Learning for the Week of March 26-30, 2018

Writing
This week we are finishing up our review of Narrative Writing. The children have produced interesting personal narratives. They enjoy sharing them with the class.

Math
We will continue to work with 2-dimensional shapes this week. Our focus will be on partitioning shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths.

Reading
This week our focus will be asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading to further our comprehension.

Social Studies
The life and contributions of Jimmy Carter will be our focus this week.

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 27th, 5:00-8:00pm
Friday, March 30th, Dress Down for $1
April 2-6, 2018 Spring Break

Learning for the Week of February 12-16, 2018

Writing

We are still working on writing opinion pieces. The children have been choosing their own topics and enjoying sharing their finished pieces with the class.

Math

This week we are continuing to work on one- and two-step word problems, adding and subtracting within 100, and adding and subtracting two 3-digit numbers.

Reading

We will compare and contrast two versions of the same story this week.

Social Studies/Science

We will finish learning about Jackie Robinson and begin learning about the Sun and other stars.

Learning for the Week of February 5-9, 2018

Writing

We will continue to write Opinion pieces this week. Last week, the children shared the first opinion pieces they wrote about their favorite restaurants. This week, they will chose the topic of their next opinion piece. We will continue to work on Adjectives.

Math

Our attention will turn to solving one- and two-step word problems within 100 this week.

Reading

In reading, we will explore folktales and compare and contrast their characteristics with fairy tales and fables.

Social Studies

Jackie Robinson will be our focus this week.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 9th – International Night 6:30-8:30

Learning for the Week of January 15-19, 2018

Writing

We will review producing and expanding sentences this week and begin working with adjectives. We will also talk about fact and opinion.

Math

We will work on adding and subtracting two 3-digit numbers within 1000 this week.

Reading

This week we will continue asking and answering questions about a story. We will use graphic organizers to help us.

Social Studies

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will continue to be our topic of discussion this week.

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 19th – BINGO Night – 6:15 p.m. in the Café

Tuesday, January 23rd – Willy’s Spirit Night

Learning for the Week of January 8-12, 2018

Writing

This week we are focusing on producing, expanding, and rearranging complete simple and compound sentences. We will also continue to talk about fact and opinion.

Math

We will begin working on adding up to four 2-digit numbers and adding and subtracting within 1000.

Reading

We will work on asking and answering questions as we read this week.

Social Studies

Martin Luther King Jr. will be our focus this week.

Upcoming Events

Today, Tuesday, January 9th – ASP Open House for Enrichment Programs 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, January 11th – PTA general meeting 8:00 am in Media Center

Friday, January 12th – Dress Down for $1

Monday, January 15th – Dr. MLK Jr. Day – No School

 

New Homework Plan

Hi, Everyone,

I want to let you know that beginning this week, I will no longer assign homework for the children other than requiring them to read 20 – 30 minutes each day. After researching the idea, I have decided, along with many in education, that reading, pursuing other interests, and just playing and being children is a better use of their free time. The children work hard enough during the school day and deserve to do other things with the time they have left in their day. If you feel strongly about supplementing your child’s learning, you can still let them work on Raz-Kids and MobyMax or create practice for them, but there will be no more Spelling Homework or Math Homework sent home.

Here is a link to an article explaining the ideas behind no homework:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/02/26/what-happened-when-one-school-banned-homework-and-asked-kids-to-read-and-play-instead/?utm_term=.2410f4d0f7cf

 

Lost and Found

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Lost and Found is Full!

If your child is missing a coat, hat, mittens, lunch box, etc., please ask them to check lost and found.  It will be donated to a local charity over the Winter break!

Thank you!

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Learning for Week Of December 4-8, 2017

Writing

I made a change to the topic focus of our writing last week. Instead of writing about insects, I decided to have the children write about a historic Georgian. They have learned about Sequoyah, Tomochichi, James Oglethorpe, and Mary Musgrove in Social Studies so I decided to have them write about one of these people because doing so addresses both Writing standards and SS standards and they are already familiar with them. They will continue to work on biographies of historic Georgian this week.

Math

We will continue work on solving 1- and 2-step word problems within 100 this week. The children have been taught to use a Problem Solving Checklist to help them process the information in a word problem and locate information that will help them solve the problem. Some of the children use it consistently and some don’t. The checklist is located on the wall in our classroom, and they can refer to it anytime the need arises. Please encourage them to do so. They also have a copy of it in their Math Folders and I think one is in their Take Home Folders. If there isn’t, I will make a copy for them. They also have copies of the math strategies in their Take Home Folders and in their Math Folders. Please encourage them to practice using the strategies correctly. I have to grade them on their ability to use the strategies they have been taught.

Reading

We will continue to use nonfiction text features to further our comprehension of the nonfiction material we are reading this week.

Science

We will continue to learn about motion, force, pushes, and pulls. The children enjoyed playing a game of Charades that required them to guess the activity being acted out, and identifying whether the activity involved a push, pull, or both.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 5th – Safety Village trip – Please wear long pants and athletic shoes. If you bring your lunch, it MUST be packed in containers and bags that can be THROWN AWAY.

Barnes and Noble Night – 4:00-7:00 – Barnes and Noble located at 2952 Cobb Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Wednesday, December 6th – Nutcracker trip – You may dress up if you like. However, please dress appropriately for the weather.