Monday, September 19, 2016

Pictures!

Here are some pictures of our students hard at work and play!

Drama of the Archeozoic Ocean 

Timeline of Life Research 

Practical Life 

Skip counting with bead chains 

Practical Life 

45 Layout 

45 Layout 

Science Experiments 

Drama of the Archeozoic Ocean 


Constellation Pin Map 

Week in Review - September 12th -16th

We had another great week in Lower Elementary! Students enjoyed completing research on constellations and an organism from the Timeline of Life. Second and Third grade students also created presentations on land and water forms! It was a great week!

For language jobs, first grade students were introduced to synonyms, matched animals to their homes, and were introduced to common and proper nouns. Second grade students reviewed synonyms, identified helping verbs, and reviewed common and proper nouns. Third grade students reviewed synonyms, worked with adverbs, and reviewed common and proper nouns.

For math jobs, first grade students practiced addition, wrote number words, were introduced to even and odd numbers, identified fractions, were introduced to quadrilaterals, and counted dimes. Second grade students practiced multiplication, reviewed even and odd numbers, compared fractions, and made quadrilaterals. Third grade students practiced two digit multiplication, reviewed even and odd numbers, compared fractions, and identified triangles by their sides.

This week, students will compare fractions, review even and odd numbers, review synonyms, and compare numbers. It will be a great week!

Reminders 

Parent Internet/Social Media Night - PTO will sponsor a parent internet/social media safety night on Tuesday, September 20th. 



Children's Theater- Classroom 1 and 2 will attend a production at Children's Theater on September 28th and Classroom 3 will attend a production on September 30th. Permission slips will be sent home soon. 


Monday, September 12, 2016

Week in Review - September 5th-9th

We had a wonderful (though short) week in Lower Elementary! Students have established classroom rules and expectations and are working hard at maintaining peaceful and productive environments! Students enjoyed some role playing and acting out of scenarios which highlighted some situations which can arise in the classroom. Students worked together to discuss the best option for how to react to each scenario. Students also enjoyed participating in the first Peace Ceremony of the year!

In language arts, first grade students had continued work with antonyms and matched sets of animals to their young. Second grade students reviewed antonyms and had continued work with verbs. Third grade students have continued work with antonyms and identified the various types of adverbs.

In math, first grade students continued work with addition, wrote number words, matched fraction cards, and created art work using plane shape (modeled after the work of artist Paul Klee). Second grade students had continued work with multiplication, wrote numbers in expanded notation, found equivalent fractions, and found the perimeter of quadrilaterals. Third grade students worked with  two digit multiplication problems, wrote numbers in expanded notation, found equivalent fractions, and made quadrilaterals.

For cultural lessons, students discussed constellations in science. In History, students were presented the Timeline of Life. In Geography, students completed research on the basic land and water forms.

Next week, students will work with synonyms, even and odd numbers, common and proper nouns, and will compare fractions! It will be a great week!

Reminders 

Work Binders - Work Binders will be sent home Monday, September 12th. Please look through the work with your child, sign the top sheet, and return it to school. 

Parent Internet/Social Media Night - PTO will sponsor a parent internet/social media safety night on Tuesday, September 20th. 

Children's Theater- Classroom 1 and 2 will attend a production at Children's Theater on September 28th and Classroom 3 will attend a production on September 30th. Permission slips will be sent home soon. 

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!