Mrs. Halimi

Dearborn Public Schools

Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families. I hope your weekend is going well. I heard some afternoon snow is on it’s way today.

Reminders for the week:

  • Spirit Week
    • Monday- pajama day
    • Tuesday -mismatch day
    • Wednesday- sports team or crazy hair day
    • Thursday- Haigh spirit day
    • Friday- Wear red for Valentines day
  • Valentine gram sale during lunch (Mon.-Wed.)
  • Bring in a paper Kroger bag (We will decorate at school to hold Valentines in)
  • Small Valentine celebration on Friday at 2:30

In reading this week we will work on recognizing the theme in a story and supporting it with evidence from the text. We will also work on responding to questions from a text using the CER (Claim, evidence, reasoning) format.

In math this week we will continue to work on finding the area of composite shapes. This proved to be a little tricky for them this past week. Take a look in their folder at the sheet we did on Friday to help support them. I plan to test on area by the end of this week. We will begin our unit on fractions after mid winter break.

In science we will continue to explore how habitats have changed over time.

In social studies we will focus on how mining was a major economic activity that helped grow Michigan.

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Theme- the message in a story.
  2. Inference- to use your prior knowledge and evidence from the text to figure something out.
  3. Parallel lines- two linesΒ that are always the same distance apart and never touch.
  4. Quadrilateral- a 2-D shape that has 4 sides.

Looking forward to a great week!

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Peek at Our Week

Happy Superbowl Sunday! We are rooting for the 49ers over here! I will keep this one short and sweet today.

Reminders for the week:

  • Little Caesars Pizza kit fundraiser pick up on Tuesday 1:30-4:30
  • Wednesday Late start
  • Friday family Valentines dance in the gym 6:30-8:00
  • NO library tomorrow due to WIDA testing

This week in reading we will be reading fiction story and practice asking and answering questions in the text as well as learning about the theme of the story. In writing we will work on our final copy of our snow paper.

In math we will continue to work on area with the focus on word problems.

In science we just began our new unit where we will be exploring how animals change over time.

In social studies we will learn about the growth of Michigan with a focus on the lumbering industry.

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Economics– the study of how people use resources to make or get goods or services.
  2. Fossil- remains of plants or animals.
  3. Line- extends in both directions with NO endpoints.
  4. Line Segment- part of a line that connects two points. It HAS 2 endpoints.
  5. Ray-A part of a line with a start point but no end point.

Looking ahead to Valentines Day, we will be having a short celebration in the afternoon to pass out Valentines. If your child would like to send in Valentines, please be sure to include everyone. We have 23 students in the class. I will send home a list of names this week with your child πŸ™‚

Looking forward to a great week ahead. Enjoy the Superbowl!

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Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families and a BIG Happy Birthday to the state of Michigan! Michigan’s statehood turns 183 today. Be sure to remind your child πŸ™‚ I hope each of you are enjoying the weekend!

Reminders for the week:

  • Module 3 math test tomorrow
  • Climate brochure due on Wednesday (This was explained and given to your child on Friday. Please see their folder as the brochure and rubric are inside)
  • We will be finishing up our math NWEA this week!

In reading this week we will finish up instruction with main idea. We will move on to a revisit of fiction text with an emphasis on asking and answering questions in a text. We will also touch on the theme of a story. In writing we will continue to work on our snow paper.

In math this week we will test on module 3 tomorrow. A study guide went home on Friday. Please be sure they look this over today as it mirrors the unit test. We will move on to unit four which is about area. We will still be working on building our multiplication fluency with our math masters minute tests. Ask your child what fact they are on and help them beat it by creating a set of flashcards πŸ™‚

In social studies we will begin our unit on the growth of Michigan.

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Agriculture- the practice of growing crops and raising animals.
  2. Decade- a period of ten years.
  3. Obtuse angle- an angle greater than 90 degrees.
  4. Conflict- the struggle between 2 characters in a story.

Looking forward to a great week ahead πŸ™‚

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Peek at Our Week

Good evening Haigh families. I hope you had a great weekend!

Reminders for the week:

  • Tuesday—-Half day; dismissal @ 11:45
  • NWEA testing this week; language and math

This week we will continue to work through our NWEA winter testing. Almost everyone is finished with their reading assessment and we have moved on to language at the end of the week. We should be progressing to math by the end of this week. Please remind students to try their best and put forth their best effort.

We will continue to work on main idea through our Scholastic classroom magazines and other non-fiction articles. We will also continue our informational paper on snow.

In math we will be spending much of the week working on 2 step word problems. Making sure students are knowing what the question is asking to determine what operations they have to use to get the correct answer. We will also work on multiplication fact fluency with our 1 minute fact quizzes, Be sure to ask your child what fact they are on so you can help them practice πŸ™‚

In social studies we will begin our new unit on the growth of Michigan.

