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Coolidge Elementary School
Larry Grezak, Principal
30500 Curtis, Livonia, MI 48152
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12/13/18  The Holiday Shop is open one more day. No notes were sent home via the red folders. I forgot to pass out the Square 1 artwork. Look for it to come home tomorrow. The K/1 music concert for parents is tomorrow at 1:30 (in case you have a younger son/daughter). THE 2/3 MUSIC CONCERT FOR PARENTS IS NEXT TUESDAY AT 1:30. For math homework, students should play the game on homelink 4.5. Using a die or a deck of cards students take a card or roll the dice. Using a piece of paper or a whiteboard, students place that number taken or rolled in a place value they think will make the largest number. After the die has been rolled three or more times (depending on how many place values you are using), the student says the number. When we do this in school, students compare their numbers to their partner's number. The person who makes the larger number is the winner of that round. We have played this game twice so your little one should be familiar with it. After Literacy Lab, we played the owl vocabulary game. Students listened to various owl definitions. If the definition fit a vocabulary word that the student had on the board, the student circled that word on their tic/tac/toe board. We stopped the game when a student got three in a row. We concluded the morning going to art. In the afternoon Mrs. M. came in and presented Masterworks. This is a program that showcases famous paintings. The volunteer discusses some of the unique aspects of each painting. Around 1:30, I reviewed the word "unique" with the class. I also reminded the students what our "Big ?" is for the Owl unit. I showed some unique animals and we discussed what made each animal so unique. By the way, that would be a good discussion question for home as well. Personally, the parrot may be my most unique animal. Students proceeded to read about four different owls. As they read, they highlighted unique features of each one. Next week, students will write a paragraph about their most unique owl. The day concluded with math. Students played the Power of Place Value game. I discussed a mental math problem and encouraged students to try and use some different strategies to solve it. Finally, I demonstrated expanded notation with the numbers students created. Expanded notation is when you take a number and break it down into each place value amount. For example, 532 is equal to 500 + 30 + 2 . Almost all the I Ready assessments have been completed. The scores, as a whole, are strong.
12/12/18  The Holiday Shop will remain open Thursday and Friday during second recess. TWIN DAY IS TOMORROW. Some students received their Lifetouch picture retakes. Only the unit 4 math review was placed in all of the red folders. For homework, students should work on the math review. Some of the problems have yet to be covered in class. The unit 4 test will take place later next week. We had another good day with many smiling faces. We started off the morning with a brief Literacy Lab period. At 9:45, we went to the Little Theater for our inschool field trip on owls. Students enjoyed looking at the owls that were mounted and many of the students were so excited to dissect the owl pellets. We concluded the morning going to music. Students practiced for next Tuesday's concert. NEXT TUESDAY, AT 1:30, WILL BE THE 2/3 MUSIC CONCERT FOR THE PARENTS. YOU MAY WANT TO ARRIVE A LITTLE AFTER 1:00. In the afternoon we went back to the computer lab to continue with the I Ready math test. As students finished, they had the choice to read from a variety of sources. Five students will complete the I Ready math test tomorrow or Friday either using the chromebooks in class or joining another teacher in the computer lab. As a whole, the scores are looking great. After recess, I discussed the power of place value. Then, in partners students played a place value game. Have a nice evening.
12/11/18  THE HOLIDAY SHOP IS OPEN UNTIL 6:00 THIS EVENING. Students may also shop during their afternoon recess the rest of the week. An inschool field trip message was sent home via the red folder. All the owl pellets the students will be looking at have been disinfected. I know the students will have a great time looking at this regurgitated stuff. Math homework is homelink 4.6. Look for the unit 4 math review to come home tomorrow. We had another unusual, unique day. After our Literacy Lab, we went to the computer lab. When students completed the I Ready reading test, they moved onto the I Ready math test. We will go back to the lab again tomorrow to try and finish up the testing. Most of the students are doing great. In the afternoon we went to the Holiday Shop. Hopefully, all of the trinkets got home. Almost every item was $1.50 in case you are wondering where your change is. After the shop, we practiced our phonemic sounds. Then, Mr. Hillard, our district's math coordinator, came back and presented a mental math problem to the students. Mrs. M., one of Coolidge's wonderful volunteers, read to four of the students as well. After recess, we completed our phonemic sounds and I reviewed with the students some more mental math strategies. We concluded the day discussing the power of place value. I demonstrated a place value game that I hope we have time to play tomorrow. TWIN DAY IS THIS THURSDAY. Perhaps your little one might want to dress like someone else.
12/10/18  THE HOLIDAY SHOP IS TOMORROW. Having said that, students can shop the rest of the week during certain recess times. Math homework is to work on homelink 4.4. After Literacy Lab, we went to the computer lab. Students began taking the December I Ready Reading test. This assessment gives us an idea how much each student is improving. At 11:15, we went to gym. In the afternoon we went back to the lab to continue working on the I Ready Reading test. By 2:15, most of the students had finished. As students completed the reading portion of the assessment, they continued reading in various ways. After second recess, I gave the students a mental math problem to solve. We discussed how some students solved the problem. Then, I went over last Friday's problem solving problem. We concluded the day discussing numbers and the power of place value. More than likely, we will head back to the computer lab tomorrow. We probably will begin the math portion of the assessment. Overall, the students are doing very well. The I Ready assessment scores each student in real time. It is nice to be able to look over the student results so quickly. Please keep turning in the report card envelopes. Thank You.
12/7/18  REPORT CARDS WERE SENT HOME VIA EVERY STUDENT'S RED FOLDER. No other notes were passed out. There is no homework on the weekend. However, some students may have taken home a Santa story problem. They are trying to solve it for some extra Coolidge Cash. Parents may assist their son/daughter, but all the pencil work has to be written down by the student for any extra credit to be considered. THE SECOND PHASE OF OUR BENCHMARK TESTING BEGINS ON MONDAY. We will head to the computer lab to take the second main session of the I Ready reading assessment. Today, we had our regular Literacy Lab period. Then, we discussed the owl vocabulary from the past two days. We concluded the morning having the opportunity to check out more books during library time. In the afternoon we went to the computer lab. Students worked on locating my teacher outbox and dragging a copied document to their desktops. Students continued to work on correcting the punctuation of a paragraph I had written. After lab, we practiced our phonemic sounds. Then, we played a vocabulary bingo game. After recess, we worked on a story problem. We reviewed the key components to solving a problem...... understand, plan, carry it out, and reflect. Two full weeks to go before we depart on break. Time goes by too fast.
12/6/18  I am at an inservice on this date. However, by 5:30, I hope to have completed my notes for the day. The math homework will be homelink 4.5. 5:05pm (update) The second grade teachers were at an all day reading inservice. REPORT CARDS GO HOME VIA EACH STUDENT TOMORROW (FRIDAY). This morning students had Literacy Lab. Then, students discussed the owl vocabulary words they found in their reading yesterday. Students read more about owls looking for additional vocabulary words. We concluded the morning with art. In the afternoon students, as a whole group, practiced their phonemic sounds. They were also given an additional period of time to free read. Some of the students read more about owls. Around 2:00 the students played the math game, Salute. Students learned about the power of place value, reviewed the less than and greater than signs, and practiced writing numbers in expanded form. Look for the unit four review to come home shortly.
12/5/18  My notes for this date will be completed by 5:30. I am running late. Nothing went home in the red folder. For homework students should turn to the back page of the homelink. Using the green horizontal number grid students should start at zero and proceed to count by 4s. Students should circle the numbers as they count and they should look for patterns. When and if completed, students should start at zero once again and count all the multiples of 4 out loud. The second grade teachers will all be at an inservice tomorrow. We are being educated on a new reading program. REPORT CARDS WILL BE SENT HOME WITH EACH STUDENT THIS FRIDAY. If you have not already done so, please turn in the math parental signature page by this Friday. After our Literacy Lab, I worked with the whole class on understanding prefixes. Then, we discussed how to use text (passage) clues (context clues) to help us find the meaning of unknown words. Students concluded the morning going to music and practicing for their Holiday performance. This performance will take place at 1:30 on Tuesday, December 18th. Parents are encouraged to attend. In the afternoon we practiced our phonemic sounds. Then, we shared our OWL facts from yesterday in both small and large groups. We placed our owl pictures on the front of our binders too. Students proceeded to read more about owls. Students looked for vocabulary words relevant to owls. Each student tried to find 10 vocabulary words. After recess, students did more clockwork in both a large and small group setting. Many of them can tell analog time quite accurately.
12/4/18  A Holiday Shop note should have gone home via the red folder. Math homework is to work on homelink 4.2. Deposits to the credit union take place this Friday. If you have not already done so, please turn in the unit 3 homelink. If you have seen your child's unit 3 test, please turn in the parent signature page. Thank you to those parents who already have. The remaining math tests will come home tomorrow. We had a PTA meeting this morning. REPORT CARDS ARE SCHEDULED TO GO HOME THIS FRIDAY. We had another good day although several students left feeling sick in the afternoon. Literacy Lab went fine. After lab, I introduced the mindset word of the month, "Empathy". We watched a brief video about empathy and discussed an appropriate definition for the word. Students wrote down the definition and then they wrote four examples when empathy could possibly be demonstrated. The last hour of the morning we researched owls. Students read about owls and they recorded facts about them. We used the Chromebooks for our research. We also reviewed key vocabulary words such as TRAITS and UNIQUE. Students will eventually write about, "Which owl is the most unique?" In the afternoon we completed our day's owl research. We practiced our phonemic sounds and moved onto math. We did a mental math problem. Students tried to solve 18 + 19 = ? in their heads. We discussed the strategies they used. After that, we practiced telling time. We worked in small and large groups. Most students seem to be making a lot of progress. Many of them will be able to tell analog time consistently before starting third grade. Have a good evening.
12/3/18  Welcome December! Students received a YMCA note and their new unit 4 math homelink in their red folders. Please keep the unit 4 homelink at home until the end of the unit. The calendar on the back side of the red folder was also changed to December. Students who were not absent received last week's unit 3 math test back. By and large, students did very well. For homework this evening students should attempt to fix their test mistakes (not necessarily the extra credit) and they should complete homelink 4.1. Please sign and return the parent signature test page one day this week. This morning we had our Literacy Lab. After lab time, students had their monthly clean up. We switched desks and cleaned out our desks and lockers. As students finished, they were given academic choice. By 11:15, it was time to go to gym. In the afternoon I led off with phonemic sound practice. Then, I introduced December's OWL unit. We discussed the Big Question and reviewed some key vocabulary related to it. Students drew a picture of an owl. Before the afternoon recess we began math. We worked on a mental math problem at the carpet. We concluded the day with math. We finished discussing the mental math problem. Then, I reviewed with the students how to tell time on an analog clock to the nearest hour and half hour. We played the math game, "Salute". I passed out the unit 3 math tests and emphasized what a good job the class did. Folders were passed out and the students started to prepare for the end of the day.
11/29/18  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY. IT IS A REPORT CARD TEACHER WORK DAY. Good bye, November and our first trimester. Nothing was sent home via the red folders. If you still have a unit 3 homelink at home, please turn it in early next week. We began the morning with our Literacy Lab. After lab time, we watched and discussed a video on landforms. Then, we went to music. In the afternoon we took the unit 3 math test with extra credit. As students finished, they were given additional literacy lab time. After all the students finished the math test, we practiced our phonemic sounds. After recess, we had another discussion about landforms. We discussed how lava from volcanos form some mountains and such things as the Continental Drift Theory. We ended the day eating some ice cream sundaes from the PTA. Our second grade turned in the most Box Tops. Have a good weekend.
11/28/18  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY. IT IS A REPORT CARD TEACHER WORK DAY. Nothing was sent home via the red folder. However, the unit 3 math review and the unit 3 math homelink should be returned to school. THE UNIT 3 MATH TEST IS TOMORROW. Students are allowed to use the review on the assessment. Students may explain their thinking on the test using words and/or numbers. I could use some more rags and/or socks to erase our whiteboards with. Thank you for the previous donations. Tomorrow ends our first trimester. We will celebrate this with ice cream donated by the PTA. Students in the second grade turned in the most Box Tops. Today was another good day. After Literacy Lab students worked on the second half of their Land and Water Venn Diagram (see yesterday for more information). We concluded the morning going to music. In the afternoon we practiced our phonemic sounds. Then, Mr. Hillard, who is in charge of the math/science program, came into the class. He did some mental math with the students. Mental math was discussed at our last teacher inservice. I observed Mr. Hillard teaching so that I could pick up some more ideas how to best teach mental math. Mr. Hillard was very impressed with the class and he said he hopes to be invited back shortly. Around 2:00 Mr. Hillard left and we practiced the remaining portion of our phonemic sounds. Before recess students paired off to work on their fact triangles. After second recess, we went over the unit 3 math review. Then, I gave the students a couple of potential extra credit problems to work on.
11/27/18  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY. IT IS A REPORT CARD TEACHER WORK DAY. Only another unit 3 math review went home via the red folders. THE UNIT 3 TEST IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY. Tonight and tomorrow night students should attempt to independently complete the math review. The math review can be used as a resource when the students take the test. I tend to pass out a second review just before the test. I know that some students have a tendency to misplace the one I passed out weeks ago. If your child has already accurately completed the review, I would encourage parents to make up some similar problems, perhaps somewhat more challenging, and invite their little one to work on them. Literacy Lab went well. Then, students worked on and turned in their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Venn Diagrams. I had a fact versus opinion discussion with the students and we practiced some phonemic sounds together. Since students will not be here on Friday, we went to the computer lab today. In the lab students practiced several skills. We looked at a paragraph and worked on fixing spelling mistakes, upper case letter mistakes, and adding periods in the correct places. In the afternoon we finished practicing our phonemic sounds. Then, in our Land and Water unit students conducted more research on two different landforms. We began to use Venn Diagrams to record facts from the two landforms each student selected. We concluded the remaining portion of the day with math. We practiced solving a mental math problem and we practiced using helper facts and other strategies to solve more complicated problems. We concluded our math session reviewing functions and building upon our previous learning. Onethird of our school year will be done when the students come home this Thursday.
11/26/18  It is good to be back. There were a lot of smiling faces and the day moved quickly. No notes were sent home. On the first day back from an extended break I do not assign math homework. However, students can work on the unit 3 review. Parents can also give their son/daughter some practice problems. The unit 3 test is scheduled for this Thursday and the students will receive another identical math review tomorrow. The reviews can be used on Thursday's math test. FRIDAY IS A TEACHER REPORT CARD WORK DAY. STUDENTS WILL NOT HAVE SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY. We had a good day. Literacy Lab went fine. Students were focused and they seemed to easily get back into the groove. After lab, we practiced our phonemic sounds. I read to the class a Chicken Soup story and proceeded to discuss the theme of it. We went to gym. In the afternoon students worked on completing a Venn Diagram of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie and book. We discussed how a Venn Diagram is set up to help people compare and contrast various topics. In math students practiced some of their basic facts using the fact triangles. I remodeled how students should practice with one another. After that, we completed some mental math problems. We also practiced how to turn and talk with a buddy. Towards the end of the day we reviewed and expanded upon the strategies used to solve function problems (see last week's homework). The year is flying by. Hard to believe there are only 18 more school days left before we depart for the next major break.
11/20/18  THERE IS NO SCHOOL THE REST OF THIS WEEK. SCHOOL WILL RESUME NEXT MONDAY. There is no math homework over the break. However, looking over the unit 3 math review would not be a bad idea. Of course, keep on reading. A blue Parks and Rec. note was sent home via the red folder. A couple families did receive a final Polar Express field trip reminder note. We had a terrific day. Literacy Lab ran smoothly. I worked with a number of students. We focused on improving reading strategies. After our Lab time we practiced our phonemic sounds as a whole group. I introduced the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Then, we watched the movie until recess time. After recess, I had a guest teacher. The second grade teachers were given release time to discuss academic issues and the upcoming report card. According to the guest teacher, the students were focused and well behaved. I checked in with the class periodically. In the afternoon the students finished watching the movie. After the movie, students had a second reading time period. Finally, after second recess, students worked on a Thanksgiving wordsearch paper and a Thanksgiving crossword worksheet. Students left with smiles on their faces. May all of you have a most blessed Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my job and the wonderful students I get to teach. They keep me feeling young and the days go by so quickly. When Monday arrives, I will be ready to come back to a bunch of enthusiastic children. Talk to you soon.
