Elephant Classroom News

May 1, 2016

Mother's Day Tea

Thursday, May 5th, 8:15am

Livermore Valley Charter School, Constitution Drive, Livermore, CA, United States

The kids have been working SO hard on the sweetest projects for our Mother's Day Tea this Thursday May 5th at 8:15 AM. ALL MOMS SHOULD BE HERE FOR THEIR SPECIAL DAY! I am so excited to help the students celebrate all the extraordinary moms that make our classroom community so special. Happy Mother's Day!

Save the Dates:

Monday 5/2: Art due to Ms. Modrich mounted and labeled if your child turned in a form to submit art for the Alameda County Fair

Thursday 5/5: Mother's Day Tea (Our classroom, Room 9-103) at 8:15

Testing kickoff assembly, students wear yellow

Friday 5/6 and Monday 5/9: Miss Rowen will be out of the classroom for a family wedding! We have Mrs. Llyod as a substitute for the class both days. Centers, homework, and other routines will continue as usual :)

Wednesday 5/11: TVLC townhall meeting. Mrs. Aderman will provide more info about the TBA time and location.

Looking Ahead...

5/25: Open House 6:00-8:00 PM

6/3: End of the Year BBQ

6/8: Volunteer Tea

6/16: Last Day of School

What We're Learning in 9-103:

Math: We wrapped up our shape unit and began graphing and data. We have been learning all about collecting data using surveys and then using that data to create pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots. The students got to design their own survey questions and poll their classmates and then show what they know by using their data to create a graph of their choice!

Grammar: We are continuing to review skills learned throughout the year including parts of speech, possessive nouns, using commas and punctuation appropriately, and much more! We are also working on superlative and comparative (big, bigger, biggest).

Writing: We wrapped up our Cinderella students and with the help of some incredible parent volunteers (thank you Mrs. Garrett, Mrs. Gresham, and Mrs. Vidnovic) put together our Cinderella books! The students are so excited to share these with you at Open House later this month!

Reading: We have been hard at work on the very difficult skill of making inferences. Students are practicing using clues from the text plus their schema (what they already know) to make inferences. We have been practicing this skill in our book club groups. Additionally, we have had lots of fun watching Pixar shorts that do not have any dialogue and using the clues to make inferences about what is happening in the short (3-5 minute) films.

Thematic Unit: We will be beginning our last major unit of the school year next week which is Dinosaurs! We will kick off the unit by exploring what is a dinosaur, exploring the different periods in which dinosaurs lived, and investigating the differences between carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores. Later in the month, students will have the opportunity to research and report back to the class on a specific dinosaur.

Memory Books

If you are interested in helping with Memory Books, and have not already done so, please check our class Shutterfly site and sign up to help!