amount of junk mail sticking out of the mailboxes, and nobody was there.

Writers Workshop

In writers workshop we learned about plot. Using our new plot chart, we began to plan out stories that involve our fictional character. We worked to identify what the problem would be for our characters.

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P3 Workshop 

This week in P3 we watched Doctor Who because we are studying Indiana history and we are thinking about what it would be like to go back in time and change things that happened from the 1600s to present time. We are working with partners on timelines to help sort events from the past to present. We are talking about #boycottindiana and the new law that was passed. There is a picture of a Tardis and christmas lights hung so we can travel back in time.

Morning Meeting

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have been doing our styrofoam disc patterns. We put a in- printed animal on a disc that we cut off, then we take washable markers and color each part of a disc a different color. After that we cut out a piece of paper in a circle only slightly bigger than the disc, we put the paper circle in water, then when it’s all wet we take it and put it on the disc, we press down until the paper is colored enough. Then the best part… We take it off then now you have you newly colored piece of marker art work.

Performing Arts

This week in performing arts we got to go outside! We brought our recorders, our dance moves and ourselves! We split our group and one group danced to Bransle De Champagne while another played the song! We successfully did not break any of the recorders! We did a really fun improv the whole time and everyone got to act out these really fun scenarios!

Book Buddies

This week in book buddies we did something special! Today we made a fiction story based of mystery picture that has no story to it. Our ⅘ brains combined with k/1 brains make a great story!

 

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Newsletter 28 – 4/16/15

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We are trying out a new HUGE circle for morning meeting. Finally everyone is on the same level, instead of having 4 layers of people!

The librarians had an awesome (but painful – those books were heavy) trip to the library. Ms. Kalei checked out 146 books, along with all of the books us librarians checked out on our own cards.

Also, we are having the Esteemed Spring Conferences! If you have not already, please contact Ms. Kalei or Mr. Jim to set up a conference. They are led by students and will show the parents lots of the things their child has been learning, their strengths and goals, and much more. Friday is a day off to accommodate for the 50-something conferences that need to happen!

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on/ finishing up our unit in fractions, decimals, and percents. This week, similar to last week, we have been working on multiplying and dividing fractions. Sadly, we have no friday for school, so we could have a no-school conference day. In math we have been doing our work for filling out a reflection for our spring conference, and we have been finishing up a seven page assesment.

This week in Mr. Jim’s math group we  got our assessments back and saw our score. We also got a lot of new papers we also turned in 1 big packet and then we turned in a 1 page sheet. Spring conferences are coming so we reflected on our mathematician skills.

This week in Ms. Caitlin’s math group we had a very riddley homework: as in, a question about number analogies, guess my number, and a riddle like the perplexors things we are doing. (Ask your kid.)

This week in Ms. Kandi’s group, students used several different units of area measure to determine the area of different regions on the geoboard.  In doing so, they encountered equivalent fractions  and mixed numbers, as well as informal addition, subtraction, and division of fractions.  We also spent time considering the next two base ten pieces to the right of the unit: 0.1 and 0.01.  Students used base ten pieces to represent decimal numbers and identify the value of those numbers as decimals and fractions.

Readers Workshop

This week in reader’s workshop we made short drawings of either the main characters, or the main setting. We came up with a theme that went through the beginning, middle, and end. We also wrote how the drawings we drew connected to our themes.We are working really hard on unwrapping the clues the authors gave us. This week we read a picture book to help us understand the teaching point for this week. The book was called Pop’s Bridge. In Pop’s Bridge a boy admires the bridge his dad is working on. He thinks it’s his fathers bridge but when some of the workers fall into the river he realizes that the bridge is made with teamwork so it’s everyones bridge. So to symbolize the teamwork he cuts a puzzle piece from the puzzle of a bridge so that everyone would have a equal share in the puzzle bridge.

Writers Workshop

In writers this week we wrote scenarios for our fictional characters. It tested what our characters would do in a situation. Like they are stuck in a elevator going lower and lower- what would they do? WE are learning what are characters minds are like. We conferred with many other writers in the class to get their ideas about our writing. We also made some choices for future writing partners. 

