Friday, February 15, 2013

Peek At The Week

We had quite a week of celebrating after our crazy blizzard! We celebrated Abe Lincoln’s birthday, the 100th day of school, and Valentine’s Day! 

In Math, the students compared centimeters to inches. They measured using centimeters in a metric booklet. We also learned about timelines. We made a timeline of our school day and then added personal details for before and after school. We have completed Unit 9 on measurement and we will start learning about data collecting and graphing after vacation.

In Social Studies, we read our land and water riddles and played a game of landform memory to practice our definitions with a partner before the quiz.
We also learned about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We learned a lot about each president and compared them using a Venn diagram. We took our land and water quiz and the students did very well! We also presented our special landform reports to the class.

We made super cute Valentine’s Day bags to hold all of the valentines from classmates. They were so creative! We had a lot of fun! It was a great day!
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We also saw some great 4th grade inventions at the “Invention Convention”. Some of the second grade students were already thinking of things they could make in the future.

Yesterday, I sent home a permission slip for the field trip we have coming up on March 1st. Please send in the slip and money by Monday, Feb. 25th.
I apologize for the short notice.

Also, the Memorial Wine Tasting Fundraiser is coming up and we have a “Snack Attack” basket for our class. If you could send in a snack item that would be great! I sent home a bright flyer in the backpack folder regarding ideas for snacks.

I hope you all have a great week off with your family!
-Mrs. Farrand J

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Peek At The Week

No School tomorrow! I can't believe we are gearing up for a blizzard!
This week went by so quickly! 

In Math, the students created maps of “The Land of Inch” in groups. They had to measure places from the king’s castle and then add more details to their maps such as Memorial School or an ice cream shop. They were very creative and had fun! Then we learned about metric measuring. We compared inches and centimeters. We also did a scavenger hunt to look for centimeter object and meter objects with a partner. They had fun!

In Social Studies, we read books about rivers, mountains, and lakes. We created a land and water booklet to go over all the important definitions. We also saw a video called All About Land Formations and then did a 3-2-1. That means 3 facts, 2 things you wonder about, and 1 picture scene. We also wrote land and water riddles. We will get to share them next week to see if the students can guess each other's riddles.

I sent home a study guide today for a quiz on landforms and bodies of water on Wednesday, February 13th.

Also, the students’ landform reports are due on Tuesday, February 12th. They even have extra time to work on their research!

I hope you all stay safe and get to have some fun with your family!
-Mrs. Farrand :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Peek At The Week

We had another wonderful week! I can’t believe February is already here!

In Math, we worked on a lot of measurement. It is really fun and gets the students moving around and working together. We reviewed how we measure using a ruler and measured many things in our classroom. We even measured the length and width of the classroom using yardsticks. That was a challenge!
My favorite lesson of the week (and probably the kids too) was measuring jumps. They had to do a frog, rabbit, and kid jump and then measure how far they landed from the starting line. They did a nice job working together.
We also learned about a place called “The Land of Inch” where miniature people live. The students had to measure and compare different people and items from there.
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In Writing, we are working on finishing our perfect snow day pieces. Today, we used the leader/follower format to write about our favorite restaurants. Their writing is really showing improvement!

In Social Studies, we discussed where our beanie babies lived on the map of the United States and we made a “Royal Castle Plan” using cardinal directions. We also took our maps and globes test and the students all did very well. Thanks for helping them study!

We also started learning about landforms and bodies of water. We watched a Brain Pop Jr. video as an introduction and went over the specific ones we would be studying. We read about islands and made a cool island folder.

I assigned a special landform report today that is in their backpack folders, so be sure to check the folder! They are very excited!

We read about Groundhog Day today also and I told them to check the news to see if he will see his shadow tomorrow. We also had to say good-bye to their special beanie baby friends. Check the fun photos for a cute group shot of all of them!

Thank you sooooo much for all of my wish list items! You were very generous!
I appreciate it!

Have a wonderful weekend with your family!
-Mrs. Farrand J