In science we will continue our lesson on climate around the world and begin researching a specific place. We will be making brochures to extend our learning.

We will be having a spelling test on Friday but we will not have any academic vocabulary this week. Please make sure your child is reading for at least 25 minutes each night and recording it on their January reading log.

Have a great evening πŸ™‚

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Peek at Our Week

Good evening Haigh families! I hope everyone had a restful weekend. Mine has been super busy with a hockey tournament for my son Austen, more hockey for my other son Alex, and a birthday party at Defy Detroit ( a super FUN place to go!) A winning weekend for sure πŸ™‚

Tomorrow we will begin our winter NWEA testing. We will begin with reading this week and then get started on our language. Next week we will work on math. Like always, please remind your child how important it is to take their time on each test, read the question carefully, and try their best to answer the question. We will test each day for about 40 minutes. Please be sure to feed them a healthy breakfast and offer them some encouraging words on their way out tomorrow πŸ™‚

Reminders for the week:

  • PTA meeting on Tuesday @ 4:15 in the library
  • NO LATE START on WEDNESDAY!! This was on error on the green January calendar
  • Social Studies test on Thursday; please look for the study guide to go home on Tuesday
  • Haigh school store on Thursday during lunch
  • ALL Little Caesars pizza kit orders due FRIDAY
  • Half day Friday; dismissal @ 11:45

This week in reading we will continue to work on finding the main idea. We will extend our learning by reading longer texts and practicing supporting our main ideas with 3 details from the text. In writing we will continue to work on our informational snow paper.

In math this week we will begin our multiplication wall of fame 1 minute tests on each fact in isolation. Students will begin with times 2 facts and if they pass they will write their name on the special “Wall of fame” board. The next day they will take times 3 and so on. The goal is to promote fact fluency in which we have been working so hard on with our skip counting and sprint practice. Please help your child by practicing with them and asking them which times fact they are on. For our math lessons this week we will look at the use of parentheses in both the distributive and associative properties of multiplication. We will also be touching on some skill builder topics (geometry terms, graphs, time) to help them with their upcoming NWEA math test.

In social studies we will be finsihing up Michigan state hood and test on Thursday.

In science we will be looking at different weather and climates around the world.

Academic Words:

  1. Pioneer- someone who is first to settle in an area.
  2. Area- the amount of space on the INSIDE of a shape. Area= length X width.
  3. Perimeter- the distance AROUND a shape. We add ALL the sides.
  4. Right angle- an angle that measures 90 degrees.
  5. Acute angle- an angle that is LESS THAN 90 degrees.

Looking forward to a great week πŸ™‚

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Peek at Our Week

Happy new year Haigh families! I cannot believe how fast the holidays flew by. All good things must come to an end and I am ready to get back into a routine. I hope you all enjoyed your time with your precious little ones, I know I did. I am sure I will be hearing all about the fun times, vacations, and experiences you had with your children.

Reminders for the week:

  • Little Caesars Pizza Kit sales 1/6-1/17
  • Library check out is tomorrow
  • Animals and the Environment assembly on Friday πŸ™‚

This week in reading we will be working on identifying the main idea in a non-fiction text. We will learn how to first identify the topic and use it to ask ourselves what is the whole text, small paragraph, or section about. We will look at supporting our ideas with 3 details directly from the text. In writing we will work on writing about our winter break and then move into writing an informational paper about SNOW! Maybe if we write about it we will get some to enjoy soon! I am not a fan of snow, but the mild temperatures over the break sure didn’t make it feel like Christmas! However, I did get to try out my new running shoes πŸ™‚

In math this week we will begin our new unit which is more multiplication topics.

In social studies we will continue to learn about Michigan history and Michigan’s path to becoming a state.

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Main idea—what a text is mostly about.
  2. Voyageur- people who moved the furs through the Great Lakes.
  3. Explorer- someone who travels in order to discover some place new.
  4. Detail- a fact about the topic that supports the main idea.

Looking forward to seeing all my students smiling faces in the morning! Good luck getting your kids to bed tonight, I know my little ones are going to have a rough Monday morning getting back into the swing of things!

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Peek at Our Week

Good evening Haigh families. 5 more days before holiday break and my to do list is super long! I hope you all had a great weekend getting things crossed off your lists πŸ™‚

have a lot of reminders of our fun filled week ahead!

  • NO spelling and vocab this week
  • Math test on Wednesday; study guide will come home tomorrow
  • Candy gram sales Monday-Wednesday @ lunch–$1 per gram
  • Ugly sweater BINGO for books on Tuesday @ 6:00-7–$3 per person
  • Late start on Wednesday
  • Thursday PBIS celebration πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
  • Friday Haigh School store during lunch/ candy gram delivery
  • Friday CLASS PARTY 1:30-3:00

Our class party will be on Friday afternoon. I have collaborated with our wonderful room moms for some fun holiday activities. All are welcome to stop by and say hello πŸ™‚ Please do NOT send in additional treats as we have it covered πŸ™‚

This week in reading we will continue to read about holiday celebrations in other countries and write an informational paper about the different traditions that we notice.