11/19/18  Math homework is to work on homelink 3.7. The canned food drive ended today. Picture Retakes/MakeUps took place. Please send in the previous pictures if your son/daughter had their pictures retaken. If you have already done so, thank you. All Polar Express forms and field trip money was due today. Tomorrow is another Lion's Spirit Day. Endless Shrimp ended at Red Lobster. TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE WE GO ON BREAK. SCHOOL WILL RESUME ON MONDAY. I think we had another good day. Students went to gym. In math we practiced more mental math problems. We used our whiteboards to try and balance out more equations. There are a number of strategies students can use to solve problems. By modeling various strategies, students will have more knowledge for attacking problems that challenge them. We played the math game Salute. Students finished math learning about functions (see tonight's homework). We practiced our phonemic sounds. In social studies we researched more bodies of land and water. Students are learning how to take notes and compare information on a Venn Diagram. Literacy Lab went well. The majority of the time students are reading "just right" material that interests them. In writing I remodeled how to read and respond to a student's paper. We focused on the Incredible Candy paragraph. Students spent more time going over their peers' papers. When finished, some students had time to complete their writing concerning who would make a better principal, Mr. Grezak or Mr. Wonka. Time is moving quickly.
11/16/18  This message may be a bit abbreviated as I will be leaving shortly after school. There is no math homework on the weekend. In the red folder only a Picture Retake reminder note was placed in it. PICTURE RETAKE DAY IS THIS MONDAY. ANY CANNED FOOD BEING DONATED SHOULD BE TURNED IN ON MONDAY. FIELD TRIP MATERIAL FOR POLAR EXPRESS IS DUE MONDAY. SKATE NIGHT IS THIS EVENING FROM 68:00. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. We went to the computer lab. Students were given time to familiarize themselves with the math program, Prodigy. I began to adjust student Prodigy settings as needed. In math we worked on some mental math and we completed some board work. The Unit 3 test will take place after next week. We practiced our phonemic sounds. In writing I modeled how to peer edit another student's paper. Students began to peer edit. Literacy Lab time flowed smoothly. I reviewed with the whole class the fr, tr, and gr sounds. Have an enjoyable weekend.
11/15/18  Run deer, run. PICTURE RETAKE/MAKE UP IS THIS MONDAY. If your child is having their picture retaken, please make sure to give me the original pictures by Monday morning. POLAR EXPRESS FIELD TRIP FORMS AND MONEY ARE DUE MONDAY AS WELL. The canned food drive ends this Monday too. Four items should have been in the red folders..... two notes about this year's yearbook, a Square 1 reminder note, and a math assignment that I checked and decided to return home. If you do not see the checked math assignment, assume it was never turned into me. Skate Night is NOT this evening. It is tomorrow (Friday). MATH HOMEWORK IS TO COMPLETE HOMELINK 3.11. Students went to art class and they enjoyed it. Literacy Lab continued to run smoothly. We practiced our daily phonemic sounds as a whole group. In math we practiced completing more mental math problems. Then, we did some whiteboard work. We practiced sharing number amounts to help us balance equations. Students are being challenged. Students completed their writing piece on the Incredible Candy. We looked at student examples and assessed how well students used the margins of the paper, wrote in detail, and wrote in sentences. When finished, we did a Venn Diagram of Mr. Grezak and Mr. Wonka. Students used their diagram of information to write a draft of who they thought would make the better principal. During our new unit of Land and Water students chose a topic to read about on the Epic website. We discussed how people do research. Mrs. M., a wonderful volunteer, also donated another hour of her time to have four students read to her. There were a lot of smiles throughout the day as well as some deep thinking taking place. Thanksliving is upon us. The days and weeks are moving too fast.
11/14/18  IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE TURN IN THE POLAR EXPRESS PERMISSION SLIP ALONG WITH THE MONEY. MONDAY IS THE DAY IT IS DUE. At the end of the day a student picked sticks to see what parents would chaperone the Polar Express field trip. If your stick was picked, you will receive an email from me by 6:00 this evening. Personally, I wish I could have taken every parent to chaperone. If we have another outside field trip, the parents who did not have their sticks picked will be given priority to chaperone. No notes went home via the red folders. Math homework is to complete homelink 3.8. Students went to music. In math we completed some mental math work. We reviewed what the equal sign truly represents. It means that both sides are balanced or have the same amount. It does not mean the answer to a problem. We practiced solving problems using our whiteboards. Students played the game, Salute. In addition students practiced balancing equations and sharing amounts to help them solve challenging math problems. For example, 29 + 29 + 29 = ? may look too hard for a second grader to solve. However, if we think of the problem as 30 + 30 +30 = ? , the problem becomes more manageable. Likewise, 27 + 33 may look too hard to solve. Having said that, if I take three away from the 33 and give it to the 27, the problem now reads 30 + 30 = ? . CONTINUE TO PERIODICALLY WORK ON THE UNIT 3 MATH REVIEW. The test is scheduled for the end of November. Literacy Lab went well. Mrs. Alt, out literacy coach here at Coolidge, came into the class and modeled a small group lesson. At lunch time, we dialogued about the lesson. Through this type of interaction I hope to continue to grow as a teacher as well as use all the resources provided to me to help students academically improve. In writing students worked on their final "Incredible Candy" paragraph. I am emphasizing students to write in clear sentences, write with detail, and use the margins of the paper correctly. For 15 minutes we practiced our phonemic sounds. We also reviewed the words Respect and Responsibility. Skate Night is Friday, not tomorrow. Report cards go out in early December. What will the students find in their stockings???????
11/13/18  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE LOTTERY FOR CHAPERONING THE POLAR EXPRESS, PLEASE EMAIL ME BY WEDNESDAY (12:00). Parents who have turned in the Polar Express permission form by tomorrow morning may also indicate their interest in chaperoning. We will pick three names tomorrow afternoon. I will email the 3 chaperones chosen at lottery and the chaperones will need to agree to fill out and pass the ICHAT screening (see yesterday). We have a PTA meeting this evening at 7:00. I will be there. KEEP SENDING IN THE CANNED GOODS FOR THE NEEDY PEOPLE. MUCH APPRECIATED Skate Night is this Friday. Please take care of the Square 1 art fundraiser if you still see it in the red folder. Unless I see a check or cash in the front of the package I am leaving it alone. In math the homework is HOMELINK 3.5. We did some mental math, we checked yesterday's truck problem, and we discussed when it is best to count up or to count down to find an answer to a subtraction problem. We finished Charlie... Students seemed to enjoy the book. We will watch the movie soon, probably before break. It will be fun to compare/contrast the two. As a group, we practiced phonemic sounds. We continued writing about our magical candy. I provided examples and students looked at other examples from the hall. In our Growth Mindset books I discussed the words responsible and respectful. I shared a personal moment when I was irresponsible and disrespectful. Students then wrote about a time when they did or did not demonstrate being respectful. We began our new science unit on Land and Water. Students looked at a marble and a picture of the Earth from space. We discussed how one of the Earth's nicknames is the big blue marble. We brainstormed different water and land bodies. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE TURN IN THE POLAR EXPRESS PERMISSION FORM/$. Have a good evening.
11/12/18  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE LOTTERY FOR CHAPERONING THE POLAR EXPRESS, PLEASE EMAIL ME BY WEDNESDAY (12:00). On Wednesday we will pull sticks to see who will be attending. I wanted to be fair for everyone. Parents who also fill out the chaperone form and return the form by Wednesday will be part of the lottery as well. Please keep in mind that all chaperones, per LPS policy, need to be willing to fill out a background check (ICHAT) form. Contact me about this if you have any questions. The ICHAT forms should now be online and I believe the forms can be sent directly to the Board Office.
It was nice to see a number of our families at our first Movie Night. It was fun. The math problem solving paper was the only item placed in the red folder. Students should try to solve the problem and explain to an adult how they solved the problem. All the 5s should have been changed to 3s in the story problem. We have a PTA meeting tomorrow at 7:00. Skate Night will take place this Friday, not Thursday. Please be sure to remove the Square 1 art fundraiser from the red folder. Only return the material to school if you are paying by cash or check. Students went to gym and we had a discussion about Veteran's Day. In math we practiced some more mental math strategies to solve a problem. I hope to make mental math a consistent part of our daily academic routine. We discussed Friday's problem solving paper. For homework, as mentioned above, students should try to complete today's problem solving assignment. I have stressed drawing out each sentence piece by piece. Please return the homework to school. In writing students wrote their first draft of their INCREDIBLE CANDY. I showed some examples and we talked about important questions their paragraph may want to address. I also went over my example of the unusual elevator Mr. Wonka has in his factory. I emphasized the importance of writing in detail. Our Literacy Lab went well. Most students are using their time wisely. I read another chapter from Charlie... I discussed several reading strategies as I read from the chapter. Phonemic sounds were also practiced in a whole group format. NEXT WEEK, STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE SCHOOL WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, AND FRIDAY.
11/9/18  MOVIE NIGHT IS THIS EVENING. No homework on the weekends. However, keep on reading. A Polar Express field trip note, a Skate Night note, and the Square 1 art fundraiser should have come home via the red folders. Cash will also be accepted for the Polar Express field trip. Parents wishing to assist us need to drive separately. All students will ride the bus both ways. No younger children can accompany us. In addition, there may be no refund if a student and/or parent can not make the trip. If you have any other questions, simply email me. Today, students went to the library. They had the opportunity to check out more books. Literacy Lab went well. After Lab, we worked in our Growth Mindset books. We discussed the word, Respect, in detail. Many examples were provided as students worked to complete page 33. We went to the computer lab. The students set up their own math Prodigy accounts with my assistance. The rest of the time students organized their new account and began solving math problems. When we came back to the class, I reread Charlie... Chapter 25. This chapter focused on the glass elevator. On their own I asked students to write a paragraph describing reasons why make Mr. Wonka's elevator is so unusual. I will be reading all of the student responses to help me assess how much each student is understanding paragraphs. Phonemic sounds were practiced before and after recess. Once again, we concluded the day with math. I put another mental math problem on the board. Students discussed different ways (algorithms) to solve the problem. We finished the day reviewing the 4 problem solving steps and working on this challenging problem.... "There are 5 trucks. On each truck are 5 crates. In each crate are 5 boxes. In each box there are 5 rings. How many total rings are there on all the trucks?" I have been emphasizing reading each sentence piece by piece and drawing pictures of what we read to help us solve the problem. We will continue this discussion on Monday. Have a good weekend. Perhaps I will see you this evening.
11/8/18  LIFETOUCH PICTURES WENT HOME TODAY for all the parents who paid for them. PICTURE RETAKE/MAKEUP DAY HAS BEEN MOVED TO MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH. A Girl Scout note, wreath fundraiser information, and a Swimming note also were placed in the red folders. SQUARE 1 ART MATERIAL WILL BE SENT HOME TOMORROW. Tomorrow is MOVIE NIGHT and it is RED WING SPIRIT DAY as well. Math homework is to complete homelink 3.4. Remember, homelinks should stay at home until I collect them at the end of the unit. Unit 3 reviews are also meant to stay home until students bring them back to use on the unit 3 assessment. As mentioned yesterday, all of the students completed their first computer I Ready reading growth check. Overall, the class scored higher on this growth check than any other of my previous classes. We are off to a great start. We began the morning with Literacy Lab. It went well. After Lab, we continued completing our Chocolate paragraph puzzle (see yesterday for more info.) Students worked on this until they went to art class. In the afternoon students finished their paragraph puzzles and they turned their work into me. We proceeded to practice our phonemic sounds and one student did a little sharing (Show and Tell). I read a chapter from Charlie... after reviewing the previous chapter. We are nearing the end of the book. In math we practiced some more mental math. I put some coins on the board and asked the students to find out how much money all the coins were worth. After that, students played a math game called, "Salute". Salute is quite similar to using facts triangles. We concluded our math session going over the second side of the problem solving paper I had passed out several days ago. We reviewed the problem solving steps and discussed mini steps within each step to help us solve the problem. Another Friday quickly approaches.
11/7/18  LIFETOUCH PICTURES GO HOME TOMORROW. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS WELL DRESSED FOR OUTDOOR WEATHER. A lot of students were cold at recess and some seemed underdressed. The forecast is COLD. A lot of sickness seems to be going around. Sorry for the delay. I had a conference after school and the material I did write did not save. In the red folder students took home a Leo's restaurant fundraiser note. Students also took home the unit 3 review. This review should stay home for a couple weeks. When the unit 3 test is upon us, students can bring in the review from home and use it on the test. Today, students went to music and we had a brief break. In addition, students took a short I Ready reading quiz in the computer lab. Two months ago students took the entire I Ready reading assessment. Today's test was called a growth check. The results will let teachers, students, and parents see home much their child is improving based on this one "quiz". In the morning our Literacy Lab time went well. Most students are highly focused for the great majority of the time. After Lab, students worked on a paragraph puzzle. A paragraph puzzle involves separating sentences on a paper into proper paragraphs. We work hard on determining ways to decide which sentence belongs to a particular paragraph. In math we did some mental math work. Mental math involves students solving a problem without writing tools. Mental math problems are not memorized problems. As a whole group, students discuss strategies they used to solve the problem mentally. Perhaps you might ask your child to solve 21 + 31 in his/her head and explain how he/she did it. This afternoon we also spent time practicing our phonemic sounds. The day moved quickly.
11/5/18  NO SCHOOL TOMORROW. Teachers have an academic staff development day. It is a good day for students to be off as many strangers will be in the building voting. Except for three students who already received their unit 2 tests, the unit 2 tests should have gone home via the red folders. Please sign the parent paper and return it this week. Also in the red folders students should have taken home their problem solving paper. Over the next two days students should try to complete both sides. That paper is their math homework. Please return this paper on Wednesday. AS OF NOW, PICTURE MAKE UP AND RETAKE DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS FRIDAY. As of now, our school secretary does not know when the student pictures will be coming in. Students went to gym. Literacy Lab went well. Students continue to enjoy this one hour block working on their choice of language arts stations. Before gym we read over another chocolate article. We worked on highlighting sentences different colors based upon what each sentence talked about. In the afternoon we began another week of phonemic awareness practice. After that, I talked about some of the extra credit problems from the unit 2 math assessment. Then, we worked on today's problem solving homework. I read another chapter from Charlie... We continue to focus on inside character traits. After recess, we focused on math patterns to help us solve problems in a more efficient way. We ended the day completing math journal page 47.
11/2/18  A Youth Making a Difference note and a Movie Night note should have been sent home via the red folders. There is no math homework on the weekend. Look for the unit 2 tests to come home this Monday. A few students already should have taken home the unit 2 assessment. We had another good day. Students had the opportunity to check out more library books and we took a brief break in the morning. Literacy Lab went well again as I worked with individuals and small groups. Before library we completed the second half of the chocolate essay. I provided the model of, "Where does chocolate come from and how is it made"? In the afternoon we went to the computer lab. The students learned how to navigate the Microsoft Word document onto their desk top. The time remaining students were given academic choice. When we came back to the class, I read another chapter from Charlie. Every time I read, I review and discuss various reading skills needed to become an active, informed reader. After recess, we reviewed the four problem solving steps. Then, the students worked on solving some story problems. Time is flying by. Have a good weekend.
11/1/18  Happy November! Thank you for the emailed Halloween pictures. We sure enjoyed them. Every red folder should now have a November calendar with it. Hope it is helpful. The Thanksgiving canned food drive has begun. Donate as you see fit. The new math homelink books should have come home today. For homework students should work on link 3.1. The first unit review will be sent home later next week. Remember, until the end of the unit, the math links should stay home. As needed, answer keys are in the front of the link. I will recollect the links at the end of the unit. All unit 2 links should be turned into me by tomorrow. This morning the Literacy Lab continued to flow well. Many students are utilizing their time effectively. After Lab we took our snack break and enjoyed looking at the emailed Halloween pictures. After break, we changed our desks for the month of November. We also cleaned out our desks and we cleaned out our lockers. This took awhile, but it was well worth the time. Before art class I went over a couple more expectation reminders. In the afternoon we practiced, as a whole group, our phonemic sounds. Our class is coming along. After that, I showed a chocolate video. I passed out the students chocolate graphic organizers. We reviewed what we worked on and proceeded to complete the remaining portions of it. Then, we began writing our essay as a whole group. We concluded the day with math. We practiced our basic facts using the fact triangles. Then, I discussed how we could use more ten frames to add numbers without counting each number one by one. We closed the day reminding each student to place their names on their homelink book before they left for the day. Another weekend approaches quickly.
