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Entries for September 2011

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Fall Theme!
This week the classes are culminating their science unit of the 5 Senses and what it is to be a scientist. They have been adding all of their information into their science journals.

Kindergarten math is learning Geometry; shapes and exploring the shapes in our world. First grade math is investigating money and learning how to add and subtract money. 

Response To Intervention (LEAD/ELD) is starting this week as well. This is the beginning of working with your child at his or her level.


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Posted in: K-1
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Mr. Newmyer!!

Our classroom has a new addition.  She is a student teacher and her name is Wendy DiLullo-Newmyer or Mrs Newmyer to the kids!  She is in her final semester of credentials.  Please welcome her with open arms!

We are continuing our work with summary writing.  Students are also working on their first Learning Menu.  In the Learning Menu, students are given choices of activities to complete.  This Learning Menu is an extension of our unit on Nature’s Fury.  Students are expected to complete at least two activities during our Language Arts block. 

In math, our 4th graders are working on Number Sense, in particular, name collection boxes and place value.  Our 5th graders are also working on Number Sense, in particular, adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals as well as solving number stories (or better known to the parents as word problems). 

In Science, we are continuing the scientific process with hands-on centers in the science lab.  In essence, the students are learning how to think like scientists. 

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Posted in: 4-5
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Crayfish, Seeds & Ants!
In the past week, CRAYFISH have arrived!!!  We will be studying these creatures and comparing them to the plant life we have witnessed in the past few weeks.  We will also compare animal life of one kind (crayfish) with life of another kind—ants!  We will not only be starting to study ants, we will also be going on an “ant hunt!”

 

To tie in with our ant hunt, we will be reading both fictional and non-fictional books about ants.  Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg is our fictional story which we will be comparing to a non-fiction book about ants.  We will also be learning about “perspective,” as the ants in Two Bad Ants think grass is very big and are amazed when they get inside a house!  Everything looks HUGE to them!!  We will explore how perspective makes a difference in how you see the world (in more ways than one!).

We have each written a paragraph on “facts” and have learned that “facts” are words you find on the page—as opposed to writing and making up a story from our heads.  It’s important to know the difference between facts and fiction.  This week we will once again be writing a paragraph using facts as we continue learning about this type of writing skill.

Ants, crayfish, seeds—much is happening in 2-3!!!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Welcome back, and thank you to all who attended this year's Back to School Night. We are fortunate to have an excellent team of teachers who are excited about working with students and parents for a great year of learning.

Let's share in their enthusiasm by helping in the classroom, volunteering for school events and supporting the efforts of SCOPE and PFA. Being on campus and taking an active role in our children's education is one of the most important ways that we can "be there" for them.

We're off and running now and the opportunities abound. Get involved and be a part of the exciting things happening at OCLM!

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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Nature’s Fury!!!

 

Our story of the week is Volcanoes.  Once we finish this story, we will begin to focus on writing a proper summary.  We also have planned some fun activities now that we’re nearly done with our unit on nature’s fury.  Please remind your child to remember to rephrase the question when providing their answer to the question being asked.

 

There will be a unit test for math for both grades on Thursday, September 22nd.  A study guide went home on Monday, September 19th

 

Our classroom website should be up and running by October.  We’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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Posted in: 4-5
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Hydroponics!!!

WHAT is hydroponics?  Ask your child this week!  We are growing seeds in water and comparing and contrasting the differences between that method and growing seeds in soil.  We are looking at sunflower seeds, beans and peas in our comparisons.  And within this next week, we will be getting LIVE CRAYFISH so our studies will expand to comparing plant life with animal life!

Tying in to our science unit is our language arts story, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney, about a woman who wanted to make the world a more beautiful place—and found a way by planting lupins.  We are reading this book and learning how planting seeds, which grow into plants and flowers, also make the world a more beautiful place.

In writing, we are still working on “friendly letters” and have also been using our science unit to learn about writing facts.  We are writing paragraphs containing these facts which we first look up in our science books.  We can see the difference between facts and opinions when we write in the science journal, vs. when we write in the communicator or friendly letter.

So much learning is taking place in our rooms—and we look forward to welcoming those crayfish!!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Fall Theme!

Miss Megan and Ms. Shoshana are starting their Fall Theme curriculum this week. You will notice in class different activities reflecting fall. Flowers were planted last week in the garden and vegetable seeds will be planted this week. Students will watch them grow through the fall.

