Monday, March 20, 2017

Week in Review: March 13th - 17th

We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Our week kicked off with a special PI day celebration on Tuesday, March 14th (3.14). Students made bracelets which symbolized the first 15 digits of pi, found the circumference and diameter of different sized cans, and graphed the digits of pi on graph paper! Pie was even served at lunch! Students had a great time! Our third grade students had an amazing adventure at Camp McDowell as well! Photos to come soon!

For language jobs this week, first grade students reviewed contractions, practiced identifying the problem and solution of a story, reviewed homonyms, homophones, and homographs, and had more practice with past tense verbs. Second grade students reviewed contractions, practiced identifying story elements, reviewed homonyms, homophones, and homographs, and wrote sentences with pronouns. Third grade students, reviewed contractions, identified story elements, reviewed homophones, homographs, homonyms, and identified the subject and predicate of a sentence.

For math jobs this week, all students identified the parts of a circle in preparation for PI day. First grade students solved large subtraction problems, while second and third grade students solved problems involving all operations.

In science this week, students continued their study of invertebrates by exploring annelids (segmented worms). Students did various experiments with earthworms to see if they preferred light or dark, wet or dry areas, the top or bottom of the soil, and where they are the most sensitive to touch (head, middle, or tail). Students had a great time with these experiments! In history, students were given a powerpoint presentation about Women in Science and viewed several short videos highlighting the accomplishments of women like Jane Goodall, Mae Jemison, and Rachel Carson. Students will create posters highlighting the work of these amazing women for their follow up this week!

REMINDERS

Friday, March 24th - DISMISSAL at 1:00 for Spring Break Holiday (NO AFTERCARE) 

Monday, March 27th - Friday, March 31st - Spring Break Holiday 


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week in Review: March 6th- 10th

It was another fantastic week in Lower Elementary! Students had a great time working in the classroom on various math, language, and cultural jobs.

For language jobs, first grade students identified the key elements in a fiction story, reviewed homonyms, worked with contractions, and sorted present and past tense verbs. Second grade students identified the key elements in a fiction story, reviewed homonyms, created contractions, and wrote sentences with pronouns. Third grade students identified key elements in a fiction story, reviewed homonyms, created contractions, and identified the subject and predicate of a sentence.

For math jobs, first grade students solved large subtraction problems, reviewed the names for different types of fractions, and completed various numeration jobs such as rounding or identifying place value. Second graders worked with all math operations, completed various numeration jobs such as rounding or identifying place value, and had continued work with money word problems. Third grade students had work with all math operations, reviewed the decimal system, and had continued work with elapsed time.

For cultural jobs, students continued their study of invertebrates with an introduction to mollusks. Students watched a powerpoint presentation and a short video highlighting the three main types of mollusks (bivalves, gastropods, and cephalopods). Students then were able to sort shells based on the type of mollusk the belonged to. Students began a study of Women's History by viewing a powerpoint presentation about famous women and their contributions to society. Students then designed a postage stamp depicting a famous women of his or her choice.

REMINDERS
March 13th - 17th - Book Fair 

March 15th - 17th - Third Graders go to Camp McDowell 

Tuesday, March 21st- Spring Program 7:00

Friday, March 24th - DISMISSAL at 1:00 for Spring Break Holiday 

Monday, March 27th - Friday, March 31st - Spring Break Holiday 


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week in Review: February 27th - March 3rd

We had a great week in Lower Elementary!  Students were busy completing quarterly math and language reviews, taking STAR Reading and STAR Math tests, and reviewing concepts learned during the third quarter. Students had a special treat on Tuesday, as Mrs. Genie brought in King Cakes to celebrate Mardi Gras and her birthday!

This week, students will review fractions term, complete fraction word problems, create contractions, identify story elements, and much more! We look forward to a great week!

Reminders 

Wednesday, March 8th - Progress Reports go home 

Thursday, March 9th  and Friday, March 10th - School dismisses at 1:00 for Parent Teacher Conferences 

Friday, March 10th - School Play - The Wizard of Oz - 6:30 

March 13th - 17th - Book Fair 

March 15th - 17th - Third Graders go to Camp McDowell 

Tuesday, March 21st- Spring Program 7:00 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Week in Review: February 21st-24th

Students had a great short week in Lower Elementary! They enjoyed the warmer weather and sunshine! Students also enjoyed a special presentation from Dr. Denny (Sara Elizabeth's Mom). She talked about her job as an orthodontist in conjunction with National Dental Health Month (which is February).

For language arts jobs, first grade students reviewed singular possessive nouns, were introduced to homonyms, and wrote sentences with verbs. Second graders reviewed singular and plural possessive nouns, completed a pronoun job, and reviewed homonyms. Third graders reviewed singular and plural possessive nouns, symbolized sentences, and reviewed homonyms.

For math jobs, first grade students solved large subtraction problems, identified missing variables in equations, solved fraction word problems, and practiced skip counting. Second graders reviewed division, identified missing variables in equations, and solved fraction word problems. Third graders solved problems with all math operations, identified missing variables in equations, solved fraction word problems, and identified factors of numbers.

For cultural lessons, students began a study of the Harlem Renaissance and identified several of the famous African Americans who contributed poetry, music, and other art during this time period. In science, students continued their study of invertebrates by comparing and contractions flatworm (Platyhelminthes) and roundworms (Nematodes).

Dr. Denny brought in models of braces and retainers! 

Dr. Denny showing us some X-rays




Goodie bags! 


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