What's New in C2?
Think, Innovate, Create October 26, 2016
From Fire Prevention to Dream Field Farms
We were very excited to learn about fire safety from our very own Pike Road Fire Fighters. We learned about smoke detectors, how to prevent fires, and how to get out of a structure that may be on fire. We went into the fire safety trailer and saw a fire truck up close, too.
We visited Dream Field Farms and had an awesome day on the farm. We jumped in the inflatables, went on a hayride, picked a pumpkin, climbed Marshmallow Mountain, had a rat race in the play area, milked a cow, fed the goats, saw a pig race, and went on a cow train. Not to mention all the fun we had with our friends and parents.
WOW! This has been a great week of learning and fun!!! We could not have had so much fun if it weren't for our supportive parents and community. Thank You!!!
We have been and will continue reading non-fiction texts. We are focusing on the 5 w's: Who?, What?, Where?, When?, Why?, and How? We are learning about text features, which include: title, table of contents, glossary, index, graphs, diagrams, maps, photographs and captions, headings and sub headings, and print (bold, italic, and highlighted). We are comparing and contrasting non-fiction text, also.
ELA and Writing
During writing we continue to work on skills for developing a good narrative. We look at how to focus on a small moment, how to hook your reader, transitional words, and a good ending.
As a community we are able to help your child develop foundational writing skills and grammar by working with them in many ways. Three ways that we work with each child is through, but not limited to:
Writing Conferences: We each take time to conference with each writer and talk through what they are writing about, how to make it better, spellings, sounding words out, adding details, and focus on skills being taught that week. We are going to use a blend of what a majority of them were exposed to in first grade (shared journal) along with teaching them the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, publishing. For September and October, we were and are focusing on narrative writing. In November, we will be focusing on explanatory and informative writing.
Mentor Sentences: Mentor Sentences takes a sentence from books and focuses on what good authors do and how we can break down the sentence to make our own writing better. This is broken down into a mini lesson each day focusing on a different component: What we notice, parts of speech, how to revise, and how to imitate the sentence. Each week the skill focuses on various parts of speech: Nouns- possessive and plural, compound words, and adjectives. We also pull in what we can with any other part of speech we may notice being used.
Word Sorts: This is a word study breaking down patterns, sounds, and words that don't follow rules.They will work in small groups each day practice the words, sorting the words, writing the words, and playing games with the words. The goal is for them to learn the rule of that particular spelling pattern so that any other new word that fits this pattern will be spelled correctly since your child is learning the RULE not just the WORD.
We have been focusing on addition and subtraction strategies (counting on, doubles make 10, plus one, etc.).
In November, we will start double digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will focus on:
- fact fluency within 20
- add up to four two-digit numbers
- use strategies to add/subtract
- mentally add/subtract 10
- explain why addition and subtraction strategies work within 100
Dream Field Farms Field Trip
Flight Project: Birds
Meeting with Birding expert, Tonya Williams
Flight Project: Air Force & Drones
Drone demonstration from retired Air Force Colonel, Mr. Klaaren, Anna's "PopPop"
A Peek At The Davis' Week
Water Project: Trick or Treat for UNICEF
We are collecting spare change to raise $500 to build a water well for help who do not have access to clean water.
Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
A Look At Our Learning
Pumpkin Patch Fun
What better way than stopping to take a quick family photo on Marshmallow Mountain.
Welcome From Venezuela!!
We gained a new family member and he shared with us where he is from and where it's located.
When there's a fire, get low!
Our very own Pike Road Fire Department came and gave our learners a lesson on what to do when there's a fire.
Pumpkin Patch Fun
Welcome From Venezuela!!
Falling In Love With This Weather
Tj, Christopher, and Eleanor loving this fall weather of sunny skies and cool breezes.
Reese enjoyed her s'more she got to make after completed a explanatory writing piece on how to make s'mores.
All About China
Our Chinese Art Experts working hard researching and about art in China.
