We have had another busy week here with the Curious Koalas! We finished up our AIMsWeb testing on the ipads, made some flying reindeer, and finished up the last of our lessons for Unit 3 in Math! I was also able to meet with a lot of you to brag about your wonderful students. We are lucky to have such a nice group of kiddos.
Next week will be filled with lots of fun activities. We will be spending the afternoon in a different second grade classroom each day. All of the second grade teachers have a special winter activity planned! We will be doing a STEM challenge in our room! Can they build a roof strong enough to hold some "snow"? Hmm! We will also end the week with a Christmas (SECRET) classic, The Polar Express. The students will be told to wear their PJs and we will have some treats for them before watching the movie.
We will also be finishing up the last of our testing, both in reading and in math. We want to figure out everything they know before they get an entire week of freedom! We are inching closer and closer to Christmas, so exciting! Thanks for all the support so far this year, I really do appreciate it!
Have an amazing weekend!
It was so wonderful to meet with many of you over this week to talk about your students. We are so lucky to have such a good group of kiddos! If you ever have any additional concerns, or did not get a conference slot but wanted one, please don't hesitate to contact me.
This week marks the end of the first trimester! Report cards will be coming home in a few weeks and will look very different than last year's report card. Students skills are broken down into more focused areas, called standards, so we can get a better picture of their strengths and areas of focus.
This week we just about finished up our first science unit. We have been learning all about some of the ways animals are different from one another. We sorted animals into groups (mammals, reptiles, fish) but also observed how even the same type of animal can have very different species (such as frogs). We ended discussing how birds also have different needs, and how engineers design their bird houses based on those needs. We are going to design and build our own bird houses on Monday and bring them home to test them out. Exciting! If you signed up for helping out with Science, look out for an email from me this afternoon. Even if you didn't sign up and this sounds like a fun project, reach out. We'd love to have you!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks to a rain delay, the students enjoyed two field trips in one week! We went on a walk down town to see how much New Boston has changed. We learned that they moved an entire house (Nan's House) to build a library. Then the library was eventually moved away from down town to the newer building. We were also able to tour our new library and enjoy the trail and bridge that were recently finished.
Our second field trip came to us (thanks to our amazing PTA). Part of our science curriculum includes how certain animals are able to survive in their habitats. We had some owl visitors in the Art Room and learned all out how they survive in our own back yard. We then kept our scientist hat on and predicted what we would find in an owl pellet. We observed as we pulled apart the pellet and found lots of neat stuff!! We were able to identify different types of bones based of our research guides. There were hip bones, leg bones, shoulder bones, and lots of skulls!
A lot of grades went home this week. These definitely look different than last year, as they rarely have a traditional grade on them. Instead, the standards that were assessment on the assignment are listed along with the point value that the student earned next to them. More information will be included with the first report card that is going home next month.
The students also earned their first class reward this week! They chose to watch Peter Rabbit during a PJ day. We are going to have this movie on November 21st (the day before Thanksgiving). Students are allowed to wear PJs and bring in a pillow and blanket. They may also bring in a stuffed animal. However, they must be able to bring everything how. So nothing too large that wouldn't be able to bring it home on the bus. I recommend sending things in with a trash bag to it is easier to bring home.
A Look Ahead:
Monday: Veterans Day (No School)
Wednesday: Permission Slips for Link Activity is being sent home
The students have received new seats as November started this week. We are trying out rows instead of groups! We are finishing up our second unit in Math and in full swing of practicing our addition facts. Playing games and quizzing them at home will help them be more successful as we continue the year.
Halloween was a blast! Thank you so much for each parent that came in to help with the party or cheered on students as we walked by in the parade or who sent in the costumes they were so excited to wear. Lots of memories were made, for sure! If you have any pictures from the event, please send them in. I make an end of the year slide show to share all of our memories as we get ready for summer and the more pictures, the better!
Have a lovely weekend!
A Look Ahead:
Monday - Walking field trip in the morning
Tuesday - No School - Voting Day
Wednesday - In school field trip - visiting animals
Thursday- Unit 2 Math Test
The Curious Koalas are finishing out October with lots of hard work! We are almost done our first writing project and will be reading our Personal Narratives to the class this coming week. After hearing their peers work, they will write one more personal narrative using all of the knowledge they learned from meeting with adults to show what they know without any help! Thank you again to the lovely volunteers who came in to help with story ideas, spelling, and general writing support! The students enjoyed reading to you!
