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Ms. J's News for the Week of October 31st

date 10/30/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

1. Make sure to ask your child for their report cards at the end of this week. First quarter grades are due by Wednesday and should be available by the end of the week.  Report cards will be sent home with your child.

2. This Wednesday there will be an early out for Professional Development at 1:00.

3. A reminder that our fieldtrip to the NIACC theater will be on Friday morning and we will be back by noon. Sack lunches will be provided through the school at this point.

4. Please make sure your child is reading 20 minutes every evening to stay on top of their reading counts quizzes that they should be taking every 2 weeks.  Also practice multiplication cards for the 7's, 8's, and 9's!  We are now working with Module 3 which requires them to use their knowledge of basic multiplication facts in order to complete their assignments.  If they are memorized, that makes their daily work and assessments so much easier. With you helping me from home and also through practicing them at school, your child should be memorizing these with 100 % proficiency at this time of year.

Reading and Language Arts:

Theme: American Stories
Story being read: A Very Important Day
Story strategy focus: Filling out a Who? or What? Chart
Grammar focus: identifying and using singular and plural possessive nouns
Spelling list:  r-controlled words
Other skills covered: Choosing the right definitions, evaluating sources available to us, and picturing possessives
TESTS: all scheduled for Friday (Comprehension test over the story, skills test, and spelling test)

Social studies:

We are beginning to learn about the first region of the United States called the Northeast Region. The students will learn about the geography of this region such as the colorful seasons that are similar to ours in the Midwest, the many seaways and cities that exist in this region, and complete the vocab sheet that goes along with it.  The next Daily Oral Geography sheet #3 will be handed out on Monday and due on Friday for a grade.  Please don't let your child forget!

Math:

We are working with Module 3 this week which will consist of lessons on finding perimeter and area for given rectangles. The most difficult part of the lessons is knowing the formulas correctly, knowing how to multiply basic facts, and labeling each answer correctly.

Ms. J's News for the Week of October 24th

date 10/24/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The Fall party is scheduled for Friday.  Thanks to Jonni Smith and Allison Rasmus for volunteering to help plan it on Friday.  We will change into our costumes at about 1:15 and go over to parade through the Care Center and Assisted Living around 1:30.  The school Fall parade is scheduled for 2:00 and the classroom party will follow until 3:00.

Reading and Language Arts:
Theme: American Stories
Story: Boss of the Plains
Reading Strategy Focus: Making Generalizations
Grammar Focus: More Plural Nouns
Spelling List: The /ir/, /ar/, and schwa /ar/ Sounds
Other Skills Covered: Suffixes –er, -or, and –ist
Social Studies:
We will be wrapping up our unit on the 2016 Election.  The students will fill out an Election Year Timeline, complete a crossword puzzle, do some coloring, and take a quiz over everything we learned about the year of election.  Daily Oral Geography Sheet Week 2 will be assigned and due on Friday for a grade!
Math:
We are beginning Module #3 in math and covering the formulas for area and perimeter.  It is very important that you check to make sure your child has all their multiplication facts , so get the flashcards out, dust  them off, and practice them each evening until they show mastery.  Only work on the ones they don’t know.
 

Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of October 17th

date 10/17/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

1. This week is Bully Prevention Week.  We will start off with a kick-off in the gym, buddy up with early elementary sometime throughout the week, flood individuals with Random Acts of Kindness, and Wear Blue on Friday.

2. There will be a 1:00 dismissal on Wednesday for Professional Development.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Story to go with our new theme called "American Stories: Tanya's Reunion
  • Reading Strategy focus: Character Development Flow Chart
  • Grammar focus: finding and spelling singular and plural nouns
  • Spelling list focus: short and long /oo/ words
  • Tests all scheduled for Friday
Social Studies:
  • Continue learning about the 2016 Election
  • This week, we will be learning about the candidates, evaluating them, the qualities, issues, and a little bit about the electoral college,
  • Daily Oral Geography Sheet Week ! will be assigned and due on Friday!
Math:
  • Continue with adding and subtracting numbers through the millions using the standard algorithm, tape diagrams to represent the steps we take to solve multi-step problems, and use our answers in a complete sentence.

