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Language Arts-Unit 1 Week 4

This week our skills are:

Comprehension Strategy– Ask and answer questions in text.

Comprehension Skill– Text structure: cause and effect.

Vocabulary Strategy – Metaphors.

Writing Traits– Word choice.

Grammar– Sentences: Four types of sentences.

Spelling – Long a.

Math

We will finish our understanding division chapter this week and test next Tuesday. Today we focused on how division and multiplication are related. Tomorrow the lesson is on inverse operations and how a group of related facts using the same numbers is a fact family. The rest of the week will be more problem solving and a chapter review.

Science

The class is learning more in depth this week about the three types of rocks and why they are classified that way. Hopefully our rock cycle song will help us to remember as well!

Extras

Friday-Picture Day!

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*  Open House is scheduled for this Thursday, September 24th from 6-7pm.  The children have been working hard and would love to show off all their work to you.  

Reading/Language Arts: Unit 1 Week 3 Communities

The theme this week is communities.

Our essential question is: How do people from different cultures contribute to a community?

Comprehension Strategy: Ask and Answer Questions means as they read, good readers ask questions about the story and look for answers in the text.

Comprehension Skill: Sequence: Sequence is the order in which a story’s events happen; the beginning, middle, and end. Clue words: first, next, then, and finally.

Genre: Narrative Nonfiction: Autobiography- tell the story of a person’s life, tells events in chronological order, and written about the author by the author.

Vocabulary Strategy:

Compound Words- two smaller words that make one word. The smaller words tell you the meaning of the compound word.

Writing: Organization

Good Writers have a clear beginning, middle and end. We will write a “How to” pop popcorn first and then carry it over to a paragraph on how to carve a pumpkin.

Spelling: Our spelling words have the final e sound.

Math

During math this week, our class will model division as equal sharing. We started this lesson on Friday with the book The Doorbell Rang. The class will learn that one way to divide is to find the number in each group. This can be done by equal sharing. Our next lesson of the week will show how division and subtraction are related and use models, such as a number line, to show this. We will check our progress after this to make sure we understand the concepts so far.

Science

Our exploration of rocks continues this week. Students will explore 12 rocks and become the scientists by grouping them according to what they believe the rocks should be grouped as. When this process is complete, they will learn that there are three types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The class will also complete the rock cycle wheel and sing a song!

 

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Language Arts

As we begin Unit 1 Week 2 this week, our essential question is: What can traditions teach you about cultures? Our genre is realistic fiction as we read the story The Dream Catcher.  We will continue with our comprehension strategy of visualization. While reading in whole group and guided reading this week, we will focus on sequencing and putting stories in order. Our grammar focus will be statements and questions. Writing a paragraph this week will center on Mrs. Schultz coming down to show us how to pop popcorn with Highland’s popcorn machine! We will take notes on this process and then write a how to paragraph. Friday will be our spelling test on short e, o, and u words. We will also have our vocabulary quiz and end of selection test Friday.

Math

Today we will pretest in math and have our test tomorrow. Our next unit will be understanding division. This week will focus on modeling division.

Science

We will focus on the three types of rocks this week which are igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.  We will also learn about the rock cycle. Our class is so fortunate to have all of these rock and mineral kids to bring this learning alive in the classroom!

Extra News

Mrs. Moore is in desperate need of helpers this Friday at 9:30. If you can help, please email her at mooreje@bbhcsd.org

 

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Language Arts

This week we will continue to check for understanding three different ways while reading a book. We will also practice picking out what a “Good Fit” book looks like. There will be no spelling words this week. Our grammar skills will be sentences and fragments along with identifying the difference between the two. While reading stories this week our main focus will be setting, plot, character/thoughts, context clues, and synonyms.

Our process of writing a paragraph will begin this week.

Math

Students will work on problem solving and using multiplication to find combinations this week. We will do some reviewing at the end of the week and test next Tuesday. A chapter review will come home later this week.

Science

Scientific Method will be a great introduction to our year! We will conduct a few experiments this week to kick off the year. Next week we begin rocks and minerals!

Social Studies
We will begin social studies this year with timelines!  Vocabulary words we will be using and applying in class include year, decade, century, millennium, chronological order and timeline.

 

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Language Arts

This week we will continue to check for understanding three different ways while reading a book. We will also practice picking out what a “Good Fit” book looks like. Our spelling pattern is short vowels a and i. These words will come home today along with a letter and spelling homework. Our grammar skills will be sentences and fragments along with identifying the difference between the two. The class will hear the song Mr. Morton (School House Rocks) to identify what a good sentence has in it. We will also do a Scoot activity involving movement and identifying if something is a sentence or fragment. While reading stories this week our main focus will be setting, plot, character/thoughts, context clues, and synonyms.

Our comprehension connection for this unit is visualization. Since students are absolutely accustomed to visual literacies-websites, cartoons, movies, print media, and so on -how smart we would be to regard this as a teaching and learning advantage! By appreciating our students’ affinity for the visual, we can bolster motivation and confidence as our kids become stronger readers.

