Week 2- 2nd grade Yellow Crew

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CONVERGENT:   Students completed a Ken Ken math puzzle and an ABC box for animals to practice logic skills.

ALGEBRAIC THINKING:  We identified patterns in our classroom and throughout the school today during a pattern scavenger hunt.  Students learned that patterns are all around us and can be important to us.  Identifying patterns, especially number patterns, is the foundation of algebra.  

DIVERGENT: Students finished their handprint doodle art projects today.  We also transformed a peach into part of a new picture. Students gave their pictures a unique & creative title.

EVAULATIVE: Student began bug research to learn more about the characters in our novel, James & the Giant Peach.  We focused on how to use bookmarked websites to find information about a topic.  

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS/COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION: We began reading James and the Giant Peach aloud today in class.  Students were introduced to the characters, setting, and several new vocabulary words in chapters 1-3.  

DON’T FORGET: Get your yellow target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Thursday, return Target Parent Info sheet if needed, get the book, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl if possible by next Thursday. 

Reminder: Target Parent Open House is Friday, August 23rd at 7:15 a.m. in room #312. This meeting is for parents only due to limited seating.  Students may go to their homeroom.

*Please bring your target binder to school every Thursday.


Week 2- 5th Grade Orange Crew

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CONVERGENT:  Students worked on a logic puzzle (deduction) and a math Crypto Mind Bender puzzle this morning as a logic warm-up.

ALGEBRAIC THINKING:  Students took a pretest over Hands on Equations skills up to Lesson #13.  New students were introduced to Hands On Equations Lesson #1 in small group using blue pawns for variables and red number cubes.  This pretest will help me determine the skills students remember from last year and skills we need to review.

DIVERGENT: Students continued to work on their handprint doodle art.

EVAULATIVE: Students completed a STEM activity in small groups:  Create an Energy Efficient Showerhead.  Students created 2 different showerheads using the criteria given to determine which showerhead used the least amount of water.  We discussed how this helps the community.

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS/COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION: Students identified assets and challenges in their community today in preparation for the Soapbox Project unit.  We also began brainstorming stores, parks, and other assets in our community by taking notes on our community.  Students practiced public speaking today by introducing themselves to a classmate and answering questions on a notecard.  

DON’T FORGET: Get your orange target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Wednesday, join Edmodo (see direction sheet sent home today in target binder), OPTIONAL: work on community assets/notes packet.   

Target Parent Open House is Friday, August 23rd at 7:15 a.m. in room #312. This meeting is for parents only due to limited seating.  Students may go to their homeroom.


Week 2- 3rd Grade Green Crew

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CONVERGENT:  Students worked on a logic matrix puzzle and math Crypto Mindbender puzzle this morning. We discussed strategies for solving these types of puzzles.

ALGEBRAIC THINKING:  Students were introduced to Hands-On Equations today.  We learned that the blue pawns stand for the missing number or variable in an algebraic equation.  The red number cubes stand for the numbers in the equation.  We completed HOE (Hands-On Equations) Lesson #1. 

DIVERGENT: Students were introduced to the mysterious pictures of Harris Burdick.  Students examined one of Harris Burdick’s pictures, along with the caption, and discussed the possible meaning and story behind the illustration.  

EVAULATIVE: . Students worked in small groups to solve a mystery using clues and cracking a secret code.  

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS/COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION: We read the first chapter of the novel, The Puzzling World of Winston Breen, today in class. We were introduced to some characters, the setting, and several new vocabulary words.  We even tried to solve some puzzles in the first chapter and discussed strategies for solving these puzzles.  

DON’T FORGET: Get your green target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Tuesday, get the book, The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin, by next week if possible, join Edmodo (see directions sent home today in the target binder)

Reminder:  Target Parent Open House is Friday, August 23rd at 7:15 a.m. in room #312. This meeting is for parents only due to limited seating. Students may go to their homeroom.
P.S.- Please send a note to Mrs. Orton on target day if there is a change in your child’s dismissal that day.  Thank you.


Week 2- 4th Grade Blue Crew

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CONVERGENT: Students worked on a math mind bender puzzle and linking bridges puzzle this morning as a logic warm-up.  Students used bookmarked websites to define bridge vocabulary terms.

ALGEBRAIC THINKING:  We took a Hands On Equations pretest on Level 1 to determine the skills students remembered from last year and the skills we need to review.  Next week we’ll begin Hands On Equations Level 2.

DIVERGENT: Students finished and turned in their handprint doodle art we started last week in class.

 EVAULATIVE: Students worked in small groups on a STEM challenge today:  build the strongest pasta bridge.  Students had to build the strongest pasta bridge using only the materials given.  We tested our bridges and the winning team’s bridge held 127 pennies.  Wow!  Way to go, Brooks, Tripp, and Dillon!

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS/COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION: We read chapter 1 of the novel, Bridge to Terabithia, in class today.  We discussed the characters, setting, and several new vocabulary words.  Next week we’ll begin our literature circles using the novel.  Students will be assigned pages to read and a specific job for their literature circle group.

DON’T FORGET: Get your blue target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Monday, get the book, Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson by next week if possible, join Edmodo (see directions sent home today in target binder)
Target Parent Open House is Friday, August 23rd at 7:15 a.m. in room #312.  This meeting is for parents only due to limited seating.  Students may go to their homeroom.


Week 1- 2nd grade Yellow Crew

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Welcome Back to Target, 2nd graders! It was so nice to see both old and new friends. You did a great job bringing all of your target supplies and target binders today. We reviewed procedures and expectations of target class. We also discussed class rewards and how to find target homework on the class blog.

