Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week in Review: January 9th - 13th

We had an excellent week in Lower Elementary! Students were busy with jobs and very much enjoyed the warmer weather toward the end of the week.

For language arts jobs, first graders were introduced to homophones and plural words, worked with verbs, and reviewed dictionary skills. Second graders reviewed homophones, adverbs, dictionary skills, plural words, and homophones. Third graders reviewed homophones, conjunctions, dictionary skills, and plural words.

For math jobs, first graders reviewed addition and multiplication problems, rounding numbers, and the fundamental concepts of geometry. Second graders reviewed dynamic subtraction, rounding, and types of lines. Third graders reviewed all math operations, rounding, and the positions of two lines.

For cultural jobs, students were introduced to parallel circuits. Students built parallel circuits using projects from the Snap Circuits Jr. set and then completed a writing comparing series and parallel circuits. In geography, students reviewed the water cycle. In history, students were introduced to famous American inventors.

Next week, students will have more work with homophones, plural words, math operations, rounding, and grammar symbols. Students will begin to design their own series and parallel circuits by creating a prototype. Students will have further work with water cycle and inventors.

Classroom 2 students working on circuits 

Working together to build a parallel and series circuit



Reminders
No School- Monday, January 16th, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday 

JBMA Talent Show- Friday, January 20th at 6:30 

Parent Night- Thursday, January 26th 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Week Ahead: December 12th - 16th

We are very excited about all the happenings taking place during the week ahead! Students have been practicing very hard for their holiday performance on Tuesday as well as practicing carols to sing at the nursing home on Wednesday (Classroom 1 and 2) and Thursday (Classroom 3). In addition to all this, students will receive lessons with Roman numerals, suffixes, and parts of speech such as adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions.   This promises to be a wonderful week!

Here is a breakdown of what is happening!

Tuesday, December 13th - Holiday Program 7:00 (Students should arrive no later than 6:40)

Wednesday or Thursday, December 14th or 15th - Field Trip to Shelby Ridge nursing home

Friday, December 16th - Field Trip to Oak Mountain Lanes. Pizza served for lunch (no cafeteria lunch). Dismissal at 1:00. NO AFTERCARE.

We want to wish everyone a very restful, happy, and safe Winter Break! Thank you for all your support! See you January 3rd!



Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Week Ahead: November 28th-December 2nd

We hope that everyone had a wonderful week off of school! We will be back in action this week and are looking forward to the many lessons and activities that the month of December will bring. Please take a moment to look at the link entitled "November Updates" on the right hand side of the blog in order to keep up to date on all the happenings!

For language job this week, first grade students will be introduced to suffixes, will review adjectives, read grade level sight words, and spell grade level sight words. Second grade students will review suffixes, will be introduced to adverbs, read grade level sight words, and spell grade level sight words. Third grade students will review suffixes, will be introduced to conjunctions, read grade level sight words, and spell grade level sight words

For math jobs this week, first grade students will practice with large addition and multiplication problems, review fractions, be introduced to Roman Numerals and rounding, and review number words 1-100. Second grade students will practice with large addition, multiplication, and subtraction problems, and review fractions, Roman Numerals, and rounding. Third grade students will practice all operations, be introduced to coordinate grids, and review fractions, rounding, and Roman Numerals.

For cultural jobs, students will learn about electric circuits and create a model of a closed electric circuit. Students will learn about the history of electricity and aspects of weather as well. It will be a wonderful week!

Reminders 
Homework - A small homework packet will be sent home on Monday, November 28th. The packet will be due on Friday, December 2nd.

December 9th-  Parent's Night Out

December 13th - 1st - 8th grade Holiday Program 7:00 pm

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week in Review: November 7-10

We had a great week in Lower Elementary, even though is was unexpectedly short! Students were busy with language, math, and cultural jobs.

For language jobs, first grade students reviewed prefixes and adjectives. Second grade students reviewed prefixes and wrote sentences with prepositions. Third graders reviewed prefixes and wrote sentences with pronouns.

For math jobs, first graders had further practice with large multiplication problems, worked with bar graphs, added fractions, and wrote number words. Second graders had further practice with one digit and two digit multiplication problems, worked with bar graphs and pie charts, and added large fractions. Third graders worked with all math operations, created their own graphs, added and subtracted fractions, and measured angles.

For cultural jobs, students finished their work with King Tut and Egypt. Students were also introduced to electricity this week.

