Today with Mrs. K…

An update for the week of June 4, 2018

We spent a large part of our week writing our adapted fairy tales. We are hoping to get them published and into hardcover books in the upcoming week! We also spent a large part of our week working in science groups. We investigated tornadoes and hurricanes. We worked in groups to look at data of past hurricanes and tornadoes. Each group was responsible for one topic (where the storms took place, what time of year they likely occurred, how long the storms lasted, their wind speeds, or safety tips. The group interpreted the data and presented it to the class. On Thursday, we had an acquaintance of Mr. Erf’s visit us to present about weather and clouds. Don’t be surprised if your child is looking up at the sky more often this summer!

This week we will be working on:
Math: Wrapping up quadrilaterals and beginning rounding and addition/subtraction within 1,000.
Reader’s Workshop: Working toward deepening our understanding of self-selected reading strategies/goals.
Words Their Way: Following our usual weekly routine! Tues=intro new sort, speed sort/blind sort; Wed=writing sentences; Thurs=illustrate; Fri=assessment
Writer’s Workshop: Editing and publishing student’s fairy tale stories.
Science: Analyzing the strength of hurricanes and tornadoes to decide which is a stronger storm.

Questions to ask your child:
Describe the new definition of a trapezoid (it is different from when we learned it)?
What polygon is categorized as a quadrilateral, trapezoid, parallelogram, rectangle, AND rhombus?

Today with Mrs. K…

A Weekly Update for the week of May 28th

‘Tis the season for special events and school activities! Last week we enjoyed seeing the projects highlighting way to change the world that the 4th graders presented. Our ears were delighted by the orchestra students hard work on Tuesday. And, last Wednesday we celebrated our journey to Oregon City. The third graders rotated through all four classes to take part in pioneer celebrations. In our classroom we made butter and sampled apple sauce. When the students travelled to Mrs. Rick’s classroom they learned a pioneer dance. With Mrs. Wilson the students got to play with pioneer toys and learn different games. As they travelled through Mr. Erf room, students made an illusion toy–almost like a primitive flip book. Fun was had by all!

This week we will be working on:
Math: Understand a quadrilateral hierarchy of how each shape has or exclude attributes of other shapes.
Reader’s Workshop: Working toward deepening our understanding of self-selected reading strategies/goals. I am also conducting individual reading assessments.
Words Their Way: Following our usual weekly routine! Tues=intro new sort, speed sort/blind sort; Wed=writing sentences; Thurs=illustrate; Fri=assessment
Writer’s Workshop: Writing adapted fairy tale stories.
Science: Students will work within groups to analyze data on tornadoes and present the info to the class.

Questions to ask your child:
What is your group doing for the tornado research?
What was your favorite part about Pioneer Day?

Reminders:

*Homework: Daily reading is always expected along with math practice M-Th including multiplication/division fact practice. Word assessments will happen weekly on Friday.
* Check out our class on Class DoJo for pictures and to track homework completion for the week! Your child’s points will be reset on Monday mornings, and I will continue to send out Dojo messages with reminders!

Today with Mrs. K…

A weekly update for the week of May 14th

Last week was a very exciting week for room 29: a baby was born; we welcomed Ms. Jordan to our classroom as Mrs. Rajab’s substitute for the rest of the year; we said goodbye to a student teacher in PE; put on our 3rd grade music show; and appreciated all the teachers around us!
Our wagon continued to travel on into Idaho. There was an outbreak of Cholera, restocking at Fort Bridger, stomach aches at Soda Springs, and a wagon that fell down the mountain. Wagon trains have had to work together to decide how to handle these disasters. The roll of the dice has been generous to everyone and so far we have travelled with little scathe. We are hoping to reach Oregon by the end of the week!

This week we will be working on:
Math: Fraction Review and Assessment
Reader’s Workshop: Working toward deepening our understanding of self-selected reading strategies/goals. Looking closely at story elements and determining plot versus themes.
Words Their Way: Back to our usual weekly routine! Monday=intro new sort; Tues=speed sort/blind sort; Wed=writing sentences; Thurs=illustrate; Fri=assessment
Writer’s Workshop: Beginning to create our own adapted fairy tale stories
Social Studies: We are heading west!

Questions to ask your child:
What has been happening on your wagon train?
Who is Little Red Hot & what is her specialty dessert?

Reminders:
*Homework: Daily reading is always expected along with math practice M-Th including multiplication/division fact practice. Word assessments will happen weekly on Friday.
* Check out our class on Class DoJo for pictures and to track homework completion for the week! Your child’s points will be reset on Monday mornings, and I will continue to send out Dojo messages with reminders!

