Thank you for stopping by to see what your child has been up to. You will find useful resources and information updated here frequently.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Updates and News from the Week


New snack calendars were sent home today (Thursday) through the end of the year. You can also visit the snack calendars anytime here.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER: I sent home a book order today so you and your child can start making decisions for summer reading! I will try and send at least one more book order before the end of the year in addition to this one. You can order online, using our classroom code: H4G6X
You can send in a check for the total amount due and the paper order form.
All forms of ordering, online or paper, are due by noon on April 25th!

I added a new tab on the main page of our classroom blog this week called, Technology Links. It is located right next to the snack calendar link near the top of the main page here at Hubbard's Headlines. Be sure to check these out! 


The class is moving along with fractions! This week we worked to create fractions on a number line and fractions on a grid. Hopefully some light bulbs and connections are being made. Very often students are making guesses or are unsure. I think they are getting closer to understanding the concept of what a fraction is and how they function in their lives. It's a tough subject to tackle at this age. Support students at home as much as you can.
A couple weeks ago I sent some ideas to try along with a parent note. Hopefully you received these ideas. Also, you can give this a try! A website with lots of links to games and activities all related to fractions.


Earlier this week I posted all of our activities related to poetry! We have lots we are working on, take a peek here in case you missed it.


We have been working on reading and identifying figurative language in writing, mostly poetry. Ask your child what an idiom, hyperbole, personification, or metaphor/simile is this week and see if they can give you an example.


We began our economics unit this week! We talked about some of the basics, which was a review from previous grade levels, as well as natural, human, and capital resources.

Have a great weekend and holiday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Lots of Fun and New Adventures Are Coming!

April is poetry month! 

We will be doing a lot of poetry reading, writing, and celebrating. Here is a rundown of what we are up to:

Check out your child's blog here.

They should be able to login from home. If they have forgotten their password, send me an email and I will respond with the information. All the posts are public but only visible once I have approved the post. You may notice some errors. Not every child is working on the same skill and we are all at different places within our writing journeys. Please be kind and encouraging to your child.

You may remember us using a Padlet to record favorite lines of poetry. Students will be visiting this with more frequency this month as they read poems that inspire. You can visit our Padlet here.

For students who were part of the Rising Writers Club, Amy LudwigVanderwater from The Poem Farm visiting virtually on our last day of club. This month the whole class will be enjoying her poems at her website. We will be visited often as she celebrates poetry using crayons for inspiration.

Check out her website here.  http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/

You can also see her Padlet with the crayon project here.

And...a really neat video on how crayons are made here.

As an end of the month celebration, the class and I will be doing Chalkabration! This is poetry written in chalk and shared with other poets, authors, and classrooms around the globe. Take a look at what Chalkabration is all about here.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Epic Challenge!

I have challenged the kids to a reading challenge over break. Some students are going to work really hard to finish the book they are currently reading. This would be GREAT!
I also challenged them to visit Get Epic. This is a website we've been using to explore topics and research for some of our nonfiction writing. The great thing is, there are all kinds of books to explore!

Steps to visit the site:

Visit getepic.com 
Click on the sign-in
Scroll down to the classroom code login section
Our code is: MBX-6475

When students enter the code it will take them to their own personal icon to click.

Also, students can visit TenMarks. There are a lot of new tasks loaded for them to practice.

The past two weeks we've been working on conflict resolution.

Students have also been challenged to think about others instead of thinking of themselves.

In reading this week we talked about what questions we can ask ourselves as we read a book. We talked about what is in the book, in our head, and in our heart.

In math this week we began our fraction unit! I hope you received the letter last week explaining the unit. Each students made a fraction set to use during class. These will come home sometime next week. 

Due to some data entering issues, I have not been able to enter your child's math unit three test scores. As soon as I am able to enter the scores I will send the tests home for your view. As I said before, I will be assessing these skills again before the end of the year. 

In writing, we talked through our nonfiction pieces and discussed many different types of text features we could include to enhance the information!

Several students have started to crochet in our class! We are up to about six-seven different kiddos who have been working on projects during our Makerspaces time. 


Friday, March 17, 2017

March is BUSY!


We have been reading machines this month! March has given us the kick of excitement and competition we needed to get ourselves back on track and completing more books! I have noticed the increase in reading at home as well. Keep it up.


This week we worked on several note-taking strategies as we venture into our nonfiction unit for both reading and writing. We will be working on writing pieces that reflect a personal expertise as well as researching new information. Students will begin to learn how to site sources and synthesize information!


Next Tuesday (or Wednesday) students will be taking their Unit 3 math test. This test will cover two and three digit addition and subtraction, as well as rounding, one and two step word problems and graphing. Although I am giving this test next week, I do not expect complete mastery of all these skills as some students are only just beginning to understand three digit subtraction (this one has been tricky). I plan on giving this test or a similar version at the end of the year to see growth with these concepts. Students are bringing home some formative assessments and quizzes that we have used to see our strengths. They can use these to study and try making some of their own problems as well. I have also included three Troll word problems they can practice before Tuesday.

This week we really focused on graphing, picto-charts, and picto-graphs.


We continue to discuss early settlers of Michigan. We also began to touch on the Underground Railroad, what it was, and some of the key vocabulary associated with this escape plan. Students are bringing home the Part One test of this social studies unit.

I will be updating the snack calendar tab on the blog's main page soon to reflect April, May, and June. Remember, you can check your child's snack day anytime on the website!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Almost March


In reading this week the class reviewed how to write summaries of text. We also talked about our reading "identity" and what we look for when choosing books. I will be checking bookmarks every day next week. Please make sure your child is reading most evenings for 20 or more minutes. Initials on the bookmark are still not mandatory, however, if I see there are few pages recorded on the bookmark this may become a requirement for some children. As always, if you prefer to sign the bookmark, you are more than welcome to do so.


