Sunday, December 9, 2018

Classroom News - Week of 12/10/18




Buddy reading a favorite book together
  • Math Test - We will have a Unit 3 math test on Friday, Dec. 14th.
  • Pattengill Staff and Community Re-Envision Update - Monday, Dec. 10.  Click on the following link for more information.
  • Science Fair -  Science Fair forms have gone home with students.  The science fair is a great way to students to learn about a science topic of their choice.  I am happy to help any students with his/her project.  Registration forms are due December 19.
Reading
We are continuing with our reading unit, "Reading to Learn," which focuses on non-fiction text. Last week, students learned how to organize non-fiction text into categories.  Students also learned how to read to become experts and teach others about what they have learned.  Throughout this unit, I will be encouraging students to read some nonfiction text at home. Please ask your children to teach you what they have learned from their non-fiction text.

Math   
Students learned two new multiplication strategies called "adding a group" and "subtracting a group."  They also learned about the turnaround rule for multiplication facts.  We will have a Unit 3 math test on Friday, Dec. 14.




Students are continuing to work on their feature articles.  We talked about finding an angle for their writing that shares their unique knowledge of the topic.  The students are doing well moving through the various stages of writing.




We talked about archeologists and how they use artifacts to learn about history and life long ago.  Below, students moved around the classroom looking at different artifacts from ancients peoples of Michigan, and they made predictions for the uses of the artifacts.  

 

 
 
 
 



We worked on Hour of Code programming activities.  Last week was Computer Science Week, which is intended to encourage students to think about careers in computer science.  Students especially loved the Dance Party program.

 

 
 
 




Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Students are learning about programming and worked on Hour of Code Activities.




Homework for the week of 12/10 will include:
  • Home Links 3.12, 3.13. Unit 3 Review Sheet
  • Reading To Learn homework.
  • Reading 20-30 min daily.
  • Sorting spelling words
  • Missing homework for the week will be sent home by Friday of that week.
  • Snacks for the classroom
  • Post-it Notes
  • Liquid hand soap
Shout Outs!


  • To Joey H. and his family for the classroom snacks.
  • To families who volunteers to help during the Book Fair.
Upcoming Events
  • Fri., Dec. 14, Unit 3 Math Test
  • Wed., Dec. 19, Science Fair Registration Due
  • Thurs., Dec. 20, The Nutcracker, 9:30-12:30
  • Mon., Dec. 24-Fri., Jan 4, Winter Break, NO SCHOOL for students and staff.

Contact Information
Feel free to contact me anytime with questions and concerns you may have.  I can be reached at 994-1961 or moiziol@aaps.k12.mi.us.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Classroom News - Week of 12/3/18


Students practicing "Melting" during mindful minutes

  • Book Fair -  Book Fair is coming up this week.  Our class will preview books on Monday morning, and students will bring a list home of books that they like that evening.

  • Nutcracker Field Trip -  We will be attending a performance of the Nutcracker on December 20th from 9:30-12:30.  Please sign the permission slip and return to school.  
  • Science Fair -  Science Fair forms have gone home with students.  The science fair is a great way to students to learn about a science topic of their choice.  Participation is not required, but I encourage students to be part of the science fair to extend their learning.  I am happy to help any students with his/her project.  Registration forms are due December 19.
  • Report Cards Envelopes -  Please sign the report card envelopes and return it to me.  
  • Label Clothing -  Please label your child's winter clothing, if possible.  There are many items that have not been claimed and placed in the lost and found.
Morning Meeting

We continue to talk about listening skills and how it takes self-discipline for students to track the speaker and not blurt out or have side conversations.  Please remind your children of this important skill.  Students watched a read aloud called My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook, which teaches students ways to control their desire to talk out of turn.  It's a very cute book.  Below is the link if you wish to watch it with your kids.
My Mouth is a Volcano

Reading
We started our second reading unit which is "Reading to Learn," and it focuses on Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures.  Last week, students learned how we need to "Rev Up" to read non-fiction text by looking at titles, headings and pictures.  In addition, they learned how to summarize the main ideas and details of non-fiction text.  Please ask your children to show you what they learned about summarizing with their hands or the Boxes and Bullets method.

Math   
We learned two different methods of subtraction - expand and trade, and trade first.  Students also learned about picture graphs.





Students are continuing to work on their feature articles. We talked about crafting a good lead and writing in a conversational tone.  The students are doing a great job sharing their knowledge of a lot of different topics!




We are in our second Social Studies unit which focuses on the History of Michigan. Students have learned the perspectives of a pioneer girl and that of a girl from the Wampanoag tribe.  Students also learned about how historians use primary and secondary sources to learn about history.  I brought in some of my own primary and secondary sources, and students did a gallery walk to make inferences about my life.  Ask your children what they learned about me. :) . Below are the pictures of students working as historians.

 

 
 



As part of our Habitat unit, students learned about the habitat of a cactus and how animals use the cactus habitat for their shelter and food needs.   



Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Students learned about programming and worked to get a dog from the start to his doghouse.  Students were required to figure out which way the dog should move to achieve the objective.

 

 
 





Homework for the week of 12/3 will include:
  • Home Links 3.8, 3.9. 3.10
  • Building a Reading Life homework.
  • Reading 20-30 min daily.
  • Sorting spelling words
  • Missing homework for the week will be sent home by Friday of that week.
  • Snacks for the classroom
  • Post-it Notes
  • Liquid hand soap
Upcoming Events
  • Mon-Fri, Dec. 3-7, Pattengill Book Fair
  • Thurs., Dec. 6, Pattengill Book Fair Family Night/Tech Night, 6:00-7:30 pm, Pattengill
  • Thurs., Dec., 20, The Nutcracker, 9:30-12:30
  • Mon., Dec. 24-Fri., Jan 4, Winter Break, NO SCHOOL for students and staff.

Contact Information
Feel free to contact me anytime with questions and concerns you may have.  I can be reached at 994-1961 or moiziol@aaps.k12.mi.us.