News From Mrs. Jose's Room
Week 5 September 8-11th 2015
What Have We Been Up To?
MathLast week we finished our first math unit on Place Value. This week we will be practicing our math rotations, working in our math notebooks as a whole group, and we will be moving into our next unit of Addition and Subtraction with whole numbers.
This week we will be getting reading partners. Good reading partners care about each other's reading lives. Good reading partners will share reading habits, talk about books they've read, summarize and share an author's message, and they will help each other when they get stuck.
As we come to the end of our unit to launch writing habits we will pick one story from our notebook to publish. Together we will move through the revision process and next week we will have our first published pieces to add to our class library.
Last week we had a blast moving through the scientific method to find out how many drops of water a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter could hold. In the end we ended up learning about surface tension.
Looking Ahead At Our Next Units
Math - Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers
Reading - Analyzing Characters
Writing - Personal Narratives
What Can You Do At Home?
Play Rock, Paper, Scissors, Add or Multiply (we do this almost everyday in class. It's fun, easy, and helps us build math fact fluency).
When we begin writing personal narratives students will be writing about memories from their own lives. You can help them now by looking through old photos or by reminiscing about good, sad, happy, or exciting times to relive memories they can be inspired to write about.
Papers went home last week about MobyMax. If you have internet access at home students can login to read and practice math skills. https://www.mobymax.com/signin
Place Value Scoot
Instead of sitting down to review before our assessment last week we did a scavenger hunt and found problems around the room that we had to solve. The mathematicians pictured above were really engaged in their learning!
Last week we read with our 1st grade buddies from Miss Snair's room.
They really enjoyed getting to try out our new stability balls!
We also did a get to know you activity where we made Venn Diagrams out of our interests and then we drew them to look like our self portraits.
Benny was being extra careful trying not to make his water bubble pop and spill over!
We had so much fun in science! Who knew so many drops of water could fit on coins?!?!
Adam used his magnifying glass to get a closer look at the dome (aka the bubble) that the water created.
Reminders and Events
- Reading logs are to be turned in the first day of every new week (Monday unless we have a long weekend)
- Keep bringing in your pasta! We've almost earned our extra recess!!!
- Friday Sept. 11th is midterm and a half day
- Friday Sept. 18th Spirit Day - Tie Dye - Break out your colors
- Friday Sept. 25th CRES Grillin and Chillin Night
- Tuesday Sept. 29th Parent Information Night for our classroom visit from Chaucie's Place (see information attached via email)
- Wednesday Sept.30th Chaucie's Place will visit our room
- Wednesday Sept. 30th Scholastic Orders are due online
- October 1st Roadrunner Rally - Let's get those donations in!
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