## November 18th

Happy Friday!

REMINDERS:

Scholastic Book Orders- Today is the LAST day to place your book orders this month!

STEM Day- November, 22nd

Six Flags Read to Succeed- I will be sending home the reading logs for the program! Things are a little different this year. YOU will be responsible for signing your child up and logging their minutes. In February, I will approve the reading logs, and your certificates will be mailed with your child’s end of the year report card.

What’s happening in our room…

In math, we will be using our addition and subtraction strategies to help us solve word problems! We will be putting together, taking apart, adding to and taking from. PLEASE practice doubles facts and related facts at home! These skills are IMPERATIVE.

In reading, we will continue to discuss the main idea and provide details/examples that support the main idea. We are using nonfiction books and pulling in Benjamin Franklin to help us!

In phonics, we will be working on -mp -nt and -st ending blends. The class did very well with beginning blends, so I’m excited for ending blends!

Trick Words: every, where, there, ever, walk

In social studies, we will end our Benjamin Franklin unit and start Thomas Jefferson! We will discuss their positive character traits, and how their lives effect us.

I think that’s it! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Mrs. Robinson

## November 4th and November 11th

Happy Monday!

My apologies for not getting a blog post to you until today. This post will contain this week’s and next week’s curriculum.

REMINDERS

November 5th- Election Day NO SCHOOL

November 11th- Veteran’s Day

This week in our classroom…

Math: We are working on our subtraction strategies all week! These include (counting back, number line, related facts, fact families, using doubles to help you subtract, friends of 10). If your child does not know their doubles facts (8+8, 6+6), PLEASE take the time to practice these! They are super valuable when it comes to solving math problems!

Reading: We are continuing to work on how nonfiction texts can help us become more knowledgeable about a topic.  This week our focus is on how to solve those tricky words that we come across while reading.

O.G. bl, pl, cl, fl, gl, sl blends

Trick Words: here, any, want, eat, many

Writing: We are going to compile a list of 9 topics we think we are an expert on! This list will help us when choosing a topic. It would be a great time to have a discussion with your child on what they’re an expert on (think sports, games, animals, places, etc.)!

Science: I am SO excited to talk about the two types of light sources (natural, artificial) and shadows!

Next week…

Math: We will determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false ( is 13+6=19?). This may be simple right now, but in the 3rd quarter, we will decide if 13+6=20-1.

Reading: We will be reading nonfiction books and determine the main idea and be able to provide supporting details.

O.G.: reviewing beginning blends

Trick Words: too, two, would, should, could

Writing: We will continue referring to our expert list when choosing a topic. It would be a great time to have a discussion with your child on what they’re an expert on (think sports, games, animals, places, etc.)!

Social Studies: We will begin our  unit with Benjamin Franklin! We will talk about how contributions (inventor, author, statesman).

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

## Week of October 28th

Hello Everyone!

REMINDERS:
PATRON DRIVE: It’s still in full swing! If you haven’t made your donation or pledge yet, you have until the 31st to do so. Every pledge/donation impacts your child in one way or another.

Scarecrow Day: October 31st 9:30-10:30! Instead of Halloween costumes, dress your child up as a scarecrow, and they’ll enjoy fun activities and games in our classroom. Parents are welcome! Please check out our Shutterfly to help with centers or donate.

Orange Behavior Folders: Please make sure to send those back on Friday! We have a few missing at the moment…

Scholastic Book Orders: Please help our classroom earn points to use on books! Every order gives us points and then I use them to purchase books for our classroom! Please go to http://scholastic.com/bookclubs and enter our code LKT23. Orders are due by November 15th!

What’s happening in our room…

Math: We will continue to use our addition strategies but this time to 20! The strategies include counting on (8+2: put 8 in your head and count on 2 more), using a number line (start with the larger number), doubles (9+9), near doubles (10+9) and making ten (8+6=8+2+4). Monday, we will review counting on and using a number line. Tuesday, we will move to doubles. Wednesday will be near doubles. Thursday/Friday will be making ten and our assessment.

Reading: We are LOVING talking about non-fiction books! The kids are using their strategies (taking a closer look at a page, making predictions and using a diagram to learn more). Try out these strategies at home!

