Fabulous Team Newsletter
December 11, 2016
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December 14: Don’t Cook! Little Caesars Pizza Night!
December 20: A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree Play: Multipurpose Room
Illustrator Michael Glenn Monroe will be here selling and signing his book! Order forms will come home tomorrow.
11:00 Mrs. Allen’s Class Performs
1:15 Mrs. Allen’s Class Performs
December 20: Jump Rope Performance @ 9:30 (3rd & 4th grades only)
December 21: PJ Day/ Christmas Party 9:05-10:40
Hornung Family Fun Night Basket
All classrooms are making baskets again to auction off for Family Fun Night. Our theme is Parents’ Night Out! Gracie Tracey has volunteered to be in charge of the basket this year. More information will be provided at the beginning of the New Year.
Winter is HERE!
It is that time of year! We will be going outside a lot this winter, so please bundle up your loved one. Snow pants, boots, hats, gloves and scarves (With names on everything) are welcome and needed so your child can have fun outside. For our winter procedures, students will keep wet boots in the hall, walk through Mrs. G’s room and put shoes on in our room. We are trying very hard not to track snow and ice through the classrooms. Students must have footwear on at all times, so hanging out in their socks, as fun as it sounds, is not safe. Please bring a pair of boots and a pair of shoes so they can have fun in the snow.
Since students are on the Chromebooks and devices for BYOD day, we feel that it is important that they learn and understand how to be appropriate online- at school and at home. The lessons on Digital Passport by Common Sense Media had a video to watch and then students played a game related to the lesson.
Here is the website https://www.digitalpassport.org/dpAdmin/teacher/overview
Lesson 1: Students learn why it’s important to avoid multitasking with a cell phone. They consider the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.
Lesson 2: Students evaluate examples of online messages. They decide what information is appropriate to share and when. Students are also reminded that nothing is truly “private” or “erasable” online.
Lesson 3: Students make choices about what to do if they or their friends are cyber bullied. They are encouraged to evolve into an up-stander- someone who takes action to stop cyber bullying, rather than standing by.
This week students learned more about character traits in their books. Students learned that characters travel up and down a story mountain, just like we show in our writing. We learned that secondary characters are important in our books and have a special role to the main characters. Illustrations also help the reader understand the story.
Students should still be reading 20-30 minutes at home. If they are not able to log onto Biblionasium, please write how many minutes they read in their planner. If they are logging using the website, please put “Home” on the comment section of their log so we can track how much they read at home. Thank you for your support!
Students are working hard on their second personal narrative. The have included many descriptive details and sensory details so the reader feels like they are actually there with them. There may have been some fun Santa writing taking place this week as well.
Word Work was replaced with Play Practice this week, and Hour of Code!
Hour of Code
Students loved participating in Hour of Code. They learned how to write lines of code to make their character move. Students also taught Mrs. Floto’s first grade class how to write code. I am so proud of our kiddos! Well done!
I have a few links on my website under, “Apps and Sites” that the kids are familiar with.
Here is the actual website: https://code.org/learn
Students were introduced to SeeSaw, which is an interactive online portfolio. Students can take a picture and/or video with a recording of their voice. They can choose what they would like to show and describe. Some students are showing how to work out a math problem, showing character traits in their Just Right Books, and some are explaining something they learned in either science or social studies. The videos are really cute and students enjoy showing their learning on this fun website and app!
Students are learning a little bit about area and how to find area. They were also introduced to bar graphs and picture graphs this week.
Students are encouraged to master these IXL Links:
IXL: FF4 FF5 FF6
In science with Mrs. G, students learned about Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion. They also played a Kahoot! Game in Mrs. G’s class and took their test last Thursday. In Social studies students are learning about Michigan’s first people- and the tribes that lived in Michigan: Potawatomi, Ottawa and Ojibwa. Students realized how hard it was to live and survive in Michigan as a Native American and learned the different roles men and women each had.
Have a great weekend!