Thursday, 10/22/2020

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Hello Families!

Happy Thursday to you all! I am so thankful for a wonderful morning with the children! They are all so enjoyable to Zoom with!

Take a look at some of the work we did today!

We learned the sight word is and found it in our Benchmark story “A Fat Pumpkin”
We created a 10 frame. As we created it, we talked about how many we would have if we added one more to 9! We would have 10!!

Click below to check out a site to count with ten frames!

We identified end marks! Period, Exclamation Point, and Question Mark
Scratch Garden’s End Marks
We followed the Benchmark 3 Writing Steps as we wrote to tell Bosco Bear ways to be safe! This friend wrote “Don’t touch fire.”
This friend wrote “Stay in the backyard.”
This friend wrote “Don’t cross the street.”

We learned some facts about Spiders and created our first RAN chart for informative writing!

RAN Chart about Spiders with Y5s on Zoom (part 1)
Information about spiders
RAN chart for Spiders after learning some facts! (part 2)

Thank you for all you do!!!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Wednesday, 10/21

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Hello Families!

We had a wonderful Wednesday together…remotely!

Check out these adorable pictures and captions!

We read Rules at Home and School from Benchmark. We used the Benchmark 3 writing steps to think, draw, and dictate about a rule we have at school/Zoom.
We drew a group of 5 silly shapes and then added 4 more silly shapes. We wrote a math sentence to tell how many silly shapes we have all together.
This friend wrote about the rule of raising your hand when you have something to say.
We reviewed the short vowel a and decoded the word am in the Benchmark decodable book for a.
We learned a new sight word and found it in our Benchmark book, (in)
We wrote the sight word (in).
We wrote the sight word (in).
These friends wrote about a rule we have to help us learn and stay safe at school.
We had STEM time today! This friend stacked cups into a tower.
This friend build a different tower of cups!
These friends built a structure out of cups.
These friends built a structure with cups!
We drew a group of 5 silly shapes and then added 4 more silly shapes. We wrote a math sentence to tell how many silly shapes we have all together.
We shook, dumped, and counted 9 cubes in a scattered formation!
We worked on completing a pattern during virtual learning labs.
Here is a very happy mathematician! We love working with numbers.
Listen Better Kids; Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen
Jack Hartmann and Jean Richardson with the sight word, (in)

I would like to give a special thank you to all of the families who joined us on Zoom for the Parent Meeting! If you missed it, please contact me to get the link to watch the recorded meeting.

Thank you for all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Monday, Oct.19

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Hello Families!

Today was a super great start to the week!!!

We reviewed the letter Ff and stretching for sounds we hear in words. We also practiced the shake, dump, and count game for counting objects in a scatter or circular.

This friend drew a foot for the letter Ff!
We played shake, dump, and count
We learned about arrays. We made 4 blocks with 2 stacks of 2
This friend drew a football for the letter Ff

We have a PARENT MEETING at 2:00 on Zoom tomorrow!!! PLEASE make plans to join me for this informative meeting!

Thanks for all you do!

Love. Ms. Mehrhof

A look ahead at Week 8 in Y5s!

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Hello Families!

I hope you all had such a lovely Sweetest Day weekend!

Here is a look ahead to week 8! I am excited to begin a new week with my little angels!

Our Week 8 Schedule

This week we will be learning about about the short vowel sounds and blending words! We will also practice counting syllables in words and produce rhyming words!

This week we will learn about bats! We will doing a fun project in Learning Labs in regards to this subject!

We are also going to be doing work with ten frames and the number 10!!!! How exciting!

And…..we are going to talk about the importance of following rules!!

Get ready, get set….here comes week 8!

Lots to learn and laugh about….it’s going to be great!!!!

Thanks for all you do!

Here is a reminder of the Learning Lab Schedule I messaged about on Whatsapp earlier.

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Friday, Oct. 16

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Hello Families!

We had a fabulous Friday on the gorgeous Fall day!

We listened to the story “The Runaway Pumpkin” and identified how the illustrations help us understand the story better!

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

We also found items at home that begin the letter Uu’s sound!

Sesame Street The Letter Uu

In addition, we practiced writing numbers! We reviewed the verbal pathways for numbers 1-8. Please continue to count with your child everyday. Practice makes better! 🙂

Take a look at these adorable pictures!