10/31/18  Happy Halloween. Feel free to email me
tmai@livoniapublicschools.org
your Halloween pictures from this evening. The students would like to see the pictures tomorrow morning. No notes went home via the red folders and there is no math homework on Halloween. The morning went well. Thank you again for all of the donations. Students enjoyed the food and they had fun participating in the parade. It was a blessing that the rain stopped. During the morning students worked on some Halloween worksheets and I told them a couple Halloween stories from my youth. Around 11:00 we changed out of our costumes and went to music. In the afternoon the students had a solid hour of Literacy Lab. They did a great job reading and focusing on other literacy stations. Around 2:10 I reviewed the last couple chapters from Charlie... I discussed how authors write in a way that the readers like and dislike different characters. After recess, I read a couple more chapters from Charlie... We finished the day practicing our phonemic sounds as a whole group. The year continues to fly by.
10/30/18  A reminder note about the 1/2 breakfast and parade was sent home via the red folders. As the note mentions, students should come with their costumes worn. Please have the kids bring in a bag as the costumes will be taken off in the later morning. Thank you for all of the donations. I think we are in good shape. What a blessing it is to have such generous parents. Students may pass out trinkets tomorrow. Please, per school policy, do not bring in any candy. Students who pass out trinkets (plastic spiders, rings, false teeth, etc) should have enough for every student. Any parent who arrives by 10:15 on the lower elementary playground should see the 1/2 students' parade. For the most part I will be handling the breakfast with the students. There is no math homework. The test in math was long enough. Today, we had a morning break. After literacy lab, the students took the unit 2 math test. Look for the results of this test to come home on Friday or Monday. I am still active doing some conferences and Halloween is tomorrow. I gave students an hour to take the math test as there was quite a bit of extra credit the students could work on. We concluded the morning with the students quietly reading as they finished up their math assessment. In the afternoon we practiced our phonemic sounds. Then, I distributed another chocolate article. I emphasized with the students how to identify paragraphs. I reviewed how to use paragraphs to help us find answers in the text. Before recess we also reviewed some expectations. After recess, I read from Charlie. I summarized the previous chapters and discussed inner traits with the students. We completed the day talking about tomorrow's celebration and the expectations during it. As always, contact me with any questions you may have. REMINDER  IF YOU HAVE A UNIT 2 HOME LINK AT HOME, PLEASE TURN IT INTO ME.
10/29/18  The Fall Festival was a blast. I hope you had a terrific time if you were able to make it. No notes went home in the red folder. However, for homework students should have taken home the unit 2 review. THE UNIT 2 TEST IS TOMORROW. Students should bring back the review to use as a guide on the test. Some students were also encouraged to take home the extra credit paper I made available. WE SHOULD BE ALL SET REGARDING OUR PARTY DONATIONS. THANK YOU. If you have not already done so, please bring in your party donations by tomorrow. Please return the unit 2 homelink math booklets as I will be collecting each one. THANK YOU. Today, we took a brief morning break and the students went to gym. Our Literacy Lab went well. Many of the students are enjoying working on increasing their reading fluency. After break time, we continued working on highlighting the Chocolate article. Students are highlighting the article in different colors depending on whether the article is talking about where chocolate comes from or how it is made. We had a good discussion as well about headings and paragraphs using the article. In the afternoon we practiced our phonemic sounds as a whole group. Then, I read a couple paragraphs from Charlie... Students wrote a paragraph in their writing books explaining why Augustus Gloop was selfish. We used evidence from the text to explain our thinking. At the end of the day we went over the math review. I gave any student who did not have the review in hand another one. During this time I also went over a couple more strategies students might want to implement as they prepare for and take tomorrow's test. THE HALLOWEEN PARADE WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY. STUDENTS MAY WEAR APPROPRIATE HALLOWEEN ATTIRE. I WILL TRY TO FINALIZE THE TIME ON TOMORROW'S WEBSITE.
10/26/18  THE FALL FESTIVAL IS THIS EVENING AT RILEY FROM 68:00. Students are encouraged to wear school appropriate costumes. See you there? In the red folder students should have taken home a ballet note, a second unit two math review, and a note from me about my website/Twitter. There is no math homework on weekends. Having said that, students who have been on vacation, sick, or behind completing the review might want to work on it. The review can be used on Tuesday's unit two math test. Donations for Wednesday's breakfast buffet are coming along. Some doughnuts, apple slices, and juice boxes may need to be purchased. If you have yet to donate and would be willing to, feel free to email me. Please wait for my return email confirmation before picking any items up. Today, students went to the library and they had the opportunity to check out more books (provided they turned in their other ones). We had a brief break in the morning. Literacy went fine. Students are doing a variety of activities as I work with groups and individuals. After our break, I practiced phonemic awareness sounds with the whole class. See my earlier website notes for more information about this. After that, we read an article about chocolate. Students highlighted sentences in different colors depending if the sentence referred to how chocolate was made or where it came from. We had a good discussion. We continued working on this article into the afternoon. In the computer lab students were given academic choice. I showed the students some possible sites to utilize. We finished up the day reviewing odd/even numbers, name collection boxes, and following patterns. The days are flying by too fast.
10/25/18  The first round of Box Tops ends tomorrow. Our Fall Festival is at Riley tomorrow from 68:00. Should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there. Donations for the Halloween breakfast on Wednesday are coming in. Still could use donations of doughnuts, apple juice, apple slices, candy corn, and marshmallows. If you are able to donate, simply email me what you would like to donate. Please wait for me to confirm your email so that the correct food and amount is purchased. Math homework is link 2.9. Students should recognize even numbers as amounts that can be split into two equal groups. Odd numbers can't be split into two groups equally. I taught even and odd numbers already in September so some students may need a little refresher. Today, students went to art, we had a brief morning break, and Mrs. M. presented artwork through the Masterworks program. Literacy lab went well. Some students participated in one of our new stations, Fluency reading. I am already noticing student reading growth early in the year. After lab, we further discussed the Chocolate graphic organizer. We reviewed what was discussed yesterday and began adding notes to paragraph three. Rereading and reading information slowly was emphasized. After masterworks, I read and we discussed another chapter from Charlie... No new traits were recorded. We concluded the day with math. I focused on what the equal sign in math refers to and we practiced some problems. The equal sign refers to both sides of the equation being balanced. It does not refer to the answer. Knowing this should help students solve math problems regardless of which side the equal sign is on. After that, we practiced using helper facts of various amounts to HELP us solve problems. It was a mental math exercise that went well. Have a good evening.
10/24/18  No new notes were placed in the red folders. Two bags of candy corn and two bags of chocolate chips have been donated for the Halloween breakfast. Thank You. Math homework is to complete home link 2.8. THE UNIT TWO TEST IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY. A second review page will come home on Friday. The review may be used on the assessment. Today, students went to music and they had a brief morning break. We started the stay doing our Literacy Lab. As I worked in small groups, Mrs. Alt, another teacher, worked with students on their reading fluency. All students practiced for 15 minutes their phonological awareness. This involves listening to sounds and making/changing the sounds as we go. For example, I might say, "Fight". Change the F to an M. "What do you get"? "Might" There are about seven phonemic awareness strategies we go through. Phonemic awareness practice will become a daily event. In math I modeled once again how to properly problem solve in groups. When students work well in groups, a lot of enjoyable learning can and will take place. We proceeded to complete two pages from the math journal (section 2.8). In reading/writing we discussed where chocolate comes from and how it is made. We brainstormed different foods and discovered that it appears almost all food either comes from a plant or an animal. We watched a video on where chocolate comes from and how it is made. Students received a graphic organizer and I began to model how to fill it out. We watched the brief video a second time. I stopped the video often to record information on the graphic organizer. The students wrote down my notes and added any relevant information to it. The days are flying by. Tomorrow is already Thursday.
10/23/18  In the red folders you should find a Halloween party donation letter. Please consider donating to the party. Be sure to confirm with me, via email, what you might like to purchase for us. Thank you very much. Also, in the red folder some parents received a conference reminder notice. The math homework is similar to yesterday. Students should explain how they solved one of the story problems. Or, students could finish one of the problems yet to be completed. I will be assigning the home link pages again shortly. However, problem solving is very important and I find working on problem solving strategies to be super beneficial. THE UNIT TWO MATH TEST IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY. I WILL GIVE THE STUDENTS A SECOND UNIT TWO REVIEW ON FRIDAY. The review may be used on the assessment. Today, we did not have a special. We did take a morning break. During Literacy Lab students worked at their stations. I met with certain students. We are discussing vowels and syllables. I read from Charlie... We reviewed an inside trait of the Oompa Loompas. We wrote in our Growth Mindset books. Students completed a couple pages on EXPECTATIONS. We also reviewed what responsibility means. We started and finished our essay on how animal migrations are alike and different. We discussed each piece of the four paragraph essay. I collected the essays. In math I modeled once again how to work in small groups to effectively problem solve. We completed the second story problem about Mr. Ghost's 25 students. The day went by fast as we were busy having fun learning.
10/22/18  It is good to be back. In the red folder some parents received an Entertainment Book reminder note. Please return all E. Books as this fundraising event came to a close last Friday. If you did not have a conference with me, simply email me and we will work out a time. Attending conferences sets an example for every child that learning is so important. The first and second graders are celebrating Halloween together. A note regarding this should have gone home last week. A note about food supply donations will be sent home via the red folders tomorrow. MATH HOMEWORK  Students should have taken home Friday's problem solving worksheet. Their homework is to explain how they solved one of the problems. OR  The students should work on one of the problems for 10 minutes. PLEASE return this homework paper tomorrow via the red folders as we will further discuss and work on this paper in class. Today, students went to gym. We had a morning break and I spent time discussing/reviewing some expectations. In math I modeled with students and reviewed the four step problem solving model. I demonstrated this model using students. Then, students worked in groups of three on Friday's problem solving paper. During our Literacy Lab students continued their stations. I met with a couple groups and discussed long vowels and syllables. I read from Charlie after I summarized where we left off last week. I modeled how to write a paragraph on the Oompa Loompa's inner trait (Happy). In addition we completed most of the animal adaptation graphic organizer together. Students recorded the work we did on their own graphic organizers. BOX TOPS, ROUND #1, ENDS THIS FRIDAY. THIS FRIDAY IS ALSO OUR FALL FESTIVAL AT RILEY. Hope to see you there.
10/18/18  DISMISSAL WAS AT 12:10. We have conferences the rest of this day. Spirit Day tomorrow. U/M and MSU attire. A soccer note, a baseball note, and a Halloween Party note were placed inside the red folder. Parents who have a conference today also received a reminder note. There is no official math homework this evening. Students who have not completed the unit two review can work on it. I WILL NOT BE HERE TOMORROW. THERE WILL BE NO MATH HOMEWORK TOMORROW (WEEKEND) AND I DO NOT PLAN ON SENDING ANY PAPERS HOME VIA THE RED FOLDERS. THERE WILL BE NO TWWET OR FRIDAY WEBSITE UPDATE. I will be here on Monday. Students went to art. In our Growth Mindset books students wrote about a time they were or were not acting in a responsible way. We shared some of their writing. I also read to the students a story about being responsible. We began the morning with Literacy Lab. Students are doing a nice job reading and writing independently. Our literacy groups begin on Monday. I circulated the room talking and teaching students how to become better readers and writers. See some of you this afternoon.
10/17/18  Today, students had a half day. Dismissal was at 12:10. Parents who have a conference scheduled for today received a blue reminder note in the red folder. Otherwise, no notes were placed in the red folder. A Halloween note will be sent home later this week. Today, students went to art. We began our day with literacy lab. It is running quite smoothly. Students are basically engaged in literacy stations the entire hour. Next week, I will begin my literacy groups. I spent the hour observing and helping students become better readers. In our Growth Mindset books we wrote down and discussed the definition of RESPONSIBILITY. We watched a brief video of children talking about responsibility and the students wrote down examples of responsible behavior in their lives. Then, we reviewed the word migration. We looked at the Big Question from the article that discussed the migration of some animals. I read the article as the students followed along. I modeled reading strategies along the way. Eventually, students will write two paragraphs on the similarities and differences between each animal's migration. All of this ties into writing a clear paragraph with supporting details. Have a nice day.
10/16/18  Mistake  There is no Skate Night this evening. In the red folder a PTA Reflections note was placed in it. MOST CONFERENCES BEGIN TOMORROW. I will send out a reminder conference note on Wednesday. 12:10 is the dismissal time this Wednesday and Thursday. Math homework is for the students to work on link 5.7. In math we further discussed the Turn Around Rule and we used it to solve larger problems. Students worked on their addition facts using their fact triangles. We reviewed two digit plus (and minus) two digit numbers. Students completed a worksheet and I collected it. I also collected the problem solving homework from yesterday. Students had a morning break and we took more time to discuss classroom expectations. During the literacy lab students used various stations to improve their reading and writing. We also began our phonemic awareness lessons. I read from Charlie.... We discussed Mr. Wonka's inside trait from the chapter read and I challenged the students to write their own Hamburger paragraph. Picture retake day should be November 9th. I had a guest teacher in the morning. I was being trained on our phonemic awareness program.
10/15/18  An individual reading note was placed into each student's reading folder. We can discuss this paper during our conference time. CONFERENCES ARE THIS WEEK. A conference reminder note will go home on Wednesday. Contact me if you have any questions. Students should have also taken home their problem solving worksheet. For homework, students should choose one of the problems and be able to explain to a parent how they solved it. As a whole group, we went over the problem solving paper. Students also worked on their basic addition facts using their fact triangles. Students went to gym and we had our pictures taken. We also reviewed lunchroom expectations and discussed ways we could solve the messy situation. I read a couple more chapters from Charlie... On their own students tried to write a paragraph describing one of the crowd's traits as they waited for Mr. Wonka's gate to be opened. During our one hour literacy lab time I continued to monitor student reading progress. Next week, our literacy lab grouping will begin. Further in reading, we discussed the word, Migration. We talked about what migration means and why animals may need to migrate. We began reading an article about migration. I will model how to complete a graphic organizer. The organizer will be used to write a two paragraph essay. Reminder  Most of my conferences will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Both days are student half days. Dismissal is at 12:10. We do not need to confer on those two days. Do not fret if you need to meet at another time. We DO have school on Friday.
10/12/18  A Picture Day note, a polio fundraiser note, a fire station note, and a FALL FESTIVAL note were all placed in the red folders. Picture Day is this Monday. HAVE YOU SET UP A CONFERENCE TIME? Most of the conferences are scheduled for this coming Wednesday and Thursday. If needed, simply email me. It is the weekend. There is no official homework. We had a morning break, a fire drill, and students went to the library. After the fire drill, we had a debriefing. Most of the students did well. In math we discussed the four steps to solving a problem. Students are getting good at learning the steps. In groups students worked on four challenging story problems. During our reading time I reviewed with some of my students how to use another reading program. Weekly, I am noticing the students are developing their reading stamina. I read Charlie... and students wrote about the inside traits of the store keeper. I continue to model what a paragraph looks and sounds like. Have a terrific weekend.
10/11/18  Keep working on the unit 2 math review a little bit on a weekly basis. Math homework is to try to complete link 10.6, the Turn Around Rule. In the red folders a Karate note was sent home. A Picture Day reminder note will go home tomorrow. Picture Day is this Monday. Students enjoyed their time in art and we had a brief morning break outside. In math we practiced completing more Helper Facts in our math journals. We discussed our answers and completed a couple review pages as well. We further discussed the four steps to problem solving and we did some more problems together. I read Charlie... and students wrote why the Bucket Family was beginning to starve. We shared some of our responses. After our literacy lab in the morning, I reviewed with the students how to use our Fluency station. In word study we looked at a most common error  the different sounds fr and fir makes. So many second graders pronounce FIRST GRADE correctly. Yet, they spell first, FRIST. As you finish, please keep on returning the Entertainment Books. Thank you and have an enjoyable evening.
10/10/18  The unit 2 math review was sent home in the red folder. Homework is to work 10 minutes on the review. The review should stay at home. Students will receive another copy of the review just prior to the second assessment. Working a little bit on the review each evening is a good way to prepare for the coming test. Students who understand the review will do well on the unit two test. Students enjoyed their pizza luncheon. We had a practice lock down drill and on PTA's Facebook page we watched Mr. Grezak get his Coolidge Cougar haircut. In math we continued discussing how Helper Facts can help students solve addition and subtraction facts yet to be memorized. I read Charlie... and the students wrote about Grandpa Joe's inside traits. During our morning literacy block students read and possibly wrote. I went around monitoring student progress and perused their decision making skills. Mrs. Alt, Coolidge's Literacy Coach, came by. She taught the students how to measure their reading fluency and improve upon it. We closed the morning with the students headed to music. Good Bye, Summer ?
