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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Unit Test and Blogging!


Students began blogging last week when we returned from spring break. They are now able to access the site, log in, create a blog post, and comment on our classroom writing community. Our first focus with blogging was to explore, learn to navigate the pages, and get some content published so we could practice commenting. Now that the students have grasped these concepts, I will be approving posts and comments that match their conventional writing ability. What is "conventional writing ability?"
Conventions are the little pieces of writing that make it readable to an audience. Spelling, punctuation, the spacing of paragraphs, capitalization of proper nouns and the beginning word in a sentence, as well as other aspects of grammar and sentence structure all play a role in how a message or piece of writing is interpreted and understood.
Students will be working to utilize their understandings and demonstrate them with increased accuracy to acquire publication status on their blog posts and comments to other students. Keep in mind this does not mean perfection. Children's writing should look like children's writing and match their developmental stage.

To check out your child's blog and our classroom site click the Technology Tab, scroll down to Writing Links, and select the first link in the list.


Students brought home sections of problems we have worked on in class as part of their multiplication/division math unit review. The most difficult task students are working through are multi-step word problems. We hope to begin portions of the test on Thursday and finish the test on Friday. Keep in mind the test is covering the following topics: Relationships Between Multiplication and Division, Solving Multiplication and Division Problems, and Multiplying by Multiples of 10. These three areas of focus match the information and work students have brought home over the past month.

Michigan eLibrary!

Students have been navigating and reading articles on the Michigan eLibrary site this week to practice listening to reading as well as reading articles on a screen. They have experience with these two skills, however, the Michigan eLibrary offers some fresh information and a whole database of resources! Check it out at home.


Ask your child about No Red Ink!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happy Spring!

Today students are bringing home the following:

  • April-June Snack Calendars (Please let me know if you see a mistake or missed birthday)
  • You can view the calendars online by clicking here!
  • Greg Tang Spring Math Challenge, Directions are on the paper!
  • Work from Unit 5 (Some students have work to finish).

I also assigned two new games on Pearson Realize. Remember, student usernames are their last name, first initial, and 20173

For example, my name, Betsy Hubbard would look like this: hubbardb20173
Students should remember their passwords. They are the same for their student login accounts.

We had a fun dance party yesterday in celebration of March is Reading Month!

Have a wonderful spring break. See you April 9!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Correction and update on Reading Month Celebrations!

The whole school read well over 2,000 books this month and has earned a dance party. Many teachers are offering the option of “dressing 80’s style” as part of our dance party celebration on Wednesday afternoon.

As a class, we have met our goal to read 100 BOOKS! Therefore, students may wear pajamas and bring a board game on Thursday for an afternoon board game hour! I am very proud of their hard work and they are very excited to share their games with the class.

If you have any questions, please let me know! 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Reading Month

Reading Celebration

Week 4 Reading Tickets are coming home today. Our classroom book total for the month is 83 books! We are going to try to reach 100 books (chapter books) read by our class for the month of March by next week. If we reach our goal, students will earn a board game day on Thursday.
We are also going to vote on either a Pajama Day or 80's Day for our outfits that day.

A panoramic shot of all the reading today!


The class is excited to share what they've been learning in music class! Their concert is next Tuesday, March 27. Please have your child at OHS auditorium by 6:50. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.


We began multiplication and division, for our second round this year. Students took home their array cards and multiplication flash cards back in February. If by chance they lost their cards, I did show them how to make their own today. Students are also bringing home their geometry math test from unit four (we have had three unit tests this year--multiplication/division, addition/subtraction, geometry). There is a note attached to your child's test. Please read the note before reviewing the test with your child.
Our current unit is Unit Five and won't be finished for two-three weeks.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Gearing up for March!