This friend has an up arrow for the letter U!
This friend has a unicorn for the letter Uu’s long vowel sound.
These friends found umbrellas for the letter U’s short vowel sound.
Informative writing about a kangaroo!
Adding one more to 7 to make 8 pumpkins!

Thank you for all you do! Have a lovely weekend and a super sweet Sweetest Day with all of your sweeties!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Thursday, Oct. 15th

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Hello Families!

Today was another awesome learning experience on Zoom!

We learned the letter Uu! We practiced naming the characters in “Green Eggs and Ham”. We practiced identifying rhyming words from the story too! We also practiced identifying fiction and non-fiction books!

Letter U song from ABC Mouse
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

We also practiced ways to show 6 and 7! Here is a video for further understanding and enrichment for the concept of counting using a number path.

Eureka Math Module 1 lesson 20

We also visited Mystery Science to talk about the biggest apple!!! Click on the link below.

Please do not forget to submit your assignments on Schoology today! We also have our Benchmark assignments too!!!

Afternoon work from Ms. Mehrhof
We used 2 colors to show ways to make 6 and 7
We made an umbrella with letter Uus!
We make Uu out of playdough!
we did some work with a math story problem!
We have been learning about math equations (math sentences)
We went on a letter O hunt to review yesterday’s letter! This friend found Oreos and Oil.
This friend found an octopus!
we wrote N for non-fiction and F or fiction to point to as we identified Fiction and Non-fiction books.
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

If you missed yesterday’s Zoom, the link is uploaded on Schoology!

Thank you for all you do!!!!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Wednesday, Oct. 14th

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Hello Families!

Today was another awesome day on Zoom! I am looking forward to learning labs this afternoon! Please remember to on time both dropping off and picking up your child.

Here is the schedule for today:

Wasan, Amina, and Mohamed 1:55-2:40

Hussain and Hassan (twins) and Mahdi D. 3:00-3:50

I submitted a video recording on Schoology for the afternoon assignment for all students to view, complete, and submit by 4:00 today. Please be sure to visit Benchmark for your child’s assignments for the letter Oo. Thank you for all you do!!!!

Please remember, for our STEM activity in the morning…. Please have a basket of building items for your child. (legos. plastic containers, plastic or paper cups, blocks…..) Here are some great engineers at work!

These friends made a cup castle!
This friend made an awesome structure with legos!
This friend made a large triangle with cups!
This friend made a large triangle with playdough containers.
We learned the sight word (to)!~!!!!
Ms. Torres joined us for to show us how to draw a bumble bee!!!
We made playdough letter Oos!!!

See you on Zoom tomorrow and some of you today for Learning Labs!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

What we did today…Learning Labs, and virtual small groups

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Hello families!

Yesterday was our first in person learning labs in our classroom! We had a great time together! It is my goal to meet with each student once a week during learning lab time. Please be on time for pick up and drop for your child’s learning lab time at Oakman School.

It is also important for me to meet with the students in small groups virtually. I am working on a zoom set up that will be easy for all of you. Until then, as you have experienced, we are using Whatsapp for this time. Each group has 15 minutes, so please have your child ready with their white board and marker at their appointment time. Here is a reminder of appointment time for Virtual as well as In Person Learning Labs. When your child comes to Oakman for Learning Labs they only need to bring a mask. They do not need their laptops. I wan this time to be lap top free. 🙂

Learning Lab Virtual Meeting Schedule
Learning Lab In Person Schedule
We tasted and colored our favorite apple. We used our senses to decide if we like red or green apples the best.
We practiced using scissors to cut out our apple.
We graphed the apple we like the best

We practiced the letter Ii! We blended 2 sounds to make words that start with short i. (ex. if, is, in, it) We also talked about how i is a vowel and has a long sound and short sound. We looked for items in our homes that begin with the sound of letter i.

We learned about how to make the letter Ii
These friends found ice cream and an iron.
This friend found a picture of an igloo.
Letter Ii with Jack Hartmann
We practiced writing numbers 0-7 using the Eureka Math verbal pathways.
Writing a sentence with I can… and finding the uppercase letter in the sentence!!!
Second Step lesson about Self Talk!

We talked about what it means to be a friend. We said friends share. Friends smile and play together. Friends care about each other. Friends help each other. The children drew and told about how they can be a good friend and shared aloud their ideas after listening to the Benchmark poem about friends.

This friend said friends play outside together.
This friend wrote about her friend Lamis

Thank you for all you do!

