October 22 Week at a Peek

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What an amazing week of learning we have had!

Science

Students were excited to spend time inside and outside studying habitats and plants.

  • This week we will look at non-fiction text features in greater detail, examine habitat books from the library and classify them into one of the three large habitat categories.
  • We are expecting some nice weather this week and will take the opportunity to revisit the grassland and take a census of a few populations there.
  • See the slide show above to see some of our scientific learning this past week.

Student Blogging

After much thought, I have decided to assign students personal blogs this year.

  • Blog consent/information forms go home with students on Monday (the form is attached to this weekend’s parent email also).
  • Please consider the forms carefully and have your child return the bottom of the second page completed and signed by Wednesday, October 24 or sooner.
  • Visit our “What is a Blog?” page to learn more about blogs and student blogging.
  • Visit our “Blogging On! page to see samples of former student blogs.
  • Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

This week, in health, we will work on cyber-safety with the “Adventures of the 3 CyberPigs,” “Privacy Pirates” and Professor G. Learn more about cyber-safety and “netiquette” on the About Our Blog page.

Math Update

During math class, we are making sense of our number system.  Topics include:

students play “trade to 100” game with 10-digit die during math class
  • digits and numbers
  • patterns
  • place value – the value of a digit changes depending where its place is in a number.  Example:  293 “What is the value of the 9 in this number?” – ninety or 9 tens
  • decimal system (base 10)
  • hundreds, tens and ones (HTO) places; the “thousand” house, the “million” house
  • representing the value of a number with base 10 blocks
  • reading a number
  • numerals, words, standard form and expanded form (see chart below)
  • standard form expanded form
    numeral 197 100 + 90 + 7
    word one hundred ninety-seven one hundred + ninety + seven

Math Facts and Number Talks

We are on our last week of addition and will encourage one more addition strategy – adding up in chunks.

“Adding Up in Chunks” addition strategy

Mental math addition strategies taught in class:

  1. making 10s
  2. landmark/friendly numbers
  3. doubles/near doubles
  4. adding up in chunks
  • Students will have an opportunity to show their knowledge and application of mental addition strategies by completing a number talk journal page at the end of this week or the beginning of the next.
  • Math subtraction practice books are expected to go home on Monday, October 29.    🙂

Halloween

To say that students are very excited about Halloween may be a bit of an understatement.  We will continue with Halloween discussions up to the date and include “trick-or-treating” safety as one of our topics.

Here is a brief outline of what students can expect about Halloween on Wednesday, October 31 at school:

Costumes

  • Students may wear costumes during class time on Wednesday, October 31.  The entire school is costuming only in the afternoon.  Our class may need to wear costumes in the morning to complete our “Halloween Who Are You?” activity.  I will confirm on next week’s preview when I have worked out all the details.
  • Costumes sometimes are different at school than when trick-or-treating:  a)  School dictates that costumes are not bloody or gory (so not scary to younger students and so staff do not mistake the costume for a medical emergency).  b)  Costumes may not include real or fake weapons of any kind.  c)  Costumes should continue to make sure that students are tastefully covered.
  • Masks need to make sure the wearer has good vision (safety issue).  Students must be extra aware when a staff member tries to get their attention and students need to show their face/remove their mask when asked to by a staff member.
  • If a costume or any part of a costume causes a problem in class (distraction, blocking the view of another or safety issue), the student must remove the costume or part of costume.

Activities in our class Wednesday (Oct. 31)

As usual, our class activities are academic with the exception of a grade 3-5 sock hop in the gym from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. and a costume parade in the afternoon.  However, in light of this day of excitement, we will make use of the seasonal theme . . .

Halloween “Who are You?”

Planning:  Students must think about the following questions to prepare for our Wednesday, October 31 activities:

  • If your Halloween costume could represent a fictional character, what would the name of that character be?  (Example:  Wanda the witch)
  • How can you create an image that tells a story about who that fictional character is:  What can they do?  What obstacles do they have?  Do they have any superpowers?  Do they have any weaknesses?  What actions might they be performing?
  • What pose do you need to be photographed in to tell that story?  (Example:  Wanda the witch rides a broom.)
  • What props, if any, do you need to include in your photo?

Photos and Writing Project:

  • On Wednesday, students who wear costumes in our class will pose for photos that tell a story about their fictional Halloween character.  Photographs of costumed students will be taken without revealing their true identities.
  • Students will plan to write a paragraph that describes/introduces their fictional Halloween character/alter ego OR use the photo as an inspiration to plan to write a short creative story about their character.
  • Students who do not wear costumes will photograph a classmate or find a suitable digital photograph to use for this activity.  Students may wear costumes but they do not have to.
  • We will continue to work on stories throughout the week and will publish them on student blogs after Halloween.

I did this activity with several classes in the past.  Students enjoyed it so much that I thought I would try it again with this year’s class.  Samples of former student “Halloween Who Are You?” work can be seen on student blogs from earlier years on the Blogging On! page.    😀

Snacks are politely declined; students will most likely have more than enough snacks when they are trick-or-treating. 😀  As well, our class has decided that all snack sharing this year will only be on 2 specific days – one in January/February and the other in June.

Candy after Halloween

  • I do not expect to hear the rustle of candy wrappers in the classroom.
  • It is our practice to ask students to not eat candy and sugary treats in our classroom.
  • A reminder that we have a student in our classroom with a life-threatening peanut allergy – please do not bring treats that contain peanuts to school.
  • Students, if you bring Halloween treats to school, please save them for a recess snack or a lunch dessert; please be sure the wrappers end up in the garbage; please consume some healthy food along with your Halloween treat.
  • If someone forgets and brings Halloween treats into the classroom/desk area, I will ask for the treats and dispose of them.
  • Thanks in advance!  🙂

Spelling this Week

For those of you who took corrections from lessons 1-3 home, please complete and return on Monday.  Remember:  What goes home needs to come back the next day.   🙂 
  • This week’s assignments are due Thursday with tests on Thursday also.
  • Students will have class time on Wednesday to complete their spelling assignments and corrections from earlier assignments.
  • Students who were not assigned a lesson 3 spelling last week will begin the blue spelling this week.
  • Printing for the printing group will continue with a letter a day.  These printing letters will be emphasized with the entire class.

Here is a spelling preview for those of you who like to prepare early!

Here’s a look at week  8. . .

Monday

  • +7 to +10 weekly whiz quiz
  • spelling corrections due
  • printing and printing corrections to the end of letter Ll due
  • printing letter of the day Mm
  • phys. ed. p.m.

Tuesday

  • A12 math fact quiz
  • printing letter of the day Nn
  • introduction to spelling words
  • arts ed. a.m.
  • EAL cultural potluck – noon in library
  • phys. ed. p.m.

Wednesday

  • student blog consent forms due
  • A13 math fact quiz
  • printing letter of the day Oo
  • time to work on spelling assignment in class

Thursday

  • A14 math fact quiz
  • printing letter of the day Pp
  • spelling tests and this week’s spelling assignments due
  • library exchange a.m.
  • phys. ed. a.m.
  • marble rewards p.m.?

Friday

  • A15 math fact quiz
  • printing letter of the day Qq
  • arts ed. p.m.

What are you looking forward to this week at school?

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