Yesterday, students were assigned 3 events for the American Revolution Timeline. The pictures and summaries are due on Tuesday, February 11. Your child was supposed to bring home his/her social studies materials last night to begin working on the next events.
If your child forgot his materials, he can still complete the pictures and events, this weekend, using the following information.
The events assigned were:
The paper for the picture is simply white computer paper cut into a 4 inch across and 5 inch down rectangle. The summary can be written on lined paper.
The weblinks needed to further research the events are listed on the side of the blog, the first 3 links.
Your student has a project due January 14. He/she will make a brochure with research for one of the thirteen original colonies. Your child has a handout describing the assignment in his/her folder. Please be sure to check your child’s progress at this point. The brochure maker site is listed in the pages at the side of the blog.
Happy New Year!! I hope your break has been relaxing and full of fun with family and friends. It has certainly been white!!
Thank you to everyone for the thoughtful cards and gifts! The winter party planning group did a terrific job and the party was fun for everyone! A special thank you to Mrs. Hammond for helping during the party.
Earlier in the day we read our published Winter Safety booklets to Mrs. Polidori’s second graders.
Our class won a reward for classroom and hallway behavior. We brainstormed a list of possible rewards and the students chose a pizza party. I have asked each student to bring in a $1 to help pay for the pizza. We will have the pizza, in the classroom, on Tuesday for lunch.
Thank you to Mr. Mashhour, who was volunteered to bring the pizza to school by his son, Jamil
Late Start next Wednesday, December 11
Holiday Gift Shop: Thursday, December 12 at 12:30 (volunteers still needed! Contact the PTA)
Holiday class party: Thursday, December 19 at 2:15
Class December PBiS celebration: Friday, December 20 at 2:30 (Game time. Students may bring board games and
crafts to use).
Winter Break: December 23-January 5. School resumes Monday, January 6
Monday, December 9: online Math Assessment
Monday, December 16: online Social Studies Assessment Colonization and Settlement
Monday, January 6: SRI reading test #2
Star Math #2
Monday, January 13 online Social Studies Assessment Colonial Days
Monday, January 27 online Science test
Each student in our classroom has been assigned a login and password for Discovery Learning Video-streaming. This is a phenomenal website that I use extensively in social studies. I have created an assignment section on the site allowing your child to watch educational videos that support the learning we are doing in class. Again, this is highly suggested by not mandatory. I have demonstrated in class to the students how to access the site and their login. They also have the login name and password in the cover of their planner.
The login for this site is:
user name: first name first initial and last name.
A few students needed a variation due to a previous user with the same name.
Again, this is an excellent resource for our students to utilize to gain more information and reinforce class material and discussions. The content of the social studies curriculum is very dense and very unfamiliar to many students. Re-watching videos we have seen in class will help reinforce the concepts for your students.
In addition, your child can search for videos on any subject they desire. The possibilities are endless!
I have created a link at the side of the blog for easy access titled: Discovery Learning Video-streaming.
I spoke with each student today regarding Khan Academy.
If you did not receive an email, please follow the link below and simply login for the first time.
Then click on LOGIN (green button upper right corner)
username: your child’s first name first initial and then last name (example: I am djakubik)
The following students have a slightly different username due to their name already in use:
These students are last name and then first name initial and then middle name first initial.
All student user names and passwords are written on the cover of the planner.
Please let me know if you are having trouble. I have added a tutorial page of the Khan Academy that I found on a teacher’s website. It shows the parts very clearly and may help your child navigate the site better. It is a link at the side.
I recently found a FABULOUS online resource that I am sharing with all the students in my class. I actually stumbled upon it with my high school son. This is a resource that you and your child will find useful throughout the rest of your child’s academic career (5th grade, middle school, high school and college)! I am setting up an account for each student. An email will be sent to you asking you to create an account with a user name and password. There will be a short video clip from the creator of the site and then a math pretest will be offered for your child. I am asking all students to take the math pretest so an academic learning plan can be created for your child. The program will individually create lessons for your child specifically. We will have opportunities in class when students are able to work on Khan through their own login.
All student user names will be first name first initial, last name. For example: My name is Donna Jakubik so my user name will be djakubik. I have made the password for all students haigh5. You are able to change your child’s password through your profile if you would like a unique password.
The site offers “youtube” type video lessons on literally thousands of topics and has problems available for practice. My children have actually used the site for algebra, calculus and physics help so the possibilities are endless!
This is obviously optional but highly suggested if your family has internet access at home. Students with accounts will have class opportunities to work. As a teacher, I have access to your child’s progress and will be able to monitor use and progression.
Starting this week, students will be bringing home a double sided reading log and response sheet. Your child is required at this point in the year to read 100 minutes between Monday and Thursday. I explained to the students that I prefer if they read about 25 minutes each night rather than 100 minutes in a single sitting. I understand “life happens” so in the event that your child can not read on a given night, please have them make up the time in the remaining 3 evenings. In addition, your child will need to be reading both a fiction and non-fiction material. Non-fiction material can include a magazine article, a newspaper, an almanac or subject book. Also, students may search an article on the internet about a topic of interest to them. I suggest students look for articles which support our social studies and science learning to further their knowledge base. This is excellent practice using the internet search engines. In addition, I have added a link to the side of the blog with articles for kids (Scholastic News).
It is hard to believe but Thanksgiving is already upon us. There will not be school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Following Thanksgiving break, we only have 3 weeks of school before our winter break and the end of 2013!
Last week I told the students that our spelling unit for this mini week would be the 7 continent names and the 4 oceans. Today, most of them did well on a practice test so I believe most students remembered to practice over the weekend.
Tomorrow will be the monthly PBiS celebration…..an electronic day. Students are permitted to bring in any electronic device to use in the classroom in the afternoon. I will keep all devices in the classroom during the day ant it will be locked whenever we leave.
Today students were given another online learning site to research the pilgrims, the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth as well as the first Thanksgiving. If your child does not have access to the internet at home, I encouraged them to go to a relative or friend’s house or the public library sometime in the next week to complete the assignment. Please let me know if you have any problems or concerns with this. The link is posted in the pages on the side of this blog.
Our next unit of social studies is Colonization and Settlement. I am working to gain access to Discovery Learning united video streaming for all students. I have encountered some problems but hopefully I will be able to figure it out this weekend.
Wednesday, December 11: Late Start
Haigh Holiday Gift Shop: December 10-12
Online Math District Common Assessment: December 9
Online Social Studies District Common
AssessmentColonization and Settlement: December 16
December Holiday Party: Thursday, December 19 (Tentative) 2:30
December PBiS: Friday, December 20 2:30-3:30 PM
Winter Break: December 23-January 3
School Resumes: Monday, January 6