Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holidays Around the World Wrap Up

This week we learned about how people celebrate Christmas around the world. We started on Monday learning about Sinterklaas from Holland. We had a special guest, one of our classroom moms, who taught us all about their traditions! We made Sinterklaas masks.

We made travel "suitcases" and had passports to keep track of each country we "visited." We talked about traditions in the United States, Mexico, and Germany. Students seemed to enjoy making brochures with pictures to represent the different traditions of each country.

We had a travel map we used to mark each country we learned about.
In reading, we worked on cause and effect. We read several books by Laura Joffe Numeroff: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, and If You Give a Dog a Donut. We worked as a class to create our own book: If You Give Mrs. Steinman a Watermelon. Each student provided a sentence and illustrated their page. We put the pages together in a book, and the book is in our classroom library.
In Math, we finished our chapter on decomposing numbers. Students did very well with this chapter. I will grade tests and post grades by the end of the weekend. Next, we are going to us position words like above, next to, behind, and below to describe objects.
Next week in Reading, we will compare and contrast Gingerbread stories. In Science, we are going to learn about wild reindeer and do some informative writing.
I am working on grade card assessments, as the quarter ends before Christmas. 
Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a busy, routine week! We were so focused on working that I didn't take any pictures!

In Reading, we learned about plot. We are working to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story. The middle is hard to summarize! We will use the plot to help us retell a story. When we retell, we need to tell everything they remember from the story in order. Our book we read was Little Quack, so we read an informational book about ducks and did some informational writing. I graded these with the rubric and put the scores in the grade book. I saw a lot of improvement from the last time I used the rubric!

In Math, we are working on decomposing numbers. We have used objects to show a number in two groups, like 3 and 4 for 7. We have colored pictures using two colors and circled groups. We will continue working on this next week. We took a quiz on Friday, and it looks like we are doing well with this concept!

In Social Studies, we worked on needs and wants. Students helped make this chart.
We wrapped up our week writing letters to Santa. These will be published in the newspaper, but I will send home a copy once I have sent them in!
Next week, we are going to learn about how people celebrate Christmas around the world.
Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday by the end of the school day. You can order online if you want by typing in the code LDH7X here.
Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

This week was a Thanksgiving filled week!
We started the week off learning about turkeys. We learned about the parts of their bodies and their habits. Students did some writing to describe turkeys. Our writing skills have really improved! Most students are able to verbalize a sentence and are making connections to the sounds that they know.
I love the turkey disguises the students brought in! Looks like our class is ready for Christmas!
We learned about the first Thanksgiving, and made a flip book to help describe the first Thanksgiving. We read a book, watch a video, then students were able to tell the story with a partner. They did great!

We also discussed what "thankful" means and we wrote a sentence sharing what we are thankful for. I am grading these pieces with a rubric, and will send them home next week. Every student shared something they are thankful for, and I recorded them on our chart.

Next week, we have a short week, and will be doing a lot of activities with other classes. We will continue with Thanksgiving activities before the break!

We took our Chapter 3 Math tests on teen numbers this week. I sent them home on Friday. After Thanksgiving, we are going to start decomposing numbers. This means we are going to take numbers apart into two groups. 5 is made with 2 and 3. This will lay the foundation for addition and subtraction, that we will most likely start after Christmas.

The Pennies for Patients fundraiser ends this Tuesday. We have filled our classroom box that collects the coins twice. I'm so proud and impressed! Thank you for your support of this fundraiser. 

Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

This week in math, we continued to work on teen numbers. We made a clothesline of shapes to help us practice counting.

We've been using objects to show numbers on tens frames. We used counters, bears, and pennies this week!

This week, we will be working on counting by ones and tens to 100, and reviewing numbers from 11-20. At this point, students should know numbers 0-20 and be able to count a group of these numbers. We took 2 quizzes this week, both grades have been posted on the parent portal.

We learned about voting this week, and read 3 books. We read Grace for President, Duck for President, and Splat the Cat for President. Students were asked to think about each character and vote for the one they thought would make the best president. They made campaign posters, and we talked about how sometimes the person you vote for doesn't win. We also talked about our responses when the person we vote for wins or loses. Students filled out a ballot to cast their votes.

 We tallied the results, and Grace won!
We also talked about veterans and soldiers this week. Students did some writing that I'm going to hang in the hallway. I was so proud of how hard they worked and how interested they were in this topic!
The fifth graders at East completed an assignment to make a diorama showing Native American life. They've been sitting in the hallway all week, and our class was very interested! We arranged a time for the fifth graders to share about their dioramas and we got to learn about Native American life!

Next week, we are starting Thanksgiving activities! We are going to learn about turkeys and the first Thanksgiving. The dioramas will tie in perfectly to our study of the Wampanoag tribe!
Our Pennies for Patients fundraiser continues this month. We have filled our classroom box 1 time with coins, and are so close to a second time! Pajama day will be on Friday.
Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Batty Weekly Wrap Up

This week, we learned about bats. The kids were very interested! We talked about how big a bat can be and measured the wingspan of 4 different kinds of bats using linking cubes.

In Math, we are working on teen numbers. We have been using double tens frames to show the numbers. We've made the first tens frame red, and the second tens frame a different color so our brains are getting used to recognizing that 10 is a group. We will continue working with these numbers for a couple more weeks.

In Reading, students are building independence with reading books. Students have been reading with me in small groups, and we are trying to make sure the books they read with me are challenging, yet not too hard! After we read, I ask students their favorite part or for any connections they made to life. Connections are when a text makes you think about something you already know. We also have been discussing realism and fantasy and giving reasons why a text can be categorized into one of those descriptions. We are identifying the main idea when we read a book - a sentence that tells what the story is all about. We have come so far since school started!

East School is having a fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students can bring in spare change to fill our box in our classroom. On Wednesday, November 8, students can pay 50 cents to wear a hat. On Friday, November 17, students can pay 50 cents to wear pajamas. On Tuesday, November 21, students can wear OSU or Michigan gear and any money they bring in will go in a bucket for the team they support. I'm excited for this fundraiser, as cancer touches the lives of so many.

Have a great week!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Friday, October 27, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Field Trip Edition

This week was so busy!
In Math, we've worked on sorting objects by different rules. We worked with pattern blocks to sort by shape.  We took a math test today, and grades should be posted by the end of the weekend. We are starting teen numbers next week.

The PTO hosted a wonderful Halloween party on Tuesday! The kids did a great job singing, and I enjoyed seeing their costumes.

We spent time this week learning about pumpkins. We started out by looking at mini pumpkins to make observations.

The highlight of the week was our field trip!

We started with a hayride through the pumpkin patch.

We were able to choose a pumpkin from a wagon - it was too muddy to choose one straight from the field!

We jumped on a jump pad.

Miss Christy, the owner of the farm, showed us some brand new chicks, and taught us about how chicks develop in their eggs. We got to pet some of the chicks!

We got to play in a corn bin.

We conquered the corn maze.

We learned about different varieties of pumpkins.

We got to play in the play barn and with some big legos.

We got to ride the peddle tractors and play on the tire climb.

We had a great day, and used our science skills to make some observations. We measured the height of the pumpkin with cubes.

We also measured the circumference using links around the outside of the pumpkin and we counted the lines on the outside. We cut open the pumpkin and felt the pulp inside.
Next week, we are learning about bats. We should be back to a more normal routine next week!
Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman