Sunday, November 29, 2009


Dec. 14th: Choir Christmas Concert
Dec. 22nd: a.m. - Movie Day
p.m. - class gift exchange and party
Dec. 23rd: Early dismissal - 1:35 p.m.
Dec. 24th-Jan. 3rd: Christmas Vacation

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ACADEMICS (Nov. 23rd - Dec. 4th)


We will be finishing up Spiders at Work before Thanksgiving. The test for the story will be on Tuesday, Nov. 24th. After Thanksgiving we will be taking the Unit Two Reading Test.

Students have finished their Native American Kidspiration projects, and they are on display in the hall by the library, along with their Native American shields that they made.

Some students are working on a Paul Goble project. They will be illustrating and writing about their favorite book by this author.


Last week, after listening to the story, Thanksgiving at the Tappletons, the students wrote personal narratives about Thanksgiving with their families. They worked long, and hard on this assignment, and their efforts paid off! Look for them on display right outside our classroom.

Next, we'll be moving into our noun unit. We'll be learning about singular and plural nouns, and also common and proper nouns.


We have started studying the properties of addition. We have learned about the Commutative (order) Property and the Identity (zero) Property. Some time will be spent practicing these properties before we move onto the Associative (grouping) Property.


Our studies of communities has started. We are looking at urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Monday, November 9, 2009

ACADEMICS (Nov. 9 - 12)

There is no reading story this week because of 4Sight testing on Tues., Wed., and Thurs. We will be reading Paul Goble (the author of Dream Wolf) books instead, when the opportunity presents itself. In between testing, students will also be researching the Native Americans of the Plains in the computer lab, with partners from Mr. Zerbe's room, and creating a "Kidspiration" graphic of their research.


We will be reviewing our chapter skills and having a chapter test at the end of the week. Topics include: sentences/sentence fragments, the 4 types of sentences (statement, question, command, exclamation), compound/run-on sentences, subjects/predicates, and main idea/supporting details.
This week, there will be a grid map quiz, followed by a map review, and then an end of the unit map test on Thursday, Nov. 12th. Students received map term vocabulary cards on Monday, to study for Thursday's test. Besides the map terms vocabulary, students will need to know: how to draw and label a compass rose, and the name of their continent, country, and state!
We are wrapping up our place value chapter with a look at word/story problems. Students will learn that there are alternate strategies to solving these types of problems. These include: making a list, drawing a picture/diagram. and making a table.
There will be a place value chapter test next week, following our class review.
Students are creating a giant-sized model of a flower with their group this week, and will be labeling and defining all of the parts.