In science we will complete our cloud spotter mystery science video and discuss weather patterns.

In social studies last week we discussed the impact the French had on the Native Americans. This week students will learn about another group of explorers that also had an impact on the Native Americans.

I am looking forward to a fun week with my students! They have a spot on the nice list. Wishing all families a restful and fun break with loved ones!

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Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Friday was fun with my boys as special visitors in the classroom. My boys just loved my students and can’t wait to come back again soon!

Reminders for the week:

Next Wednesday, December 11 we will be traveling to Lansing for our Field Trip to the Capitol Building and the Michigan Natural History Museum.  We will have a VERY tight schedule and the bus will NOT wait for tardies. It is important that you take note of the following:

  • Wednesday—Lansing field trip πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE AT HAIGH AT 8:00 for breakfast (pre-ordered) OR report to the classroom.

Begin loading bus at 8:15. Leave Haigh at 8:35. If you are late, you will be staying at Haigh. ALL chaperones will be riding along with us on the bus.

  • Friday—Student lock in; 3:35-6:30, you should hear from the PTA via e-mail by Monday morning if you are child is chosen.

This week in reading we will be working on asking and answering questions in non-fiction text. We will also begin learning about main idea and details as another strategy in helping us understand the text. In writing we will be finishing up our thank-you letters to be delivered to Mr. Hammoud on Wednesday.

In math last week we focused on reviewing the standard algorithm for solving addition problems. We also worked hard at mental math brain power strategies to help students use their number sense to think about numbers. This week we will do the same thing, but focus on subtraction. I am aiming towards wrapping up unit 2 before Christmas break.

In social studies we have been focusing on the Three-Fires Native American tribes in Michigan. Students read about them last week and even watched an awesome short film to help them see the types of homes, hunting, and way of life of the Native American people of Michigan. This week they will design a paper plate diorama of the tribes they learned about. We will also learn about the French coming into Michigan and the impact they had on the Native Americans.

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Culture- the way of life for a group of people.
  2. Glossary- located in the back of the book where the bold print words are defined in a text.
  3. Caption- describes the picture in a nonfiction text.
  4. Native Americans- the first people to be on the land that became the United States.

Looking ahead—our holiday party will be on Friday the 20th from 1:30-2:45. All parents are welcome to stop in and say hello. Room moms and I will be taking care of the planning this week. I still can’t believe how quickly the holidays are approaching :0

Looking forward to a great week in anticipation of our field trip to Lansing. PLEASE, PLEASE be sure to arrive on time.

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Lansing Letter

Please see the attached letter that has been sent home today on pink paper with your child regarding important information about our trip to Lansing next week

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Also, please be sure to sign and return the breakfast pre-order sheet being sent home on a half sheet of paper with your child tonight. We need this order by tomorrow. THANK YOU πŸ™‚

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Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families! Sorry for the delay in this post, the site was not working last night. I sincerely hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break with family and friends. I know I sure did!

Reminders for the week:

  • Wednesday–Detroit Pistons assembly!! Students may dress in team gear πŸ™‚
  • Thursday– Learning Gizmos game night 5:30-6:30, come on out for a FUN, LEARNING evening πŸ™‚
  • Student lock-in forms went home today. If you are interested in having your child attend (Friday the 13th) please be sure to read the BRIGHT ORANGE paper in your child’s folder and send in slip and money by Friday the 6th. Please note that student selection is through a raffle selection by the PTA.

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Historian- a person who studies the past.
  2. Round- to find what the number is closest to according to it’s place value.
  3. Primary Source- records made by people who saw or took place in an event.
  4. Publish- to write the final copy of your writing.
  5. Artifact- things from the past that are left for us to study.

This week in reading we will continue to review non-fiction text features and apply strategies to help us understand how to comprehend non-fiction texts. Students are having a lot of fun reading high interest articles from our subscription to Scholastic News. Today we read about the Flint water crises. I was surprised to hear that not many students were aware of it!

In writing this week we will learn the components of a friendly and practice writing some to our friends. Our end result will be writing thank you letters to representative Abdullah Hammoud who so kindly donated the rest of the funds needed for the Lansing trip next week πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

In math this week we will be working on rounding to the tens and hundreds. We will also begin to look at and review addition and subtraction strategies.

In social studies we will be learning about the Native Americans in Michigan.

In science we will be learning how to identify different clouds and how this knowledge can help us predict the weather.

Looking forward to a great week ahead!

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