Saturday, February 6, 2016

Week in Review: February 1th -5th

It was a great week in Lower Elementary! Students have been very busy in and out of the classroom! Students especially enjoyed a fencing demonstration during P.E. time this week. Thanks to Coach Brad for bringing such a fun demonstration to JBMA!

For language jobs this week, first graders worked matched animals and their sounds and were introduced to basic uses for commas. Second grade students worked with comparative adjectives and explored various uses for commas. Third grade students identified the subject and predicate of sentences, identified plural possessive nouns, and used commas to separate nouns in a series within a sentence.

For math jobs this week, first grade students worked with multiplication facts and large multiplication problems, were introduced to feet and yards, converted improper fractions to mixed numbers, and solved riddles describing geometric solids. Second grade students worked with large subtraction problems, reviewed column addition using the Dot Game, measured items in feet and yards, and solved riddles describing geometric solids.

For cultural lessons, students continued their study of plants by taking a closer look at the different types of stems in science. Students also began their historical and geographical study of South Africa and Germany. Students were introduced to basic facts about the countries and identified various geographical features. We look forward to sharing this information during the International Festival!

Next week, students will be busy editing their writing, reviewing grammar symbols, measuring the length of items, and exploring concepts in geometry! It will be a wonderful week filled with learning and a bit of fun! Our Valentine's Day Party will be on Friday, February 12th at 1:30!

REMINDERS

February 12th: Valentine's Day Party at 1:30. Each student will need 51 valentines with just the "From" part filled out their his or her name. We will exchange valentines and then have an ice cream sundae treat!
February 12th : School Play - One Hundred and One Dalmatians 
February 15th : No School - President's Day 
February 19th: Peace Ceremony 
February 20th: International Festival 3pm-6pm 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week in Review : January 25th- 29th

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! The students diligently practiced their self-selected jobs for Parent's Night all week. Thank you to all who came out for Parent's Night! The students took great pride in their role as teachers!

In addition to practicing for Parent's Night, students received a presentation on the different types of roots a plant can have. Did you know that a potato isn't actually a root, but a sweet potato is? Students were fully engaged in our discussion and also enjoyed observing the radish seeds that have sprouted in the classroom. Students also finished their study of the American Revolution by watching a movie about a young Colonial girl living in the American Colonies in 1775.

This week, students will be introduced to decimals, explore the use of commas within a sentence, continue their study of linear measurement, and solve riddles involving the geometric solids. It will be a wonderful week!

REMINDERS

February 12th : School Play - One Hundred and One Dalmatians 
February 15th : No School - President's Day 
February 19th: Peace Ceremony 
February 20th: International Festival 3pm-6pm 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week in Review : January 19th-22nd

Even though it was a short week, students were hard at work! Students received many presentations on new material and had opportunities to practice previously learned skills.

For language jobs, first grade students symbolized sentences containing verbs and had further practice with contractions. Second grade students had further work with comparative adjectives ( using the words more and most), reviewed contractions, and used a pronunciation key to decode words. Third grade students were introduced to the use of an apostrophe in a singular possessive noun, used a pronunciation key to decode words, and reviewed contractions.

For math jobs, first grade students solved large multiplication problems, converted improper fractions to mixed numbers, were introduced to ordinal numbers, made quadrilaterals with the stick box, and measured lines using centimeters. Second grade students solved subtraction problems by using the bead frame, subtracted fractions and measured the perimeter of the quadrilateral shapes found in the geometry cabinet. Third grade students practiced all math operations, multiplied fractions, and found the perimeter and area of rectangles and squares.

For cultural jobs, students conducted research on a famous person from the American Revolution in history. In science, students discussed the parts of a plant (specifically the roots) and planted radish seeds to watch how the roots grow. In geography, students continued their study of the Lakes and Rivers of the 13 colonies.

Next week, students will be busy in preparation for Parent's Night on this Thursday, January 28th. Students will select jobs to present, practice those jobs, and help prepare the environment for this exciting evening. We hope you can join us!

Reminders

Parent's Night - Parent's Night will be held on Thursday, January 28th! All are invited to this special evening where the students become the teachers and showcase particular jobs that they have enjoyed working on in Lower Elementary.




Sunday, January 17, 2016

Week in Review: January 11 - 15

We had another great in Lower Elementary! Students enjoyed the week and worked very hard!

For language jobs, first graders were introduced to verbs, formed contractions, and explored the dictionary by using guide words. Second graders explored comparative adjectives, reviewed homographs by using a pronunciation key, and formed contractions. Third graders explored helping verbs, reviewed homographs by using a pronunciation key, and formed contractions.

For math jobs, first graders has continued work with multiplication, became familiar with standard and metric vocabulary for various lengths, and were introduced to different types of fractions (proper, improper, and mixed number). Second graders solved subtraction problems using the bead frame, reviewed standard and metric measurement vocabulary for various lengths, and reviewed subtracting fractions. Third graders had further practice with all math operations, reviewed standard and metric measurement vocabulary for various lengths, were introduced to multiplying fractions, and were also introduced to multiplying a binomial by a binomial in preparation for exploring the distributive property of multiplication.

