Why Fit in When You are Born to Stand Out!

As we come to an end of February and we march right into March with so much to do, the children are excited to learn about Thing 1 and Thing 2. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd and in honor of Dr. Seuss, we will read “Green Eggs and Ham” and create our version of green eggs and ham by using vanilla pudding, green food coloring and vanilla wafers. “I don’t like green eggs and ham, I don’t like them Sam I am” Dr. Seuss…… We will read “One Fist, Two Fish”. For creative movement, we will utilizing our hand and eye coronation as we throw sweetest fish into a fish bowl. We will read “The Cat in the Hat” and continue to work on our hand and I coronation as we throw water balloons into the Cat in the Hat hat. We will read “Wacky Wednesday” and “Hop on Pop”.
As we breeze right through the alphabet, this week we will focus on the letter H. For creativity art, we will make Kong’s out of the letter k and continue to work on our handwriting by tracing the letter k for our alphabet book.
Investigator Club;

Phonology Awareness: “Listen to Syllables”

Objective is to hear discrimination separate syllables in words.

Oral Language: “Dilly and The Investigator Club”

Objective to listen and understand conversations.

Alphabet knowledge: “Letter Game”

Objective is to know that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Social and Emotional: “I Can Think for Myself”
Objective is to problem solve through communication.

Reminders;

We would like to welcome Mrs. Greene (Bailey’s mother) as our reader this week. We are looking forward to listening to some of Bailey’s favorite books and having Mrs. Greene as part of our fun Friday.

Fun Friday is Spirit day. Show your school spirit by wearing your Wood Acres shirt to school.

St. Patrick’s day party is March 17th

You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!
Have a good week,
Ms. Orsano & Mrs. Thomas

4th Grade Weekly Update Week of March 2-6

ELA: We will not have a spelling list this week, due to Book Report Presentations on Friday. Please wait and send in all materials on Thursday, as we are limited on space because of our president posters. We will continue working on our research paper by conferencing on the economy section early in the week, followed by an introduction to the government section and editing. In grammar this week, we will touch on some commonly misused words like two, too, and too/it’s and its/they’re, there, and their/you’re and your.

Math: We will review temperature measurements from Friday on Monday, and then begin center rotations that practice different skills with time. Our centers will focus on reading an analog clock, equivalent units of time, elapsed time, elapsed time on a calendar, and renaming units of time. We will then finish our last two problem solving lessons at the end of the week. A test will take place the following week, with plenty of time for review beforehand.

History: Groups have worked very hard to complete their early president posters. We will present this week and then begin an independent study on African Kingdoms. It is a short unit that has questions and activities that follow the lessons.

Science: Last week, we wrapped up our exploration of food webs, and we will begin Investigation Two on Monday. Within Investigation Two, students perform experiments that introduce them to the concept of adaptation to an ecosystem. They discover that certain types of structures are more suited for one ecosystem than another; therefore, one might expect that plants and animals living in specific ecosystems may have similar structural adaptations for their survival. The graded summary sheet for Investigation One will be in the next Friday Folder.

5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of March 2nd

Math: Last week, students created a variety of new graphs. We measured our heights in inches and created histograms. We took a look at these crazy February temperatures as we created box-and-whisker plots. We learned how a stem-and-leaf plot can help us organize grades from a math test, and we created fun line plots of the heights of snowmen that are on display in the class! This week, students will learn how their knowledge of fractions helps in interpreting circle graphs, and we will sharpen our problem-solving skills. The unit test will be on Monday, March 9th.

ELA: We are almost finished with our outlines! Woohoo! I’m so proud of the effort each student has put forth in creating these outlines! This week, we will begin writing. Students will write each section of his or her paper by hand. After each section, he or she will have an opportunity to conference with me and make changes. Then, he or she will type that section before moving on to the next section. Students are excited to share what they learned through the research paper with a fun trivia game. We will invite parents to join us as we break into teams and compete against one another using trivia questions students have created. I will update you soon with details, so you can mark your calendars!