This week in writing, we reviewed when and where to elaborate in our stories. We had to back up a bit and draft one more realistic fiction story before we can begin Information writing.

We also talked a lot about complex sentences and ways to consolidate shorter sentences. 


Subtraction has been our focus this week as we reviewed all the strategies we have learned for both addition and subtraction. Many students were utilizing what they know about addition. This is a great connection to make, however, several were making errors. I think we cleared up the confusion this week. Here is one example:



Students also brought home a new game today, How Far From 100. Be sure to check it out this weekend. Digit cards can easily be made with scrap paper at home or a deck of cards can be used as well.


Information for conference schedules came home today. Please review the document your child brought home and respond if necessary. I'm looking forward to reviewing your child's report card together and discussing progress and steps forward.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Reminders and Valentine's Day Activities


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 6, 2017.

Rising Writers Club only has a few spots left! Register today!

In case you still need the names of students in our class, here is a list below. Please note, we welcomed a new student this week! Welcome, Nathanyl. :)

Maddy Jane

As your child probably mentioned, we will be exchanging valentines next Tuesday 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.

Activities will include:

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

It's February!

I have a lot of updates for you in this post. Please read all the way to the end! As always, if you have any questions send them my way. :)

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 6, 2017. The opportunity to run/walk will be offered during recess and gym class from early April through May. Information is coming home today in your child's STAR Binder. You can also check out the info on their website and register your child online. Click here.

Book Fair

Book fair will be starting up on February 27th-March 10th. Family nights are Mon Feb 27th and March 7th from 5:30-8:00 in the FPE library.

Rising Writers Club

Your child has an opportunity to join the Rising Writers Club! We talked about some of the details today. If your child is interested in joining there is a lot in store. Take a look at the registration form (click here) and watch the video at the bottom of the electronic form as well as below. Paper registration forms were also sent home today! If you are unable to use the electronic version, please fill it out and return it early next week.

Donations/Food Drive

We will be collecting food donations next week for the Good Shepherd program. Below is the donation schedule. There was also a form sent home today in your child's STAR Binder.
Monday- Mac/Cheese   Tuesday-Canned Pasta   Wednesday-Canned Fruit/Veggie   Thursday-Snacks (applesauce, granola bars, etc.)   Friday-Peanut Butter and Jelly (Please send in plastic jars only)


Students created a 1,000 chart this week and used it solve addition problems with two-three digit numbers. We have talked about several strategies for solving addition/subtraction problems using different tools and mental math. You should have received three games in the past three weeks. They are: Capture 5, Close to 100, and Go Collecting (Go Collecting was sent today). Continue to use websites like Greg Tang Math, Math Salamander, and TenMarks!


This week we spent time talking about point of view and perspective. The class learned that there are different things to look for when determining who is telling the story and that each narrator (inside or outside of the story) has their own perspective of a situation. We will begin talking about our own perspective in relationship to characters' perspectives next week. The purpose of lessons like this is to encourage students to think more deeply about text. Why did the author use that word? Why did that character say or do that? When we ask questions about character motives and the tone of a story we begin to understand the main idea as well as the theme or message of a book. These are complex ways of thinking and allow us, as readers, to better understand the story and it's parallels to life.


We also explored point of view and perspective in relationship to writing this week. Students each wrote short stories from the perspective of an object, animal, or person other than themselves. Below is an example of one student's story, written from the perspective of a pen.

Social Studies

This week and last we talked about French Explorers and their relationship with the Native Americans. Ask your child about the fur trade and what was the most popular item traded here in Michigan. Also, ask them what life as a voyageur was like long ago.

I hope you all have a great weekend! We accomplished a lot. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Math Talk!

A math talk with one team from our workshop today. 

We had a great few days settling back into our school day. A few students have begun some book clubs. We wrote and published some success stories as we reviewed what a growth mindset means. Students engaged in great math conversations. We finished our read-aloud and will begin a new one next week, it will be a surprise. We finished our conversation about The Three Fires and compared the tribes.

I posted a math update earlier this week, be sure to look back to read.

Snack helpers next week:
Monday: Presten
Tuesday: Graci
Wednesday: Trent
Thursday: Aliyah
Friday: Emmalee

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Math Game Idea!

I am going to work really hard to help students become more flexible and fluent with their understanding of numbers. This starts with fewer flash card and speed-based assessments and more practice, work, and fun with numbers.
It amazes me how smart your children are but how unsure they are of what they know. It is common for us to have a math conversation and they often say, "well, I think" or "maybe its..." They are so unsure of themselves and I really want to build their confidence.
Many of them have a really good base of knowledge. I hope to build on that but we need to build their confidence in what they know and rote memorization of steps and facts won't get them there. There is a place for some memorization but often times this can come in different ways. Below is an excerpt from an article:

"People with number sense are those who can use numbers flexibly. When asked to solve 7 x 8 someone with number sense may have memorized 56 but they would also be able to work out that 7 x 7 is 49 and then add 7 to make 56, or they may work out ten 7’s and subtract two 7’s (70-14). They would not have to rely on a distant memory. Math facts, themselves, are a small part of mathematics and they are best learned through the use of numbers in different ways and situations. " ~ Jo Boaler

If you'd like to read more of this article, click here.

Here is a link to a game we learned today that is fun, easy, and builds fact fluency.
Pepperoni Pizza Multiplication