Monday, April 23, 2018

Dear Room 5 families,

I hope you all enjoyed the April vacation. It's hard to believe it's almost May.
Here are some pictures from our Global Play Day. The students had a lot of fun and worked nicely with one another.





Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dear Families,

Here's a quick update to let you know what we have been up to in Room 5!

Reading:

We have been working on creating sensory images as we read. This helps us think more deeply about the text and remember it longer. We have been using the words from the text and our background knowledge to help us create our images.
Here is a story that we read earlier in the year. It shows the character creating a sensory image of a bird.







































We also read a book called the Salamander Room, by Anne Mazer. Instead of looking at the illustrations in the book, we listened to the words and created our own pictures in our minds.
(I see..., I hear..., I feel..., I taste.... I smell...)











Writing:

We've been having fun writing poems. We started our unit on poetry by taking a look at how poems are different from the other types of writing that we have been doing. We have read poems to find out what poets do to make their poems interesting.

Here's a poem we wrote as a class.

Snowflakes

Snowflakes here, snowflakes there
Snowflakes everywhere

Falling, falling through the sky
I can see them with my eye.

Dancing, prancing all around
Falling, falling to the ground.

Snowflakes here, snowflakes there
Snowflakes everywhere



Room 5





Math:

We just completed our geometry unit. We have learned attributes of 2-D and
3-D shapes We also worked with arrays. We used repeated addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays.


Upcoming Events: 

  • Friday, May 25th - Field Trip to the North End
  • Friday, June 8th - Open House 8:00am-8:30am

Friday, February 16, 2018


DEC DAY FUN!

Dear Room 5 Families,

         DEC Day was a success! In the morning, everyone had fun planning and creating arcade games with their group. Everyone worked really hard creating their games and worked nicely with their team! After lunch, they wrote directions for their games and played their classmates' games. Then it was off to room 6 for another round of games. At the end of the day, It was hard to take the games apart, but unfortunately we couldn't keep them. Each group decided what they would do with them at the end of the day!










Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dear Families,

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         I hope you're all enjoying this "warm" weekend after all the cold temps we've had. Here's a quick update to let you know what's been happening in Room 5.

Science:
On Friday, we had the Acton Discovery Museum come to Loker School thanks to the PTO. This presentation supported our unit on solids, liquids and gases. We have been learning how these three states of matter change. On Friday, we had the opportunity to see liquid nitrogen change a banana into a hammer (or make it hard enough to hammer a nail into wood). We saw some dry ice but couldn't touch it. Ask your child what happens to a balloon when a piece of dry ice is put into it or what happens when a piece of dry ice is placed in a container with a lid on it.  These are only a few of the fun and exciting things we saw.
Here are a few pictures from our day.
How is the dry ice changing?







Sunday, January 7, 2018



Dear Families,

         I hope you're all dug out from the winter storm and staying warm! Here's a quick update to let you know what we are up to in room 5.

Reading

          This week we will begin our comprehension unit on Asking Questions. We all ask questions to learn more about a topic or idea. As we read, we will ask questions to learn more about the stories or text we read. 

Writing:

          We will continue writing opinion pieces. Our purpose as writers will be to persuade our reader(s). We have written opinion pieces about a favorite month and favorite P.E. game. We are working on providing at least three reasons to support our opinion. The students are doing a great job and seem to enjoy this unit. 

Math: 

            Last week we started our unit on adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers. One tool that students can use when adding and subtracting is the open number line. You will see examples of these coming home for homework. 



                            
Math Facts: We have also been focusing on math facts 0-20. Our focus this past week was on plus 9                            facts such as 9 + 6 and 3 + 9. We used the "make ten" strategy to solve these facts.  
                     
                             
Our goal is to identify the facts we have mastered (or know automatically) and the facts we need to focus on to learn.

Hopefully this week it will be warm enough to go outside during recess and have fun in the snow! Students need a coat, snow pants, boots, gloves/mittens and a hat to play in the snow. 
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017





Dear Room Families,

Here's a quick update to let you know what we're working on in class.



Science
We recently started our unit on solids, liquids and gases. We defined solids, liquids and gases and identified properties of each. We're looking to see how solids, liquids and gases change. We're writing about our observations.
How will the tablet change when mixed with water?








Math: 

We are almost finished with our unit on time. Our goal has been to:

  • Learn how to tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
  • Know the relationship of time, including seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour, hours in a day, days in a week, a month, and a year; and weeks in a month and year.


Writing:

We started our opinion writing by reading the book I Wanna Iguana.






Students will write a topic sentence that clearly states an opinion, support their opinion with three reasons, and write a closing sentence. Students will identify their audiece when writing.













Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dear Families,

I was great to see so many of you at our open house last Friday. The children were happy to share their hard work with you!

Here's a quick update to let you know what we're working on in class.

Reading

We continue to talk about schema (background knowledge). We've been reading fiction stories and making text-to-self connections as we read. We think about how something in the book we're reading reminds us from something from our own life. Making a connection can help us better understand the stories we read.

Math

We've started our unit on fractions. Students have been partitioning shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths and describing the parts.


Writing

Students continue to write personal narratives with a beginning, middle and end. We have noticed that writers add details such as thoughts, feelings and dialogue. Students continue to work to add these to their own writing. We notice how these details make stories more interesting for the reader.