Peek at the Week-9-30

Spelling Words-this week our words are: out, then,them,she, many. Please continue practicing nightly. The skill for the week is diagraphs- sh, wh, th and ch sound.

Reading-in Daily5 we will be starting listening to reading. I have 10 MP3 players that are loaded with books on tape. The children will listen to great stories read by fluent readers. Children need good models to become fluent readers themselves.

Math-Don’t forget the Math test is Tomorrow! We are starting Unit 2 this week. This unit focuses on addition and subtraction, fact families, frames and arrows, and “what’s my rule?” Keep practicing for addition and subtraction mad minute at home.

Social studies test onWednesday. Look for review sheet on Monday

Grandparents day is on Wednesday 

Global Read Aloud

This week we start reading Marty McGuire by Kate Messner.

Check out her  website by clicking on photo:

Last week we made predictions and shared them with a class in Colorado. We are also going to share our thoughts with another class in Wisconsin on Edmodo, and weekly emails with a class in North Carolina.

Apple Trouble

This weeks book treasure!!

Hedgehog has finished building a cozy nest for winter. Unfortunately, a ripe apple falls from the tree above and gets stuck in her spines, making it impossible for her to fit in her new digs. She has several friends to whom she can go for advice, but their instructions simply make her situation worse. She ends up with other bits and pieces stuck to her body in addition to the apple — including nuts, a pear, a dried leaf, and some berries. Then she meets another animal that is able to ease her situation by eating everything stuck to her. Bright spreads reveal the harried hedgehog and her helpers. Blooming flowers and the summer green of the trees belie the fact that it’s time to hibernate, but kids won’t mind this anomaly.

Global Read Aloud

The Global Read Aloud


The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. Now with three years under our belt and more than 30,000 connections made, we realize we are on to something larger than us so we look forward to continuing the global connections.

The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible.

We are very excited to connect with a classroom in Colorado tomorrow. Our students will connect via Skype to talk about our predictions for the story Marty McGuire by Kate Messner. We are very excited to see what they think and maybe even learn a little about their community. We are also going to connect with  Stettin Elementary in Wausau,WI via Edmodo and share our thoughts starting next week.

Peek at the Week 9-23

Spelling Words-this week our words are: will, each, about, how, up. The skill for the week is /ou/ and /ow/ sound.

Reading: We are continuing to build stamina during read to self time. This week we are starting the 3rd component of daily 5- read with a partner. Reading to a partner helps children build fluency and promotes discussion about books.

Math-We are finishing up unit 1 this week. Test is planned for Friday. Look for a review sheet to come home Wednesday.

Writing- we are continuing the small moment unit. Children are learning ways to add details to their stories.

Early release day on Thursday September 26th. Students will be released at 1:30.

T-shirt and field trip money is due Monday.

Grandparent day is October 2nd 

Book Treasure-Owen Sept 20, 2013


Today we started Book Treasures. Every Friday I share a favorite story. After we listen to the book the children receive a small trinket to remind them of the story. Over the weekend please have your child retell the story and record their retelling. Please send in the response form on Monday. 

Today I shared Owen written by Kevin Henkes. Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. “Fuzzy goes where I go,” said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen’t mother knew just what to do, and everyone — Owen, Fuzzy, and even Mrs. Tweezers — was happy. 

Take a peek at this wonderful story!!



Yesterday we did a few actives for International Dot Day. Every student colored a dot page and decided how they would make a mark on the world. We then tried out Skype and connected with Mrs. Short’s class to share our dots and how we will make a mark. It’s a learning experience for all….I have never Skyped before!!!

We also used a neat app on the ipad to bring our dots to life. Colar Mix is an augmented reality app that turns pictured into 3D. It was fun to watch our dot spin, turn and come to life.

Take a peek at a few screen shots!

International Dot Day

 September 15th is International Dot day! It started with a great book called The Dot. On Monday we are going to finish creating our own dots and talk about how we are going to make a mark on the world. We are also going to experiment Skyping with Ms. Shorts class. 


A Peek at the Week 9-16

Spelling Words-this week our words are: which, their, said, if ,do. The skill for the week is spelling words with short vowel sounds.

Reading: We are continuing to build stamina during read to self time.. We have also started working on working on writing. We have started our Reading response journals.

Math-We are continuing unit 1. This week the mad minute will be easy subtraction problems. We will alternate weekly between addition and subtraction.

Social Studies-on Oct 8th we are going on our first field trip. We will walk from the school to fire station, library, Fort Fraser and finally end up at El Charros for lunch. We can take as many chaperones that would like to go. Make sure to send in your security check form if you are interested.

Class t-shirt forms also came home last week. We wear these shirts on all our field trips and when we do special things at school as a grade level. Make sure to send your form in!!

Early release day on Thursday September 19th. Students will be released at 1:30.