For cultural jobs, students continued their study of the American Revolution by viewing a Powerpoint presentation. Students also continued their study of plants by exploring the parts of a plant.

REMINDERS

No School -There will be no school on Monday, January 18th due the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

Parent's Night - Parent's Night will be held on Thursday, January 28th! All are invited to this special evening where the students become the teachers and showcase particular jobs that they have enjoyed working on in Lower Elementary.

January Birthday Celebration will be held this Friday, January 22nd. This date had to be rescheduled from earlier in the month. Please send a treat with your child if he or she has any allergies or dietary restrictions.





Sunday, January 10, 2016

Week in Review: January 5th - 8th

We had a wonderful week back from the holiday break!

We were excited to learn that Mrs. Catherine had her twin girls, Sidney and Cameron, on New Year's Eve! We were also excited to welcome two new students to Lower Elementary. Zarria is a first year who will be in Classroom 2 and Beltran is a first year from Madrid, Spain who will be in Classroom 3! Welcome to JBMA!

 We also spent the week completing several community building activities and outlined our goals for the classroom in 2016.  We look forward to an amazing semester!

For language jobs this week, first graders reviewed antonyms, synonyms, homophones, homographs, and homonyms. Second grade students reviewed irregular plural nouns, homographs, and matched adverbs to the appropriate verb. Third graders reviewed editing marks, suffixes, and prefixes.

For math jobs this week, first graders worked with multiplication facts. Second graders, were introduced to subtraction and worked with subtraction facts. Third graders, worked with all math operations and reviewed how to read data found in circle graphs. All students collected data as a class and then compiled that information into a bar graph.

For cultural jobs, students began a unit on Colonial America in History and Geography. Students were also introduced to the Plant Kingdom chart as an introduction to a unit on plants.

Next week, students will work on contractions, math operations, fractions, grammar, linear measurement vocabulary, and much more! We look forward to a great week!

REMINDERS

No School -There will be no school on Monday, January 18th due the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

Parent's Night - Parent's Night will be held on Thursday, January 28th! All are invited to this special evening where the students become the teachers and showcase particular jobs that they have enjoyed working on in Lower Elementary. 




Sunday, December 6, 2015

Week in Review : November 30th - December 4th

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students enjoyed our visit to the Children's Theater to see "Seussical"!

For language jobs this week, first grade students were introduced to common and proper nouns, created plurals words by adding -ies, and reviewed homonyms. Second grade students reviewed homophones, were introduced to adverbs, and practiced creating some irregular plural nouns. Third grade students reviewed homophones, were introduced to interjections, and reviewed plural nouns.

For math jobs this week, first grade students practiced math operations (addition and multiplication), worked with rounding numbers to the tens and hundreds place, analyzed pictographs, and practiced counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Second grade students practiced math operations, reviewed rounding, analyzed pictographs, and completed column addition problems. Third grade students practiced math operations, reviewed rounding, subtracted fractions, and analyzed pictographs, line graphs, and circle graphs.

For cultural jobs, students heard the Great Lesson : The History of Communication in History. For Geography, students used a compass rose to determine the location of various states on the US map. In Science, students used thermometers to measure the temperature of ice water and room temperature water.

Next week, student will complete quarterly reviews in language and math. Students will also continue practicing for the holiday program on December 15th. It should be a great week!

REMINDERS 

December 8th- Lower Elementary Classroom 2 and 3 to Middle School Holiday Store

December 15th- Elementary and Middle School Holiday Program - 7:00

December 16th and 17th- Lower Elementary to Shelby Ridge for Amaryllis Project (please send in $5.00 for the Amaryllis bulbs as soon as possible) 

December 18th - LE Bowling Party - Dismissal at 1:00 - NO AFTERCARE

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lower Elementary News - December Dates and Reminders

Hello everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families! We are looking forward to returning to our busy schedule of learning and growing together! This week, students will be introduced to new parts of speech ( adverbs and interjections), have continued work with plural nouns, practice rounding numbers, interpret graphs (pictographs, line, circle), and work with all math operations. In cultural subjects, students will hear the Story of Numbers in History, continue the study of states and capitals in Geography, and explore how to read a thermometer in Science.

Here are some reminders as we head into the busy month of December -

December 2nd - Lower Elementary Classroom 3 to Middle School Holiday Store

December 2nd-  Classroom 2 to Children's Theater

December 3rd- Classroom 3 to Children's Theater

December 4th- Parent's Night Out 7-10

December 8th- Lower Elementary Classroom 2 and 3 to Middle School Holiday Store

December 15th- Elementary and Middle School Holiday Program - 7:00

December 16th and 17th- Lower Elementary to Shelby Ridge for Amaryllis Project

December 18th - LE Bowling Party - Dismissal at 1:00 - NO AFTERCARE

Please be sure to return all permission slips and money for these activities as you are able. We look forward to a wonderful month together!