Decodable books will be sent home this week. These books are to stay at home and do not need to be returned. They have been practiced in class and reading them should be easy for your child. They will go home Mondays with the homework bags.

Also being taught this week is Habit 2, “Begin with the end in mind.”

 

 

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Posted in: K-1
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Getting to Work!!!

Ms. Heather would like to invite everyone to the Back to School Night THIS THURSDAY, starting at 6:30pm (6:30- 7:00pm will be the Welcome a Address, 7:00-8:00pm we will be in our classroom with Ms. Heather).  You will find out what your child will be working on this year and what the expectations are, so please make time to attend the Back to School Night!  

What have our children been working on?  In math, the 4th graders are learning about parallelograms, polygons and circles, while the 5th graders are working with prime and composite numbers, squaring numbers and unsquaring numbers.  Our language arts story we are reading is called Eye of the Storm  and we are thinking of questions as we read—then we’re talking with a partner about possible answers.  Our focus is on learning the sequence of events within a story, and the difference between fact and opinion.

Please note that when homework goes home, it is due back the very next day!

Thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer.  If you have not selected a time frame, please see Ms. Heather to find out what time slot is best.

Ms. Heather looks forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have at Back to School Night—see you there!

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Posted in: 4-5
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Lots to Learn!!!

Ms. Wendy and Ms. Jennifer enjoyed talking with everyone at Back to School Night last week!!!  We hope all your questions were answered; if not, please either email or call your teacher to have specific questions answered. 

We are continuing our science unit, “Structures of Life,” in which we are comparing and contrasting plant life and animal life.  We have been investigating seeds, both in class and in the garden.  We observed celery roots, plum and peach seeds, and noted the differences between them.  Pretty soon, we will be getting live crayfish in our classrooms which will be very exciting to watch!!!

It’s important to learn how to get along with each other, and so we are expanding upon our “Cool Tools” strategies every day.  These “tools” help our children make good choices socially, both inside and outside of the classroom, thus creating a cohesive learning environment on our campus.  While everyone gets to know one another, the teachers will also continue their assessments, so that our classrooms can be geared towards meeting the needs of our particular group of students this year.

The teachers look forward to seeing you every week inside our classrooms!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Getting to Work !!!

Ms. Heather would like to invite everyone to the Back to School Night THIS THURSDAY, starting at 6:30pm (6:30- 7:00pm will be the Welcome Address, 7:00-8:00pm we will be in our classroom with Ms. Heather).  You will find out what your child will be working on this year and what the expectations are, so please make time to attend the Back to School Night!  

What have our children been working on?  In math, the 4th graders are learning about parallelograms, polygons and circles, while the 5th graders are working with prime and composite numbers, squaring numbers and unsquaring numbers.  The language arts story we are reading is called Eye of the Storm  and we are thinking of questions as we read—then we’re talking with a partner about possible answers.  Our focus is on learning the sequence of events within a story, and the differences between fact and opinion.

Please note that when homework goes home, it is due back the very next day!

Thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer.  If you have not selected a time frame, please see Ms. Heather to find out which time slot is best.

Ms. Heather looks forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have at Back to School Night—see you there! 



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Posted in: 4-5
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Getting to Work!

Your child will be assessed over the next few weeks by the teachers, to see where he/she fits for math, reading, and other skill sets.  If your child tells you something was too easy or too hard today at school, please remember that assessments are happening so that lesson plans, homework and individualized assignments and small groups may be created to best meet the needs of each student.  Meanwhile, we are all working together on units in math, science and language arts, to learn basic skills and learn how to work together as a team.

In science, we are continuing the investigation of seeds, by watching lima beans sprout and by dissecting the embryos of these seeds.  We are realizing that seeds are “baby plants” and that’s why they have an “embryo.”  We are also comparing and contrasting different seeds, such as the corn, plum and peach seeds.  Ask your child what he/she discovered about the differences between these seeds!

In math, the 2nd graders are learning about the number line using the 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s, and using “greater than” and less than.”  The 3rd graders started learning about how to look up information and find math games within our reference book. 

We will all learn more about our classrooms at Back to School Night on Sept. 8th at 5:30—see you there!!!

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Posted in: 2-3
 
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