Thursday, September 11, 2014

Week in Review - September 8th-12th


We had a wonderful week in Lower Elementary!


For language jobs this week, first graders reviewed antonyms, explored the parts of a friendly letter, and matched objects to the correct article (a/an). Second graders worked with synonyms and antonyms, identified the parts of a friendly letter, placed words in ABC order by their second letter, and symbolized sentences found in a verb grammar box. Third graders continued learning about the meaning of some common prefixes, wrote friendly letters, explored irregular verb tenses, and placed words in ABC order by looking at their third letter. 

For math jobs this week, first grade students reviewed place value to the thousands, reviewed the names of basic quadrilaterals, wrote number words, and practiced telling time to the half hour. Second graders solved multiplication problems with the stamp game, explored definition cards for the basic quadrilaterals, and told time to the quarter hour. Third graders solved multiplication problems with the checkerboard, identified types of triangles (Detective Adjective Game - See Below), and practiced telling time to the minute.

The highlight of our week was the third graders' dramatic telling of  "The Drama of the Archeozoic Ocean." They did a wonderful job explaining how sea animals such as the coral and sponges work together to take in excess calcium found in the ocean waters.
Next week, students will count coins, work with fractions, explore classification, identify the parts of the inner Earth, and use microscopes to look at pond water! What a great week it will be !


Montessori Minute - Detective Adjective Game  


In this activity students are detectives that use clues (adjectives) to locate the described triangle. This activity reinforces the concept of adjectives as words that describe nouns as well as the concept that adjectives can be combined to provide additional detail about an object. In addition, the students experience a logical sequence to adjectives in a series (e.g. the small, blue, equilateral triangle versus the equilateral, blue, small triangle). A child can play the Detective Adjective Game individually with the teacher writing clues, independently by reading prepared sentences, and in a group setting.


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Reminders 


- Homework will be sent home each Monday and is to be returned the following Friday. We also encourage students to read for 30 minutes each night and record it on the reading log found in your child's red folder.
-Thank you for returning all work binders!

9/19- Peace Assembly
9/23- Internet Safety Meeting (sponsored by the PTO)
9/30- School Picture Day





Third Graders presenting "The Drama of the Archeozoic Ocean"














Saturday, September 6, 2014

Week in Review - September 2nd-5th

We had another great week in Lower Elementary!


For language jobs this week, first graders reviewed antonyms, worked with articles (a/an), and placed words in ABC order by their first letter. Second graders worked with synonyms and antonyms, identified words as nouns or verbs, and placed words in ABC order. Third graders learned the meaning of some common prefixes, worked with verb tenses, and placed words in ABC order by looking at their second letter. 

For math jobs this week, first grade students were introduced to the coins and their values, wrote number words, and identified fractions as belonging to a "family" which share a "name" (the denominator). Second graders counted coins whose value totaled under $1.00, reviewed fractions, and read number words. Third graders counted coins over and under $1.00, reviewed adding fractions, and wrote number words.

In cultural studies, students continued with the science experiments which stem from the first Great Lesson. This week, students explored the properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Students also watched crystallization occur as a mixture of salt water evaporated from a black piece paper.
Next week, students will complete more word study work, explore how to write a friendly letter, work with telling time, and identify if numbers are greater than, less than, or equal to each other. Third grade students will also preform a dramatic telling of another Great Lesson - "The Drama of the Archeozoic Ocean" to the first and second grade students!     



Reminders 



- Homework will be sent home each Monday and is to be returned the following Friday. We also encourage students to read for 30 minutes each night and record it on the reading log found in your child's red folder.
-Please be sure to return your child's notebook and work binder which were sent home on Thursday, September 3rd.

-Personal Timelines are now due. Please have your child send in their timelines as soon as possible. We have loved looking at these wonderful works displayed in our hallway!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Safety First!



Week in Review - August 25-29

We had a fantastic week in Lower Elementary! From science experiments to playing soccer in the gorgeous sunshine, students did a great job of working together to accomplish their goals!

For Language jobs this week, first graders sorted nouns by identifying them as a person, place or thing. They also completed phonics work and were introduced to antonyms. Second graders wrote noun families, identified blends (cr, tr, br, scr) found in words, and worked with synonyms. Third graders reviewed verb tenses, prefixes, and created words using various blends. 

For Math jobs this week, first graders used triangles to create shapes such as a trapezoid, rectangle, square, and parallelogram. They also practiced telling time to hour and built numbers with the golden beads and stamp game. Second graders created shapes using various triangles, reviewed time to the hour and half hour, and used the golden beads to practice multiplication. Third graders reviewed the different types of triangles (right angle, scalene, obtuse, etc.), practiced telling time to the five minute mark, and worked with the checkerboard to do multiplication problems. All students worked to identify even and odd numbers. 

In cultural studies, students continued with the science experiments which stem from the first Great Lesson. This week, students watched as some paraffin wax changed from a solid to a liquid to a gas when placed over a flame. Students explored how iron filings were separated from a mixture of sand when a magnet was held above the bowl. Students also created a viscous solution by placing sugar into water and comparing it to regular water. 

Reminders 

- There will be no school on Monday, September 1st due to the Labor Day holiday.  Have a great long weekend! 

- Homework will be sent home each Monday and is to be returned the following Friday. We also encourage students to read for 30 minutes each night and record it on the reading log found in your child's red folder. 

-Personal Timelines are due Sept. 2nd! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Week In Review : August 18th - 22nd

Wow! What a busy week we had in our room! 

During language jobs, first graders explored nouns, compound words, and completed several phonics jobs. Second graders worked with noun families, completed work with a grammar box, and explored antonyms. Third graders worked with verbs and reviewed synonyms/antonyms.

During math jobs, first graders were introduced to fractions, used the bead chain cabinet to practice skip counting, and practiced spelling number words. Second Graders reviewed addition facts and skip counting. Third graders reviewed 1 digit multiplication and practiced math facts. 

These were just some of the many jobs students completed this week! Students were also extremely excited and engaged as they did science experiments with solids, liquids and gases.
This coming week, we will continue to work and grow as a learning community. Students will work with nouns and verbs, practice telling time to the hour and half hour, explore even and odd numbers, and work  with triangles to construct other shapes.  We will also continue science experiments which stemmed from the First Great Lesson - The Coming of the Universe. 

REMINDERS:
- All homework is typically sent home on Monday and is to be completed during the week. It is due on Friday. The first homework packet should be returned on Friday, August 29th. 

-Reading Logs are to be signed each night. Be sure to return them each day in your child's red folder.

- Student Personal Timelines are due Tuesday, September 2nd.   

Have a great week! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Homework

Your child will receive a homework packet beginning on Monday, August 25th. These packets will go home each Monday and are to be returned on Friday. The first packet should be returned on Friday, August 29th. These packets will look different each week, but will contain practice materials based on the types of work we are doing in the classroom. . If you have ANY questions or concerns, please contact us by phone or email. 
Catherine - catherine@jbma.org

Monday, August 18, 2014

Week In Review: August 11-15

We had a wonderful first week in Lower Elementary! We explored the classroom, participated in community building activities, began our work cycle, took a nature hike, and much more! We ended the week with the First Great Lesson - The Coming of the Universe. We look forward to next week where students will have presentations on grammar symbols, the checkerboard, vocabulary, addition, and multiplication.


Classmate Bingo 

Classmate Bingo 

Classmate Bingo 


Nature Walk - Looking for items that start with each letter of the alphabet