O.G: Beginning blends-br, cr, dr, fr, tr, st

Trick Words: blue, over, put, good, from

Writing: We are finishing up our “How to carve a pumpkin” books, and they came out FANTASTIC! Next, we will teach our readers how to trick-or-treat!

Science: Our next unit is all about light!

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Robinson

## THANK YOU!

Parents,

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes, special treats and sweet birthday cards! I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again. We have the BEST children and parents in our classroom. 🙂

Also, I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your week to meet with me and discuss how your child is growing academically and emotionally. It’s been a wonderful conference week, and I give you ALL the credit!

REMINDERS:

PATRON DRIVE: It’s still in full swing! If you haven’t made your donation or pledge yet, you have until the 31st to do so. Every pledge/donation impacts your child in one way or another.

STEM Fair: The MBES STEM fair is this Tuesday, October 22nd from 5:30-7:00 PM.

Scarecrow Day: October 31st 9:30-10:30! Instead of Halloween costumes, dress your child up as a scarecrow, and they’ll enjoy fun activities and games in our classroom. Parents are welcome!

Next week

Math: We will circle back to place value but extend the concept by decomposing all numbers from 20-99. We will also work on learning a 2-digit number represents amounts of tens (big kids) and ones (little kids).

Reading: We will begin learning about our world through nonfiction texts! Our Lucy Calkins book will guide us in this journey and help us learn all about what nonfiction books can do for us.

O.G. FLSZ (floss rule): When /f/, /l/, /s/, or /z/ is heard after a one syllable, short vowel word, you double the final consonants (ex. floss, class, buzz, fluff, tall).

Trick Words: help, than, last, next, going

Writing: We are moving on to information/how-to writing! This week, we will focus on how to carve a pumpkin. Who knows, maybe we will carve one in the classroom!

Science: It’s time for us to start our sound unit! The kids are going to LOVE it!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and week next week. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Robinson

## CONFERENCE WEEK

Happy Conference Week! Remember we dismiss 2 hours earlyNO FACT CLUBS THIS WEEK!

Upcoming Dates:

Conference Week- October 14th-18th

Patron Drive- Ends Oct. 31st! We are still in full force and would LOVE your participation! Are you curious as to how your donation helps out your child’s classroom? Well, our foundation bought each primary classroom 8 FULL sets of O. G. math manipulatives! It’s incredible to watch your child build their place value foundation with such an incredible resource.

Here’s an example of what comes in a set (10s and 100s not included in picture).

Stem Fair: Oct. 22nd from 5:30-7pm

Scarecrow Day- Oct. 31st: Parents are invited but please no siblings. 🙂

What’s happening in our room…

Math: We will be working with numbers to 120 including finding one more, one less, ten more, ten less than a specific number. Also, we will continue practicing writing our numbers to 120.

Reading: We will continue to use our strategies to tackle hard words and work on comprehension. When you are reading with your kids at home, use the comprehension sheet (being handed out at conferences) to help you guide your conversations.

O.G.: REVIEW

Trick Words: one, very, ask, came, your     Quarter 2 trick word list will also be given at conferences.

Writing: It’s time for us to start a new unit! Yay! We will be starting our informational unit begin with how-to. This is a very fun unit in that your child will feel so confident about their writing!

Science: Due to the shorter days, we will pick up with science the following week.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Mrs. Robinson

## October 7th

Happy Friday!

I’m sending out the blog post today, because there’s LOTS of important information regarding the next two weeks.

Dates:

October 1st-31st: Patron Drive!!!! Our goal is to be ALL IN this year and of your pledges make a huge difference in the classroom! Take a look at this great resource I use ALL THE TIME in guiding reading! This is one of many that’s been provided by the Foundation due to the Patron Drive. 🙂

October 7th: High Touch High Tech will be here for our in-house magnets field trip! We are so excited to be scientists for the afternoon!

October 10th: Early Release-dismissal is 2 hours earlier than normal. FACT CLUBS will begin at their normal time.

October 14th-18th: Conference week! Early release schedule all week. I am looking forward to meeting with everyone!

REMINDERS

-If you haven’t sent in headphones for your child, please do that ASAP. We have a TON of students without them.

What’s happening in our room…

Math: We are going back to August and reviewing addition/subtraction strategies (counting on, number line, related facts) and place value.