10/9/18  If you are not going to be selling Entertainment Books, please return these books ASAP. Each book is worth $30. We do not wish to have these books misplaced. There were no notes placed in the red folders. Keep in mind that the second grade students have a pizza lunch given by the PTA tomorrow. Parents may supplement their child's luncheon as they see fit. I know each student will get at least one piece of pizza. 2? A drink will also be provided. Math homework is to complete home link 2.5. Ten minutes of math homework four days a week is the Coolidge expectation. ALMOST EVERYONE HAS SIGNED UP FOR CONFERENCES. Contact me if you still need a time. Conferences are next Wednesday and Thursday. I am flexible. Report cards do not go out until December. We did not have a special today, but we were able to go outside for a morning break. In math we reviewed the problem solving steps and we practiced solving more problems using the four step method. Students also practiced their addition facts using their fact triangles. In addition, we talked about different "Helper Facts" and how they can be used by students and teachers to solve math problems. In reading we had our morning literacy lab. Most students are doing a great job focusing. I read a couple more chapters of Charlie... and students wrote about the various traits each character exhibited. In our Growth Mindset books we wrote down more expectations when students are in specific situations. Time is flying by and I think the students are learning a lot. Have a wonderful evening.
10/8/18  If you are not going to be selling the Entertainment Books, please return these books ASAP. Each book is worth $30. We do not want to have these books misplaced. In the red folders only a half page pizza lunch note was placed inside it. Math homework is to complete home link 2.4. Use the answer key in the front of the link if needed. Students went to gym. In math we discussed the four important steps to solving a problem. Many examples were given and we practiced solving some problems together. Students also practiced their mental math addition by using their fact triangles with a buddy. This Columbus Day we took time to discuss who Columbus was, what he did, and why his accomplishments were so important. Did you know that Columbus made four trips to the New World? Did you know that Columbus set sail hoping to find a shorter route to Asia? He never planned on discovering a New World. To his dying day he never realized his discovery. Magellan and other navigators to come would validate Columbus' unknown accomplishment. Having said this, Amerigo (America) Vespuchi, a map maker, had the two continents named after him. Our Literacy Lab (9:1510:15) went very well. Students are developing their reading stamina nicely. I read to the students a story and we discussed the theme of it. I also read Charlie... We discussed the first two characters who found the first two golden tickets. In their journals students wrote about those character's inner and outer traits. They supported their statements with evidence from the story. We had another good day.
10/5/18  Entertainment Books were sent home today. A girls' hockey note and a skating note were placed into the red folders. No homework this evening. It is the weekend. Students went to the Book Fair during their library time. The Book Fair is open until 6:00 this evening. Then, it shuts down. By all accounts, this has been a fantastic Book Fair. Awesome! Students had a brief outside morning break and we had a brief Entertainment Book assembly. In the computer lab we reviewed and practiced navigating to my teacher Outbox (where I store information). Students had academic choice time once they were able to navigate to my Outbox. In math we practiced using the fact triangles to help us memorize our basic addition facts. Look for the unit 2 review to come home next week. During our two reading times students had a number of literacy opportunities to choose from. I completed my individual student reading level assessments and I will be sharing the results during conference time. I read a couple chapters from Willy Wonka. In our writing journals we wrote and shared responses. Students talked about Willy Wonka's inner traits and they had to support their answers in sentence form. I also asked them to write why the Indian prince was considered, "Crazy". We had a good discussion. Another weekend has arrived and the time is moving as fast as ever. Oh yeah, second grade did raise the most money from the Fund Run. THANK YOU ! To celebrate this fact the PTA is giving all the second graders a pizza party this Wednesday.
10/4/18  No notes were sent home in the red folders. Math homework is to complete home link 2.3. THE HOME LINKS SHOULD STAY AT HOME UNTIL THE END OF THE UNIT. Please turn in the math test parent signature half page (blue)by the end of the week. Students did very well on the first math assessment. We will have an Entertainment Book assembly tomorrow. Look for an Entertainment Book to come home after school. Today, we had a morning break and students enjoyed their art time with Mrs. Stark. We read and discussed Charlie and the... We talked about inner character traits. Students pasted a list of traits in their writing book. Then, they separated the traits into good and bad traits. I read the first couple of chapters of Charlie... Students tried to write a paragraph describing traits that Mr. Wonka exhibited. In math students cut out five pages of fact triangles. We talked about how these triangles are used. Students who finished early completed the four pages of addition facts at the end of the journal. We had two reading periods. As I tested more reading levels, students had six literary choices to choose from. The weeks are flying by. Email me if you have yet to set a conference time. no problem
10/3/18  A basketball note, a Picture Day note, and the unit one math test should have gone home via the red folder. Math homework is to complete home link 2.2. Please keep the home links at home until the end of the unit. I will collect them then. The Book Fair is open this evening until 6:00. Today, we had a morning break and the students went to music. We spent about 45 minutes reviewing routines and procedures. In math we completed 2.2 in the journal. PLEASE RETURN THE MATH PARENTAL SIGNATURE PAGE THIS WEEK. The students did very well. It is always good practice for a parent to go over the test with their child. As mentioned above, link 2.2 is the homework. About 10 minutes of math per day is the expectation. I will send home the unit two review some time next week. In reading students had two reading periods. I continued to test student reading levels. I will be done with the first round of testing this week. We can discuss the results at conference time. In writing we completed a second paragraph puzzle together. Students grouped sentences by their common topics using key words to draw comparisons. I read to the students and we discussed the main message of the story. Have a good day.
10/2/18  Math homework is link 21, page27. In the red folder students should have taken home the unit two math home link. The home link can stay home until the end of the unit. I will collect the home links before the unit 2 test. Math journals, which we have begun to use, can go home as well. Having said that, most of the time the journals should stay in class. The journals reflect classroom work whereas the links reflect work done at home. Next week I plan on passing out the unit 2 review. The home links have good information. Unit 2 will largely focus on addition patterns. Today, we did not have a special, but we did take a brief morning break to go outside. Students took the unit one math test. Look for this test to be graded and sent home this week. In the afternoon I introduced unit two. We discussed the purpose of the home links and we worked together on math addition patterns. We completed three journal pages. During our quiet reading blocks students read as I assessed more student reading levels. In writing we worked on a paragraph puzzle. Students color coded the various sentences based on the paragraph they thought each sentence belonged to. Upon finishing, some students recycled their papers while others chose to take their papers home. I read to the students and I also read the start of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This will be our main text for the next month. We will be discussing the big question and we will be looking at the different character traits of each Wonka character. Hopefully, by Halloween, our students will be little chocolate experts. We did have a PTA meeting this morning at 9:30. Our official class Book Fair day is this Friday. Rumor is we may have won the grade level pizza party for raising the most Fund Run dollars. We shall see. Have a good evening.
10/1/18  Welcome October. The red folders should have contained three notes. One note was on strep throat, one was on a restaurant pizza fundraiser, and one note was on Box Tops. The September calender was also replaced with October's. I recently confirmed that the second PTA meeting is set for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9:30. Today, the students went to gym. The homework for this evening is for the students, with parental assistance, to look over the unit 1 math review for a final time. I made another copy of the review and the students worked on it. As students finished a page, I checked it. Most students need assistance with writing explanations. We will review that skill before tomorrow's assessment. The review can be used on the test if students feel it will help them. Using the 100s chart is encouraged as well. In reading students had a couple reading periods throughout the day. They used reading programs as well to supplement their reading time. I am in the process of finishing checking each student's reading level. I read to the students and discussed the main message (SHOW GRIT). In our Growth Mindset books we completed three pages. These pages focused on school routines and positive phrases. In writing we discussed hamburger paragraphs, reviewing the key parts of each section. We changed desks for the month of October and we cleaned the desks too.
9/28/18  Good Bye, September. I will miss my favorite weather month. I hope the parents who attended Curriculum Night found the time informative and worthwhile. I hope I did not bore anyone. In the red folders a YMCA note was placed. Three students received a Liv Net form that needs to be completed and returned for students to continue using the computers. Students who did not finish their Halloween addition worksheet were also requested to take that work paper home along with a 100 chart paper. Students may finish this assignment at parent's discretion. The addition worksheet and picture do not need to come back to school. Today, we had a morning recess and the students had an opportunity to check out more books during their library time. Our official Scholastic Book Fair time is next Friday. However, I believe students can shop at recess next week. If you would like me to hold your child's money, that is fine with me. In the computer lab we worked on locating my OUTBOX folder. In this folder I have a number of assignments that the students can and will be working on. Once students located my folder, they began to edit a pizza paragraph that had two sentences which did not belong. Students worked on using the backspace button to erase the mistakes. Academic free time was granted when students completed this assignment. We spent time in the class reviewing and writing as a whole group and individuals Hamburger paragraphs. Most students are getting the hang of it. In math students worked on their Halloween paper. Students who completed this paper challenged each other with addition problems using the whiteboards. Students read silently throughout the day and they used reading computer programs to strengthen reading skills. KEEP IN MIND THAT THE UNIT 1 MATH TEST IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS TUESDAY IN MY CLASS. STUDENTS MAY KEEP THEIR REVIEW AT HOME. If you would like a math reference book, let me know. Have a nice weekend.
9/27/18  CURRICULUM NIGHT IS THIS EVENING FROM 66:45. HOPE TO SEE YOU IN ROOM 13. THE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR OPENS UP THIS EVENING AS WELL. PTA REGISTRATION AND CONFERENCE SIGN UP WILL BE OPEN TODAY. Curriculum Night is meant for parents. Teachers will give an overview of their classroom tonight. In the red folder no group papers went home. Keep in mind that some students will be taking home individual papers and/or papers that they have left previously in their folders. For homework this evening students should continue working on the math review for 10 minutes. The test is next week. We had an extra recess this morning and students enjoyed their art time with Mrs. Stark. Students had a couple of reading periods. They also read on a variety of reading programs. Their academic stamina seems solid. We did some more cutting and pasting of academic papers in preparation for academic assignments. We discussed what a paragraph looks like and I modeled what a hamburger paragraph looks like. Then, students tried to write their own hamburger paragraph. In math we went over our skip counting homework assignment from yesterday. We discussed patterns and patterns within patterns. We practiced adding and subtraction numbers using the 100 chart. The 100 chart can be used on next week's math assessment. We had a good day.
9/26/18  In the red folder you should find three items. I sent home a credit union note from yesterday's assembly. An Opt Out form was also sent home just in case parents missed the earlier messages. The Opt Out form does NOT have to be filled out. However, if a parent does not want something from a student to be made public for school only purposes, parents can return the form. The third paper is the 100 chart. Using four different colors of their choice students should circle the numbers as they count by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s. We did a preliminary activity today in class so all of the students should be familiar with this exercise. Students should find patterns with the numbers they circle. Students are also encouraged to work on their unit 1 math review. The test is scheduled for early next week. The review should already be at home and it can remain there this week. TOMORROW IS OUR CURRICULM NIGHT. I WILL PRESENT FROM 66:45. THE BOOK FAIR WILL ALSO OPEN UP DURING THE CURRICULUM NIGHT HOURS AND CONFERENCE SIGN UP WILL TAKE PLACE (PROBABLY IN THE GYM). Students had a couple reading periods. They read from Read Theory, and I shared a fishing story about GRIT. Students went to music and we had a morning break. In our writing notebooks students wrote from their brainstormed list. Some students shared their pieces. In math we practiced skip counting. We also reviewed how to add money and use the number chart to assist us. We had another productive day.
9/25/18  Our first Skate Night takes place this evening from 68. In the red folders only one item went home. Students should have taken home a math money paper. The goal is for the students to work on just one problem for up to ten minutes. This math paper is challenging. If students give their best, they will be successful. Please return this paper to school tomorrow via the red folder. CURRICULM NIGHT IS THIS THURSDAY. Today, we went over more rules and procedures. We had an assembly from the credit union. A credit union student saver note should go home tomorrow. In math we talked more about the value of each American coin. Students practiced in buddies and in larger groups trying to find the amount of money each amount represented. The paper the students took home was part of our culminating activity. I modeled story problem number one for the students. I encouraged them to write my model down on their papers. In reading I read to the students and discussed GRIT in further detail. In our Growth Mindset books students wrote about a time when they demonstrated GRIT. We saw a couple brief videos to emphasize this characteristic. Students used the Chromebooks to become more familiar with the program, Read Theory. Many students seem to enjoy it. In writing students received their narrative books. Students cut and pasted a hamburger paragraph on the front and we brainstormed a list of at least 20 topics students could write about. We had another good day.
9/24/18  Two Scholastic Book Fair notes should have gone home via the red folder. Students also should have taken home the Unit 1 Math Review. The test should take place early next week. Students can keep the review at home and use it to study for the assessment. I do not need the review to return to school. However, if a parent has a question about the review or wants me to look it over, it would be fine to return it to Coolidge. CURRICULUM NIGHT IS THIS THURSDAY. Students went to gym and we had an extra 10 minute recess break in the morning. A couple more routines and procedures were practiced. I read to the students and discussed the main message of the story. We had three quiet reading blocks throughout the day. Students were introduced to the reading program, READ THEORY. This reading program gives students short fiction and non fiction passages to read. Each passage is based upon the student's reading level. As students improve, the passages become more challenging. Students are able to monitor their own progress. In math students continued working on their two digit plus two digit paper. As they worked on that, they also received the Unit 1 Math Review. The math review correlates nicely with the test. Basically, only the numbers are different. Students who understand the review will do very well on the assessment. We concluded the day discussing coins  why we have them, their value, and their size. We had a good day.
9/21/18  No information was placed into the red folder. Students had a really good day. The inclement weather stayed away and we enjoyed our Fund Run activities. Will Mr. Grezak get a paw print on his head? Wait for Monday. Thank you for your donations. Students went to library and were able to check out more books. Except for one student, all the library books checked out remain in the classroom. During our math time students worked on completing a Halloween addition paper. They were very motivated even though October has not arrived. I read to the students and they had independent reading time as well. Students utilized our Chromebooks and they read from the program, Epic. We went to the computer lab. Students spent more time getting comfortable with the lab and the expectations. Almost all the students have memorized their passwords. Excellent. After afternoon recess, we celebrated the Fund Run with popsickles. The day went by quickly. Have a good weekend.
9/20/18  WEAR RED. Tomorrow, weather permitting, we will have our school wide Fund Run. For about an hour students will go to a variety of stations and do exercises at each one. The PTA is asking for financial donations to be turned in by tomorrow as well. Please see the notes in the red folder for more details. Seven notes should have made it home this afternoon. Students received two Fund Run notes, two Karate notes, a note about the Clothing Depot, a note about Drama classes, and a Skate Night note. Students enjoyed their time at art. We had two quiet reading sessions. We practiced more routines and procedures. Students had the opportunity to further peruse the computer reading program, Epic. I read to the students. In math we practiced in a variety of ways how to subtract numbers. Using the 100 chart was emphasized. With much practice, comes greater success. In our Growth Mindset Books the students wrote about who they want to be. We also discussed protocol for our lock down practices. Have a nice evening.
9/19/18  Nothing was added to the red folder today. Our Fund Run takes place this Friday. Red is the color students are requested to wear. All Fund Run donations should come in this week. Let's raise enough money to have Mr. Grezak receive a Coolidge Cougar Paw Print in his hair. Many families have made contributions. Thank you! Students went to music, we had an extra morning recess, and Mr. Grezak talked to the second graders about having a Growth Mindset. Students had a couple of quiet reading periods. During our literacy lab time students were introduced to the reading program, getepic.com. This program acts similar to a second grade on line library. Students have many reading sources to choose from and they can use this program at home. The students seemed to enjoy perusing the site. In math students began working on subtracting whole numbers using the number grid. After a group lesson, students practiced in pairs. At the end of the day, students worked on comparing money and finding numbers that add up to ten. After lunch, the students were read to. In the afternoon I had a guest teacher. I was subbed out so that I could have more time working on testing individual student reading levels. Time is moving rapidly.