On Monday, students will take the Watson’s Go to Birmingham comprehension quiz for chapters 8-12. The figurative language packet is due the same day. This week, we will read the final chapters together in class. Students will also receive a study guide to use in preparation of the test, which will be Friday, March 13th. The test will include an essay question. The question is included on the study guide, so students will have plenty of time to practice their response before the test.

Science: The Earth’s Forces unit test was in Friday Folders. Students were allowed to make corrections for partial credit back on the multiple choice questions and formulas. However, they were not allowed to make corrections to the short response questions since students were given those questions beforehand to practice. Please sign and return the tests on Monday. Our next unit of study will be the Exploring Density Cell. For those looking for a way to boost their science grade, students will be given an extra credit opportunity of building a density tower at home to share with others! This week, we will watch a video that tells more, and I will send home additional information about this optional assignment.

History: We will finish up our Ancient Civilizations unit this week with presentations on Tuesday. Students should be prepared to bring in their costume piece or artifact with the coordinating paragraph on the day of the presentation at the latest. After we wrap up presentations, we will start our next unit, The Renaissance, on Thursday! My favorite! We’ll watch a short preview video to preview what the unit is all about and learn some new vocabulary to help with understanding throughout the unit. Finally, on Friday, we’ll look at Desiderius Erasmus’s journey to be a scholar during the Renaissance era, information about why the Renaissance started in Italy, and the importance of the printing press in 1450 by Johannes Gutenberg.

Other: On Wednesday, our book buddies invited us to join them for a special Dr. Seuss breakfast of green eggs and ham! This is a fun tradition that students always remember!

On Friday, you should have received an e-mail from Nicole sharing a statement from the Georgia Department of Public Health. In our class, we are doing everything we can to minimize the spreading of germs. Students are required to wash hands upon entering the classroom and before eating. We are wiping down our desks, door handles, faucet handles, water fountain, and every other space you can think of twice a day. Therefore, if you are able to donate Lysol wipes, that would be greatly appreciated!

Week at a Glance:
Monday: WGTB Ch 8-12 quiz and packet due; Return signed Earth’s Forces test
Tuesday: History presentations
Wednesday: Dr. Seuss Breakfast

The Porto Express

Dear Parents!

We have entered and completed the first book of the Superkids club which had us focusing on the letters B and R! I am happy to report that everyone did well on their first club word list test. The Superkids have officially decided on how to decorate their meeting spot or the bus. As a Fabulous Fun Friday task, each child in our class was able to decorate the same bus! On Monday we will shrink them and turn them into their very own key chain! I can’t wait for you to see them! We have now entered the second book in the club which focuses on the letters N and M. Please be sure to have your child continue to practice their words every day as they continue to get harder!

We closed out chapter 8 in math learning about subtraction and moved onto money! What a fun concept. This week we introduced the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter! This sure is a tricky task! We had the grand opening of our class store called Porto Express on Friday of this week as well! Here, the kids can practice money with me while buying something from our store. This is a fun way for them to learn the different coins. Not only did we learn the different coins, but we also learned that one nickel is the same as five pennies! Wow, what a concept! The learning didn’t stop there though. They also learned how to count on starting from 5 cents. Keep the learning up kiddos!

This week in Social Studies, we wrapped up our lessons on the Mount Rushmore presidents. We talked about Abraham Lincoln or honest Abe, and Theodore Roosevelt or Teddy. Did you know that the name teddy bear comes from Theodore’s nickname? Yep it’s true! This wonderful president was so concerned about shooting a bear that a toymaker found out and named the toy after him. Talk about famous right?! In honor of Teddy Roosevelt, we decided to bring in teddy bears on Thursday!

Fabulous Fun Friday had us visiting the third graders at the Living Museum! Here the kiddos visited the third grade class in the multi-purpose room and learned all about different important figures of our world. We meet Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Sally Ride, Helen Keller, Princess Diana, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Coretta Scott King. Boy, was that a fun experience for the kids to see the third graders dressed up as someone famous and also learn a few facts about each of them. We headed back to our classroom and worked on coloring the newly decorated Superkids bus. To close out this fabulous day, some of the kids who finished their buses were able to shop at Porto Express! They sure did love this experience. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of praise I received for being able to purchase something fun at the store!

