Week of January 18th -January 22nd
Welcome to the fourteenth issue of Jeffers’ Journal! I hope you have your ticket ready to board the learning train! There are many adventures waiting for you!
Here is a breakdown of our learning:
- Math: It is important 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 the following steps: Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Compare, Bring Down. A phrase to help remember the steps is Does McDonald’s Sell Cheap Burgers. We will also continue to use the CUBE strategy when solving word problems.
- English Language Arts:
- Grammar: Students will learn that a verb in the present tense represents an action that is happening now. They will check their writing for subject-verb agreement. They will also review what direct objects are.
- Vocabulary: Each week students are presented 12 new vocabulary words and complete different activities each day (sentence completion, matching, 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 are making predictions and answering comprehension questions. We are participating in meaningful discussions and completing activities to demonstrate an understanding of the story.
- 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 each word which demonstrates their understanding of its meaning and use conventional spelling.
- Religion: In the Chapter Baptism and Confirmation we will continue to learn ways to share in the mission of Jesus Christ. They will learn about Dorothy Day who is an American Catholic who helped the poor. To wrap up the chapter they will complete an assessment at the end of the week.
- Science: As we continue digging into the Earth we will review the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources and learn about Earth’s Energy Resources. We will learn how human activities affect the Earth’s System. My goal is for the students to appreciate the resources and do their best to save them!
- Social Studies: As we stand on the border of the United States and Canada this week, we will be learning about what are the parts of a free enterprise system. Environmental issues that affect the United States and Canada will also be addressed.
- Writing: I am so pleased with the creativity that shines 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!
- Self-Esteem & Confidence Workshop -Last Wednesday, we had our final stress management workshop with Miss Farley (Catapult Learning). Some of the things they have learned throughout this workshop are: what causes stress, how our bodies respond to stress (Fight/Flight/Freeze), and also the locus of control. Miss. Farley shared a way to help with self-care which is to set goals. She used the acronym SMART, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time. She told them that setting goals is important because when you set a goal you are committed to achieving it. To close the session, she asked the children to share any topic they would like to learn more about. Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving are going to be the themes of our next workshop. I encourage the children to share what they are learning with you!
- Disinfecting Wipes: Our classroom supply of disinfecting wipes is running low. The next time you are at the grocery store 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, Social Studies, and Science. Once they complete an assignment I am able to grade it and send it back to them with a personal comment. Some of the students reply to my comments and either make corrections to their work. Please ask your son/daughter to show you what they have been working on. 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 our Google Classroom page under the topic Extra Extra! Students are asked to read each night and collect donations for their reading. This program helps so many families to be able to stay close to their loved ones when they are in the hospital. I encourage everyone to participate!