Saturday, August 27, 2016

Week in Review : August 22nd - 26th

We had another wonderful week in Lower Elementary! It is hard to believe that we have been in school for 3 weeks already! Students really enjoyed completing science experiments this week! They especially enjoyed watching paraffin wax change from a solid to a liquid to a gas when the wax was held over a flame.

For language jobs this week, first grade students reviewed compound words, reviewed ABC Order, and sorted nouns into people/places/things. Second grade students created a list of compound words, explored irregular past tense verbs, and matched initial blends to the correct picture. Third graders wrote sentences with compound words, worked with prepositions and adverbs, and matched cards to create words that began with phonics blends.

For math jobs this week, first graders completed addition problems using the golden beads, wrote number words for 1-10, were introduced to fractions, and reviewed plane shapes (circle, square, rectangle, etc). Second graders completed large addition and multiplication problems, wrote number words, and reviewed fractions and plane shapes. Third grade students completed large multiplication problems, wrote number words, and reviewed fractions and plane shapes.

In History, students represented the various time periods using The Clock of Eras. In Geography, the learned the parts of a volcano.

Next week, students will have continued work with number words and expanded notation, study quadrilaterals, explore Antonyms, edit writings for errors, learn basic land and water forms, explore the life cycle of a star, and hear The Drama of the Archeozoic Ocean. It will be a great week!

Reminders
- Homework goes home each Friday and is to be returned the following Friday.
- Monday, September 5th - No school due to Labor Day holiday
-Wednesday, September 7th - Speech and Hearing Test ( more information to come)
- Friday, September 9th - Peace Ceremony - Join us at 9:00 in the gym!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week in Review : August 15th - 19th

We had another great week in Lower Elementary! Students enjoyed cultural presentations and follow ups such as completing science experiments, making models of the Inner Earth, and researching about the planets.

In language arts, first graders were introduced to nouns, ABC Order, and reviewed compound words. Second graders reviewed ABC order and compound words. They also explored verb tenses. Third graders reviewed ABC order, compound words, and reviewed the parts of speech such as prepositions and adverbs.

In math, first graders reviewed place value, told time to the hour, and practiced addition facts. Second graders reviewed addition, told time to the five minute mark, and practiced skip counting. Third graders reviewed all math operations, told time to the 1 minute mark, calculated elapsed time to the hour, and practiced skip counting.

Next week, students will be introduced to/review fractions, write number words, review plane shapes, and continue to work with grammar symbols. Students will continue to complete science experiments, will identify the parts of a volcano, and will learn about the different eras of time. It will be a great week!

There are a few housekeeping things to keep in mind :

1. Please remember that snack is one item of fruit or vegetable.

2. School dismisses at 2pm every Monday.

3. All children will need a pair of non-marking PE shoes to wear in the gym.

4. Red folders are sent home in backpacks. Please complete your child's reading log each night.  

5. Homework is due on Friday, August 26th!

Family Movie Night is Friday, August 26th! Join us for a fun family film! Be sure to turn in your sheet to vote for the movie you would like to see! 




Saturday, August 13, 2016

The First Week of School

We are so excited to say we had an awesome first week back at school. We established procedures and got to know each other better. Students also took a nature walk outside, completed a "Student Bingo" game, discussed the work cycle, and completed their first jobs of the school year! We are looking forward to a great year in Lower Elementary!

Next week, first graders will receive math presentations and complete jobs covering place value, telling time to the hour, and addition facts. Second graders will review addition, tell time to the 5 minute mark, and review skip counting. Third graders will review all math operations, tell time to the 1 minute mark, calculate elapsed time, and review skip counting.

For language work, first graders will be introduced to ABC order and nouns. Students will also review compound words. Second graders will review ABC order to the second letter, review grammar symbols, and also review compound words. Third graders will review ABC order to the third letter, review grammar symbols, and also review compound words.

For cultural lessons, students will complete 3 science experiments which stem from our First Great Lesson: The Coming of the Universe. Students will discuss the layers of the Earth in Geography and explore the solar system in History.


There are a few housekeeping things to keep in mind :

1. Please remember that snack is one item of fruit or vegetable.

2. School dismisses at 2pm every Monday.

3. All children will need a pair of non-marking PE shoes to wear in the gym.

4. Red folders are sent home in backpacks. Please complete your child's reading log each night.  

5. The first homework of the year will be sent home on Friday, August 19th. Homework is due Friday, August 26th.


Thank you all so much for allowing us to participate in your child's life! We look forward to a wonderful year learning and growing together!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Welcome Back to School!



It's beginning to look A LOT  like "Back to School" time! Teachers have been busy preparing our beautiful environment in eager preparation for the 2016-2017 school year.

We know that students can reach their highest potential when teachers and parents partner together. A strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child's education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children's success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

We want to welcome Mrs. Melissa and Mrs. Sara to our Lower Elementary team! They will be assisting the Lower Elementary classrooms throughout the day along with Mrs. Naomi!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Lower Elementary orientation on Thursday, August 4th at 10 am! We will meet in the Gym. We will discuss important information about the coming school year and will have an opportunity to answer any questions you may have. We are looking forward to a great year!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Week in Review: May 2nd- 5th

Lower Elementary students had a wonderful week! Third graders were busy taking the SAT while first and second graders were busy in the classroom working on jobs.

For language jobs, first graders practiced dividing words into syllables, used and identified nouns in a sentence, identified main ideas and details, combined root words word to create compound words, and placed words in ABC order by their first letter. Second graders practiced reviewed grammar symbols, reviewed compound words, and identified pairs of words as synonyms and antonyms. Third graders identified the characters, setting, and major events of a story, reviewed grammar symbols, and identified the subject and predicate of a sentence.

For math jobs, first graders solved addition problems, skip counted by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's, and solved word problems. Second graders solved addition and multiplication problems, wrote numbers in expanded notation, practiced addition and multiplication facts, and rounded numbers to the 10's and 100's place. Third graders solved problems with all operations, wrote numbers in expanded notation, identified place value in whole and decimal numbers, identified even and odd numbers, compared numbers, and rounded numbers to the 10's, 100's, and 1000's place.

For cultural jobs, students studied seed dispersal in Science. For History, students researched the Northwest North American tribes.

Next week, students will complete quarterly reviews in Language and Math. Students will also be practicing a song for the Peace Ceremony on Friday, May 13th.

Reminders
May 13th - Peace Ceremony at 9:00 followed by Latin Dance Recital 
May 18th- End of the fourth quarter 
May 19th- Field Day 

Camp McDowell Fun!

Third grade students had a wonderful time at Camp Mcdowell!
















Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week in Review: April 18th - 22nd

Lower Elementary students had a great week! Third grade students had a blast at Camp McDowell! Look for pictures coming soon!

For language jobs, first grade students practiced identifying suffixes, were introduced to adverbs, and placed commas in the appropriate places among a list of nouns. Second graders wrote sentences with pronouns, placed commas in the appropriate places among a list of nouns, and identified possessive nouns.

For math jobs, first graders worked with math operations (addition, multiplication, subtraction), practiced subtraction facts,  compared numbers, and found unknown variables to complete addition and multiplication problems. Second graders practiced all math operations, practiced division facts, compared numbers, and found unknown variables to solve problems from all operations.

We look forward to the coming week where students will complete plant experiments, discuss the Native American tribes of the Southwest, and continue a study of the different biomes. It will be a great week!

Reminders  
May 2nd- May 6th - 3rd grade SAT testing
May 13th- Peace Ceremony 9:00