Today with Mrs K…

A Weekly Update for the week of May 7th

Well, we are off! We have passed Courthouse and Jailhouse Rocks, been treated for poison ivy, discovered Chimney Rock, and survived a terrible thunderstorm and flash flood. We are journaling about our trip West and the events we are enduring. Our trip so far has been “exciting”, “boring”, “scary”, and “adventurous”. Stay tuned for more updates!
We have continued to read Rump as our class read aloud, but have now added in two versions of Cinderella to dig deeper into our unit on fairy tales. We will be examining traditional versions of the classics as well as modern adaptations. We will write our own adaptation or fractured fairy tale and create an original from our imaginations!

This week we will be working on:
Math: Guided math rotations with fraction work
Reader’s Workshop: Working toward deepening our understanding of self-selected reading strategies/goals.
Words Their Way: Back to our usual weekly routine! Monday=intro new sort; Tues=speed sort/blind sort; Wed=writing sentences; Thurs=illustrate; Fri=assessment
Writer’s Workshop: Beginning our fairy tale unit
Social Studies: COntinuing to head west toward Oregon!

Questions to ask your child:
Has anything of significance happened to your wagon on the journey west?
Describe how Prince Cinders is similar and different to the classic Cinderella.
What are you working on in your reading group?

Reminders:
*Homework: Daily reading is always expected along with math practice M-Th including multiplication/division fact practice. Word assessments will happen weekly on Friday.
* Check out our class on Class DoJo for pictures and to track homework completion for the week! Your child’s points will be reset on Monday mornings, and I will continue to send out Dojo messages with reminders!

Today with Mrs. K…

A weekly update for the week of April 30th…
We worked hard last week to prepare our wagon trains for our Westward journey. We assumed pioneer identities, advertised our intentions to go west with posters, and adorned our own pioneer people. Those who were interested in being a “Wagon master” took home an application to bring back on Monday. This is job on the Westward journey that requires top-notch problem solving skills, leadership in cooperation, and good relationships with peers in order to navigate the trail. I know they all could rise to the challenges of this position!
We played several fraction games throughout the week….concentration, go fish, fraction war. Working toward an understanding of fractional pieces of a whole, fractional pieces that add up to equal one whole, and pieces that are put together to be larger than one whole, as well as equivalent fractions are goals that we have been working toward. Seeing where fractions fall on a number line and comparing them are also tasks we are practicing.

This week we will be working on:
Math: Guided math rotations with fraction work
Reader’s Workshop: Working toward deepening our understanding of self-selected reading strategies/goals.
Words Their Way: Back to our usual weekly routine! Monday=intro new sort; Tues=speed sort/blind sort; Wed=writing sentences; Thurs=illustrate; Fri=assessment
Writer’s Workshop: Beginning our fairy tale unit
Social Studies: We are heading west!

Questions to ask your child:
Who is in your wagon train?
Where in the world (location) have you been watching the weather?

Reminders:
*Homework: Daily reading is always expected along with math practice M-Th including multiplication/division fact practice. Word assessments will happen weekly on Friday.
* Check out our class on Class DoJo for pictures and to track homework completion for the week! Your child’s points will be reset on Monday mornings, and I will continue to send out Dojo messages with reminders!

Today with Mrs. K…

A weekly update for the week of April 23rd

Well, it’s official… we have Oregon Fever and we are getting ready to set off. Much more will be developed in the coming week with our wagon trains, pioneer personalities, and the journey ahead. The students who finished up their opinion/persuasive writing piece enjoyed a chance to creatively write either individually or with friends. We have many creative minds in our class! In math, we continued to dive into fractions looking a unit fractions less than a whole number, equivalent fractions on a numberline and started looking at what happens when the unit fractions add up to a number greater than one whole. Students selected their own reading goals to work on before the head off to 4th grade and new groups were formed. It is hard to believe that 4th grade will be here fast!

This week we will be working on:
Math: Guided math rotations with fraction work
Reader’s Workshop: Working toward deepening our understanding of self-selected reading strategies/goals.
Words Their Way: Back to our usual weekly routine! Monday=intro new sort; Tues=speed sort/blind sort; Wed=writing sentences; Thurs=illustrate; Fri=assessment
Writer’s Workshop: Finishing up creative writing
Social Studies: More preparations for our for our wagon trip west.

Questions to ask your child:
What are the fancy fraction words for the top and bottom numbers in a fraction? What do they tell you about the fraction?
After Monday ask…What is your pioneer identity, family name, occupation?