We've been gearing up for March with lots of new books and getting our reading lives in shape. Here is some information to keep in mind:

Reading tickets--Students are bringing home reading tickets for each week in March. Please sign and have your child return the ticket if they have read for 100 minutes or more for the first week (4 days) in March. Tickets will be due on Monday morning, March 5. Then I will send a new ticket for the new week due the following Monday, etc.

FPE Bookfair Family Nights are March 5 and March 13.

March 7 is Black Out Day (wear black)

March 20 is Hat Day!

Reading Tickets are due on--

  • March 5th (wk 1)
  • 12th (wk 2)
  • 19 (wk 3)
  • 27 (wk 4)


I am in the process of scheduling conferences. A note went home to families this evening Friday, February 23.


We've been applying all we've learned about the area, perimeter, and polygons this week with lesson involving specific vocabulary like angles, vertices, quadrilaterals, and more!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

NEW BOOKS and other Updates


We are immersing ourselves in nonfiction for the next several weeks. We are starting with text features and text structures (sequence, compare/contrast, description, cause/effect, and problem/solution). This week we talked about description and its relationship to headings as well as sequencential nonfiction and its relationship to a cycle (diagram) or timeline.

We also got a whole bunch of new books for our classroom! Many of the books were purchased using Scholastic Book Club points.
Several of the books are favorites series books to update or series books the students have been asking for more of. The other half of the purchase was made on multiple copies of nonfiction books so we can start some nonfiction book clubs next week. The students are pumped and signed their names next to any of the books that looked interesting or that they might want to try.

While students were signing up for book club books and series books Max and I sat down so he could "booktalk" his current independent book. He demosntrates how to retel important parts of a story, he makes comparisons to a different book within this series, and describes events and characters with details and examples. Take a listen.


We are wrapping up our realistic fiction unit of study next week! The students have been working hard to try different points of view as well as different perspectives of narrators--whether it was a character within the story narrating (first person point of view) or a narrator on the outside of the story (third person point of view). Our chapter book read-aloud is Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and is a first person narrated story told from the perspective of a tree (a character within the story).


Our current math unit is all about measurement and allows us to apply multiplication/division as well as addition/subtraction understandings. A couple weeks ago we began experimenting with permimeter and this past week focused more on area. We tried out lots of different shapes with multiple areas and perimeters and discovered that sometimes shapes can have the SAME area but DIFFERENT perimeters or the SAME  perimeter while having DIFFERENT area measurements.


Throughout our reading and writing we are always finding ways to apply what we know about grammar rules and spelling rules we are learning. Through our realistic fiction unit we have been able to review and apply everything we know about action verbs, adverbs, adjectives, proper nouns, common nouns, and especially pronouns. When decoding vocabulary words or unfamiliar words within our reading (especially vocabulary within nofiction) students are able to apply their understandings of vowel chunks and patterns. We are going to begin working on suffixes and prefixes next week.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Reminders and Valentine's Day!

Book Orders!

Book orders can be added anytime using the online Scholastic Store. I will submit on the 28th day of each month. I check pretty regularly, but sending a quick email is helpful.
There are several search options online and this makes all books available! Some of the top trending books can be found when you click here

Our classroom code is: H4G6X

Mileage Club

Feelin' Good Mileage Club is here! Don't forget to sign up your child for Mileage Club. The deadline to register is March 5, 2018.

Valentine's Day is Wednesday!

We will be exchanging valentines next Wednesday and doing some fun activities in the afternoon. I will be providing a little treat and ask that you please refrain from sending in any candy (unless you provide the ingredients list--required). Also, please do not send in cupcakes, cookies or treats. As I have mentioned in the past, all the students in our classroom have special needs of one sort or the other and some of those include allergies. Please respect my request to not send in additional treats. You have all been amazing parents to work with on this so far this year and I appreciate your continuous support.

In case you need the names of the 25 students in our class, here is a list below:
Exchange will be on Wed. 2/14

Activities on Wednesday will include:

  • Root Beer Floats
  • Decorating a gift bag for card collecting
  • Games
  • Crafts