9/18/18  Only a Scholastic News about the U.S. Constitution should have gone home in the red folder. We had an extra morning recess, two practice Lock Down drills, and a Credit Union Assembly that we went down to after lunch. However, the assembly needed to be rescheduled. Students had two quiet reading periods. I am observing what type of readers each student is and I am in the process of identifying students who are using their time wisely and selecting just right reading material. We talked about more the Constitution through the Scholastic News. In our Growth Mindset books I reintroduced the word, GRIT. Students wrote what grit means to them and they provided examples of demonstrating grit. On page 29 they drew a picture of the word. In math students practiced using their number charts to add numbers. Then, they worked together on problems that had missing numbers from the number chart. During our literacy lab time students shared more sight words and tried to spell those words correctly. Have a good evening.
9/17/18  A Cheerleading note and a reminder Scout note were placed inside the red folder. Students went to gym and we had an extra morning recess. More rules, routines, and procedures were discussed. In math we continued more of the two by two digit addition problems. Students are working on learning and relearning math patterns and how to work well in groups. We had a couple quiet reading periods. Students worked on their sight words. In buddies students practiced writing certain words and using those words in sentences. I read to the class after lunch. Today was Constitution Day in the state of Michigan. We talked about the purpose behind a Constitution and watched an animated video concerning it. Have a nice evening.
9/14/18  If you do not want your child's picture made public, please fill out an Opt Out form. The Coolidge website has these forms. The school office has these forms as well. If we do not receive an Opt Out Form, we assume that parent is ok with their child's picture made public for school purposes. For more information, contact the office or myself. Well, we made it through the first full week of school. We went from cool weather early in the week to humid weather at the end of the week. There is no homework. Rather, encourage your child to read, read, and read. Students who have books about topics they love and can read tend to become avid, lifelong readers. In the red folder should be two Fund Run reminder notes. Our Fund Run is next week. Thank you to those families who were willing and able to donate. The PTA does so many positive things for our school. Students had the opportunity to check out more library books. Remember that we have gym on Monday. Students had several opportunities to read. We continued working on finding consistent patterns to correctly add two digit by two digit numbers. More procedures were discussed and I took the students out for a morning recess. We took our one session school improvement math problem. The same problem will be given in the spring. We will be expecting students to demonstrate a lot of growth. I read to the students. At the end of the day we cooled off in the computer lab. I let the students go on a variety of appropriate sites. Have a good weekend.
9/13/18  No homework this evening. If you do not want your child's picture shown anywhere, please turn in an Opt  Out Form. See the Coolidge website for this document or ask the office for one. Red folders had nothing added. Students went to art and we had a morning recess. Unless absent, students completed the school improvement BEAVER article and paragraph response. We had two quiet reading periods. More routines and procedures were practiced. Many students could still use a rag as a whiteboard cleaner. Also, please consider donating to next week's Fund Run. The PTA does so much for us. In math we discussed how to add with a 100 chart table. We looked at patterns within the table and practiced solving addition problems as a whole group. Our first full week is drawing to a close.
9/12/18  No homework. Keep on reading. There were no notes placed in the red folders. Please send in a rag for students to clear their whiteboards. Fund Run donations continue online. Please consider making a donation. The PTA does much for Coolidge. Today, students had an extra morning recess. They went to music. We returned to the computer lab to complete our I Ready testing. Almost everyone is done. Students had a couple reading periods throughout the day. In math we continued working with even and odd numbers. Students used whiteboards in partners to take a number and divide it into equal groups. Session 3 of the school improvement BEAVER article was taken. I read to the students and we discussed more routines and procedures. Have a nice evening.
9/11/18  We will NEVER forget. No homework. Keep on reading daily. Nothing was added to the red folders, but out of habit, the folders should go home on a daily basis. We had several reading blocks this day and I read to the students twice. We talked about the author's message. More classroom routines were discussed. In math students worked on odd and even numbers using individual whiteboards. We spent some more time in the computer lab as more students worked on completing the I Ready assessment. Students read the school improvement Beaver article and took notes from it. The school improvement results will help teachers identify strengths and weaknesses of students so that we can target areas needing improvement. We had another good day. The students are becoming more adjusted to the expectations and routines of the class. Have a nice evening.
9/10/18  Our first Monday together. In the red folder students should have taken home a Scout invite. Almost all of the students are taking home and bringing back their red folders on a daily basis. Excellent! Students went to gym today. We had a couple of quiet reading periods. I went over more of our routines and procedures. We switched desks and cleaned our desks as well. I played the Name Game and did quite well. I finally know everyone's name in the class. YEAH! In math we had a further discussion about even and odd numbers. Ask your son/daughter about them. I read The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and we discussed the message, or theme, of the story. I passed out our Growth Mindset books. We filled out the rules for fire drills and tornado drills. We went back to the computer lab and continued our I Ready math and reading assessments. We are almost done. Students read when they were finished. In class we began our School Improvement assessment. Students read about beavers and they watched a video on beavers. Students are reading for the purpose of understanding how beavers build their homes and how they use what they build. Tomorrow, Coolidge will have its first PTA meeting at 7:00. Perhaps I will see you there.
9/7/18  The Open House seemed to go very well. It was nice to meet many of you. I placed the blue PTA folders inside the red ones. Some parents did not pick the PTA folders up at Open House. Nothing else was added to the red folder. There is no homework on the weekend. Naturally, students should try to read on a daily basis. Students went to the library and they were able to check out books the very first week. YEAH! We went back to the computer lab and continued our I Ready testing. We had several quiet reading periods throughout the day. I read to the students and discussed how fictional authors have themes, or messages, to their stories. In math we completed an even and odd number worksheet. We talked about what makes an even and an odd number. Students colored in a little Ninja in preparation for our math facts. We took an extra recess in the morning and practiced a tornado drill. Second grade seems to be off to a good start. Have a nice weekend.
9/6/18  Open House/Picnic is this evening from 67:30. Hope to see you there. Red folders should go home on a daily basis. You should have found Mrs. Stark's art note inside. There is no homework. Hopefully, students are reading at home on a daily basis. Students went to art today. We discussed fire drill procedures and had our first practice fire drill. We had an extra morning recess. We returned to the computer lab. Students continued working on the I Ready math test. When that test was finished, students began taking the reading assessment. We had a couple quiet reading periods and discussed how to choose a JRB, just right book. Other routines and procedures were discussed. Students finished up their pictures from Tuesday. I emphasized writing stamina and doing personal best. At the end of the day, students had a Open House activity. They filled in a pennant with information, colored it, and cut it out. Most, but not all students, were able to finish. Either way, that is fine. Tomorrow, students will go to the library. They probably will not have the opportunity to check out books. Perhaps I will see you shortly.
9/5/18  We made it through our first full and hot day. If everything was filled out, nothing should be in the red planner. The planner should go home and be returned on a daily basis. Please turn in the Emergency Cards and how your son/daughter is going home by the end of the week. I already have most parental information. Thank you. One ECard remains with the office and one stays with me in the classroom. Tomorrow is our scheduled Open House/ Kona Truck/Picnic. Come any time between 6:00 and 7:00. Open House ends at 7:30, weather permitting. Most parents will probably spend about 30 minutes at the school. It is simply a time to meet and greet as well as peruse the school. Today, we began the I Ready math assessment. It was nice to go in the air conditioned computer lab. The I Ready test results are not graded. The results are not part of the report card. The information is used to determine what each student basically knows. It gives teachers a starting point. We will continue with the I Ready this week. Students went to music. Tomorrow the students have art. Art shirts are optional. In the afternoon we read in the computer lab to escape the heat. Then, I allowed the students some free time on the computer. Students are doing a good job relearning their passwords and navigating. After second recess, I read to the class. We discussed some more routines and procedures. We watched the Zootopia video and talked about its message of determination. A lot of us left with more smiles on our faces. Tomorrow should be a much more conducive teaching day. Hope to see all of you tomorrow. Mr. Mai
9/4/18  Hey, you found me. We had a great first day of school. I hope your child came home with a smile and some positive things to say. The class looks like a good group of students. Each day I will write on my website. Please look at it daily as relevant information will be on it. Tomorrow is our first full day of school. Students should return and take home their red folders on a daily basis. Please return the Emergency Cards this week. Please fill out both identical cards, one for me and one for the office. In addition, please return the form indicating how your child will typically be going home. Regarding school supplies, keep in mind that the second grade list is only a suggestion. I can and will provide all the needed materials for all of the students. Having said that, many of you already donated many supplies. Bless you. I believe our gym day will be on Monday. Students should have gym shoes on Monday. Art shirts are optional. I check my emails every day I am here. Reaching me after school works well for me. My email address is
tmai@livoniapublic
schools.org. I also tweet daily discussing homework. Today, we went over some of the expectations. I read to the class, we went out to recess, and students had a drawing/writing assignment. Tomorrow will be another hot day. Please prepare for it. Look forward to seeing you at Open House this Thursday. Mr. Mai
6/15/18  This is my last note of the school year. No notes were passed out and there is no homework. We continued cleaning up. Students helped me reorganize the class library. We went outside for a break. I read two stories and we looked at our adaptation projects. We closed the day with the 4th grade clapout. Have a good summer. I will truly miss this class of third graders. Blessings, Mr. Mai
6/14/18  No notes were sent home. Tomorrow, the final student day, is a half day. Dismissal is at 12:10. The unit 9 test and the 100 problem times facts test should have gone home. For various reasons, I did not count the unit 9 test, if you see it Xed Out. Students went to gym and we went outside for 15 minutes. I read to the class and went over the two math assessments. The rest of the morning was spent cleaning out our desks, lockers, and book boxes. Report cards will be mailed home on Wednesday.
6/13/18  No notes were sent home. There is no homework. Students seemed to have a good time being at Field Day. We have gym tomorrow. DISMISSAL TIME ON THURSDAY IS AT 12:10. The unit 9 math test and the 100 problem times facts tests should come home tomorrow. Report cards are mailed home in one week.
6/12/18  An important stapled packet of academic material was passed out to each student today. Please be on the look out for it. Contact me with any questions you may have. FIELD DAY IS TOMORROW. OUR GRADE SHIRT COLOR TO WEAR IS YELLOW. SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN, TENNIS SHOES, HATS, AND WATER BOTTLES SHOULD/COULD BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL. THERE IS NO MAKE UP DATE PLANNED. Students went to library for the last time and we had a morning outdoor break. Students read during their reading block and I read a Chicken Soup story. We discussed the theme of it. Students took the unit 9 math test and we took the basic math facts test. We shared our animal adaptation essays as well. A number of students had some academic choice time too.
6/11/18  No group notes were passed out. However, several students received Spree Vouchers. No study hall this week. Math homework is to work on the unit 9 review. The review should be brought back to school. It can be used on tomorrow's unit 9 test. Students went to art and they enjoyed Mr. Jeremy, from the credit union, presenting another math game. Also in math we went over the unit 9 review. We practiced our times facts as well. In reading students read during their reading block. Most students completed their animal adaptation projects. I plan to share the projects tomorrow. I read a story and we discussed the theme of it. We also practiced turning questions into statements and vice versa. Time is going by very quickly. WEDNESDAY IS FIELD DAY. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY DISMISSAL TIME IS AT 12:10.
6/8/18  No notes were passed out. There may be a few more yearbooks available for pickup. There is no math homework. Students should return the unit 9 review to school on Monday. The unit 9 test is scheduled for Tuesday. The review may be used on the test. Today, students had an extra break, attended the Pie in the Face, and we enjoyed some time at Gardenfest. In the classroom we worked on finishing our two amazing animal adaptations. Students free read and I read a story. I focused on the theme of it. In math we solved two step story problems. In the computer lab students wrote a reflection piece on how their year went. We spent more time turning questions into statements. We have school every day next week. However, Tuesday is really the final academic day for our class. Wednesday is all day field Day. Thursday and Friday are half days. We will be going to specials and closing up the room. Dismissal will be at 12:10 both Thursday and Friday. The students enjoyed the pizza lunch. Have a good weekend.
6/7/18  No notes were passed out. Students did receive their art portfolios from Mrs. Stark. Want a yearbook? See the office ASAP. TOMORROW, I AM SERVING PIZZA TO THE STUDENTS DURING LUNCH TIME. No study hall this week and tomorrow is Fitness Friday. The math homework is for students to work on the unit 9 review. The test will take place next Tuesday. If you have not already done so, please turn in the unit 8 parental signature. In math today we covered more skills related to the unit 9 assessment. Students worked on solving multiple step, short story problems. In reading students read during their block time. I assessed more student reading levels. I also read a story to the students. We discussed the theme of it. Students were able to watch the remaining habitat slides that every student produced. We also worked on the animal adaptation project. I showed the students one of my examples and we discussed it. Students had a visit from a public library worker. She talked about all the cool things going on at Livonia's public libraries throughout the summer. Encourage your kids to keep on reading. Students also went to gym class. Today, I will be leaving shortly after school. Have a nice day.
6/6/18  No notes were passed out. Some students did receive yearbooks that were paid for. The office has an extra supply of yearbooks. Each one costs $15 and typically these yearbooks sell off quickly. Math homework is to fix the unit 8 test errors. In math students received their unit 8 tests back. We discussed the test and I met with several students during second recess to assist them on correcting test mistakes. Please sign and return the parental signature page this week. Also in math we practiced our times facts in small groups. We practiced how to figure out elapsed time. The final math assessment will take place on Tuesday. Students will be able to use their review as a resource. Students should be well prepared for the unit 9 test as there will be minimal time for any retakes. In the computer lab students took a district survey. The survey is designed to help the district meet the needs of the students. In reading students read during their reading block. I assessed more student reading levels. I also read a Chicken Soup story and we discussed the theme of it. Students continued researching their amazing animal that has interesting adaptations. I modeled how a professional author writes about adaptations and students worked on completing their first animal adaptation paragraph. In writing we practiced taking questions and turning each question into a clear statement. We completed the day going to our first grade buddies for the final time. I will be serving pizza to my students this Friday at lunch time.
6/5/18  No notes were passed out. There is no study hall this week. Math homework is to continue working on the unit 9 review. Students went to the library. In reading students had their reading block and I assessed a couple student reading levels. I read a Chicken Soup story and we discussed the theme to it. On the whiteboard we shared our Habitat projects. We continued our work on the animal adaptation assignment. Students are researching different animals. Hopefully, the animal being researched is one we are not very familiar with. As students research their animals, they will be writing about two unique adaptations the animal uses to help it survive. Students can present their final piece as a four paragraph essay or as a slide show. In math we practiced our times facts in groups. Then, we reviewed how to multiply two digit by one digit numbers using the traditional method most adults grew up with. All remaining unit 8 math tests should be returned tomorrow.
6/4/18  No notes were passed out. There is no study hall this week. Math homework is to work on the unit 9 review. Most students will work on number 5. Students went to art class and we visited the fourth graders' Wax Museum. We had a brief outdoor break in the morning. Academically in class, I read a Chicken Soup story to the students. We discussed the theme of the story. Students also sent me, via wifi, their habitat slide show. We concluded the morning introducing our animal adaptation project. I took time discussing what an adaptation is and I showed student examples from previous years. In the afternoon students used their chromebooks to research animals with interesting adaptations. I continued showing more examples on the large screen. From 1:30 until 2:30 we had our standard reading block. After recess, I passed out the unit nine math review. Students started to work on it. In addition I reviewed how to multiply any two digit number by any single digit number. Knowing how to do this will help our class be prepared for the start of fourth grade.
6/1/18  Welcome, June. There is no homework. A safety note, a soccer note, an LJAL note, a gymnastics note, and a football note were all passed out. We made it through another warm day. Open your windows tonight. In the morning students took the unit 8 math test. Students did a variety of academic work after they finished the assessment. Around 10:30 we went outside for a brief break. After the break, we changed desks for the month of June. Students cleaned out their desks and most backpacks should be quite full. In the afternoon we had an extended reading period. We went to the library to cool off. Some students, who needed the time, worked on their habitat projects. After second recess, we concluded the day going to music. Have a nice weekend.
5/31/18  Good Bye, May. No notes were passed out. The Cookie Dough fundraiser pickup runs after school from 46:00. Fitness Friday is tomorrow. The math homework is for the students to work on the Unit 8 Review. The review should be brought back to school. The review can be used on tomorrow's Unit 8 Math Test. Today students went to gym class. In the morning all the students finished the I Ready math assessment. They worked very hard on it. As students finished the test, they read and/or worked on their Habitat projects. Part of the morning was spent going over the unit 8 review. In the afternoon we were able to go into our air conditioned library and read some more. We returned to the classroom to play a deductive thinking game I call, 20 ?s. After second recess, we completed the game. Then, we discussed a few more math questions on the math review. Around 11:00 Coolidge had a clap out for our Coolidge high school students graduating. It was a good experience.
