Friday, April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

 My, my, how time flies. The 3rd quarter ended, we had Spring Break, and the school narrowly survived a tornado since the last post. The students did reviews and finished cultural studies and have now started new lessons on biomes, liquid measurement, circles, and persuasive writing. They continue to practice division, plurals, and reading charts. Third graders will be taking standardized tests next week. This is their first experience so we want everyone to be calm and help them use this time to see what tests are like without a lot of pressure. Everyone take care and have a safe and enjoyable weekend. 

Monday, March 15, 2021

March 8-12, 2021

 As we wind up the third quarter, everyone is working hard.  We also work hard to keep our voices low and our movement contained during work time so everyone can focus. Students will be choosing a woman in science to research and a state or country to find natural resources and crops. They also answered a reading comprehension activity about ocean waves. We continue to practice charts and graphs. Our poem style this week is acrostic and plural lessons are extending to -ys and -ies rules. Remember to practice memorization of math facts including all four operations as we give lessons on division. Hopefully the warm weather will stay with us for a while. Have a nice weekend.

Friday, March 5, 2021

March 1-5, 2021

 I guess Mr. Groundhog didn't see his shadow and he didn't go back to sleep for six more weeks because it seems like spring is here with the weather we have had this week. It is especially nice to end the week with warm weather and to go outside for recess. We even enjoyed popsicles on Thursday to celebrate Read Across America Week and our character parade. The students are very involved with life cycles in science, stamping economic geography symbols on a map of Alabama, and learning about important women in history. Our poetry study was kicked off with "I Am" poems last week and diamante poems this week. Looking forward to continued good weather and good work. Remember to come to the Book Fair next week.

Monday, March 1, 2021

February 22 -26

What a beautiful day on which to end February. YEAH!   Everyone worked hard to finish their jobs. We had some new lessons on economic geography in Alabama, the water cycle, and African-American artists. First graders were introduced to prepositions. Second graders wrote sentences with adverbs. Third graders were introduced to interjections. Measuring angles has been fun remembering to use the inner or outer row of numbers starting from zero to get an accurate degree. Even though it wasn't a Leap Year, Ms. Genie gave a little lesson about how an extra day is added to the calendar once every four years and that is her birthday so we had doughnuts. Hopefully Spring is on its way and we can get outside more and more.

Friday, February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

 February was about to get away without an update to our blog, so here is an overview for the past few weeks. We have begun Black History month with reading comprehension jobs, a power point presentation, and a poetry analysis. Economic Geography was introduced with a video and fill-in-the-blank follow-up job. We will be doing a study of Alabama throughout the month. Botany lessons have included parts of the stem and parts of the seed. Everyone is working with suffixes, their meanings, and usage in sentences. First graders focused on types of verbs: action, linking, and helping. Second graders continued identifying adverbs, matching logical adverbs, and sorting types of adverbs. Third graders continued to symbolize conjunctions and using them in sentences.  Subtraction is the central operation for math skills: large number operations with borrowing, facts memorization practice, and fraction subtraction. In geometry, we are studying angles, their parts, types of angles, and intro to measuring angles with a protractor. 

After the long weekend for President's Day, we got a surprise Mardi Gras snow day on Tuesday 16th. This made it a little hard to stay in routine, but we are ready to get back on track on Monday 22nd and finish out this month being as productive as we started.  

Contracts were sent home on Friday 19, 2021. 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021

January 25 - 29, 2021

We are ending January with a bang. All the students have been working very hard and completing their workplans. They earned extra recess time on Friday. Yeah!!  We practiced a lot of subtraction using Stamp Game for place value to thousands, facts practice, and fraction work. Listening to Ms. Genie read an abridged version of The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963 is fun and we use it for inspiring creative writing paragraphs.  Matching prefixes to root words and using the words in sentences helps us learn how the prefix has a meaning that changes the root word. Keep up the good work. Have a safe weekend.
See everyone on Monday!!!