Week of January 25th-January 29th
Welcome to the fifteenth issue of Jeffers’ Journal! I hope you have your ticket ready to board the learning train! There are many adventures waiting for you! Second quarter ends this Friday so please make sure that all your assignments are turned in on time!
Important Dates to Remember:
February 1st-February 5th-Catholic Schools Week
February 12th-Valentine’s Day Party
February 15th-19th-No School (February Vacation)
February 27th-Virtual Open House 10-11
Here is a breakdown of our learning:
- Math: It’s important that the children learn the math facts for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division with the goal of automatic recall. For the upcoming week, we will continue to practice solving division problems using our secret code: Does McDonald’s Sell Cheap Burgers (Divide–Multiply-Subtract-Compare-Bring Down). We will also be learning how to solve multi-step problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- English Language Arts:
- Grammar-Students are learning about future-tense verbs which tell about an action that will happen in the future. They will take a quiz at the end of the week on present-tense, past-tense, and future-tense verbs. They will continue to proofread their writing for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, and punctuation marks.
- Vocabulary-Each week students are presented with 12 new vocabulary words and complete different activities each day (sentence completion, synonym/antonym, matching, word meaning and context clues).
- Reading-Reading articles and passages and answering comprehension questions will continue as it is an important skill to practice as much as possible. I am noticing improvement in this area for many students.
- Guided Reading- We are enjoying reading Loser by Jerry Spinelli. We have had meaningful discussions about events that have taken place. In addition to participating in discussions, we are making predictions and answering comprehension questions.
- Spelling-Each day students are given two or three commonly misspelled words and a mnemonic device to help them remember how to spell the word. They are adding these words to their Spelling list. At the end of the week, students are asked to write a sentence for each word which demonstrates their understanding of its meaning and use conventional spelling.
- Religion: Beatitudes is another word for happy and that is our theme for the week! We will be talking about what makes us happy and makes others happy! We will also learn why Jesus wants us to follow the Ten Commandments. To end the week, we will read Matthew’s Gospel (Chapter 5, 6, and 7) to learn what the Beatitudes mean and how we can live them in our daily lives.
- Science: This week we will be continuing our discussion of rock formations and fossils. Students will look on line at different plant and animal fossils. They can also go on a Dinosaur Walk. Students will complete an assessment to demonstrate an understanding of rock formations and fossils.
- Social Studies: Students will be reading If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern to learn more about what life was like during Colonial times. They will also take an assessment to demonstrate their understanding of the material presented in the chapter.
- Writing: I am so pleased with the creativity that shines through in each child’s writing! Their preferences include journal entries, stories on chrome books, and writing stories individually, with partners or in small groups. We continually put an emphasis on using capital letters, punctuation, finger spacing, and conventional spelling.
- Author’s Chair: Each Friday, we celebrate our writing with Author’s Chair-students can share what they have been working on! They all enjoy sharing their stories with each other! Last week, during Author’s Chair we had Show-n-Tell which was a lot of fun! Students enjoyed sharing their hobbies, pets, and other important things with each other!
- Self-Esteem & Confidence Workshop: Our Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving workshop will begin with Miss. Farley this week! I encourage the students to share what they are learning with you so they can practice the strategies at home.
- Disinfecting Wipes: Our classroom supply of disinfecting wipes is running low. The next time you are grocery shopping if you could pick up a container and send it in with your son/daughter I would greatly appreciate it!
- Google Classroom: Students have completed several assignments and quizzes in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies on Google Classroom. Please ask your son/daughter to show you what they have been doing. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email.
- Read for Ronald McDonald House: The Read for Ronald McDonald House Program kicked off on January 11th and runs through February 10th. The calendar and additional information is posted on Google classroom. Students are asked to read each night and collect donations for their reading. This program offers many families a way to stay close to their loved ones when they are in the hospital. I encourage everyone to participate!