CONVERGENT/ALGEBRAIC THINKING: Students worked on some number puzzles and an ABC box for words related to school.

DIVERGENT: Students created handprint doodle art in class today. Each handprint is unique and surrounded by designs and/or words related to each student. We plan to hang these in the hall.

EVAULATIVE: Student completed an ESCAPE ROOM pictogram puzzle today in teams.  Students were also introduced to our new novel study unit, James and the Giant Peach. Students began researching various bug characters that will be in the novel using bookmarked websites and a graphic organizer.

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS/COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION: Students interviewed a partner in class today and discovered things they have in common as well as differences using a Venn diagram.

DON’T FORGET: Get your yellow target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Thursday, return Target Parent Info sheet if needed, get the book, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl if possible by next Thursday. New and used copies can be found online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or at the library.

Reminder:  Target Parent Open House is Friday, August 23rd at 7:15 a.m. in room #312.

*Please bring your target binder to school every Thursday.


Week 1- 5th Grade Orange Crew

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Welcome Back to Target, 5th graders! It was so nice to see both old and new friends. You did a great job bringing all of your target supplies and target binders today. We reviewed procedures and expectations of target class. We also discussed class rewards and how to find target homework on the class blog.

CONVERGENT/ALGEBRAIC THINKING: Students worked on a Ken Ken math brainteaser puzzle and a word puzzle this morning as a logic warm-up.

DIVERGENT: Students created handprint doodle art in class today. Each handprint is unique and surrounded by designs and/or words related to each student. We plan to hang these in the hall.

EVAULATIVE: Students were introduced to our new target unit, The Soapbox Project. More info to come.  Students began identifying their personal values and compared them to our overall classroom values.  We also worked on a STEM activity- Build a Marshmallow Catapult. Students worked in small groups to build a catapult using only the materials given.  The winning team’s catapult shot the jumbo marshmallow the longest distance.

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS/COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION: Students interviewed a partner in class today and discovered things they have in common as well as differences.

DON’T FORGET: Get your orange target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Wednesday, return Target Parent Info sheet if needed, send Mrs. Orton an email (See directions sheet you were given in class today.)

Target Parent Open House is Friday, August 23rd at 7:15 a.m. in room #312.

P.S.- Please bring your target binder to school EVERY WEDNESDAY. Thanks!


Week 1- 3rd Grade Green Crew

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Welcome Back to Target, 3rd graders! It was so nice to see both old and new friends. You did a great job bringing all of your target supplies and target binders today. We reviewed procedures and expectations of target class. We also discussed class rewards and how to find target homework on the class blog.
CONVERGENT/ALGEBRAIC THINKING: Students worked on math riddles and a Boggle word puzzle this morning as a logic warm-up.
DIVERGENT: Students created handprint doodle art in class today. Each handprint is unique and surrounded by designs and/or words related to each student. We plan to hang these in the hall.
EVAULATIVE: Students were introduced to our new target unit, Mystery.  Students used their observation skills on a picture analysis game and cracked a secret code.
RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS/COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION: Students interviewed a partner in class today and completed a Venn diagram of their similarities and differences with their partner.  Then, partners introduced each other to the class and shared three things they learned about each other.
DON’T FORGET: Get your green target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Tuesday, get the book, The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin, by next week if possible, return Target Parent Info Sheet if needed. Finish handprint doodle art if you didn’t finish it in class today.

Target Parent Open House is Friday, August 23rd at 7:15 a.m. in room #312.

P.S.- Please bring your target binder to school EVERY TUESDAY. Thanks!


Week 1- 4th Grade Blue Crew

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Welcome Back to Target, 4th graders!  It was so nice to see both old and new friends.  You did a great job bringing all of your target supplies and target binders today. We reviewed procedures and expectations of target class.  We also discussed class rewards and how to find target homework on the class blog.

CONVERGENT/ALGEBRAIC THINKING:  Students worked on a math puzzle and word puzzle this morning as a logic warm-up.

DIVERGENT:  Students created handprint doodle art in class today.  Each handprint is unique and surrounded by designs and/or words related to each student.  We plan to hang these in the hall.

EVAULATIVE:  Students worked in teams to solve an ESCAPE ROOM challenge today.  We practiced our problem solving skills, collaboration skills, as well as perseverance.  Congrats to our winning team:  Biram, Nate, Luke, and Brooks!  All of our teams were able to complete the tasks and escape!  Way to go!

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS/COLLABORATION:  Students completed a bridge simulation in class today to kick-off our new unit:  bridges.  Students worked in teams/communities to obtain water, products, food, and knowledge from other communities.  Some communities were connected by bridges while others were not.  The team with the most resources at the end of the game won!  We discussed the importance of bridges and how they effect communities.

DON’T FORGET:  Get your blue target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Monday, get the book, Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson by next week if possible, return Target Parent Info Sheet if needed.  Finish handprint doodle art if you didn’t finish it in class today.

Target Parent Open House is Friday, August 23rd at 7:15 a.m. in room #312.  

P.S.- Please bring your target binder to school EVERY MONDAY.  Thanks!

 


Novels Needed for Target Class:

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The following novels will be read as part of our gifted unit this semester.  We would like for the students to have their own copy of the novel being read in their target class if possible.  New or used novels can be purchased online through Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble.  Novels can also be checked out from the school or public library or borrowed from others.  We will begin reading our unit novels the second week of class (August 19th).  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I do have extra copies of some of the novels if you’re not able to purchase it.   Thanks so much!

2nd Grade Novel –  James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl

3rd Grade Novel- The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin4th Grade Novel- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

5th Grade- No novel needed this semester