Monday, November 26, 2012

Information

You may have noticed a lot of papers came home in the folders today. Just in case anything got misplaced, here are the important bits, plus some information that will come home in the next several days.
  • The 5th grade is collecting Campbell Soup Labels and Box Tops. Please save and send in with your child. 
  • Library is tomorrow.
  • Our first Scholastic Book Order came home today - you can order online at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs and type in LDH7X
  • The Christmas Program is next Thursday, December 6th at 7 PM- Dress rehearsals will be the 5th and 6th at 8:30 in the school gymnasium. 
  • Thursday, December 6th is an early release day - students will go home at 1:00 PM. 
  • Some students received homework papers today that need to be practiced nightly. Some students will only receive these on Thursdays. Please have your child read the word lists.
  • Reading bags will come home tomorrow (Tuesday) night
Thanks so much! If you have any questions, please let me know!

:) Miss McPheron

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanks!

Just wanted to give a big thank you for everyone who came to conferences! I had a great turn out and enjoyed speaking with each one of you! As always, anytime you have any concerns or questions, please let me know!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekly Wrap Up

We spent a lot of time this week talking about Thanksgiving and doing different activities related the the holiday.

At the beginning of the week, however, we spent time learning about Veteran's Day. We talked about Soldiers and wrote a class book about them.

We also made an eagle with our handprints and then put together a scrambled sentence that says "We are thankful for veterans." They also got to paint the background with watercolors. The eagles are hanging in our room right now - you will be able to see them at conferences!






I invited students to bring in anything they had from family members who are veterans. One student brought in something to share, and I also shared about my own grandfather and my cousin who is currently serving.

The kids colored pictures that I sent to my cousin, who will be deployed soon.

In Math this week, we worked with dice quite a bit. We matched a number to the number shown on the dice.
The kids also partnered up and did a roll and color to 100. Each time they rolled, they had to color that many pilgrim hats or turkeys.




Our sight words this week were she, me, and with. We did a sort with these words to practice finding them. These will also be our sight words the week after Thanksgiving.


We talked about turkeys this week. We brainstormed words that describe turkeys and then did a couple different activities with turkeys. We used coffee filters and markers to make tail feathers. A big thanks to a parent volunteer who helped us with these!




We also used turkeys to help us work on addition. We have been doing simple number sentences - and they are doing great! They added the yellow and orange feathers together and wrote a number sentence. The wall outside our classroom looks like a turkey invasion currently - you'll see them all at conferences.


On Friday, we visited the first grade and the second grade classes. First grade did a play for us about Thanksgiving.


The second graders each chose a book and read to us.






Next week, your students will not come to school. Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday and Tuesday.

The week after, we will be working on counting dimes and counting by tens in math. Our sight words will be she, me, and with, and our letter of the week will be r. We will be talking about things we see in the sky for Science.

Upcoming dates
  • December 5th, 8:30 AM: Music Program Dress Rehearsal
  • December 6th, 8:30 AM: Music Program Dress Rehearsal
  • December 6th, 1:00 PM: Early Release - Students go home at 1 PM
  • December 6th, 7:00 PM: Music Program
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! I look forward to seeing you all at conferences!

:) Miss McPheron

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a busy week talking about current events.

We started off the week talking about the election. We brainstormed what we thought the President does, then read 4 different books about presidents and made a list of what we learned. On Tuesday, we voted for our favorite book between Grace for President and Duck for President. We had a tie! As a group, we wrote a reflection.
 
The fifth graders also hosted a mock election at the school. They came to our class to share reasons the kids should vote for the issues. On Tuesday morning, the kids had to vote for School Uniforms, Vending Machines, and Extra Recess. They also voted for president.

In Math, we have been using geoboards. These are square plastic boards with pegs that they use to create shapes using rubber bands.











Triangles

Squares
In Language Arts, we are continuing to work on reading. We are reading phonetically - this means we are using each sound that letters make to read the words. We built words this week and practiced reading them. Even if the letters didn't form real words, we were still working on our skills! This is something you can do at home - use letters to form words and read them. Right now, we know a, s, t, m, c, p, and i. 






 Our comprehension skill this week was sequencing. We worked on putting different stories and pictures in order throughout the week. We read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, then sequenced the events. We wrote sentences for each item, then the students wrote about what their favorite part was.

Next week, our letters are b and n. Our new sight words are she, me, and with. We will finish up with talking about Veterans Day, then we will be talking about Thanksgiving the rest of the week. In math, we will be introducing cubes and dice, and continuing to work with the geoboards.

This is our last week before Thanksgiving Break - remember, Parent Teacher Conferences will be November 19-20 and then we are off of school the 21-23. If you have not returned your gold form with the conference time on it yet, please do.

On Monday, I will be sending home a feather made out of cardstock. We will be making a class turkey on our door, so you will be able to decorate a feather with your child! Be as creative as you want - use macaroni, markers, paint, feathers, whatever you want! Send it back as soon as you have finished it so we can make our turkey.

:) Miss McPheron