Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I’m finally back into the swing of things here at school! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! I appreciate all of the sympathy cards and emails I received regarding the passing of my mother-in-law. Thanks for being patient with me, as I know I haven’t updated our blog in quite some time. So… Let’s catch up on what we’ve been up to for the past month in Room 205.

We just finished working on Author’s Purpose during Reader’s Workshop. An author writes for three main reasons: to persuade, inform, or to entertain. We carried this theme over to Writer’s Workshop as we wrote paragraphs and letters to persuade. We read some great books that modeled persuasive writing. A few of those books include I Wanna Iguana, I Wanna New Room, Earrings, and My Brother Dan’s Delicious.

In Math we finished up our Geometry Unit which included 2-3D shapes, symmetry, perimeter, and transformations. The kids did a great job with Geometry. We are now learning multiplication strategies to help us become fluent with our multiplication facts. Some strategies we are learning include skip counting, arrays, grouping, and repeated addition. We have started taking weekly multiplication and division timed tests, just to get the kids used to them. After learning the multiplication strategies, students will work through the facts and earn toppings for a banana split party. More information about that will be coming soon. We may start this before Winter Break, but more than likely we will finish in January.

In Social Studies, we studied the importance and meaning of The Declaration of Independence and the Star Spangled Banner. We are currently learning about the Constitution and the Three Branches of Government. It’s a big unit with lots of important facts and history.

We enjoyed our Field Trip to Coterie Theatre last week to see “Shrek the Musical”. The play was funny and the kids seemed to like it. It’s always fun to spend part of our day outside of the school. I know as a kid, my favorite part of field trips was getting to bring a sack lunch.

We completed our second Acuity testing window this week. Our class average increased, and as a class we are in the Proficient range. Most students’ scores also increased. We are tracking our progress in the classroom on our data board, as well as individually in our data binders. Our next testing window for Acuity is in February. Next week we will take the STAR reading and math tests during computer lab.

I know Thanksgiving has passed, but I want you to know how much I truly LOVE being your child’s teacher! I am thankful for each of my students and for each of you! Your support means the world to me.
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Party

Thank you to all of the parents who donated, volunteered, and attended our party yesterday!  The kids had a great time!  Enjoy the slide show!