Classroom Update March 3, 2017
JOIN THE 1ST GRADE AND MRS. BUSCEMI for the Annual Jungle Parade! First Graders will prance through the hallways on Friday, March 10 at 2:00 to show off their animal masks made in art class.
Math- Equal Sign
Our mathematicians are learning the meaning and importance of the = equal sign. We know that whatever is on one side of the equal sign must be the same as what's on the other side. We were surprised to know it doesn't have to be only numbered. What's on one side might be two tens blocks (or lines to represent tens) and three ones (or dots to represent ones), and the other side might be 19+4.
We are also learning to read number problems to UNDERSTAND the what is happening in the problem and what the problem is asking us to do. To help the students focus on the problem and NOT the numbers, I use numberless word problems. Sound weird? I thought so too! But by NOT having numbers in the problem students focus on the problem by answering these four questions.
What is the problem MOSTLY about?
Vocabulary- are there any tricky words for you?
What are the facts?
What is the problem asking you to do?
Watch these type of math papers to come home this week. The kids have gotten pretty good at learning to read a math problem for understanding.
We have started to explore non-fiction texts. You may have seen a few come home this week. We have noticed the following about non-fiction texts.
they tell you facts
Our inquiry will continue as we learn to differentiate fiction from non-fiction and how to use the features of non-fiction to locate information.
Writing- Slice of Life Story Writing Challenge and the Introduction of Opinion Writing
Thank you for your support in our writing challenge! I am so impressed with the energy of the kids! We have 10 writers you have written every day (so far)! I told the kids Weekend Writing Warriors are kids who write even on the weekend! Please encourage your writer to write and comment even on the weekend and over spring break! I have started posting what I am writing on my own blog, Primary Perspective, in the challenge on KidBlog, I want the kids to see I am writing right alongside them!
Buckle up parents--- this week we will begin our study on Opinion Writing! Yep, you read that write! We will learn how to state an opinion, support your opinion with evidence and then tie it all up in summary! I can hear you all laughing now; I know all these kids have OPINIONS! (Good thing we have already learned how to disagree respectfully! We even have a chart to refer to in the classroom.)
11:15-11:45 Bring a peanut free lunch, adults only (Please email for a reservation)
Progress reports are available online- Click here
No School, Spring Break – March 20-24
Upcoming Darby Creek Dates:
3/6--7:00 p.m. PTO Meeting--Intervention Team to attend
3/7- Guest teacher- Mrs. Frazier giving individual reading assessments
3/9 -Guest teacher- Mrs. Frazier out for Development of Language Arts Course of Study
3/10--6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. PTO March Madness event
3/14-Guest teacher- First and Second Grade team out for District Professional Development (Math)
3/14--2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 5th grade musical performance
3/20-3/24--SPRING BREAK--NO SCHOOL--SPRING BREAK
4/3--7:00 p.m. PTO meeting
4/5- Guest teacher- First and Second Grade team out for District Professional Development (Math)
4/7- Guest teacher- Personal Day (visiting my daughter in Auburn Alabama War Eagle!
4/14--NO SCHOOL--GOOD FRIDAY
4/21--DCTrail Bike Rodeo and Playground night with Mr. D---more info to come!
4/26- Guest teacher- Mrs. Frazier out for Development of Language Arts Course of Study
5/1--7:00 p.m. PTO meeting
I take my time away from the classroom seriously, and I consider what pulls me away from the classroom critically. I am proud to be selected as a member of the Executive Committee of the Language Arts Committee. I am confident that the time I am out of the classroom for my work on this committee will benefit your children as I learn to look at my teaching with more intensity. I am honored to work with the district teachers and administrators of this committee, and I am eager to develop a document that will support all the students and educators of our community.
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