The fourth graders have taken on a 40 Book Challenge – which means each student  (and the teacher and some parents) are going to try to read 40 books by the end of the school year. Although this sounds like A LOT of reading, with a growth mindset, the students are realizing that they are capable and enthusiastic readers. With only 5 weeks of school under our belt, the 4th grade class has already read over 60 books!  WOW! To make our books more enjoyable we have been focusing on reading intensely to grow ideas. Students have been learning how to capture details from the text to: visualize, predict, make connections, notice character traits, and identify different types of characters. Characters are at the heart of a good story, and through all our reading we have meet some truly inspiring and enchanting people and traveled to some beautiful and magical places. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

Music

4th grade has been working on learning meters, rhythms, the grand staff, and the note names of the lines and spaces. They’ve been doing so well that they earned a Quaver day – where they can use our amazing online curriculum to reinforce their knowledge through fun music theory learning applications. //drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0BzKf9ibAHGPvQVZpaVh3UWwtUXc

We are also preparing for our Veteran’s Day assembly that will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 8:30am. Please make plans now to join us for this very special assembly. Ask your students about “American Tears” – they’re working hard to memorize this wonderful song honoring our veterans.

One of the core NGSS science standards for second grade is “Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.” In collaboration with Ms. Brannon, the second graders have been bringing this concept to life! They explored the steps of the scientific method by first observing plants around school that are in various conditions. They made a hypothesis of what makes plants grow, based on these observations. Next, they identified which variables they would be testing and observing. One team is exploring sunlight by keeping one plant out on the windowsill and one inside of a dark closet. The other team is exploring the variable of water by not watering one plant and normally watering a second plant. Every few days, we venture down to the science lab to observe and record what has been happening. We’ve been working on using descriptive, scientific language when completing this experiment. We will then use this new knowledge to help keep plants thriving both in the classroom and in the greenhouse. Science is all around us!

Music with Mrs. Miller

With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs from Quaver in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little “Monster Groove” http://bit.ly/2yHKvqd (do you spy the references to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller?”) We are also preparing for our Veteran’s Day assembly that will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 8:30am. Please make plans now to join us for this very special assembly. Ask your students about “American Tears” – they’re working hard to memorize this wonderful song honoring our veterans.

First grade has been loving our reading workshop time! The students have worked on finding good fit books for themselves to add to their book boxes. After learning a new reading strategy, the students spread out around the room and practice their reading strategies with books that they’re interested in. During this time they get to conference with the teacher and associate and show their growth and set goals. On Fridays, we have Flashlight Fridays, where we dim the lights and get to read with flashlights! This class LOVES to read!

Music

With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs from Quaver in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little “Monster Groove” http://bit.ly/2yHKvqd (do you spy the references to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller?”)