Wow! We made it to 100 Days of School! What an accomplishment for all of our students.
Kindergarten students are reading stories and working on comprehension skills.
Students are counting money, telling time, and writing and solving addition and subtraction number sentences.
Students are studying animals and the ways in which they are grouped/classified.
Students learned about the continent Africa and all its animals and habitats. As we move into February, the students will begin preparing for Famous Americans. The students will learn about the history of important presidents, along with people that made an impact in the world.
Please remember to go over the Red Reading Folders and to continue practice math facts every night!
Thank you for your continued support.
In the upcoming weeks we will be investigating geometric solids, measuring using centimeters, finding perimeter, and showing time to the minute! The students will also be super excited to learn to multiply! Congratulations
to all the students who have mastered their addition and subtraction facts! If your child is still struggling to beat the timer, remember, practice makes perfect! Keep using those flash cards to get faster! You can do it!
The students have been learning all about tricky “y” plurals and all types of sentences. Up next, is contractions and friendly letters! We are so proud of the progress our students are making with editing sentences and look forward to seeing them putting all the rules to use!
Science is all about a class favorite, plants and animals! We are having a blast learning how certain body parts help plants and animals live and grow! We will soon be exploring how parents and offspring are similar and how their behaviors help them survive. Did you know that plants use their senses too? We will learn how plants respond to their environments as well!
We will be learning all about the American Revolution! Students will know and understand factors that led to the conflict and the outcome of the American Revolution.
Our literature stories will reflect the changing of the season, spring! The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a classic and always a favorite! Our character word for this month is discretion. Please review I Wills at home to ensure students can recite this monthly memorization.
Other reminders: Please make sure your child wears a belt to school each day. Also, light up shoes are not allowed. As the temperatures get colder, remember that undershirts may only be white, black or gray. Thanks!
Karley Maricle and Ashley Dauzat
1A Teacher and Assistant
Our students made "creature names". After learning about lines of symmetry, students had their names written in cursive and mirrored onto the other side showing the line of symmetry in the middle of the picture. They then decorated their creatures any way they wanted.
Just a reminder to continue studying addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts on a daily basis. Now that we are familiar with using a pictograph and bar graph, we will now start using line graphs.
Handwriting is on a roll! With only 5 cursive lowercase letters left, we are mastering our cursive handwriting and reading skills.
Students are now beginning their unit on “Organisms and Their Habitats”. We will explore a variety of habitats along with the animals and plants that live in them, and we will be learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. Students will also be able to witness the amazing transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
We have been working on working on Answering Questions with Declarative Sentences. We will begin working on a new skill: Capitalizing the Names of Holidays.
We have been learning eras of Americans Move West. We are currently learning about The Pony Express and how it can about. The students were amazed on the relay system of the delivery of the mail. The students were also amazed that the fastest rider to deliver the mail was an eleven year old boy named Bronco Charlie. After we complete this era of history we will be learning about The Arrival of the Railroad.
How much of the pie is left? As the students wrap up area and perimeter, we're starting fractions, and in case you're wondering, 3/4 of the pie is left, and it was delicious! "Understanding Fractions" was well received, so we'll be moving on to fractions on a number line, equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and whole fractions.
Now that we've finished the individual division facts, we're moving on to ALL the 100 multiplication and division facts until the end of the year. NOW is the time to MASTER them before moving on to Mrs. Lori and Mrs. Brandi in 4th Grade. We will rotate each week...division one week and multiplication the next. We'll let the 4th Grade teachers know of your progress! I know they will be excited to hear that so many of their upcoming students are prepared for next year!
The students are continuing to review their parts of speech and how to use them in a complete sentence. We are now learning about conjunctions and interjections. Wow! We will also continue writing paragraphs and essays, and the students will soon tackle citing evidence from a text.
Make sure to remind your child about writing in complete sentences, which start with a capital letter and end with an end mark. This applies to every subject!
The students have been doing great reciting their “I Wills” every month, so keep it up!! This month’s character word is Discretion and they should be able to tell you all about it. We are getting ready to wrap up the story “Old Yeller” which the students have truly enjoyed!
We are wrapping up talking about animals, habitats, and change. We are now moving onto the topic of weather and climate. The students will learn about what makes up Earth’s atmosphere, wind, and different types of weather. It will be interesting to learn about how the weather changes all around us everyday!
Do you know what happened years before our country came to be? Well, our students do! We just finished the "Thirteen Colonies" unit. Ask them to tell you about it! During the next month, we'll be working on understanding our great state, Louisiana! Any test during this time will be based on reading passages, maps, graphs, or charts that they will read and then answer items and/or questions.
Parents, please help us by reinforcing what they learned last year which continued this year and will be expected next year..."Restate" ANY question being asked on ANY test. We appreciate your help! We know they can do it! They just need more reinforcement. Thank you in advance! ☺
Note to Parents:
Kudos to the parents who have been checking and signing their child's planner! 🎉 They love receiving a ticket for it! Keep up the awesome work of showing your child that you too are modeling responsibility!
Pictured above is 4th grade's history projects on the ABC's about the American Revolution.
The students have been working very hard to learn all they can about all types of fractions. Examples: Improper fractions, mixed numbers, simplest form, adding, subtracting, and even multiplying. We will be moving on to decimals and percents next.
We are beginning the novel “The Secret Garden” Students will adventure back in time to a place that is much different then today. The story begins in India and moves on to Yorkshire. The main character is Mary and she is not a very happy 9 year old.
We are continuing to study the American Revolution. The students were asked to create an ABC book about that time period. They did a great job!!!!
We are completing our unit on Investigating Waves. We will soon begin our next unit called Structures and Functions of Living Things. Be sure to have your child explain what they are learning new about living things.
Writing has really taken off in 4th grade. Students are using text structure, point of view, and many other literary elements to help them create essays. They have even written up to a 5 paragraph essay.
In Grammar, we are identifying different types of adverbs.
Note to Parents;
Please continue to check planners nightly and study. Studying and completion of nightly homework is so important to ensure success for your child. Thank you for allowing us to educate your children!
4A/ 4B Assistant
We will be covering measurement and conversions and moving on to geometry skills. We will also start our review for up-and-coming IOWA and LEAP tests.
*Please continue to sign any math tests that come home with a red stamp. Since our math skills build weekly, any D or F tests will continue to be sent home for the parent to review with their child throughout the 9 weeks.
In Science we will be visiting the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum to view a planetarium show on planets. We will also be learning about soil and human effects on the ecosystems.
We are continuing to read smaller reading comprehension stories and learning how to analyze those stories in order to respond in essay form. Mid-April, we will continue with our Ember series, as we read the book Diamond of the Darkhold.
We are working hard on multi-paragraph essays for both informational texts and literature. Students are encouraged to consider their audience as they write, citing evidence that supports their thesis, and providing a clear and concise analysis of any evidence provided. For grammar, fifth graders will be focusing on using commas appropriately as well as expanding, reducing, and combining sentences.
Students will continue to learn about the19th-century movement of settlers into the American West. We will discuss changes in transportation at that time, the movement’s effect on Native Americans, Texas joining the Union, the Oregon Trail, our war with Mexico, and then the California Gold Rush.
Note to Parents:
Parents, please remember to continue to check your child’s planner if you feel the need to ensure that all homework is completed and that students are copying down all test dates.