Reading: This week, we are continuing to learn about how to solve those tricky words. We will practice using meaning, trying it two ways, don’t give up and doing a double check! One thing that you can do at home to help your child is to be patient with them as they’re using these strategies. We’ve taught them multiple ways and sometimes it takes a minute to figure out the best option. Also, continue having discussions about what’s happening in their stories (retelling)!

O.G. reviewing digraphs and continue working with the -ck rule

Writing: We are wrapping up small moments, and I think the class is excited to move on! A great way for your child to be prepared for writing on Monday is to discuss what you all did over the weekend. Have then retell one moment across their fingers and include a good beginning, sequence words and a sense of closing (ex. It was a super fun weekend!).

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Mrs. Robinson

## Patron Drive

Hello Families,Please view the video linked below for ways that your Patron Drive donations directly impact ALL students and teachers at Mt. Bethel! Our class would love to have 100% participation in the Patron Drive and sincerely appreciate all of your support in this goal!

https://vimeo.com/349108842

Thank you,

Mrs. Robinson

## Foundation and a Fun Announcement!

Happy Fall Break! I hope everyone enjoys their fall break!

When we come back we are excited to share all the wonderful ways our FOUNDATION has supported us through meaningful professional learning, classroom materials , technology and so much more!

OH, BABY!

You may have heard that our family will be growing in March! We are very excited to start our journey as a family of 4! Thank you to everyone for all of your well wishes. They mean the world to me!

Mrs. Robinson

## September 16th

Happy last week before Fall Break!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We are winding down quarter 1 and gearing up for Fall Break!

Important Dates:

Book Fair: Check the website for when they’re open! https://mtbethelpta.membershiptoolkit.com/?new

September 23-27th: Fall Break=NO SCHOOL

October 1st: Patron Drive Kick-Off

October 7th: High Touch High Tech Magnet Makers in-house field trip

October 10th: EARLY RELEASE

October 14th-18th: Conference Week (early release ALL week)

Here’s what’s happening in our room this week!

Math: We will begin our measurement unit! This is such a fun unit for our kids, because it gives them a break from adding/subtracting!

Reading: We will continue learning about how to build good reading habits and distinguishing between fiction and nonfiction text. These are great standards to work on at home!

O.G.: We will be working on the -ck rule. Ex. pick, Rick, luck, sick, tack, duck, lock

Trick Words: long, that, out, read, but

Writing: We are still working on small moments with an emphasis on creating a good beginning, using temporal words (first, next, then, finally) and creating a sense of closure. You will notice that I grade each Weekend News I send home. The grade gives you a good idea of how your child is doing in writing this quarter. Also, I highlight their weaknesses, so you may work on them at home.

Social Studies: We will begin our scarcity unit.

Grading: You may have noticed your child’s papers either having a check minus, check or check plus on their paper. This is how I grade their work and it is equivalent to our 1, 2, 3 report card grading system.

Check Minus=1 Needs improvement

Check=2 Progressing

Check Plus=3 Meets the Standard

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Mrs. Robinson

## September 9th

Good Morning!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We will be starting a lot of new standards this week. Some may be challenging and some may be a review for your child. Either way, please make sure your child is reading for 15-20 minutes each night and practicing their math facts!

Important Dates

9/12 Concert on the Green 5:30-8:00! I’m solo parenting this week and will try my best to stop by!

9/12-9/18 Book Fair! Our Book Fair will be open in the Learning Commons.

9/18 Principal’s Chat at 8:30!

9/23-9/27 FALL BREAK!

Math: This week, we will be working on word problems. I will begin our week with addition, move to subtraction and end with mixed problems. My goal is that the students first HEAR the 2 numbers in the problem. Next, I want them to listen for key words (in all, altogether, how many more, are left) that will tell them how to solve the problem.

Reading: We will be discussing the differences between fiction and nonfiction texts and how we determine which is which. We will be using both types of texts throughout the next two weeks. This is a GREAT standard to practice at night while you’re reading with your child!

O.G.: Digraphs ch, sh, th, wh

Trick Words: them, make, some, come, were

Writing: We are still working on small moments with an emphasis on creating a good beginning, using temporal words (first, next, then, finally) and creating a sense of closure.

Social Studies: We are beginning a new unit on Where We Live! We will include our continent, country, state, city, county and address. It’s a lot!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Mrs. Robinson