5/30/18  Just finished study hall. No notes were passed out. Students should look over the unit 8 math review and bring it back to school tomorrow. We will go over the review on Thursday. The unit 8 math test is scheduled for this Friday. Remember the gym shoes. In the morning students continued taking the I Ready math assessment. As students finished, they read and/or worked on their habitat projects. I gave the students an outside break and gave them some computer free time to help break up the testing situation. In the afternoon we took care of minor academic issues. Students had their regular reading block as well. We finished the day reading with our buddies.
5/29/18  Math homework is link 8.5. The Unit 8 math test is scheduled for Friday. No notes were passed out. Study hall is scheduled for Wednesday. This day after Memorial Day, we spent a lot of time in the air conditioned computer lab. At first, students worked on the I Ready end of the year reading and math assessments. After that, students went to the library. We came back from a brief break to work on a little math. We checked the homework page concerning how far, to the nearest quarter inch, each ant traveled. Then, we discussed Memorial Day and watched a brief video on it. Around 11:15, we went back into the lab to work on the I Ready assessments. In the afternoon students continued their Habitat Slide Show work. Students are learning about various habitats and are reporting about each habitat using the Chromebooks. We later left our room to have our reading block in the cooler computer lab. After recess, students worked in groups solving different fact extension problems.
5/25/18  No homework. A ball note, a fireworks note, a Field Day note, a reading note, and a bowling note were all passed out. Some students should have taken home another reminder note to parents to return or pay for their child's spring pictures. The first half of the morning we went back to the computer lab. Students continued working on the I Ready reading assessment. As students finished, they had their free reading period. At 10:30, we went outside for a break. We worked on math the rest of the day. We reviewed how to multiply fact extensions. We went over yesterday's homework. Then, we played Factor Bingo. Before we left, students measured line segments to the nearest quarter inch. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
5/24/18  No notes were passed out. Math homework is the ant and triangle worksheet. The Scholastic Book Fair runs through Friday morning and is open until six this evening. Box Tops ends tomorrow. Fitness Friday is tomorrow and all library books should be returned. Dismissal tomorrow is at 12:10. Students went to gym and we continued working on the I Ready reading assessment. Students read during their reading block and we discussed the evidence in the Chicken Soup story which supported our answers. Our class completed a blindfolded group challenge activity. We worked on our Habitat slide show project. We focused on the different problems each habitat is facing. In math we reviewed fractions and listened to a fraction song. We discussed fact extensions and played a game known as Factor Bingo. We went over yesterday's division money homework problem as a whole group. REMINDER  TOMORROW IS A HALF DAY.
5/23/18  No notes were passed out. The Scholastic Book Fair runs through Friday morning. Run Club is tomorrow and students need their gym shoes for gym. Unfortunately, we will not have study hall this week. Math homework is for the students to try and solve the problem, $3.17 divided by 2 on a piece of paper. We began the I Ready reading assessment, spring session, today. Most students worked hard on our final out of school assessment. We will continue the reading portion of the I Ready the rest of this week. In math we divided play money into equal portions. This is still a significant challenge for many students. Students read during their reading block. In small groups students talked about evidence they found to support specific answers to given questions. Students further read their habitat books. We looked at plant examples in different habitats. Box Tops ends this Friday. Friday is a half day with dismissal at 12:10. All library books are now overdue. Have a good evening.
5/22/18  The Scholastic Book Fair Buy 1 Get 1 Free runs all week. No notes were passed out. Hopefully, study hall will take place this Thursday. The math homework is for students to measure three items with their paper ruler. Parental supervision would be great. In math we practiced and practiced measuring segments to the nearest onefourth inch. Students read during their reading block and we worked on writing about the plant portion of our Habitat slide show project. Students went to the library. All books need to be returned to the library. We discussed using direct text evidence to support answers to given questions. TOMORROW, WE BEGIN THE READING PORTION OF THE DISTRICT'S I READY ASSESSMENT. GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP.
5/21/18  The Scholastic Book Fair Buy 1 Get 1 Free runs all week. Students can bring in money, with parental permission, any day. On Tuesday and Thursday the Book Fair will remain open until 6:00. No notes were passed out. Study hall should take place later in the week. Math homework is from the JOURNAL, Page 264, #s 3 and 4. Run Club, for those students in it, is tomorrow. Today, we went to the Book Fair and students went to art. In the morning we worked on our Mindset Monday word, MINDFUL. Students matched up mindful sentences with sentences that were not mindful. The sentences were pasted into the Mindset book on page 38. After a brief outdoor break, I read an article about lobsters. Students tried to figure out the main idea of the article. We finished the morning working on our habitat slide show paragraphs. I put more examples on the whiteboard for students to survey. After recess, we continued working on the habitat project. From 1:30 until 2:30 we had our traditional reading block. At the end of the day, we worked on measuring line segments to the nearest quarter inch. This is a significant challenge for so many students. Box Tops ends this Friday and this Friday is a half day.
5/18/18  Study hall did not take place today. We had students who were unable to make it. There is no homework. A YMCA note, a hockey note, and a summer school note were passed out. Students went to music and library. We switched our library day due to the MSTEP. We are all done taking the MSTEP assessment. In math we checked an earlier worksheet that dealt with process of elimination. We also used our play money to help us divide amounts of money, including coins, into equal groups. During our reading block students free read, buddy read, free wrote, and some worked on other projects. We discussed the main idea of an article that talked about why stinky animals stink. In addition students read their habitat books and finalized their first slide show slide about animals from that particular habitat. We looked at other student examples to help guide our work. Only four weeks to go. Of which, only one week is a full week. We have a half day next Friday as part of Memorial Day weekend. Blessings.
5/17/18  Another abbreviated note. No notes were passed out. Study hall is scheduled for tomorrow. The math homework is to work on the Unit 8 review. Students should work on every homework assignment for 10 minutes. Students had several READIN periods today and they enjoyed the quiet reading time. We also worked on the unit 8 review that was passed out and we worked on our habitat project. Have a wonderful evening.
5/16/18  A short note today. No notes were passed out. There is no math homework. Study hall will take place this Friday. In the computer lab students finished their paragraph quizzes. Then, they had academic choice. We went to the other computer lab to continue the MSTEP math test. Students read when they finished. We worked on our snowman writing pieces and I reviewed text features with our new habitat books. Students will be reporting on a different habitat using slide show presentations. Bring your gym shoes tomorrow.
5/15/18  Parents who have yet to return the student spring pictures received a note via their son/daughter. No other notes were passed out. Please turn in the math parental signature this week. There is no math homework. We did enough MSTEPPING today. Study hall will be on Thursday or Friday. It will be announced tomorrow. The MSTEP math test was much of our focus. We took the test in the morning and the afternoon. Most of the students worked very hard on it. About 60% of the students are done. We will go back to the lab tomorrow. Chances are, everyone will finish on Wednesday. In the afternoon we worked on our snowman detailed writing pieces. We should finish this assignment tomorrow. Students are in the process of drawing what the other student wrote. Upon completing the picture, the students are comparing drawings. Students are looking at the detailed papers to see who is more accurate. Have a good evening.
5/14/18  The MSTEP math test is tomorrow. Make sure to get a good night sleep and have breakfast. No notes were passed out and the study hall day will be announced later in the week. The Unit 7 test scores were returned and the tests should have gone home. Students went to art. In the afternoon we had our reading block of time. I tested more student reading levels. I passed out the Unit 7 math test results and discussed the test with the students. For homework, students should work on correcting their test errors. Students practiced in pairs their times facts. We also reviewed how to multiply two digit by one and two digit numbers. In the morning students worked on finishing their SNOWMAN detailed writing pieces. Most students completed their papers and began drawing the snowman the other student wrote about. For problem solving students worked on a math paper that involved process of elimination. Our library day has been moved to Friday to accommodate the MSTEP test. Run Club is tomorrow. In the morning we also did a Growth Mindset activity. Students tried to match up fixed mindsets with a growth mindset sentence. When finished, the work was put into each student's Growth Mindset booklet.
5/11/18  Three notes were passed out. Students received a Book Fair note, a Marathon running note, and a Carnival note. There is no homework. Next week the students will take the math portion of the MSTEP test. Students went to music. In the afternoon I collected the math homework and I went over the problem. Then, we continued working on solving more two by two digit times problems. At 1:30, we had our Reading Block. I officially tested more student reading levels. In the morning I read an article about people sneaking food into movie theaters. We discussed the main idea of the passage. After that, students worked on drawing and writing their final detailed snowman drafts. After a brief outdoor break, we buddy read an article about leaf cutter ants. We discussed how certain animals work in a group to help one another survive. We concluded the morning doing a group team building activity. Have a nice weekend.
5/10/18  No notes were passed out. Math homework is the two by two digit times problem I gave them. Tomorrow, for those participating students, is Fitness Friday. In math we went over our school improvement results. Students compared their work in the fall to their current work. A lot of students were surprised how much they had improved. We discussed the results of yesterday's 3D shape group work. Many students were able to recognize the faces, edges, and vertices of shapes. In pairs students practiced their times facts. We spent the majority of time reviewing how to multiply two digit by two digit numbers. Students had their reading block and I continued testing student reading levels. We had gym and we took a brief break outside this morning. In addition students received back their school improvement ELA essays and graphic organizers. Many students were pleasantly amazed how much they had improved. We finished the morning completing our rough draft snowman picture and writing about the snowman we created. Another week is almost done. Hello E.S.
5/9/18  Sorry for the delay. I had study hall and talked to a parent after school today. No notes were passed out. Math link 8.6 is the homework. Tomorrow the students have gym. In the computer lab the students took a paragraph quiz. They needed to rearrange various sentences and compile the sentences into paragraphs. In reading we discussed an article about inventing the toilet. Students tried to locate the main idea of the article. Also in reading we had our reading block. I am formally testing student reading levels during that time. In math we learned a lot about 3D math objects. Students worked in groups identifying different characteristics of prisms, pyramids, cones, etc. In writing students are working on detailed writing. Students are making a snowman and writing about what their snowman looks like. Eventually, students will switch papers and attempt to draw each other's snowman. We had a good day.
5/8/18  I am writing early as I will be leaving after school. This note may be a little inaccurate, but most of it will be correct. No notes were passed out. Study hall is tomorrow (Wednesday). Math homework is from our new link, 8.2. In math we finished reviewing for the Unit 7 Math Test. After library and a brief outdoor break, we took the Unit 7 Math Test. Students who finished before lunch had academic choice. In the afternoon we had our reading block. I formally assessed several students' reading levels. At the end of the day, some students went to the computer lab to complete their MSTEP reading tests. In science we talked about animal adaptations and how certain animals depend on group living to survive.
5/7/18  THE UNIT 7 MATH TEST WILL BE TOMORROW. Math homework is to once again look over the review and return the review to school. THE REVIEW WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE TEST. No notes were passed out. Study hall has yet to be decided. There definitely will be no study hall this Tuesday. In the afternoon we continued the reading portion of the MSTEP test all the way to recess. Students who were finished read quietly or worked on computer reading programs. After last recess, we reviewed for tomorrow's math test. In the morning we discussed the Growth Mindset word, MINDFUL. Students wrote a story about mindful behavior. After art class and a brief outdoor break, we finished checking last week's problem solving problem. Then, we used fraction circles in a variety of ways to compare fractions, add fractions, and change improper fractions into mixed numbers. Run Club, for those students in it, is tomorrow. The math portion of the MSTEP will take place next week.
5/4/18  May the Fourth(ce) Be With You Movie Night is this evening. Skate Night is scheduled for this evening as well. No notes were passed out and there is no homework. The Unit 7 Math Test has been rescheduled again. The test should take place on Tuesday. Our class spent most of the day taking the MSTEP. We had breaks throughout the day to help students do their best and I allowed students to move around quite a bit. We finished the day at music class. Students should have their Unit 7 Math Review completed by now. It has been assigned as official homework the last two evenings. The review will be allowed on the assessment. We will go over the review on Monday. We also had our first spring Fitness Friday. It is another sign that our year together is drawing to a close. One more thing. I hope to MSTEP with the students on Monday. Try to have them get a good night sleep. Have a good weekend.
5/3/18  I am writing a brief blog as I am out this afternoon. The ART FAIR is this evening from 68. No notes were passed out. The first Fitness Friday begins tomorrow morning, weather permitting. The math homework is again to work on the Unit 7 review. Please bring the review back to school. We MSTEPPED all morning after we had gym. In the afternoon we had our reading block and we worked on fraction problems in various ways. I will be back tomorrow morning.
5/2/18  We MSTEP tomorrow. Make sure your son/daughter gets a good night sleep and a breakfast. A volunteer breakfast note, a cookie dough fundraiser note, and a Skate Night note were all passed out. Students need their gym shoes tomorrow. Students may want to bring in a water bottle for the MSTEP assessment. In math students who needed another review received a second Unit 7 review. Because we did not get to much math today, the Unit 7 test has been moved to Monday. Students did work on the daily math problem involving three students equally sharing five pizzas. For homework the students should spend at least 10 minutes working on the review. More than likely, the review will be allowed to be used on the test . In the computer lab we rearranged our seats in preparation for tomorrow's test. Then, students were given academic choice. We discussed test taking tips and we worked on rearranging questions into statements. In the afternoon students completed their King Midas essays via their Chromebooks. During the reading block I assessed more student reading levels. We ended the day reading outside with our buddies.
5/1/18  Welcome May! Sorry for the delay. I had study hall today. A Spree note and a Box Tops paper were passed out. Math homework is link 7.11. We will be MSTEPPING on Thursday and Friday morning. Please make sure to encourage your son/daughter to do their best. Make sure they get a good night sleep and have breakfast. The MSTEP test is a state assessment. It is used to assess how well each Michigan school district is teaching their students. Principals use the results to guide curriculum. Parents will have the results mailed home. Parents will use the results to compare their child to other Michigan children in the areas of language arts and mathematics. The MSTEP has nothing really to do with students going to fourth grade and the test results are not reflected on the report card. Having said that, it is an important test that helps us measure how far, academically speaking, Coolidge has come. In the morning students went to the library. In math we went over the results of our second volume experiment. In addition we completed the remaining portion of the MSTEP math practice test. At the carpet we reviewed improper fractions and mixed numbers. The Unit 7 test is scheduled for this Friday. We discussed test taking tips in preparation for the Michigan test. Students changed their desks and cleaned them as well. In the afternoon students further peer edited their Midas Touch essays. Tomorrow will be the last day the class will work on the essays. During the reading block students read in a variety of ways as I tested more student reading levels. Students who privately give me a plastic coin tomorrow before I say, "Good Morning Class", will receive a prize. Thank you for reading my blog.
4/30/18  Good Bye, April. No notes were passed out. Math homework is home link 7.3. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW (TUESDAY). Students went to art. In the morning we went over the liquid volume experiment that we conducted on Friday. We had trouble with accurate estimating so we conducted a similar experiment at the end of the day. We discussed the May Word of the Month, Mindful. We discussed many examples of the word and the students should have completed page 36 in their Growth Mindset books. Students were to write the Mindset definition and give examples of Mindful behavior. After a brief outdoor break students practiced writing essay questions in the form of a statement. Once the statement was made we worked on breaking the statement into separate paragraphs. For example, Why is Nate a good student? We would reply, Nate is a good student. We would then list words such as retakes tests, asks questions, and completes homework. In the afternoon students continued peer editing each other's King Midas essays. More examples were placed on the board. During the Reading Block students read. I have begun my two week long student reading assessments. I am retesting students on their reading fluency and comprehension. Enjoy the nice day.
4/27/18  Four notes were sent home. Students received a girls' hockey note, a May the Fourth(ce) be with you Movie Night note, a habitat work day note, and the ART FAIR note. Mrs. Stark's Habitat work day is tomorrow from 912. There is no homework. In the morning we discussed the results of the student volume estimates from yesterday. Students conducted a volume experiment today. They enjoyed making further estimates and finding out just how accurate their estimates were. Using the projector we continued putting up practice MSTEP math problems and reviewing each one carefully. Students completed their daily math problem by writing how they solved it. I went over the problem and collected all of the papers. In reading we discussed the main idea of an article that focused on yawning. During the Reading Block time students read. I began formally testing student reading levels using our reading level kit. Students continued working on their King Midas essay. More peer examples were put up and thoroughly discussed. At the end of the morning we practiced taking questions and turning each question into statements. May is just around the corner. Each and every year seems to fly by. Have a super weekend.