We also stretched our brains and practiced the Unit Assessment for reading together as a class. We went through lots of gum and mints to help us focus and do our best thinking!
A Look Ahead:
Monday - Field Trip is postponed to 11/5
Wednesday - Halloween Parade (costumes on after lunch [12:05], a short game [12:30], parade [1:00], yummy treats [1:25], and one more game if we have time [1:45])
May 2019 - Mitchell family will grow by one <3 Mrs. Mitchell is expecting a new baby, we celebrated the exciting news with mini cupcakes on Thursday!
Another busy week for the Curious Koalas! We built lots of cooperative cardboard structures in the library on Monday. There was everything from a house, to creatures, to a ball game with tubing inside. It was great to see their creativity shine!
We've been working on helper facts in math and continue to practice our addition facts in school. Some students have already made it to their +3 facts! We used the computers to practice our math skills and are working on logging into them independently.
Our narrative stories are making great process. A few students are starting to write their final draft. Thanks to three separate parents that came to join us during writing time this week we should finish our projects this coming week!
A Look Ahead:
Wednesday: Fire preventioin @ 12:15 (dress warm!)
Picture retake day in the gym
Monday: Walking field trip down town
Wednesday: Halloween Parade at 1:00
Another busy week for the Curious Koalas! We have been looking at helper facts and different ways to find answers to addition problems we aren't fluent with yet. We started doing math conferences to figure out which addition facts we are fluent with. Some students are already on their +2s! We started logging into the computers for the first time and began playing math games to practice our addition and money skills.
We began a writing project and are writing a personal narrative about a small event that happened in our lives. We've slowly started to decorate for Halloween and made some scarecrows to decorate our bulletin board. We've got some other great crafts planned as we edge closer to Halloween!
A Look Ahead
Have a great weekend!!
This week we had a lot of first. We started homework! For the remainder of the year, there will be a math homework sheet in their mailbox Monday through Thursday. I always give the students Friday off so everyone can enjoy their weekend! If they forget their homework, starting next week they will be able to bring it in the next day. If they forget it two days in a row, they will use an extra copy to complete during snack time. We also make a very important decision... what our classroom name would be! We are officially the Curious Koalas!
A Look Ahead
We will be starting to work on our addition and subtraction fact flunecy next week. The students will meet with me twice a week to orally tell me the answers to the problems they are focusing on. They will all start with their +1 facts (0-10). If they are able to master (know their answer without a strategy within a few seconds) every fact twice in a row, they will move on to the next fact. I will send home flashcards to help your student practice at home.
Also, we talked about a club called Destination Imagination here after school. Many of the students seemed interested. It is an after school club that competes in different types of creative problem solving activities. For more information on the types of challenges and competitions click here. They will also be getting paperwork in their mailbox if they said they were interested in learning more about the club.
We will also be starting our first writing project. Next week I will be reaching out to some of the writing volunteers to help me read stories and give feedback to the students. So if you checked off the writing box, be on the lookout for an email from me.
Have a great weekend! See you on Monday (we have school).
We have made it through the first month of school! It went by fast with all the learning that has been going on. This week we introduced our handwriting program. We started talking about the different lines needed to make every letter in the alphabet (there are six types!). We also looked closely at the number grid to find patterns. Our communities unit has come to an end, be on the lookout for our community circles that were created! I am going to be putting in the book order tonight if you have any last minute orders. Click here to order (Class Code is MHMKV)
A Look Ahead at Next Week:
~ Monday 10/1: Last collection day for the Magazine Drive
~ Introducing Online Math Games and Online Reading Games (passwords in their binder)
~ Introducing homework
~ Organizing their homework binder (it will have everything they need!)
~ Starting our first writing project
Have an amazing weekend!
Our first five day week is in the books! In math, we worked with patterns on the number grid and found different ways to represent numbers. We also practiced using calculators and started looking at coins. We had our second meeting with our reading buddies! We also did lots of reading in the classroom and talked about what makes a story a fantasy story. We talked about our Constitution and how laws in our country can be similar or different to the rules in our classroom.
Important notes for next week:
Monday, September 24th @ 6:30pm - Back to school night in my room. It will be information intended for parents. Later in the year (before our performance) will be an Open House where students can show of their classroom to you
Wednesday, September 26th - First collection day for our school fundraiser
Friday, September 28th - Scholastic Book orders are due. For every $25 you spend, you get a free book (that's new this year!)
Have a great weekend!