Summers' Scoop

September 28, 2015

Diamond Dell Visit on Friday

What an fun experience we had mining for rocks and minerals on Friday! I hope that your child has shared their collection AND the identification chart with you. It was cool to come back to our room and figure out what rocks and minerals each student had. Then we made some observations about the rocks and minerals. Here are a few pictures from Friday's mining experience!

Closed Out Buses

Buses 10, 12, 13, 15, and 20 have been "closed out." This means that only the students who are assigned to ride these buses may ride. Friends of students who are assigned to the bus will not be allowed to ride. Please keep this in mind as you are making after school plans.

Spelling - Open & Closed Syllables

This week in Spelling, we will be learning about Open and Closed Syllables. What are Open and Closed Syllables?

  • A closed syllable ends in a consonant. The vowel has a short vowel sound, as in bat.
  • An open syllable ends in a vowel. The vowel has a long vowel sound (says the vowel's name), as in the first syllable of apron (a-pron).

This week, our class will be clapping out the syllables of our spelling words and figuring out which words have open syllables and which words have closed syllables. As you are practicing these words at home, think about each syllable as having one vowel sound (pea-nut, meet-ing, ham-bur-ger, fan-tas-tic, la-zy, cal-en-der, straw-ber-ry).

When spelling multi-syllable words, students should spell the word syllable by syllable. To help, have them say the first syllable, then write it down; then say the next syllable, and write it down. By just using this approach, students can spell many words accurately.

Inside Out with Kindness Food Drive

As part of our school theme of Turning our Commuity inside out With Kindness, LMES is sponsoring a food drive on October 2, 2015 to benefit School District Five’s Education Foundation weekend snackpack program.

Students in each grade level are asked to bring specific items that go in the snackpacks that are sent home with identified students each Friday. The items are:

· KINDERGARTEN: Juice boxes or Capri-Suns® OR single serve microwavable packages of grits or oatmeal

· FIRST GRADE: Ramen Noodles® (stovetop or microwave) OR Slim Jims®

· SECOND GRADE: Granola bars OR individual size fruit snacks

· THIRD GRADE: Canned or microwavable pasta like ravioli or Spaghetti-O’s® OR single serve cereals

· FOURTH GRADE: Single serve fruit cups OR Rice Krispies Treats®

· FIFTH GRADE: Single serve macaroni and cheese OR individual six-pack serving crackers (Lance® type crackers)

Parent Conferences

I am looking forward to the parent conferences which have been set up for October. If you would like to sign up for a parent conference, then there are more spots available on the Sign Up Genius link. If there is not a time listed that will work for your schedule, please let me know and we can find another time that will work for us both.

Parent Conference Sign Up

Multiplication Quizes

We will have our first multiplication quizzes on Wednesday. Our class will start with 0's and 1's this week. Your child will have 1 minute and 30 seconds to complete 11 problems. The problems will not be in order. This quiz will go into the grade book as a quiz grade each week. If your child misses three or more problems then they will have two more chances to take the quiz that week.

Here is a list of quiz dates:

September 30 - 0's & 1's

October 7 - 2's

October 14 - 3's

October 21 - 4's

October 28 - 5's & 10's

November 4 - 6's

November 11 - 7's

November 18 - 8's

December 2 - 9's

January 6 - Mixed Quizzes

January - May - Mixed Quizzes

Math Update

In Chapter Two, we will continue working on properties of addition, addition with carrying, and using place value to solve addition problems. Other skills in this chapter include finding an estimate when two rounded numbers are added together and using addition to solve word problems. Our class will take another quiz this week on what we have learned so far.

Our end of unit test for Chapter 2 will be take place later this week or early next week. Watch your child's agenda for this test date!

ELA Update

During our Independent/Guided Reading block, students are busy using sticky notes to mark places in their book when they notice their thinking. We have a list of Think Marks which students are using such as LOL for a funny part, a heart for their favorite part, an N when they learn something new, and a ? for a confusing part. I am hoping that when students notice their thinking while reading that they will stay engaged in their book.

In writing, our class has been talking about using the hamburger model to write a story. Everyone is hoping for a "juicy" story with lots of details which includes characters, setting, problem, three or more important events, and a conclusion which is where the writer will share the resolution to the story's problem. Students will have fun creating and solving problems to write about!

Science Update

We will continue to learn about rocks and minerals this week as we focus on the Moh's Scale of Hardness. This scale is one of four ways to determine rock type. The four ways to identify rocks are: color, streak, hardness, and luster.

Our class will also learn about the three different types of rocks and how they are formed - metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous.

Social Studies Update

Our class continues to study the six regions of South Carolina: Blue Ridge Region, Piedmont Region, Sandhills Region, Inner Coastal Plain Region, Outer Coastal Plain Region, and Coastal Region. We are learning that each region has different characteristics including physical features, natural resources, cities, and landmarks.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, October 1 - Picture Day, End of PTO Fundraiser

Friday, October 2 - Fabulous First Friday - District 5 Snackpack Food Drive

Monday, October 12 - No School for Students - Parent Conference Day

Thursday, October 22 at 11:40 - Early Release Day

Friday, October 30 - LMES Fall Festival (5:30-8:30)