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have been working on our plates again. Not much to say about that, but we cut out a styrofoam circle out of a styrofoam plate, whoop whoop! Then draw a picture on a piece of paper, after that trace the outline of the drawing onto the circle, then take the picture off of the newly imprinted animal, then we did then add detail. After we do that, the next step is to come…he he moohaha.

Performing Arts

In performing arts this week we have worked on our recorders and learned a song called “Bransle De Champagne” and then we practiced all to together. It was so much fun to play together that one specific song. One line [Dreams] worked on dancing but the other line [Hopes] didn’t get to because they are a little bit behind because of the day on Friday is the day we have off.

Morning Meeting

We did the barking greeting and it is where you get to bark like your favorite dog!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How are you feeling about your spring conference?
  • What can you tell me about your character?
    • What would your character be doing if they were with us right now?
  • What themes are you noticing in your book?

Newsletter 27 – 4/10/15

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Spring conferences will be starting up soon. Kids are doing spring reflections in preparation. We are working on filling out sheets for the teachers to use as we have these conferences. The conferences are student-led. We sent a note about this home on 4/9.

Math Workshop

In Ms. Caitlin’s Math Group we have been working on projects! 2 members of the group completed their 3rd and 4th projects. Also, Thursday was the Great Ms. Caitlin’s birthday! She has turned the amazing age of 28. Not much new news other than that.

In Mr. Jim’s group we got some new homework about fractions and we revised it on Friday. It was challenging at just the right level. In math practice we work on these really fun multiplication flash cards that take a lot hard work but are entertaining.

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on fractions. In fraction  work we have been doing division with fractions, multiplication with fractions, addition with fractions, and subtraction. We have been learning visual strategies, and the algorithm with dividing fractions. We have also started a new system, including new fix and finish, and math practice.

In Ms. Kandi’s group we began the week by completing a unit assessment to see how we have grown in our understanding of theoretical and experimental probability, as well as our skills at collecting, organizing, and interpreting data.  Mid week we began a new unit on fractions and decimals.  Students created a geoboard figure with an area of 2 square units when each of the small squares had an area of 1 square unit.  We then thought of the entire geoboard as 1 square unit, so that each small square had an area of 1/16.  Students explored the fractional values of various regions on the geoboard and used them as the basis for observations about fractional relationships.

 

Readers Workshop

This week in readers workshop we continued to focus on the author’s purpose. We learned that authors have an agendas(theme). Mr.Jim is teaching us about author’s purpose. We have used picture books to do so examples: Lorax. We read The Lorax and used that as an example to talk about the main idea and possible agenda. Many students generated an idea for author’s purpose around environment or how nature matters. We have done a lot of work with the chapter books we picked at the beginning of the unit.

This week we continued to read the book The Watsons Go To Birmingham. In The Watsons Go To Birmingham they continued to drive to Birmingham so By can stay with Grandma Sands as a punishment. And if he’s good then he could come back to Flint to finish school. But if he’s bad which chances are he will be then he will stay to finish school.

Writers Workshop

In writers this week we read the world.What that means is you think of a specific day and time in some place that you remember the people.Then you write a little story about the characters. When you’re finished with that you pick one character and write a story about them. Students are developing significance in different characters. They’ve spent time writing a handful of short stories. 

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we started a new unit on Indiana. We matched pictures and words for the state rock, beverage, bird, tree, flower and more. If we matched all of the cards we played a memory game. We did a  trivia where we had to say what the match was.

 Performing Arts

We learned a Shakespearean dance that was probably made in the 1600 or the 1500 hundreds. We brought Mr. Jim and Ms. Kalei to watch us dance! We also learned the song we danced to on recorders but the dancing was more successful. A few days before that we sang a song (on behalf of Earth Day!) called “Our Earth, Our Home”. It was really fun to sing about the earth with all of our friends.

