Saturday, September 28, 2013

A is for Addition

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope you enjoyed your extra day off and took the time to do something very fun. The rest of the teachers and I were busy at work yesterday and I'm excited to try out some fun, new ideas in our room very soon. Last week was a busy week in our classroom.

In math last week we continued to work on addition. On Wednesday, we finished our topic and on Thursday we took our test. A few students still haven't taken the test due to absence so I don't have a class average yet.

For reading we worked on the "Author's Viewpoint." The viewpoint of an author means the opinions, biases, and feelings an author has that are implied in their writing. To help illustrate this point we read two versions of Cinderella and discussed the two different viewpoints.

In writing this week we focused on identifying common and proper nouns. We also focused on the /or/ sound in spelling. In addition we practiced our writing stamina through journaling.

We continued to work on our Oak maps in social studies. Some students have been required to redo their maps a couple of times due to insufficient effort. When students are asked to redo assignments they are graded across their overall effort. We also started talking about our Los Altos community.

In science we made spouters this week. We have placed our seeds in them and made our hypothesis for the growth we will see.

Next week:

  • Math: Begin Topic 4 on subtraction
  • Reading: Begin our 1st novel 
  • Writing: Homophones
  • Social Studies: Landforms
  • Science: Seed soak
Mrs. Andersen

Sunday, September 22, 2013

S is for Seed

Happy Fall Parents and Students,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Last week we did a lot of exciting things in our classroom.

In Math we worked on addition. We used multiple strategies to aid us in multi-digit addition. We also learned how to estimate. We used it to validate our exact sums.

For Reading this week we focused on the skill of identifying cause and effect relationships. We analyzed these relationships in various texts and in our personal experiences.

In Writing we worked on our suffixes and learned about subjects and predicates. Additionally, we started practicing painting pictures with our words to create more interesting sentences.

We continued our focus on the skill of observation in Science this week. To better understand seeds and their similarities, we analyzed different types of produce and compared their seeds. This helped inform our decisions on what to grow.

For Social Studies we continued to work on our Oak maps. Students are learning how to create legends and how to accurately diagram locations from an aerial view.

In the area of life skills, we are continuing our practice of better eye contact, self control, and active listening. Please reenforce these concepts in your homes.

Here's what's coming up this week:

  • Math: Topic 3 Test Thursday
  • Reading: Book Report due Thursday
  • Writing: Show not tell sentences
  • Science: Seed is sprouting
  • Social Studies: Los Altos community 
See you tomorrow! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

O is for Observation

Hello Students and Parents,

I hope you have all had a restful weekend and are gearing up for another big week. We still need to work on our self control and turning in our homework. The students have set a goal of 68 days of everyone turning in their homework but so far we have only had one day in a row.

In math this week we finished our rounding unit. The majority of our class did really well on this topic. The most common error was students not rounding to the requested place.

For reading we worked on inference. Students learned about their schema's and combined that with text to find meaning. We are also continuing to practice our stamina.

Writing this week focused on finishing the parts of speech and looking into complete answers. We also began journal writing to increase our endurance in that area, as well.

In spelling we worked on antonyms and the long "a" sound. We also took a look at syllable breaks in words.

We began science this week by exploring our schema of seeds. We then discussed scientific properties and observed a variety of seeds.

Here's what's coming up this week:

Math: Adding Whole Numbers
Reading: Cause and Effect
Writing: Subjects and Predicates
Science: Diagraming

Saturday, September 7, 2013

B is for Back to School Night

Hello Caring Community,

It was great getting to meet so many parents at back to school night this week. I hope you enjoyed your time and feel like you know more about me, our classroom, and each other. We had an exciting week and had our first of many types of tests this week.

In math this week we finished our unit on place value. We had our first math test on Friday and had a mean of 88%. Some students still need to work on understanding the difference between place and value of various digits. We also began taking our quick check quizzes. Many students are challenged by this assessment since it requires them to explain their thinking about problem solving.

Social studies this week focused on continuing to build our community. We also integrated map skills by having students create self portrait maps. They used landforms and bodies of water to represent different aspects of themselves. Then they created a key and used a compass to tie in mapping skills.

For reading we worked on sequencing. We sequenced books from project cornerstone, along with our class reader. The students also took their first free response comprehension test. Students will take this weekly and will have to work on complete and detailed responses.

In writing we worked on parts of speech. We hunted for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. We also worked on a cursive letters. Many students need to practice their print and cursive letters. For spelling we worked on long o and ch, sh, th, wh sounds.

Next week:

Math: Test Friday on Rounding
Social Studies: School Community
Reading: Inference
Writing: Parts of Speech
Science: Seeds