Monday, September 15, 2014

This Week on the Starship...

In science, we learned about some of the different science tools we'll be using this year. Now that we're familiar with them and their purposes, we're ready for next week's hands-on experiments!
Social studies has been filled with lessons on community roles and responsibilities, how we learn about the past (ask a fourth grader about "talking trash"), and how communities have many people who help us meet our needs. A few of us even got to interview some of our Kiker community members like Nurse Tarren and Mrs. Crowther. 

We also talked about turning September 11th--a day when some Americans were not treated with kindness, dignity, and respect--into a day of spreading kindness ourselves. We talked about how in the midst of an event like 9/11 that has unthinkable injustice, there is also an overwhelming amount of compassion and kindness. And that we can be a part of that positivity.

Our Mission IMPOSSIBLE continued this week...our challenges ranged from the wacky (our shoes scattered about and only our teammates could touch them)...

to rewarding (hard work to unravel well packed fruit snacks)!

In math, our focus was place value and number sense. We are going to start some great math based projects next week.

In language arts we began our journeys as writers. We talked about the power of craft, having the ability to choose each and every word! We wrote "tiny books" and also letter writing.

In reading, we focused on catching ourselves when we are confused and using fix up strategies to get at meaning. We discovered there's a lot of detective work in using context clues and in symbolism as well. We wrote our first summary and learned about the art of "straining" out details to get at main ideas.

We enjoyed our first Breakfast and the Paper -- great nonfiction reading with a favorite morning treat!

Thanks so much to all who came out to Back to School Night. We hope it was informative, and if you have any questions, please email us!

Happy weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mission POSSIBLE Day 7

Your shoes have been scattered in the room. You and your teammates must find them, put them on , and race back to your table. Here's the catch: you may NOT touch your own shoes. A teammate must put them on you, tie/buckle them for you!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mission POSSIBLE Day 6

To gather a collection of items you see,
will be your, two, three!
With baggie in hand, venture forth as a band!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mission POSSIBLE Day 5

Today is a fun one, you all will agree...
Our Beautification bench encircles a tree.
Your tasks are nothing to fear...
Arrival and departure all happen here!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mission POSSIBLE Day 4

We will stay close to home, it will all happen here...
in order to get it, it all must make sense!
Testing your wisdom of dollars and cents!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Two FULL Weeks!

We're two weeks in and they have been full...full of establishing routines, learning new processes, and cultivating new friendships.

We start off each day with a quick but meaningful check-in. It's a great way for us to come together as a homeroom and develop our listening and empathy skills. 

Then it's off to Town Meeting to reinforce Dr. Schneider's message from assembly and touch base as an SBLC Family.

We've had a blast (pun intended) practicing teamwork in our Mission Impossible challenges...

...and continue to learn more about each other while getting some exercise during WOW time!

In science, we've discussed characteristics of scientists...turns out, we've been scientists all along! In social studies, we learned about how citizens contribute to communities and participated in a gallery walk to share each other's ideas.

In Language Arts, we have been learning the art of writing letters. Mrs. Forrest has been corresponding with us each individually, and we've enjoyed writing back.

Our reading focus has been finding "just right" books...those books that are not too hard, and not too easy! Ask us about the 5 finger test and the bike ride analogy!

We've enjoyed several books together, learning to share ideas and look beyond the surface level of the story. In our talk, we have been discovering how Mrs. Forrest likes to probe us with the question, "Why do you think that?" in an effort to get us to think about our ideas and prove with text evidence.

Our independent reading time has been full of one-on-one conferences, where Mrs. Forrest gets to know our books and us as readers.

Phew, again, a full two weeks! Can't wait until next week!

Remember to sit with your kiddos and talk over their 3,2,1 Blast off review of the week and sign today's entry!

We look forward to sharing even more with you next Thursday at Back to School Night.

The SBLC teachers

p.s. Mrs. Blake will be submitting this month's Scholastic order Monday afternoon...please send any on-line orders/checks in by Monday morning! :)