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have been working on our animal styrofoam prints. Most people are almost ready to make the dents in the styrofoam. What you do is you draw a number of drafts on paper of your animal, then you pick your favorite picture and tape it to the back of a styrofoam disc and trace it lightly. After that you go back in and add detail to your animal, when you’re done you have a animal imprinted in your styrofoam disc.

Morning Meeting

This week we did Entourage. It is where you play rock papers scissors and you start of with you and one more person and then you play then you play if you lost then you cheer for that person that you lost to you you go behind them and cheer for them then they play and if they lose then they cheer for the person they lost to and cheer to that person.

Capstone Project

This week in capstone library committee members interviewed their assigned capstone students.The students that aren’t a librarians got to work on their capstone project.

Book Buddies

This week in book buddies our partners gave us book recommendations for books. It was amazing to see how good their writing skills are. Their letters were very thoughtful and cute. we are all very exciting to read there recommended books.

Newsletter 26 – 4/5/15

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We hope everyone has had a great spring break! We have talked about many juicy things (as Ms. Sara would say) this week. We talked about RFRA, the legislation that said companies can refuse to serve anyone if it endangers their religious beliefs and prejudice and race.

Intensives is on! We have been working on math in intensives this week. Students are studying complex problems, fractions, and efficient computation methods. 

Writers Workshop

This week in writers workshop, students began our new unit – FICTION! We are writing in any genre of fiction. We started the unit with an on-demand piece. Then we did some character analysis from a familiar short story. 

Readers Workshop

This week in Readers Workshop we started a new unit! We are reading a fiction chapter book of choice. We are focusing on the author’s purpose. One of our methods is called P.I.E. it stands for persuade, inform, and entertain. This week we continued to read the book The Watsons go to Birmingham. The Watsons are getting ready to go to Birmingham. The father in the book got a bunch of stuff to make the car more comfortable. They got a record player and  green tree thingy that makes the car smell better.

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on multiplying fractions. We have been making/doing word problems, that have to do with multiplying fractions with mixed numbers.

In Ms. Kandi’s group, students examined the data they compiled from the 4-Cornered Spinner Game.  They made charts and graphs based on both the values of the spins and on the number of wins, and compared this to what they predicted.  Students then took a closer look at the two spinners in an attempt to make sense of the data they collected.  Students then played an unfair dice game, analyzed the data they collected during the game, and then thought about how the game could be revised to make it fair.

This week in Mr. Jim’s math group we got a packet that has a lot of graphs and definitions that we need to fill out. Our homework this week was all 2 digit times 2 digit or 3 digit times 2 digit. We also got a sheet of a lot of different word problems.

In Ms. Caitlin’s math group we have been working on ratios. On Thursday we spent the whole math attempting to figure out a certain homework question that had us stumped.

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we finished our animals. We made up realistic animal that adapted to a random ecosystem. The teachers gave us human impacts on our ecosystem (bad things that happened).we adapted  to the changes or die if we choose to.

Snack Schedule

Week of 4/6 – Last names that begin with R-W
Week of 4/13– Last names that begin with A-H
Week of 4/20 – Last names that begin with I-L
Week of 4/27– Last names that begin with M-P

 Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we took apart mechanical doohickeys for our K/1 friends to put back together. We also took rubbings for origami boxes when we walked outside.

Performing Arts

We are working on our recorders and learning new songs from our songbook. It is fun because we get to  work on it by ourselves. “Ara Lee”, “Oh Freedom” and “Singabahambayo are some of the songs we have been working on.

Book Buddies

This week in book buddies we got to read with them after being gone so long for spring break.We are still helping them sound out words. They are making very well progress in their reading skills.

Morning Meeting

We did the human knot. It is where you tie your hands up and then you have to try to get out.It is a game to build trust and make new friends and build a commuinty and it is fun to see people smile.

We did the mix up greeting you get up and you walk to a place you don’t sit in all the time. Greet someone sitting there already that you don’t greet all the time .

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • What songs have you learned on the recorder ?
  • What is your on-demand piece about?
  • What do you think your fiction story is going to be about?
  • What was your animal in P3?