Math

Students will continue to develop the concept of multiplication and what it means. We will use arrays and multiplication to help with this throughout the week. Soon we will be ready to start our times tests! A letter will be sent home explaining this when the time comes.

Science

Scientific Method will be a great introduction to our year! We will conduct a few experiments this week to kick off the year. Next week we begin rocks and minerals!

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Reading/Language Arts

This week we continue to set up our Daily 5 routines. Students are working hard to build stamina while reading. Our focus will be on learning how to select a book that is just right. Ask your child to share with you the five finger rule when selecting a book. We will also learn the strategy that reminds students to back up and reread when they are not sure about what they just read. Another strategy we will work on this week is cross checking. Cross checking means students try reading the word and then ask themselves these three questions:

  1. Does what I just read look right? (Take one arm and cross it over our body so our hand is on the opposite shoulder)
  2. Does it sound right? (We take the other hand and cross it over our body to the opposite shoulder so that we have a cross in front of us)
  3. Does it make sense? (Both arms drop down to our sides)

Last week the students learned two of the three ways to read a book. One way is look at the pictures and the other way is to read the text. The third way is retell the story.

Or writing focus this week will be on sentence structure. Students will identify if it is a sentence or a fragment.

Students will be introduced to the vocabulary in our Wonders unit this week but will not take the spelling test until next Friday. Those words will be passed out next Monday.

 

Math

Math About Me posters will be created in the beginning of the week. Students will create a poster that consists of their house number, height, head circumference, number of family members, zip code, and letters in their name. Along with this we will work on our math fluency program titled Xtra Math. This program promotes fluency and will be used daily in the classroom. On Wednesday, we begin our unit on multiplication! I will pre-assess the students to see where they are at on this concept. This will help me to see where the levels are in the classroom and plan accordingly. The rest of the week in math will consist of hands on modeling of multiplication and showing how multiplication is repeated addition. Each night the students will come home with their Simple Solutions math book and sometimes a My Math homework sheet.

 

Science/Social Studies

This year I will be teaching science to my homeroom and Mrs. Niedermeyer’s homeroom. She will be teaching social studies to your children this year. Our first unit will begin with some science inquiry and then we will move on to rocks and minerals.

 

Extra News

Please sign your child’s assignment notebook and calendar in red folder each night when it comes home.

 

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

My name is Elena Kucharski and this is my 23rd year teaching in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin Wallace College.  My Master’s Degree is from Marygrove College.   My second Master’s Degree is from Graceland University in Quality Schools.  I enjoy taking classes which focus on technology integration in the classroom. I am also a lifelong learner! I just completed coursework on the Daily 5 and have explained it below!  I have been married for 25 years to my amazing husband Don. Don is a medical coder and a content developer for high school electives for an online school! We have two beautiful daughters named Alexis and Melina. Alexis is 20 and we just moved her into her apartment at Baldwin Wallace where she will be in her third year of college!  Melina, who is 14, is at  BBHHS in 9th grade and twirls for our BEES. She is also on the flagline team of the Marching Bees! I hope you enjoy my blog this year!

A Blog is a type of online diary that people can write journal entries and post them online. These entries may contain pictures, or file attachments, or links to other things online. Each week I will post a newsletter that will let you know what we are doing in class. This will keep you updated with weekly curriculum, homework, and any other events happening in our classroom. On the left side of this blog you will notice the section on categories. This is where you will find links to spelling tests, special websites, listen to the reading stories on line, and many other important links to our curriculum.

Language Arts

The Daily 5
This year your child will be working on the Daily 5 during their language arts block.  The Daily 5 is a philosophy, not a curriculum, where the children develop work skill independence through a gradual release model that provides systematic practice and modeling to achieve a desired behavior.  Once the level of independence is achieved, students will be engaged in meaningful reading and writing practice that reflects the Common Core State Standards that we use along with students’ needs to drive our instruction.

The Daily 5 consists of 5 areas of practice, Read to SelfWork on WritingWord WorkListen to Reading and Read to Someone.  Each area has expectations and goals attached effectively meeting the needs of that round during the Daily 5.

