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 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week in Review: April 11th -15th

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students enjoyed working on cultural jobs which included research on the Native Americans of the Plains and North American grasslands biome.

For language jobs, first graders were introduced to suffixes, wrote sentences with prepositions, and placed commas within a sentence to separate a list of nouns. Second graders reviewed possessive nouns, identified the different types of pronouns, and place commas within a sentence to separate a list of nouns. Third graders identified direct objects within a sentence and identified plural and plural possessive nouns.

For math jobs, first graders completed addition, multiplication, and subtraction problems, explored liquid measurement conversions, counted by 3's and 4's, practiced subtraction facts, and completed column addition problems. Second graders completed problems with all operations, completed liquid measurement conversions, solved word problems involving fractions, practiced division facts, and solved place value word problems. Third graders completed problems with all operations, completed liquid measurement conversions, converted decimals to fractions, solved IN/OUT function tables, and solved place value word problems.

For cultural jobs, students completed research on the Native Americans of the plains and the North American grassland biomes. Students also explored the process of pollination of flowering plants.


Reminders  
Wednesday, April 20th- Friday, April 22nd- Third Graders to Camp McDowell 
Saturday, April 23rd- PTO Spring Auction at 6:30
May 2nd- May 6th - 3rd grade SAT testing 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week in Review: April 4th-8th

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Spring is in the air and students enjoyed playing "Secret Agent Tag" in the sunshine during recess!

For language jobs this week, first graders had further practice with prefixes, prepositions, and compound words. Second graders were introduced to possessive nouns, continued working with pronouns, and used a thesaurus to locate synonyms and antonyms of certain words. Third graders discussed cause and effect, used a thesaurus to locate synonyms and antonyms of certain words, and analyzed sentences for subjects, predicates, and direct objects.

For math job this week, first grade students worked with addition, multiplication, and subtraction problems, were introduced to liquid measurement, solved word problems, and practiced their subtraction facts. Second graders worked with division problems and facts, reviewed liquid measurement, and solved two step word problems. Third graders worked with all operations, reviewed liquid measurement, and found the least common multiple of two numbers.

In History, students continued their study of Native Americans by completing research on the Native Americans of the Plains. In Geography, students researched the North American grasslands biome. In Science, students investigated the parts of a flower.

It was a great and busy week!

Reminders  
Tuesday, April 12th- JBMA Art Show 
Wednesday, April 20th- Friday, April 22nd- Third Graders to Camp McDowell 
Saturday, April 23rd- PTO Spring Auction at 6:30 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Week in Review : March 14th -18th

It was an awesome week in Lower Elementary! Students worked very hard on their jobs and enjoyed many presentations!

For language jobs this week, first grade students had further practice with prepositions, prefixes, analogies, and ABC Order. Second grade students had further practice with homonyms, symbolized sentences containing a pronoun, and reviewed analogies and ABC Order. Third grade students had further practice determining facts from opinions, reviewed the rules for placing quotation marks within a sentence, reviewed analogies, and analyzed sentences in order to find the direct object of a sentence.

For math jobs this week, first grade students worked with addition, multiplication, and subtraction operations, reviewed probability, determined odd and even numbers, and identified equivalent fractions. Second grade students worked with math operations, reviewed probability, solved two step word problems, and reviewed even and odd numbers. Third grade students worked with all math operations, reviewed probability, identified time vocabulary, and wrote decimal numbers in word form.

For cultural jobs, students began a unit of study on Native Americans in History. In science, students had continued study of photosynthesis. In Geography, students began a unit on Biomes. Using the computers, students discovered the different types of biomes and chose one to research.

We look forward to a wonderful week next week!

REMINDERS 

Tuesday, March 22nd- 7:30 AM - Camp McDowell Meeting for 3rd grade students and parents 

Tuesday, March 22nd- 7:00 PM - Spring Concert - Please have students in the classroom no later than 6:40. 

Thursday, March 24th- DISMISSAL at 1:00 for Spring Holiday! NO AFTERCARE! 

Friday, March 25th - Friday, April 1st - SPRING BREAK HOLIDAY

Saturday, April 23rd  - 6:30 pm - PTO Spring Auction 




Saturday, March 5, 2016

Week in Review : February 29th - March 4th

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! The highlight of our week was a demonstration from the Lakeshore Foundation Wheelchair Rugby team. Thanks to Coach Brad for fostering a connection with this amazing organization!