4/26/18  No notes were sent home. Math homework is for each student to complete their write up of the 24 students going home from school assignment. AS AUTISM MONTH COMES TO A CONCLUSION, STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DRESS UP LIKE A SUPERHERO TOMORROW. Students went to gym and they enjoyed their hot dog lunch. In the morning we focused heavily on math. Students worked on writing up their explanation of how they solved the daily math assignment. Students had to figure out how many students walked to school, took the bus, took a car, and rode a bike. I provided examples for the students and they should each write 1520 sentences explaining how they solved the problem. This paper should have gone home for homework. We also spent a lot of time in the class going over the math portion of the MSTEP practice test. We went question by question and discussed each answer in detail. After lunch, students worked on their King Midas essays. Student examples were shown on the board and I modeled how students should revise their pieces. At the end of the day we discussed liquid volume in milliliters. I modeled how to make proper estimates. Before we left for the day students estimated how many milliliters their juice box at lunch was. I will share the results tomorrow morning.
4/25/18  TO CELEBRATE OUR NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT THIRD GRADERS WILL BE PROVIDED A HOT DOG, SNACK, AND A DRINK DURING THE LUNCH PERIOD. Students are still welcome to buy a hot lunch or bring in a bag lunch. No notes were sent home and the math homework is link 7.1. In the morning we worked on our daily math problem solving problem. Students discussed their strategies in small groups. During our computer lab time we practiced going over math MSTEP problems. Students did a great job. After lab, we worked on using our King Midas graphic organizers to begin our essays. Each essay is focusing on how King Midas' behavior changes throughout the story. We concluded the morning discussing the main idea of an article that focused on bringing back extinct animals. In the afternoon we continued working on the King Midas essay. At 1:30 students read their just right books and I worked with a number of students on reading strategies. After recess, we discussed the concept of volume. Milliliters and liters were the main units of focus. We did quite a bit of estimating the amount of milliliters as well as estimating units in fractions.
4/24/18  Sorry for the delay. We had study hall today. No notes were passed out. Math homework is link 7.6. Students had the opportunity to check out books during their library time. In the morning students worked on their daily math problem solving. We reviewed the story about King Midas and his golden touch. After library, we took a brief outdoor break. Upon coming back to the class we further reviewed the language arts component of the MSTEP assessment. We will take the assessment later next week. We concluded the morning reviewing fractions on number lines and practicing our fraction game. In the afternoon I formally introduced improper fractions and mixed numbers. We worked at the carpet and students used their whiteboards. During the reading/Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways. A few students still needed to complete the school improvement cheetah essay. I supervised that as I also worked with students on reading strategies. After second recess, Mrs. Alt, one of the district's reading coaches, came in and led a discussion on how to take notes from the King Midas story. Mrs. Alt visited all of the third grade classrooms. Now, the students are ready to write their essays. We had another good day.
4/23/18  What a beautiful weather weekend we had. Study hall is tomorrow. No notes were passed out. Math homework is link 7.8. In the morning, as part of our Mindset Mondays, I read and discussed a Chicken Soup story involving empathy. After art, we prepared more for the MSTEP assessment. In the classroom we used the computer screen on the whiteboard to go over some more practice test problems. We concluded the morning buddy reading about the myth, King Midas and his golden touch. Then, I reread the text to the students and we discussed the theme of the story. After lunch, students worked on their daily problem solving problem. Students are reading a problem that involves dividing a class up into fractions. During the Intervention Block a few students worked on completing their school improvement cheetah essays. The remaining students read their "just right books" and I worked with several students on their reading strategies. We concluded the day practicing writing fractions on a number line.
4/20/18  Spring has sprung!!!!! No notes were sent home and there is no homework on the weekend. In the morning I read to the class a ficticious story about Amber Brown. Then, the students worked on completing their reading/writing school improvement essay. Many of the students did a nice job. They showed grit. After the hour of writing, students were given an extra recess break. After the break, we watched a brief, informative fraction video. Then, we played a new fraction game. After that, we reviewed how to solve two digit by one digit multiplication problems. After solving it, the students wrote down as much detail as they could describing how the math problem was solved. In the afternoon we cleaned out our lockers and our book bins. We also completed a challenge activity that is meant to help students develop more social skills. The students completed the challenge! During the Intervention Block the students read and I worked with a number of students. After recess, we stayed in the classroom since we had no music teacher. I decided to become a music teacher. Students had fun dancing to the various videos. There were a lot of smiles. Have a great weekend.
4/19/18  Study hall was today. Students should have taken home the Cookie Dough fundraiser packet. Hat Day is tomorrow. Math journal page 229 was assigned for homework. Students went to gym and we had a brief Cookie Dough assembly. The remaining portion of the morning students worked on their school improvement graphic organizer/essay. Please see yesterday's blog for more detail. In the afternoon we worked on more fractions using number lines. During our Intervention Block the students read in a variety of ways and I read with a number of students working on reading strategies. We concluded the day going to the computer lab. We prepared for the state test coming up. We went over example language arts problems that the state has provided. Have a good evening.
4/18/18  I THINK THE LANSING TRIP WAS A SUCCESS. The students seemed to have a good time. Yesterday, all of our computers were down the entire day. I will summarize the past two days. A YMCA note, an ice skating note, and a Fitness Friday note were all passed out today. No notes were passed out yesterday. Yesterday's math homework was link 7.7. Today's math homework is link 7.4. Study hall is tomorrow. We have gym tomorrow. On both days we had our regular Intervention Blocks. Students read and I worked with the students on a variety of reading strategies. Today we visited our first grade buddies. In math we have been studying fractions in more detail. Students are learning how to mark fractions on a number line. They are also learning strategies to locate fractions that are greater and smaller than onehalf. In reading/writing students have been taking the school improvement assessment. Students read a cheetah article in September. They took notes from the article and then proceeded to write an essay from the article. Now, the students are repeating the same process. We are hoping that every student demonstrates real improvement. Upon completion, each student will see their original work and compare it to their most recent product. Hopefully, the students will see a nice change. Yesterday, we discussed the word of the month, EMPATHY. Using the growth mindset books students wrote a piece about a time when they observed empathy in action. The year continues to fly by. ALL BUT FIVE FAMILIES HAVE MADE A DECISION ABOUT THE LIFETOUCH PICTURES. Thank You! If you still need to make your decision, please do so this week.
4/13/18  The Lansing trip was a lot of fun for so many of the students. I sure hope your son/daughter enjoyed it. Thank you for your support. No notes were sent home and there is no homework. The entire day we spent in Lansing. This may be my shortest blog of the year. ABOUT HALF OF MY PARENTS HAVE YET TO MAKE A DECISION REGARDING THE LIFETOUCH PICTURES. PLEASE MAKE A DECISION SOON. Although the weekend weather wise is supposed to be yucky, make the best of it anyway.
4/12/18  Sorry for the delay. We had study hall today. THE LANSING TRIP IS TOMORROW. Students should have taken home a note about it. Students who have adults chaperoning should have taken home another note for their chaperones as well. There is no math homework. Three other notes were passed out. Students received an Autism note, a Detroit Tiger ticket game note, and a Box Tops note. In the morning students copied down the extra credit math problems onto their unit seven review. Before gym, students also wrote down the steps of solving an order of operations problem. After gym, we continued our work taking notes and writing an essay. Students read an article about some animals that hunt in amazing ways. They are taking notes on a graphic organizer and using those notes to write an organized essay. After lunch, we continued working on the graphic organizer and essay. As students finished, they were given academic choice. During the Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways. I worked with a number of students on reading strategies. After recess, we practiced more two digit times one digit multiplication. We included numbers such as 6,7,8, and 9 in our multiplication problems. We concluded our day discussing the Lansing trip and passing out the note(s) about Lansing. We should have a wonderful time.
4/11/18  Students who privately hand me a plastic coin before 9:00 will receive a reward. Thank you for reading my updates. No notes were passed out. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. All chaperones have been ICHAT cleared to participate in Friday's Lansing trip. Information regarding the Lansing trip will be discussed in class tomorrow and should be sent home. Email me any questions you may have tomorrow if I missed anything. If you have Lifetouch pictures laying around, please make a decision this week. Simply return all the pictures or keep the ones you are paying for. Please make sure to include a check, IF PURCHASING ANY OF THE PICTURES, in the package you are returning. In the computer lab we did a reading growth check. Students complete this once a month to help teachers assess how much progress is being made. I passed out a new math review in the morning and went over it. Yesterday's math review that was passed out can be recycled. The previous review had too many errors on it. We spent about an hour discussing government. We talked about the reasons government exists  safety, organization, to serve the people. In the afternoon we learned about the Constitution and the three branches of government. We focused on how power is shared so that not one person or branch, in theory, becomes too powerful. In math students practiced multiplying two digit numbers by one digit numbers. We estimated the product first by completing facts extensions. Then, we multiplied using the traditional method. During our Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways. We also reread the article about amazing animal hunting adaptations. Students are taking notes on their graphic organizers and tomorrow they should all be writing their essays. It was a good day.
4/10/18  Math homework is to complete homelink 7.7. Study hall is this Thursday. The Lansing field trip takes place this Friday. Some students who have yet to order a yearbook received a yearbook reminder note. Yearbook orders are due April 15th. We have a PTA meeting tonight at 7:00 and I plan on attending. In math we continued writing about how we solved various math problems. At the carpet we practiced writing fractions for the different amounts that were represented. Students had to make the pieces the same size in order to correctly write the fraction. We discussed the purpose of government. We brainstormed government words and discussed why we have the type of government we do have. In science we discussed animal traits, characteristics, and adaptations. Students read about unusual animals that have interesting hunting techniques. Students are recording their information and preparing to write an essay based on their graphic organizer notes. During our Intervention Block students read their just right books and I worked with a number of students on their reading strategies. We had another productive day.
4/9/18  THE LANSING FIELD TRIP IS THIS FRIDAY! I will be sending information to the chaperones on Thursday. It is great to be back. My TWITTER account is currently unavailable. Spring pictures were passed out. PLEASE RETURN THE PICTURES OR WRITE A CHECK FOR THE PICTURES YOU WANT THIS WEEK. THANK YOU. There is no homework assigned on the first day back to school. STUDY HALL WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY. In the morning we discussed what we did on break and I reviewed where we left off in the various subject areas. I read a story to the students before we went to art. After art class the students were introduced to April's character word, EMPATHY. I discussed empathy in detail as students wrote the definition for it and came up with empathy examples in their Growth Mindset booklets. Then, we worked on our daily math problem solving. We continued to focus on writing detailed academic responses to problems we solved. We ended the morning switching desks and cleaning our desks. In the afternoon I reviewed a bunch of math concepts at the carpet. During the Intervention Block all of the students read for the hour. I perused the group noting the reading material they were engaged in. After recess, we finished the day solving two by two digit math problems. We reviewed helper facts and fact extensions. The students seemed to remember how to solve most of the problems using a grid. It was a good start to a good week.
3/29/18  THERE IS NO SCHOOL TOMORROW AND ALL OF NEXT WEEK. I HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE BACK ON APRIL 9TH. Only a skating coupon note was passed out. There is no homework. The great majority of the day the students spent enjoying their READIN. To finish out the March reading month I also read a couple stories. In addition we practiced detailed math writing. Students tried to explain step by step how to complete a subtraction problem involving regrouping. IF YOU ARE CHAPERONING LANSING, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THE ICHAT QUESTIONAIRE. The school year goes by faster and faster the older I get. We will have one full month (May) to go upon our return. Blessings to all of you.
3/28/18  We just completed study hall. No notes went home. TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE THE BREAK. THERE IS NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY. ALL CLOTHING IN THE LOST AND FOUND WILL BE DONATED TOMORROW. Math homework is to complete a grid problem. Students should each choose a challenging grid problem that they can solve using helper facts. Please return the parental math test signature half sheets if you have not already done so. The final reading coupon #4 is due tomorrow and tomorrow is Spirit Day. Students are encouraged to wear their PJs. Bring in a beach towel and a stuffed animal. We will be having a READ IN to complete the March Reading Month. Students worked on a bunny project with their first grade buddies. In the computer lab students prepared for the coming MSTEP, the Michigan state test. We are working on the reading portion of it. We had a guest reader and I did a retelling of two books (Enemy Pie and Salt in My Shoes) as part of our reading March Madness. One of the district's reading specialists came by. Mrs. Alt assisted our class in revising their Ujiji stories. We read an article about future transportation using magnets and vacuum tubes. It was an interesting article. Students conducted an experiment/observation at the end. Students read during their Intervention Block period.
3/27/18  Sorry for the late notice. I was working with a student until 5:30. A Skate Night note was passed out. Skate Night is this evening from 68:00. Math homework is for students to complete their helper fact grid paper. They should be able to explain what they are doing. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. CHECK OUT THE LOST AND FOUND TOMORROW, IF POSSIBLE. THERE IS A LOT OF QUALITY CLOTHING THAT WILL BE DONATED ON THURSDAY. A LOT OF QUALITY CLOTHING. I wish some of it were my size. On Thursday, not tomorrow, we will have a school wide PJ/Read In Day. This will be the culminating activity for the March Reading Month. How fast time goes by. In math every day this week we are revisiting how to respond to our work in paragraphs. We completed another order of operation problem and students worked on writing their responses. I collected the papers and hope to return those papers tomorrow. In the afternoon we continued our grid paper work using helper facts to solve two by two digit times problems. During our Intervention Block students read from a variety of resources. We had a guest reader, Mrs. M., and I read two selections to the students. One of the pieces was a March Madness story about Michael Jordan. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. In writing students are finishing up their informational essays on Ujiji. They are using evidence from the text to support how the relationship between the rhino and the birds changed throughout the story. THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY OR ANY DAY NEXT WEEK. EASTER/SPRING BREAK
3/26/18  Spring pictures took place today. Students went to art and for keeping the bathrooms neat, Mr. Crocket gave the students a bonus 30 minute gym period. Students received their math tests back and they should have taken the test home. Please return the parental signature portion sometime this week. For homework, students should try and correct the test errors. In math we went over the unit six test. We also discussed helper facts and extension helper facts. Students used this information to solve two by two digit times problems using grid paper. We also worked on our daily problem solving problem. This week we are focusing on clearly writing explanations to our math work. We are reviewing topic sentences, transition words, and how to close an explanation. We completed Integrity month with a Chicken Soup story. Students learned that demonstrating integrity can be most difficult. Typically, showing integrity has its side effects. During the Intervention Block students read and I worked with a number of students on their reading strategies. Students might receive a frozen treat from me tomorrow. They need to give me a fake coin before I give my 9:00, "Good Morning, Class". Thank you for reading my blog. THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY OR NEXT WEEK. JUST AN EARLY FYI REMINDER.
3/23/18  PIZZA FUNDRAISING KITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP FROM 36:00 IN THE COOLIDGE GYM. SPRING PICTURE DAY IS THIS MONDAY. STUDENTS WON AN EXTRA GYM PERIOD ON MONDAY. PLEASE WEAR TENNIS SHOES. No notes were passed out and there is no homework. We had three guest readers today. The students enjoyed the guest readers very much. Contact me if you would like to be a guest reader this final coming week of March. I collected the optional third week reading coupons. We went to the computer lab to practice more for the MSTEP ELA test. We read another article and together we discussed each question carefully. I use the MSTEP practice assessment to review with students important reading strategies. Students also read during their Intervention Block as I worked with various students. In math we went over our daily problem solving problem of the week. I collected the student work. Students received their math facts tests back from last week. The facts tests should have gone home. Students went to music. In writing I went over the Curling paragraph. I modeled my paragraph and demonstrated how to explain the sport of curling along with the forces used in the game. In addition I modeled my Ujiji essay and gave the students time to complete their first drafts. Some students began to peer edit each other's pieces. Have a nice weekend.
3/22/18  Six notes were passed out: two camp notes, two golf notes, a gymnastics note, and a summer fun note. The unit six math test was enough. No math homework this evening. The optional #3 March Reading Month coupon is due tomorrow. Tomorrow is also Spirit Sport Wear Day. Students went to gym. In math we finished reviewing for the unit six test. In addition students worked in groups of three on their daily problem solving problem. The students discussed the answers they had and tried to revise their work as needed. Around 10:50 we took the math test. All the students basically completed the test the first half hour in the afternoon. As students finished the assessment, they reread the Ujiji story. Then, they proceeded to read their just right books. During the Intervention Block students continued reading in a variety of ways. After the second/final recess, students kept working on their first draft of the Ujiji story. Students are writing how the characters' relationship changed as the story progressed. The year is moving quickly.
