Check out pictures and videos from the Christmas Program under the More tab and Photos!! The kids did such a great job!
I can't believe we are already to our last week of school for 2013!! Wow, time sure flies!! This week during reading we will be spending most of our time working on our inquiry projects. The groups are each choosing a community that they would like to learn more about: desert, mountain, plains, or coastal. From there they will be looking into the physical geography, natural resources, and climate of that type of community. During reading we will also be working more on reciprocal teaching. With reciprocal teaching each student in the group has a job: predictor, clarifier, questioner, or summarizer. We will be learning more about these jobs and how to apply them to our reading.
In math we will continue working on story problems, especially with division story problems. PLEASE practice your flash cards every night at home. I can really see the kids who are spending the time practicing, it shows when we take our quizzes and tests. Practice every night is so important to our fact fluency success!
In science we will start researching our planet for our reports and spend some time learning about the moon. In social studies we will be learning about the physical geography, natural resources, and climate of Montana. We will start making our brochures and also add facts about Montana such as the state bird, song, flower, and flag.
On Friday we have a fun special surprise to end 2013!!
I am so sorry that I didn't get this up on Sunday, my weekend just got away from me! This week in reading we will reread our stories Living on the Land and Tops and Bottoms. We will work on comparing the two and seeing how they answer our theme question: How does geography shape a community? We will also be reviewing the skills of monitoring our comprehension, multiple meaning words, homophones, and using context clues.
In math this week we will be working on reviewing division and multiplication. While doing this we will work on some problem solving with multiplication and division. Please make sure you are having your kiddo practice their facts at home, I can't stress enough how important it is! Even just 15 minutes a night would be wonderful!!! I am finding that many of them remember the facts for that week but start to forget the facts from previous weeks, try to practice all of them!!
In social studies this week we will learn about travel brochures and the meaning of geography and natural resources for different communities. This will turn into a project where we will make a Montana travel brochure. In science we are starting a unit called: Earth, Moon, and Sun.
Friday is our holiday program. There will be two performances, 8:45 and 10:00. Ms. Waddell has told the kids to try and dress nice on Friday for the performance. She has at least asked that they try not to wear shirts with any writing on them. I hope you can come to watch, the kids are sounding wonderful, they are definitely getting me in the holiday spirit.
The last couple weeks we have been talking a lot about respect and what that means. We have been having a hard time as a class listening to quiet signals and following directions. We have talked about this often and I am hoping soon to see the kids thinking before they are acting!!
Have a wonderful week!!
This week in reading we will be working on the comprehension strategy of monitoring our comprehension. Too often we don't stop when we are confused, or question when something doesn't make sense. We will be working to help with that this week! We are also identifying noun suffixes and homophones.
In math we will continue our memorizing our multiplication facts. Please keep working on that at home! We are also finishing up learning division strategies and moving into some problem solving with multiplication and division.
In science we are finishing up our unit on plant and animal life cycles this week. In social studies we will finish learning a little bit about the Montana Indian tribes.
The kids have started blogging on kidblog and they seem to love it!! I'm sure they would love for you to take a look and even comment on their writing!! This week we will also be learning about what we should say when we comment on others' blogs. Click here to see their blogs and even leave a comment!!
December is going to fly by! Please have your kiddo practicing the words to their songs for the holiday program, it is on the 13th!! A sheet went home last week with the words! This week is also Barnes and Noble night on Thursday the 5th. Stop by from 4-8 to hear a story read by an Arrowhead Thanks so much and have a wonderful first week of December!!
All About Me
This school year will mark my seventh year of teaching and I must say I am so blessed to be a part of such a great community at Arrowhead school. I am excited to begin a new year with a wonderful group of kids!! I grew up in Helena and attended college in Bozeman, MT at MSU. Go Bobcats! While there I obtained a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Reading. In 2016 I received a masters degree in Education Leadership. Six years ago I married my high school sweetheart, Tymon. We also have a five year old adorable mini australian shepherd puppy, Molly. This year we are also welcoming our first child in February and we are so excited to be parents! When I am not teaching I love to be outside enjoying hiking trails or taking in a sporting event.