Please remember that Donuts for Dads is Friday March 6th. We need all dads present so we can celebrate how wonderful each of you are. The celebration will start between 8:45 and 9a.m. and will end around 10a.m.

The word of the week is back: dime

With love,
Ms. Porto and Ms. Kathie

February 28, 2020

Good Afternoon Everyone! We had a very fun week…some of the highlights were:

* Science – watching dancing valentine candy hearts (baking soda & vinegar)
* Puppet Show – Tuesday, we were treated to the Travelin’ Tales puppet guy
* Math – We started talking about measurement using rice! More, less, Just about the same! See if they can talk to you about this.
* Mystery Reader – Thanks to Mr. Parrish for coming in – kiddos always love this part of Friday.

Next week we will be talking and reading about Dr. Seuss, so if your child would like to dress up for each theme, which is stated on the paper we sent home, we will all be participating!

February 25th GAZETTE

SUPERKIDS
We love being part of the Club! Today, we had our B-R World List Test. The children were all ready for it! This week, we will start the N-M Book. In this book the Superkids will start to get their club organized. They will need a boss and their boss will be called the “Supernoodle”. In this book, we will learn about multiple meaning words such as stand, bat, duck etc… We also will be introduced to synonyms and antonyms. Please keep reading everyday with your child.

MATH
Today we started Chapter 9. The next few weeks, we will be counting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. At the beginning, we will learn to recognize them. The children will have their own wallet and coins. We have many hands-on activities planned. The children will even be able to shop in “Mrs. Siegelman and Ms. Kathie’s Boutique” as early as tomorrow.
MATH TEST: Tuesday March 17th.
For extra practice you can go on-line at www.sadlier-oxford.com

SOCIAL STUDIES: Learning about Mount Rushmore and the characters of these four Presidents has been great. Last week we learned about Thomas Jefferson. We talked about his childhood, his love of learning and his famous home, Monticello. Did you know President Jefferson invented a special machine for his two parlors in Monticello? When he opened one door, the other opened automatically. He also invented a bed that opened in his bedroom and his study. We even found his silhouette on the nickel and recognized Monticello on the tail side.
Tomorrow, we will get to know Theodor Roosevelt. This President loved nature so much he passed a law to protect forests. He even created National Parks. We also discovered as well, the reason why a toymaker gave stuffed bears the name of Teddy Bears in honor of President Roosevelt. Ask your little one why, I am sure you will get the correct answer. The children continue to love having their own Mount Wood Acres in the room!

IMPORTANT DATES: ~Friday, March 6th at 8:45am is DONUTS FOR DADS. We are all getting very excited for this great event and are working on a few surprises for them. Please come hungry! The event will end around 9:30am. NO SNACK NEEDED.
HAVE A NICE REST OF THE WEEK!

Rain Rain Go Away!

Thank you to those who had met with me last week for Parent/Teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to see you again. I am sorry for those who missed their time but I look forward to catching up with you this week. We would also like to thank Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Denius for volunteering for our Valentine’s Day party. It was a big success and the children felt the LOVE in the air.

As we enter the last week in February, we will be focusing on letters I and J and the theme for this week is healthy habits. We will take a nature walk around our beautiful campus to observe insects (weather permitted) and we will also make delicious ice cream from scratch on Friday. For the J, we will make jam on Thursday and utilize our mobility to do jumping jacks. How any can YOU do?..
For creative art, we will make a Independents day and jellyfish project using glue sticks, paint, and glitter.

Investigator Club;
Phonology Awareness: “Listen to Syllables”

Objective is to hear discrimination separate syllables in words.

Oral Language: “Dilly and The Investigator Club”

Objective to listen and understand conversations.

Alphabet knowledge: “Letter Game”

Objective is to know that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Social and Emotional: “I Can Think for Myself”

Mark your calendar;

Fun Friday is: Sports day! Wear your favorite sports team hat/shirt to school.

We would like to welcome Jasper’s grandmother as our mystery reader. We look forward to having her as part of our Fun Friday and as well as listening to some of Jasper’s favorite books.

Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” will present “Traveling Tales” on February 25th.

February 26th Mrs. Judy who works in the dentistry field in our community will be visiting us to talk about ways we can do you keep our teeth health

Summer is shortly upon us. If you haven’t had the chance to check out our camp, please do so. Spots are filling up fast and I know this year our camp is set up to be a magical one! If you have any questions about summer camp, please address it to the main office. They would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We want to wish Ryan a very Happy 4th Birthday!

Have a great week,
Ms. Orasno & Mrs. Thomas

Rain Rain Go Away!

Thank you to those who had met with me last week for Parent/Teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to see you again. I am sorry for those who missed their time but I look forward to catching up with you this week. We would also like to thank Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Denius for volunteering for our Valentine’s Day party. It was a big success and the children felt the LOVE in the air.

As we enter the last week in February, we will be focusing on letters I and J and the theme for this week is healthy habits. We will take a nature walk around our beautiful campus to observe insects (weather permitted) and we will also make delicious ice cream from scratch on Friday. For the J, we will make jam on Thursday and utilize our mobility to do jumping jacks. How any can YOU do?..
For creative art, we will make a Independents day and jellyfish project using glue sticks, paint, and glitter.

Investigator Club;
Phonology Awareness: “Listen to Syllables”

Objective is to hear discrimination separate syllables in words.

Oral Language: “Dilly and The Investigator Club”

Objective to listen and understand conversations.

Alphabet knowledge: “Letter Game”

Objective is to know that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Social and Emotional: “I Can Think for Myself”

Mark your calendar;

Fun Friday is: Sports day! Wear your favorite sports team hat/shirt to school.

We would like to welcome Jasper’s grandmother as our mystery reader. We look forward to having her as part of our Fun Friday and as well as listening to some of Jasper’s favorite books.

Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” will present “Traveling Tales” on February 25th.

February 26th Mrs. Judy who works in the dentistry field in our community will be visiting us to talk about ways we can do you keep our teeth health

Summer is shortly upon us. If you haven’t had the chance to check out our camp, please do so. Spots are filling up fast and I know this year our camp is set up to be a magical one! If you have any questions about summer camp, please address it to the main office. They would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We want to wish Ryan a very Happy 4th Birthday!

Have a great week,
Ms. Orasno & Mrs. Thomas

Rain Rain Go Away!

Thank you to those who had met with me last week for Parent/Teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to see you again. I am sorry for those who missed their time but I look forward to catching up with you this week. We would also like to thank Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Denius for volunteering for our Valentine’s Day party. It was a big success and the children felt the LOVE in the air.

As we enter the last week in February, we will be focusing on letters I and J and the theme for this week is healthy habits. We will take a nature walk around our beautiful campus to observe insects (weather permitted) and we will also make delicious ice cream from scratch on Friday. For the J, we will make jam on Thursday and utilize our mobility to do jumping jacks. How any can YOU do?..
For creative art, we will make a Independents day and jellyfish project using glue sticks, paint, and glitter.

Investigator Club;
Phonology Awareness: “Listen to Syllables”

Objective is to hear discrimination separate syllables in words.

Oral Language: “Dilly and The Investigator Club”

Objective to listen and understand conversations.

Alphabet knowledge: “Letter Game”

Objective is to know that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Social and Emotional: “I Can Think for Myself”

Mark your calendar;

Fun Friday is: Sports day! Wear your favorite sports team hat/shirt to school.

We would like to welcome Jasper’s grandmother as our mystery reader. We look forward to having her as part of our Fun Friday and as well as listening to some of Jasper’s favorite books.

Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” will present “Traveling Tales” on February 25th.

February 26th Mrs. Judy who works in the dentistry field in our community will be visiting us to talk about ways we can do you keep our teeth health

Summer is shortly upon us. If you haven’t had the chance to check out our camp, please do so. Spots are filling up fast and I know this year our camp is set up to be a magical one! If you have any questions about summer camp, please address it to the main office. They would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We want to wish Ryan a very Happy 4th Birthday!

Have a great week,
Ms. Orasno & Mrs. Thomas