Once the Daily 5 is up and running smoothly, students will receive explicit, whole group instruction and then they are given time to independently practice the focus of the daily lesson.  During this time, we will be able to provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students that will specifically meet each student’s needs.
Because of the specific components of the Daily 5, we will be spending the first few weeks of school incorporating practice of the expectations that go along with each component. Students will be building their stamina, or working on reading and writing for an extended period of time.  We will also spend time assessing students to gain information about their strengths and needs as a reader.
The Daily 5 will be a different way to structure a literacy block and you may notice that there will be a change in the amount of worksheets that your children will be bringing home this year.  Worksheets do keep your child busy, but they do not necessarily result in the high level of learning that we want for your child.  Instead, your child will be taught how to pick out “Good Fit Books” at their level, and providing motivation and encouragement to write about topics that interest them.  As a result, they will spend time practicing reading and writing.  We anticipate that their excitement and the love of learning will develop as they read and write.
As a parent, the best way to support this new endeavor for your child is to encourage them to pick out “Good Fit Books” at the library.  Help them by sitting down and reading nightly.  At the end of each page, ask them to retell what happened.  Be sure they can answer questions as to who the story is about, when and where it is taking place, what is happening and why.  Children can use First, Next, Then and Finally to sequence their response.  Encourage children to ask questions that they hope to have answered by the end of the chapter and have them make connections.  Have children think about how the book reminds them of an experience they had, or how it is like another book they read!
Thank you for your support and for giving me this opportunity to foster the love of reading and writing in your child and helping to develop a love of life long learning!
Math
We are using the My Math program this year. A letter will come home soon on what we are working on each unit. Along with My Math students will work on math fluency every day. We will also work in math learning center.
Science
Our science book is from Pearson this year. It is a consumable book that the students are allowed to write in. We will begin our unit on inquiry and rocks and minerals! Stay tuned to detailed information on what we will be learning!

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Reading/Language Arts

Our Comprehension Strategy continues to be reread. Our comprehension skill will be cause and effect this week. Context clues will be our vocabulary strategy of the week. Our spelling words are homophones (sale/sail, beet/beat).

Math

We continue with our geometry unit this week. Our focus will be on line, line segments and rays which we will create in class. With this we will make parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines using toothpicks and stickers. Wednesday we will have hands on angles activities. Thursday brings us partitioned shapes and Friday we will have a review, reflect, enrich, and reteach day.

Science

For science this week we will begin our study of animals! Our lesson begins with exploring the parts of a chicken egg. Your child may not look at an egg the same way after this. It is so interesting to point out where the chicken develops, gets its food, and the purpose of each part. We will continue to explore the life cycle of the chicken later on in the week.

Extras

Our field trip to Progressive Field will be on Friday May 29th.
Permission slips were sent home on Friday.

Weekly Newsletter April 20, 2015

Happy Earth Week!  This week the PSO has organized special Earth Week activities for the classes to do during lunch/lunch recess time.  In addition, the Garden Club will be coming to the Third Grade Classes on Wednesday afternoon.  We will be getting a sapling to take home to plant in our own yard.  This is a Highland Drive tradition.  Those of you may still have trees growing from older children in your yard.  We are so fortunate that the Garden Club includes us every year.

Mr. Hartland and Mrs. Schwenn came in yesterday to talk with the Third Grade Classes about transitioning to Central School.  While this is an exciting move, some students (and parents) might be feeling a little anxious about it.  Hopefully the Central Team helped to eliminate some of those nerves.  Remember, for parents, there are two meetings scheduled May 14th and May 20th at Central School that will provide additional information about this transition.  Our class will also be heading up there for our own visit the morning of May 20th.

Please ask your child what school supplies they need.  Many do not have glue or glue sticks.  We will be using these items until the last day of school which is still 7+ weeks away.

Please remember that the students will be testing April 28, 29, and 30. April 28 will be the OAA and April 29 and 30 will be PARCC End of Year test.

 

This week:

Reading/Language Arts:  This week our comprehension strategy is rereading and our comprehension skill is comparing and contrasting.  We will read the expository story, Gray Wolf! Red Fox and use a venn diagram to compare these two animals.  We will then use the venn diagram to organize a response on how these animals are similar and different.  We will be using a couple of Earth Week stories to find text evidence and complete graphic organizers to pull out the information we read about.  We will also be working on character analysis while reading Ramona Quimby Age 8 and The Recess Queen.

In addition we will use context clues to identify the meaning of words, identify main and helping verbs, and use quotation marks in dialogue.  In spelling we will focus on variant vowels (au, aw al).

Math: This week will compare line plot, line, picture, and pie graphs.  We will discuss how to read these graphs and find out information by organizing the data in this way.  We will reviewing how to measure to the ½ and ¼ inch, when to use grams or kilograms, liters or milliliters, and time intervals.

In geometry we will learn about angles (acute, obtuse, and right) and identifying polygons, triangles, and quadrilaterals.

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Reading/Language Arts

This week we continue to work with ask and answer questions as our comprehension skill. We will also explore further the point of view that the author of the story has. Our vocabulary strategy will be prefixes and more specifically –un, -non, and –im. For grammar the class will work on contractions and work on some activities. Character traits are an important skill to use while reading and we will work on these along with the book The Recess Queen! The spelling words of the week are plural words.

 

Math

We begin our unit on geometry this week. The class will work on identifying shapes and their names. We will also identify polygons and quadrangles. Many hands on activities will result from these concepts! We will create shapes based on the book The Greedy Triangle and create a “What Does the Shape Say” activity.

Science

During science this week we will work on the metric system and measuring.

 

Extras

Central School principals and counselors will be here Wednesday to talk to our class about what Central is like. Next month we will take a bus over to Central for a visit.