Falling In Love With This Weather
Exploring the various stages of a Pumpkin's life cycle!
Vocabulary Parade Reminder
The C2 Vocabulary Parade will be held on Monday, October 31. The idea for this reading incentive comes from the book Miss Alaineus by Debra Frasier. This book will be read to all students prior to the vocabulary parade.
Why are we doing this reading incentive?
We are trying to encourage our students to learn more vocabulary words. Larger vocabulary = better readers. The vocabulary words that will be used are curriculum based and grade specific. This parade is a wonderful way to introduce a love of language and a spirit of fun!
How can you help?
1. In class, we will look up the definition of the word and write it down on a note card. Note cards will be checked by your child’s lead learner and sent home by October 14th.
Your child has been given a specific vocabulary word from the list of curriculum related words. If you need a different word, please contact your child’
AT HOME: This is where the fun begins! Each student should come up with
1) a SIGN with the word and definition, and
2) a HAT and/or COSTUME that is a creative interpretation of their word. (This might take some research. Just because we looked up the definition in class and wrote it down does not necessarily mean we have studied this word in class yet.) The more creative you are, the more fun and educational this project will be. Have fun with it!
You can visit the website below to see examples of other vocabulary parades and some of the fun ways students “defined” their words through their costumes, hats and/or posters. Their sign should show the word and definition their costume is supposed to represent. This can be attached to their costume, worn on a string around their neck, or carried. http://www.debrafrasier.com/pages/gallery.html
3. When the children present their word and costume to the class, they will be expected to say their word and the definition slowly and clearly. Please assist your child in practicing at home.
4. Please send your child to school in their costume with their accessories in a bag (if necessary) so lead learners do not have to get them dressed. After the parade, students should be prepared to remove any costume elements that would distract them or their classmates from their lessons during the rest of the day.
Mark Your Calendar
October 31 - Vocabulary Parade and C2 Fall Fun Fest
November 11 - No School (Veteran's Day)
November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Break
News from PTSA
NEWS FROM PTSA
We encourage ALL of our parents to join the PTSA! Each Lead Learner has joined already. Invite grandparents, neighbors, and community members to join and support PRS. The PTSA does a great deal of fantastic things for our school.
Now's the time to join! Find the membership form here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-AMcEGios39AXPqp6RJRjt_YUMSogQWIJkfJbWw0CSQ/edit
It is time for Reflections. This years theme “What is your Story?”. Students in preschool through grade 9 may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Reflections program recognizes students at the Local, Council/Region, State and National PTA levels. At each level, all entries are judged on interpretation of the theme, creativity and artistic merit. Students may enter any or all of the six art categories. Multiple entries within a single arts category is permitted. Each entry must be theoriginalwork of one student and created specifically for the Reflections program based on the national theme. Each entry must also conform to the guidelines developed by the National PTA. Please visit the Alabama PTA websitehttp://www.alabamapta.org/reflectionsfor more information and for General Entry Forms and Guidelines 2016 - 2017.
Deadline this year will be November 30th for Pike Road School. Please turn in all entries to the school office.
The link below is the promotional video for this years event.
If you have any questions please contact Amanda Hargrove firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-294-7623.
- 3 M Command Hooks (3-5 lbs.) for the hallway
- Amazon wish list - http://a.co/aXdjQ1y
- Duck Tape
- Mrs. Franklin's Amazon Wish List- WISH LIST!
- Post-it note Chart Paper
- Donated Books!
- White Poster Board
- Colored Cardstock
- Mrs. Moore’s Amazon Wish List- https://amzn.com/w/IEF5B4GF3FJ
- Replacement Command Hooks for the hallway (3M Command Hooks-5 lb.)
- Amazon wish list: https://amzn.com/w/3TULHQCAK3N9W
- Poster Board
- Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1QO630RUM8FET/ref=cm_sw_r_em_ip_wl_o_rH8TxbX2NR0ZM
- Post-It Note Chart Paper
- Any books you'd like to donate!
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