For language jobs this week, first graders used contractions in a sentence and  located and symbolized verbs in sentences, and edited sentences for capitalization.  Second grade students reviewed plural nouns, symbolized sentences, and edited paragraphs for errors. Third grade students wrote sentences with singular and plural possessives words, symbolized sentences, and edited paragraphs for errors.

For math jobs this week, first grade students worked with large addition and subtraction problems, renamed improper fractions to mixed numbers, completed addition word problems, measured shapes in centimeters, and reviewed rounding numbers to the tens and hundreds place. Second grade students solved subtraction problems, added and subtracted fractions, solved word problems with subtraction, measured objects from the classroom, and reviewed the commutative and associative property of addition and multiplication. Third grade students worked with all math operations, multiplied fractions, discovered equivalent figures, completed word problems, found averages, and review measurement conversions.

For cultural lessons, students were treated to a special presentation by Mrs. Genie on technology of the past. Students even got to watch a video of Mrs. Genie as a child on her family's movie projector. It was a special lesson on a special day (Leap Day and Mrs. Genie's Birthday!) Students also received a lesson about the branches of government as well as a science lesson on the parts of a leaf.

REMINDERS

Wednesday, March 9th - Progress Reports go home 

Thursday, March 10th and Friday, March 11th - Lower Elementary students will dismiss at 1:00 both days due to conferences. Use this link Conference Sign Up  to sign up for a conference!






Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week in Review : February 22nd - 26th



We had another wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students worked very hard to complete their quarterly reviews (which covered material presented in Language Arts and Math this quarter). It was wonderful to see how much the students have learned this quarter! Students also worked with sight words, practiced telling time and calculating elapsed time, counting money, and solving word problems.

For cultural jobs this week, students worked on their "Mind Maps" of South Africa and Germany. "Mind Maps" are a way to express main ideas and details of a central theme or image through the use of pictures and words. Students worked in groups to create a "Mind Map" of the country they studied in preparation for the International Festival. On Friday, students presented their "Mind Maps" to the entire Lower Elementary! It was wonderful to see what they learned!

Next week, students will review concepts such as editing, solving word problems, identifying parts of speech, working with all math operations, and measuring the length of objects in standard and metric units. It will be a great week!

Reminders 

March 4th - End of the Third Quarter 
March 9th-  Progress Reports go home 
March 10th and 11th- School dismisses at 1:00 for Third Quarter Conferences. Use this link Conference Sign Up  to sign up for a conference! 


"Mind Mapping"







Monday, February 15, 2016

Week in Review: February 8th - 12th


We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! The third graders performed a play for us based on one of the books they read in Great Books. The highlight of our week was our Valentine's Day party! Thanks to all who helped make the day special!

For language jobs this week, first grade students matched animal names to their sounds, practiced dictionary skills, read poetry, and edited sentences for capitalization, commas, and punctuation. Second grade students were introduced to pronouns, explored analogies, read poetry, and edited sentences for commas. Third grade students analyzed sentences, reviewed plural possessive nouns, read poetry, and edited sentences .

For math jobs, first students practiced multiplication, were introduced to the commutative property, added fractions, explored polygons, and practiced measuring items in centimeters and inches. Second grade students explored subtraction over zero, practiced column addition, were introduced to the commutative and associative properties, measured the perimeter of polygons, and practiced some simple measurement conversions. Third graders practiced all math operations, constructed numbers containing decimals, were introduced to the commutative, associative, and identity properties, explored congruent figures, and practiced measurement conversions.

For cultural jobs, students continued their study of South Africa and Germany. Students learned about the animals, holidays, clothings, and exports from the two countries. Join us for the International Festival on Saturday from 3-6 to see what we have learned.

Ready to pass out Valentine's Day cards 

Ready to pass out Valentine's Day cards 

Third graders performing the play - "The Princess and the Beggar" 

Third graders performing the play- "The Princess and the Beggar" 

Third graders performing the play- "The Princess and the Beggar" 


REMINDERS

February 19th: Peace Ceremony 
February 20th: International Festival 3pm-6pm