Daily Archives: January 10, 2020

Grade One News

Grade One News

In Morning Meeting this week we introduced “Global Greetings”. Each day we added a greeting from each student’s mother tongue or home country. We are building our identity as diverse individuals within an international community, while promoting a positive sense of self. 


On Wednesday, we visited a senior citizens’ home to sing our Christmas songs. I enjoyed watching the children and the residents interact and appreciate each other. 


In Language Arts, read the book “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes. We wrote the sequence of events in the story. We used the story to talk about our names and what makes them unique. We created a class book, “Our Names are Unique”. Each student created their own page of the book based on their name.


In Math, we practiced skip counting by 10s beginning with 1 (1, 11, 21, 31…) and 2 (2, 12, 22, 32…). We reviewed doubles and thought about how we can use doubles to help us solve problems that are a double +1 or -1. We introduced subtracting from 10 by bowling and show how many pins were knocked down using counters on a ten-frame. Then we wrote number sentences to match each bowl. 

Fourth Grade News

Fourth Grade News

This week, in the fourth grade, we learned about quotation marks! The students completed a few different kinds of exercises in order to practice their punctuation. It’s an important component of stories! Next week, they will have a quiz on quotation marks. The fourth graders also started a new unit this week! We began our newest narrative pieces, which are imagined experiences based on pictures. The students are currently writing a short story based on a picture of a laptop in a garbage bin. Next week, we will revise and edit, and see how they turned out!

Third Grade News

Third Grade News

We were happy to be back from break this week! First of all, I would like to thank everyone for sending in so much delicious food for our Christmas party before vacation. We had quite the feast and your contributions, as always, are so appreciated!

This week, we began learning about Martin Luther King Jr. in preparation for the upcoming holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). We also learned about Ruby Bridges and civil rights. We connected these topics back to citizenship and taking action for a cause, and our rights.

In language arts, we began our persuasive writing unit. The students attended the Paragraph Cafe, where they created their essay’s first body paragraph. For each component, they earned a part of their “burger-cookie.” We had a blast! We also reviewed summarizing this week through an activity related to Ruby Bridges.

In projects, the students were graphic designers this week! They learned what graphic designers do and how they create product lines. Then they created their own product line of candy!

We also had a wonderful field trip this week to the Senior Home! The students performed our Christmas songs for the retired doctors and were then able to ask them questions about their lives. In preparation for our visit, we had created holiday cards that the students gave out following their performance. It was an absolutely lovely time!

We had a fantastic week together!