Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week in Review: February 6- February 10

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students had a great time learning new information in class as well as practicing how to set a pace while running laps during P.E.

For language arts jobs, first graders were introduced to singular possessive nouns, homographs, and analogies. Students also sorted verbs based on their tense (past or present). Second grade students were introduced to singular and plural possessive nouns, homographs, and analogies. Students also completed work with pronouns. Third grade students were introduced to singular and plural possessive nouns and homographs. Students also reviewed analogies and wrote sentences with interjections.

For math jobs, first graders practiced completing large subtraction problems, found the position of straight lines within our classroom, and practiced measuring objects with a ruler. Second grade students reviewed subtraction, were introduced to the different types of angles, and practiced finding the area and perimeter of rectangles and squares. Third grade students solved problems with all operations, reviewed how to convert decimals into simple fractions, and reviewed how to find the area and perimeter of rectangles and squares. Third graders continued to solve algebraic equations using the Hands On Equation materials.

For cultural jobs, students learned about the Underground Railroad and conductors like Harriet Tubman. In science, students explored the body parts and functions of the invertebrate animals called porifera (sponges). In geography, students discovered the various layers of the ocean and identified animals that live at each level.

Reminders 
Tuesday, February 14th - Vision Screening (5K through 5th grade) and Valentine's Day Party (more information to come) 

Wednesday, February 15th - Lower Elementary Classrooms 1 and 2 to the Birmingham Southern Environmental Center. 

Thursday, February 16th - Lower Elementary Classroom 3 to the Birmingham Southern Environmental Center 

Friday, February 17th - Peace Ceremony 

Monday, February 20th - No School due to President's Day holiday 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week in Review : January 30th - February 3rd

We had another wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students were busy at work discovering the various types of invertebrates, learning about ocean currents, and researching famous African-Americans as a part of a Black History Month assignment.

For language jobs, first graders reviewed plural words, sorted verbs into present and past tense, and wrote a friendly letter for their creative writing assignment. Second graders reviewed plural words, were introduced to pronouns, and wrote a friendly letter. Third graders reviewed plural words, were introduced to analogies, and wrote sentences containing interjections.

For math jobs, first graders solved large subtraction problems, identified the positions of a straight line (horizontal, vertical, oblique), and were introduced to measuring with a ruler. Second graders completed large addition, multiplication, and subtraction problems, identified the parts of an angle, and reviewed how to calculate the perimeter and area of squares and rectangles. Third graders solved problems covering all four operations, review how to calculate perimeter and area, and were introduced to the decimal system.

For cultural jobs, students explored invertebrates of the ocean, identified the causes of ocean currents, and explored the contributions of some famous African-Americans.

Reminders

Tuesday, February 7th - Camp McDowell meeting for 3rd grade parents (7:15 in Classroom 3)  

Tuesday, February 14th - Vision Screening (5K through 5th grade) and Valentine's Day Party (more information to come) 

Wednesday, February 15th - Lower Elementary Classrooms 1 and 2 to the Birmingham Southern Environmental Center 

Thursday, February 16th - Lower Elementary Classroom 3 to the Birmingham Southern Environmental Center 

Friday, February 17th - Peace Ceremony 

Monday, February 20th - No School due to President's Day holiday 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week in Review: January 17th -20th

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students were busy at work on language, math, and cultural jobs!

For language jobs, first grade students changed nouns from singular to plural form by adding an -es. They also reviewed homophones and matched cards to identify animals (nouns) with their sounds (verbs). Second graders changed nouns that end in y from singular form to plural form. They also reviewed adverbs and homophones. Third grade students reviewed all plural rules, homophones, and conjunctions.

For math jobs, first grade students completed large addition and multiplication problems and reviewed rounding to the 10's and 100's place. Second grade students focused on completing dynamic subtraction problems and reviewed rounding. Third grade students practiced solving long division problems using the test tube division material, used rounding and estimation to solve problems, and began math and language standardized test prep.

For cultural jobs, students made a prototype of a series and a parallel circuit using string, pushpins, christmas lights, and tape. Students are eagerly awaiting next week when they can make a series and parallel circuit using real wire, batteries, and light bulbs. In history, students revisited a Powerpoint presentation on inventors and identified several famous inventors and their inventions. In geography, students discussed the amount of drinkable water on earth, how water is treated and filtered, and ways to conserve water at school and home.

REMINDERS 
January 26th - Join us for Parent's Night! Students will have the opportunity to be the teachers this night and are very excited to show you what we have been working on in class! Lower Elementary will have Parent's Night from 6:30 -7:30. Please join us! 

Discussing series and parallel circuits 

Students creating models of series and parallel circuits 

Third grade students complete a grammar job 




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.