Please join me on Zoom on Friday for a Parent Meeting at 2:00-2:30. I will be sending the link to the meeting on Schoology and whatsapp.

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

A Look Ahead at Week 7 in Young 5s!

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Hello Families!

I hope all of you enjoyed this incredibly gorgeous weekend! I know I did! I am looking forward to seeing all of my friends this week on Zoom in in person during their learning lab time!!! I am so excited for all of the great things to come this week!

Here is my son and I at the Apple Orchard!
And…of course Greenly had to experience the fun at the Apple Orchard with us! Here he is with adorable niece and nephew and my dad!
Here is a look at our weekly schedule!

This week will start our a new unit in Benchmark!!! We will also be introduced to the vowels and their short sounds. We will use these sounds to blend into words! In addition, we will hear poetry and some great fall themed stories as we practice identifying characters, fiction and non-fiction books, and phonological awareness concepts such as rhyming and counting syllables. (our favorite!)

We will learn our first sight words this week as well and use them in writing/drawing our ideas! (can, to)

In math we will continue to work on quantities and numbers 0-8 and representing them in various formations, linear, array, circular, and scattered. We will be using the ten frame I delivered in our child’s big bag as well.

In Second Step we will be learning the importance of Self Talk when remembering and focusing on the directions given.

In science we will explore some fall leaves with our senses! I hope you collected some beautiful fall leaves this weekend! 🙂

I will see you all on zoom in the morning at 8:55! Thank you for all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

This is the schedule for remote small group meetings that will be done on the computer or phone
This is the schedule for face to face appointments that will be done at Oakman School in room 106

Fire Safety Week in Review!

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Hello Families!

We had such a fun week learning about fire safety tips! This was the official fire prevention and safety week! We had a virtual visit from one of Dearborn’s Fire Marshals (Marshal Jennifer) as well as one of their Fire Captains (Captain Mike)! They presented valuable information about how to stat safe in the case of a fire as well as gave us a virtual tour of a fire truck, ambulance, and the fire safety house! In addition, we also had a very special cadet from Dearborn Fire deliver plastic helmets, coloring books, and fire prevention and safety booklets to our school for our friends. (Cadet Ryan, my son) Here is a great fire safety site for kids and families!

Wednesday evening your child received a special porch delivery of fire prevention information as well as an at home learning packet along with our unit 3 Benchmark student workbook!

This week we finished pre-assessments and look forward to starting Learning Labs in person with all of my little angels!

In regards to fire safety week; Please make sure you all have working smoke alarms inside your home. If you do not, please visit your local fire department to get smoke alarms for free. Another great tip is to sit and discuss a fire escape plan with your children. Decide on a meeting place that does not move….like a tree across the street, or a particular neighbor’s house. Review with your child the importance of not touching things that are hot such as the stove, candles, lighters…..

Take a look at these pictures from our couple of days!

Marshal Jennifer Wright reading to our class!
Marshal Jennifer gave us a tour of the fire safety house as she told us about tips to do if we cannot get out of our bedroom during a fire
Marshal Jennifer telling about the importance of a working smoke detector
Marshal Jennifer telling us about how to safely feel the door in the case of a fire to exit a room.
This friend found yogurt and yellow mustard that begins with the letter Yy’s sound
We read an non-fiction book about fire trucks and drew an informational drawing to tell about which fire truck we liked the best
We decomposed the number 3 and learned about math sentences for addition
we got pretend fire helemts from the Dearborn Fire Department!
We love our fire helmets!
We practiced writing the letter Yy.
We learned about what fire fighters do!!! Thank yo, fire fighters for all of your dedication to keep us all safe!
We practiced writing the letter Yy
We showed ho to solve our first addition word problem!
We practiced color recognition, number recognition, and coloring to make this adorable scarecrow
We sorted pictures into categories; Safe and Not Safe
we practiced writing the letter Zz
We practiced writing numbers 0-5 using our verbal pathways from Eureka Math and showing how the quantity grows as the numbers go higher in order.
We practiced writing number with their matching quantities
We used our attention goggles to help our eyes and brain focus our attention.
We used our attention googles to help our brain and eyes focus our attention during a story about the Second Step Listening Rules. And……on a side note, this friend turned 5 a few days ago and we sang happy birthday to her and sent her birthday wishes!

Have an amazing weekend! Thank you for all you do!!!


Ms. Mehrhof