Reminders:
*Homework: Daily reading is always expected along with math practice M-Th including multiplication/division fact practice. Word assessments will happen weekly on Friday.
* Check out our class on Class DoJo for pictures and to track homework completion for the week! Your child’s points will be reset on Monday mornings, and I will continue to send out Dojo messages with reminders!

Today with Mrs. K…

Weekly Update for the week of April 16th

It’s a wrap for PARCC testing this year! I can’t tell you how happy I am to get back to normal this week. I was so proud of each and every child in my classroom. They took the assessments in stride and worked hard to show what they can do independently in reading and math. I couldn’t have asked for more. To celebrate, we concluded the week with a few fun activities like a virtual reality shark activity, a chorus performance, and students were also invited to a (rescheduled) party with Mrs. Hutchison to celebrate their completion of our kindness challenge in December.

This week we will be working on:
Math: Guided math rotations with fraction work
Reader’s Workshop: Self-selected reading strategies to work on in new reading groups.
Words Their Way: Back to our usual weekly routine! Monday=intro new sort; Tues=speed sort/blind sort; Wed=writing sentences; Thurs=illustrate; Fri=assessment
Writer’s Workshop: Finishing up & sharing our opinion writing
Social Studies: More preparations for our for our wagon trip west.

Questions to ask your child:
Who were Lewis and Clark?
What was the Louisiana purchase?
Do you like the new read aloud book we are reading, Rump by Liesl Shurtliff ?

Today with Mrs. K…

Weekly update for the week of April 9th

We survived over half of PARCC testing! Testing was a large chunk of our week, but not the most exciting. We packed our wagons at the Grove to kick-off our next social studies unit on Westward expansion. We went with Mrs. Rick’s room and divided into four groups to gather a list of items for our wagons. We gathered food, personal, household, and tool items. Everything from food to an anvil, to wash boards, to butter churns. Our oxen could only pull 1300 pounds leaving us with some difficult choices of what to leave behind! We were certainly glad that we didn’t have these constraints for living today!

This week we will be working on:
Math: PARCC testing and fractions
Reader’s Workshop: Independent reading selections to work on 30 Book Challenge logs
Words Their Way: No sorts this week
Writer’s Workshop: Finishing up our opinion writing pieces
Social Studies: Beginning to prepare for our wagon trip west. Learning about the Louisiana purchase and Lewis and Clark’s trip.

Questions to ask your child:
What was the most interesting item you saw at the Grove?
Would you like to travel west on a wagon? Why or why not?
How are you feeling about PARCC testing?

Today with Mrs. K…

A Weekly update for the week of April 2nd

It was fantastic getting to sit down with many of you before break to get to know you and your children even better! It was a short week packed with learning about futuristic animals based on selection, writing away on our opinion writing pieces, digging into fractions, and gearing up for PARCC testing.

This week we will be working on:
Math: Continued work on fractions
Reader’s Workshop: PARCC testing
Words Their Way: No sorts this week
Writer’s Workshop: PARCC testing
Science: We will work toward wrapping up our study of inheritance and selection.
Social Studies: Our field trip on Wednesday will kick off the start of our next social studies unit on Westward Expansion.

Questions to ask your child:
What kind of animal would you create with selection?
Tell about what you know about fractions.
Who is the audience for your opinion piece of writing/who are you trying to persuade?

Today with Mrs. K….

A weekly Update for the week of March 19th

We have been zipping right along with our persuasive writing essays. The students have chosen their topics, written introductions, began their body paragraphs, and have had instruction on conclusions. Students have been animated and full of emotion to get their opinion across. They took this writing structure and wrote out their opinion to our non-fiction reading unit on sharks. Ask them if they think sharks are terrorizing killers or an endangered species that needs to be protected? Have them site their reasons with examples, too!
We had Ms. Lane in to walk us through a PARCC tutorial. She had hand gestures, tips, tricks, and made this lesson an all around blast! To kick off our math period each day we went through math PARCC practice before diving into two-step word problems. We are gearing up to show off how much we know when students take the PARCC test right after spring break! .

This week we will be working on:
Math: Beginning work on fractions
Reader’s Workshop: Introducing PARCC format through practice with stories.
Words Their Way: No sorts this week
Writer’s Workshop: Continuing to write our persuasive writing and start typing it.
Science: Look at selection in animals to create breeds of dogs or other futuristic animals.

Questions to ask your child:
How did scientists know what dinosaurs looked like (hint: holes in skulls, eggs, fossils of skin/scales)?
Do you think sharks are terrorizing killers or an endangered species?
What is painting a picture in writing?