Tuesday's Assignments: 10-11-16

date 10/10/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Language:

1. Language Drops # 11 (8-14)

2.Spelling : WS p. 117 "ou and shwa o Sounds"

3. Grammar: WS p. 121 "Finding Proper Nouns"

Whole Group Reading:

1. CD : Tomas and the Library Lady p. 159

2. Flipchart: Event Map / WS p/. 112 (together)

3. Assignment: WS p. 113 "Check Your Memory"

Small Group Reading:

Group 2: Emma Rides the Erie Canal / Vocab

Group 1: A Storm at Sea / Read

Science:

1. TEST over Plants

2.

3. Assignment:

Math Block:

1.Math Drops #6 (7-8)

2. Module #1 Lesson: 16

3. Assignment:

Computer Time:

1. xtramath.com 2. student.frontrowed.com

 

 

Ms. J's News for the Week of October 3rd

date 10/03/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Parent-teacher conferences are this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-7:00 PM. Students will be dismissed at 2:00 on each of those days.

  2. No school on Friday!

 

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Students will read two mystery stories in this section.  They will learn the elements of a good mystery story.

  • We will discuss how mysteries differ from other stories. The plot is about a crime or an unexplained event; the main character uses clues to solve a mystery. One or more detectives are trying to solve a crime, detective work, such as finding evidence and questioning witnesses and suspects, and finding a solution to the mystery.

  • Vocabulary: case, clue, criminal, detective, evidence, solution, suspect, suspense, witness

  • Comprehension skill: Fill out story Maps, suspense and pacing, visualizing

  • Other skills: base words and endings, idioms, conducting an interview

  • Grammar focus: identify and write different kinds of sentences, making sentences more exact by adding phrases that answer the questions which and where?

  • Spelling List: More short and long vowel words

 

Science:

  • Students will learn about the various ways plants reproduce and how their seeds spread.

  • Students will work in cooperative groups to complete the review questions on p. A84-A85 (1-21)  It will be added to their life science grade for this quarter.

 

Math:

  • Students will use place value understanding to decompose to smaller units up to 3 times using the standard algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Sept. 26th

date 09/26/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. This Homecoming Week.  You will find the Dress-up Days on the Belmond-Klemme website at bkcsd.org.
2. Please make sure your child reads 20 min. each evening.  I am checking every 2 weeks to see if they are getting their quizzes passed.

Reading and Language:

  • Theme Review for Journeys this week. We will be reading two short stories entitled "Chester Cricket's Pidgeon Ride" and " The Parcel Post kid".
  • We will be reviewing over  our grammar skills that were covered in this theme and spelling will consist of words we have already had.
  • Writing: This week we will be learning and practicing how to write a friendly letter.  Make sure your child has their address and the address they are going to send their letter to.  Also, send a stamp with them.
Science:
  • The students will identify the four basic needs of plants, explain how plants make food, give examples of plant adaptations, and explain how plant adaptations enable plants to survive in different environments.
Math: 
  • Students will use place value understanding to fluently add multi-digit whole numbers using the standard addition algorithm and apply the algorithm to solve words problems.
  • Solve multi-step word problems using the standard addition algorithm modeled with tape diagrams and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding.

Ms. J's News for the Week of September 20th

date 09/18/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

1. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each evening.  I checked on Friday to see who had or hadn't taken a quiz over their free reading book in the past 4 weeks and several had not.  I will be checking to make sure your child has read and taken a quiz over their book every 2 weeks.  Remember, the more your child reads, the better the reader they become, and the more successful they become in and out of school!  

2. Please check to make sure your child knows their multiplication facts by heart as well. Just a few minutes each day will help your child become more successful in math as well.

3. Please make sure to check and ask for your child's planner to see if they have been using it on a daily basis.  Each day, I tell them the assignments to write down, cross off the assignment as it is completed, and if there is an incomplete, I put their names on the board as a reminder that I need a grade for the assignments by using the bottom box of their planners.