We look forward to a busy November and December! Please be sure to check the blog and your child's red folder for upcoming events and information. Please look under the Links section of the blog to see the November Updates newsletter.





Monday, October 31, 2016

Week in Review: October 24th- 28th - Picture Edition!

We had a very exciting week in Lower Elementary! Students from classroom 1 and 2 had a presentation on Egypt from Mrs. Citlalli. All classes also carved pumpkins as part of an expository writing experience and had a special Diwali celebration on Friday! It was a wonderful week!
























Monday, October 24, 2016

October 17th-21st

Hello! We are going to have a wonderful week in Lower Elementary!

For language arts jobs, first graders will have further practice with syllables, prefixes, and articles. Second graders will have further practice with syllables, prefixes, and prepositions. Third graders will have further practice with syllables, prefixes, and pronouns. All students will have practice writing an expository writing piece detailing the steps to carving a pumpkin.

For math jobs, first grade students will be introduced to multiplication, compare fractions, be introduced to polygons, explore tally charts, and write number words. Second grade students will have further work with multiplication, add fractions, find the symmetry of polygons, and explore information found in tally charts and pictographs. Third grade students will have further practice with subtraction, solve fraction word problems, identify and measure angles, and explore information found in tally charts, bar graphs, circle graphs, and pictographs.

For cultural lessons, students began an engineering design project in response to their learning of how the great pyramids were built using simple machines. In history, students heard the Fifth Great Lesson : The History of Numbers. Students continued their study of Ancient Egypt as well.

It will be a great week!

Reminders 

Halloween Parade - The JBMA Halloween Parade is one of our annual traditions where students have an opportunity to dress up as a character and learn from one another. This year, Lower Elementary students are looking forward to the Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31st. 

Students are invited to dress up ONLY as a character from a book, a historical figure, or cultural representative. We aim to keep Halloween light-hearted and fun for everyone, and therefore will not allow weapons, blood, or anything scary. Our costume parade brings all ages together and we need to respect the needs of the younger children.

Halloween Party -  We are still in need of items and volunteers for our Halloween Party on October 31st. Please go to the following link to see how you can help!  http://signup.com/go/U1Tv


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Week in Review: October 3rd-7th

We had another wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students enjoyed the cooler weather and were busy with many activities in the classroom as well.

For language arts jobs, first graders were introduced to articles, edited text for capitalization, and alphabetized words by their first letters. Second graders edited text for capitalization and punctuation, wrote their own compound words, alphabetized words by their second letters, and wrote sentences which contained an article, adjective, noun, and verb. Third graders reviewed adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions, alphabetized words by their third letters, and edited text for capitalization, commas, and punctuation.

For math jobs, first graders compared numbers, practiced addition, reviewed even and odd numbers, counted quarters, compared fractions, and combined triangles to create quadrilaterals. Second graders were introduced to column addition, reviewed expanded notation, discovered equivalent fractions, wrote number words as numbers, and found the perimeter of polygons. Third graders solved word problems, identified types of fractions, discovered equivalent fractions, reviewed perimeter of various shapes, and identified the types of triangles.

For cultural jobs, students took a trip to the Middle School science lab where they learned about the parts of a microscope and then were able to look through some microscopes to observe pond water, dog hair, and a butterfly wing (to name a few). In history, students explore the culture of Ancient Egypt. In geography, students identified the parts of a river and had the opportunity to label the major rivers in Africa.

Next week, students will have a short but busy week! Students will be introduced to prefixes, review grammar, and find missing variables in addition and multiplication sentences. It will be great!

DATES TO REMEMBER 

Monday, October 10th - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL for students

Wednesday, October 12th - Progress Reports will go home 

Thursday, October 13th and Friday, October 14th - School will dismiss at 1:00 both days for Parent Conferences.

Parent Conferences are quickly approaching! Please sign up for a conference via the link sent in a email. If you have questions about the sign up, please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible in order to schedule your conference.

Sunday, October 23rd- Fall Festival 

Halloween Parade - The JBMA Halloween Parade is one of our annual traditions where students have an opportunity to dress up as a character and learn from one another. This year, Lower Elementary students are looking forward to the Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31st. 

Students are invited to dress up ONLY as a character from a book, a historical figure, or cultural representative. We aim to keep Halloween light-hearted and fun for everyone, and therefore will not allow weapons, blood, or anything scary. Our costume parade brings all ages together and we need to respect the needs of the younger children.