4. I printed off missing assignments sheets for those I was missing assignments for in the past 4 weeks and highlighted the names of them.  It is up to them to get them turned in.  Also, you can check Campus Portal to see what your child is missing and what their current grade is at this time in all their subjects.

Reading and Language Arts this week:

  • Story: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Reading Strategy : Noting important details using a detail map
  • Other skills : Using Guide Words, word roots -tele and rupt
  • Grammar focus: identifying and locating common nouns
  • Spelling list: words that are homophone
Science this week:
  • Animal behaviors and adaptations and how they are used to meet their needs.
  • We will finish up the last lesson, complete our vocabulary sheet, review questions, and study guide by the end of the week.
Math this week:
  • Use place value understanding to round multi-digit  numbers to any place value using real world applications.
  • Use place value understanding to fluently add multi-digit numbers using standard algorithm and tape diagrams.
  • Solve multi-step word problems using standard algorithm, tape diagrams, and assess reasonableness by rounding.

Ms. J's News for the Week of September 13th

date 09/11/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. Your child should be reading 20 min. each evening as I will be checking this Friday to see if they have taken their first RC quiz of the year over the book they have been reading at home.
2. Please make sure you check to see if your child knows all of their addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts by heart.  There are many ways to practice them.
3. Your child needs to expect to take some homework home to be finished at home and returned the following day.  I have been teaching them how to use their planners since school began and have taught them how to cross off assignments as they are completed.  Please look on  their planners to see if this is getting accomplished each day. Anything not crossed off is work they need to complete at home and return the following morning.  Please set a time aside each evening to make sure your child is getting their work done.  Thank you!

Reading and Language Arts:
Story being read: "The Sinking of the Titanic" (nonfiction)
Reading Strategy Focus: Filling out Organizational Outlines using Nonfiction pieces
Other Skills Covered: How to use a Thesaurus, Dividing words into syllables, Writing by using mportant details from the story
Grammar focus: Writing compound sentences using commas and the conjunctions and and but.
Spelling list consists of words that have the short and long vowel sound of u
Tests over  Titanic will be Wednesday this week.

Science:
This week, we will begin our next life science unit on animal and plant behaviors and adaptations.  Students will learn that all living things have basic needs and use their different body parts to make adaptations in order to meet those needs.

Math:
This week, we will continue to work with using vertical lines to determine what a number is rounded to when it is in the 1,000's, 10,000's, and 100'000's place.  They will then compare the numbers and get ready to take a mid-assessment over the 8 lessons we have covered so far in Module I.

Ms. J's News Sept. 6th

date 09/06/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. There is an early out tomorrow at 1:00 for Professional Development.

  2. Make sure your child is reading 20 min. each evening as they should be quizzing every two weeks at the minimum over the books they are reading.

  3. Continue to practice memorizing multiplication facts as well.

Reading and Language:

  • Test over Grandfather’s Journey is on Wednesday (tomorrow).

  • Reading Skills test is tomorrow.

  • Spelling test is tomorrow as well.

  • The next story is a  nonfiction piece over the Titanic.

  • Reading Strategy Focus: How to make an organizational outline…

  • Grammar focus: Compound Sentences

  • Spelling focus: short u, yoo, oo words

Math:

  • 1,10, 100 thousand more or less than a number

  • Rounding numbers using a vertical number line

  • Use place value understanding to understand rounding numbers

Science:

  • Complete review questions today in cooperative groups

  • Fill out study guide tomorrow over classification

  • Test on Wednesday!

Reminders for the week of Aug. 29th

date 08/29/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

1. Pictures are tomorrow! (Tuesday)  Please make sure to send their picture envelope with them or order them online.

2. We have a spelling test over the words that went with our story over Akiak Tuesday.

3. We will take a comprehension test over Akiak Tuesday. 

4. The Reading Skills Test will be on Tuesday as well.  I have informed all of them today about them.