3/21/18  No notes were passed out. THE UNIT 6 MATH TEST IS TOMORROW. Homework is to look over the unit 6 math review. The review will be allowed on the test. March is reading month. Any student who would like a special adult to read to the class this or next week is welcome. The adult should choose appropriate reading material and the reading session should not last longer than 20 minutes. Contact me about this if you are interested. In the computer lab we prepared for the State of Michigan reading test (MSTEP). I discussed with the students what to expect. We read one story and went over the six questions about it. In math we talked more about helper facts and fact extensions. Students have had the unit 6 review for a couple weeks to work on. In the morning we also worked on our weekly math problem. This week's problem deals with using helper facts to solve 15 times 6. Students can use the math review on tomorrow's assessment. I believe in rewarding students who do their assignments. Students who struggle in writing responses will benefit from using the review as well. In reading Mr. Grezak read to the students as part of March reading month. Students read during their Intervention Block time and students also may have reread part of the Ujiji story. In writing students used their notes from the Ujiji story and they should have come close to finishing their first three paragraph draft. If you have not already done so, please turn in the report card envelopes. Thank You.
3/20/18  Welcome Spring! Study hall took place today. Students who have adults chaperoning the Lansing field trip received a note. Otherwise, no notes were passed out. Math homework is to try and solve 8 x 17 using the centimeter grid paper. In math students worked on their daily problem involving helper facts. We reviewed our multiplication work from yesterday. We also learned about fact extensions. Students should be able to multiply 20 times 30 and 50 times 500. See if they can demonstrate how. THE UNIT 6 MATH TEST IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY. STUDENTS SHOULD MAKE SURE THEIR REVIEWS ARE BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THIS ASSESSMENT. In reading students read quietly during the Intervention Block. I worked with a number of students on reading strategies. I introduced a story about an upset hippo and some birds who feared him. We discussed the vocabulary and various text features. We read the story together. Then, one of Livonia's reading specialists showed the students how to take notes. We reviewed the big question and began to organize our response into three paragraphs. In addition I reviewed how to organize the Forces fiction story. Then, students had time to review their story and add detail to it.
3/19/18  No notes were passed out. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. The Unit 6 math test is scheduled for Thursday. Math homework is to try and use the quarter inch grid paper to solve 20 x 33. Students should use helper facts (times facts they know) to assist them in solving the problem. Students went to art and we had an hour long reading assembly with the great motivational basketball artist, Basketball Jones. The students had a wonderful time. We were reminded how to treat others, to work on big assignments in small steps, and to push ourselves to be the best we can be. In math we practiced solving two by two digit times problems. We did so by using grid paper. Students used smaller helper facts to find the product of the larger number. Students also received their daily problem solving problem that focuses on the same concept. In reading students listened to me read about sound used in movies and how it is added to every movie once the movie is totally filmed. Students tried to write down the main idea on their whiteboards. We talked about integrity. I reviewed the clip from Willy Wonka. Students should have completed page 40 from their Growth Mindset books. Some students shared what they wrote. During the Intervention Block I met with several students to discuss how to go about proving answers using the reading program, Read Theory. The day went by quickly.
3/16/18  REPORT CARDS SHOULD HAVE GONE HOME TODAY. If you would like a second conference, just let me know. The new report cards can be difficult to assess and interpret. No other notes were passed out and there is no homework on the weekend. The second March Reading Month coupons were due for those students choosing to turn them in. Students went to music and we had Mr. Jeremy, from the Community Financial Credit Union, conduct a fun estimation math game with our class. In math students completed the weekly problem solving problem. We went over the assignment and I collected the student work. In the afternoon we discussed how to use helper facts to solve math facts we do not know. In reading we discussed the main idea of an article where a large amount of gold was found. We voted for our favorite book for March Reading Month. Students read independently and I met with a number of students reviewing how to locate answers in a text. Students should have finished their curling paragraphs and they should have shared their paragraphs with me through Google Chrome. When completed, students worked on their FORCES fiction stories. A lot is going on. Have a nice weekend.
3/15/18  Literacy Evening was a terrific success. We had a lot of fun and I was pleased with the turnout. No notes were passed out. Math homework is to work 10 minutes on the Unit 6 Review. Tomorrow, the second March reading coupon is due and students are encouraged to dress as a book character. In math I passed out the Unit 6 review. Students worked on it. We also played two math games. The Unit 6 test will take place later next week. In reading I read to the students one of the March Madness reading books. We discussed the theme, or main message of the story. During our Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways and I met with some of my reading groups. In the morning students went to gym. We worked on our curling paragraphs. Students wrote about how to play curling and they needed to use FORCE terms to explain the game. Students edited each other's work and I placed a number of examples on the whiteboard.
3/14/18  Happy PI Day! No notes were sent home. There is no math homework this evening. Tonight is our Literacy Evening from 67:30. Hope to see you there. We read with our buddies. In the computer lab students had an I Ready reading growth checkup. We also completed out Forces Essay Puzzle. I reread Enemy Pie and discussed the moral of the story. We reviewed the story elements of a story as students are in the process of writing their own story. We organized our library and learned a lot about the importance of organizing our books. During the Intervention Block students read from a variety of resources and I worked in small reading groups at the carpet. It was a good day.
3/13/18  No notes went home. Tomorrow is the last day to turn in Book Swap books. From 67:30 tomorrow we will be having our Family Literacy Night. Hope to see you there. Link 6.11 is the math homework. In the morning all of the third grade teachers had guest teachers. We met with our Literacy Coach to prepare for the MStep, to review academic needs in our classes, and to refine our curriculum for the rest of the school year. In the morning the students free read, worked on order of operations math problems, played a math game, and listened to the guest teacher read, Mr. Peabody's Apples. After the reading students outlined a story they wanted to write. They needed to include the characters, the problem, the solution, the setting, the events of the story, and the moral of the story before any writing took place. In the afternoon I reviewed Mr. Peabody's Apples with the students. During our Intervention Block I met with a variety of students. After second recess, students played Target Number in small and large groups.
3/12/18  No notes were sent home. Study hall is scheduled for Thursday. Any Book Swap books should be turned in tomorrow. Homelink 6.6 is the math homework. In math students started out trying to understand the problem of the week. It involves subtracting in several steps. We reviewed times facts and order of operations. Students practiced these skills in small groups. We discussed reasons why letters are sometimes used in place of question marks. We completed the short story problems on journal pages 200 and 201. In reading students free read and some worked with me in small groups. During our growth mindset time the students wrote about the word, INTEGRITY. We reviewed the meaning of the word and we showed the scene of Charlie and the Chocolate factory when Charlie returns the Everlastingobbstopper. We watched many videos on Curling. Students began to compose a paragraph explaining the forces used in that sport.
3/9/18  Today was a half day. However, Book Fair/Movie Night/ Pancake Dinner takes place from 49:00 this evening. The first optional reading coupons were due and the students enjoyed Freaky Friday. This morning I gave students a half hour reading block of time. We also reviewed the two March Madness books and the students voted for the one they enjoyed the most. We practiced our math facts in peer groups and students took a two minute facts test. Our gravity fiction stories were further worked on. We focused on the setting of the story, emphasizing the importance of developing the setting so that the reader has a good idea what is taking place. Students looked at different student examples on the big screen. We concluded the morning doing a group team building activity.
3/8/18  Had study hall today. Dr. Seuss night is this evening at Churchill (6:00). Math homework is link 6.2. Tomorrow the first reading coupon is due and it is Freaky Friday dress day. TOMORROW IS A HALF DAY WITH DISMISSAL AT 12:10. Teachers will be working on the report cards. Tomorrow from 49 Coolidge will reopen for the Book Fair/Movie Night/and Pancake Dinner that was postponed last week. Hope to see you there. In math we practiced our multiplication facts and played the Target number game from yesterday. Students read during their Block time in a variety of ways. We discussed the importance of author's messages. In science we read, watched, and discussed the many ways a world without gravity would be like. Students began their own story of a world without gravity that we will continue with tomorrow. I reread one of the growth mindset books in the March Madness reading competition. We revisited the books important messages.
3/7/18  Sorry for no blog yesterday. I was out sick. I am getting better, but the process is slow. Still feel lethargic. Math homework is homelink 6.10. Five notes were passed out... a spring picture note, a Livonia football league note, a book swap note, a pizza fundraiser note, and a summer reading note. Study hall is scheduled for tomorrow. Tomorrow, Churchill is having its Dr. Seuss evening. The date was changed to 3/8/18 when last week's inclement weather caused it to be postponed. The Read Across America begins at 6:00 and is hosted by the Honor students of Churchill. Students did a lot of reading today, throughout the day. In the computer lab students were given academic choice, teacher appropriate. I read and discussed two stories tied into March reading month. We discussed the theme of each story. In math we wrapped up the rules of operations and students played a game where they had to add, subtract, multiply , and divide to find a targeted answer.
3/5/18  The Movie Night/Book Fair/ Pancake Dinner will take place this Friday. Study hall will be on Thursday. Homelink 6.8 is the math homework. A chicken pox note and a Karate note were passed out. The PTA meeting scheduled for tomorrow may be cancelled. Call the office to confirm. In math we played times bingo. Our main lesson focused on students solving problems using order of operations. In reading students read during the Intervention Block. I read a passage about polar bears. Students tried to write down the main idea. We reviewed the book Herman's Moving Experience. Students are in the process of writing a story that incorporates FORCES terms and an explanation of how forces are used in real life. Students had to have their graphic organizers checked by me before proceeding to write the story. I will be contacting the remaining chaperones for the Lansing trip this week. I will be leaving quickly after school to get some more rest. not feeling well
3/1/18  Welcome, March! Sorry for the delay. We had study hall today. The Unit five math test was returned. Please fix the mistakes for homework and have the parental signature page turned in. A pom pom note, a hockey note, and a coupon for a free sundae was passed out. DR. SEUSS NIGHT, DUE TO THE WEATHER, HAS BEEN CANCELLED AT CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL. Dress like a Dr. Seuss character tomorrow. It will be Dr. Seuss' birthday. Students went to gym and we read with our buddies. We changed desks for the month and cleaned out our desks as well. Students read during the Intervention Block. We discussed the main idea of two text passages that I read to the class. We discussed in detail the possible importance of NASA sending an astronaut to Mars. Students completed a graphic organizer of the story elements from HERMAN'S MOVING EXPERIENNCE. Some students now have their own graphic organizers. Shortly, each student will be writing a ficticious story and incorporating science language into it from our unit on Forces. Hope all of you can make the Book Fair/Movie Night/Pancake Dinner tomorrow. It should be a lot of fun for the kids.
2/28/18  Good bye, February. No notes went home. Remember those gym shoes. Pancake/sausage preorders were due today. If students turned in their three to five subtraction problems that they could answer correctly, then there is no homework. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. I will complete the rest of this by 5:00. I need to get ready for our PD.
2/28/18 Continued  This morning each teacher presented an activity or game for the students. It was a good way to end February's Math Month. Students enjoyed doing math and being taught by a variety of teachers. We also went to the computer lab. Students continued working on their Forces Essay puzzle. Some students completed their essay puzzles today. Hopefully, next week we will wrap these puzzles up. Puzzle essays require many academic skills to be used. It is a terrific way for me to observe what my students have learned. Remember  Tomorrow Churchill's Honor students are hosting a Dr. Seuss night... HATS OFF TO READING. Take a second look at the reading packet passed out yesterday. Hopefully, some families will be able to attend and enjoy themselves. CHAPERONE PARENTS WILL BE CHOSEN TOMORROW. THOSE CHOSEN WILL BE CONTACTED THIS WEEK.
2/27/18  Study hall will take place Thursday of this week. Students could not make study hall today. Tomorrow is a half day for the students. Dismissal should be 12:10. Teachers have professional development in the afternoon. The March Reading Month packet was sent home. It contains a lot of relevant information. Please look it over. The optional pancake breakfast/sausage note is due tomorrow. Each person saves a buck if they turn the form in by tomorrow. Math homework is for students to come up with 35 subtraction problems that they can correctly solve. Students should show me how far they can go. I will collect these papers tomorrow. Students went to the Book Fair and many of them should have brought Book Fair materials home. The Book Fair runs all week and will be open from 49 on Friday. Friday should be a lot of fun and I hope to see many of our class families attend. In math we began unit 6. The unit starts with subtraction problems. We worked on a ton of subtraction problems. Some even included decimals. I encouraged students to stay focused and demonstrate to me through their homework what kind of subtraction problems they are capable of solving. During or Intervention Block time students read a variety of materials and I checked the reading levels of a couple more students. In the morning I read a couple passages about roller coasters/forces. Students tried to come up with the main idea. In reading/science we completed Herman's Moving Experience. We reviewed story elements and discussed how to incorporate science into our fiction story soon to be written. We concluded the morning conducting a friction experiment. Students hypothesized and then used marbles, octagonal pencils, and colored pencils to move a book. We discussed their findings and will complete the Scientific Method paper tomorrow. Remember.... Friday is Movie Night, Book Fair Night, and Pancake Night. Hope to see you there.
2/26/18  Remember ... Wednesday is a half day for the students. Teachers will be having professional development. Five notes were passed out. Students received an online safety note, a baseball note, a softball note, a reading note, and a Book Fair/Pancake dinner note. STUDY HALL WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW. During our library time tomorrow students will visit the Book Fair. Students may want to bring in some money. The Book Fair will be open throughout the week. Math homework is for students to work on memorizing the basic times facts. In math we finished going over last week's money problem. Students tried to divide $847.22 equally three ways. Students worked on the problem and later on we went over the problem as a whole group. We will begin Unit 6 tomorrow. In the morning students went to art and we had our math assembly as a culminating activity for February being Math Month. The students enjoyed the assembly. During our Intervention Block time students read in a variety of ways. I met individually with a number of a students. The rest of the afternoon I reviewed the story elements to a fictional piece and I completed reading chapter two of Herman's Moving Experience to the class. We concluded the day reading chapter three with a partner. Shortly, students will also be writing a fictional piece and incorporating science(motion) words into their stories.
2/22/18  No notes were sent home. As part of our Math Month celebration students may wear PJs to school tomorrow. Math Month problem #4 is also due tomorrow. Math homework is for students to work on their basic multiplication facts with or without a family member. Students went to gym and we had an assembly on Internet safety. In math students took the Unit five assessment. Look for these tests to go home this coming Monday. We completed step three of our weekly problem solving problem. Students tried to make $836.22 using as few bills/coins as possible. Tomorrow, we will divide this money up three ways as part of our problem solving challenge. During the Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways. I read a selection about the Titanic and students used their whiteboards to write down the main idea of the passage. We concluded the day discussing story elements. Eventually, students will be writing a story and using concepts from our FORCES unit in their stories. I proceeded to read the first of three chapters of Hermann's Moving Experience. It is a story that includes many concepts related to forces. We had a great day!
2/21/18  Study hall took place today. Remember the gym shoes for tomorrow. No notes were passed out. Math homework is to go over the Unit 5 Review. Students received another Unit 5 review today if they needed one. The Unit 5 math test is scheduled for tomorrow. In the computer lab we began the first session of putting together a Forces essay. Like a puzzle, the sentences I created were all mixed up. We will continue using our strategies to put the essay back together when we head back to the lab next week. During our Intervention Block students free read in a variety of ways. I tested some more reading levels of students. In math we prepared for Thursday's test. We worked on the review. The game Salute was played. In the morning we discussed the weekly money problem. We talked about Step 2, Making a Plan, in order to complete the problem accurately. In science we went over yesterday's gravity experiment. Students completed their scientific method papers and I had them collected. I will be leaving shortly after 5:00 this evening as I am attending Livonia's Founder's Day celebration.
2/20/18  No notes were passed out. STUDY HALL IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW. Math homework is to work on link 5.11 (Helper Facts). The Panda Express restaurant fundraiser takes place this evening. In math students received their weekly math problem. This problem of the week focuses on dividing up a large amount of money. We discussed how to understand the problem and then estimate the answer. The Unit 5 test is scheduled for Thursday. In the afternoon we spent a lot of time practicing using helper facts to assist us in solving problems. In addition, we played the Fraction War game. During the Intervention Block I tested reading levels of a couple students. The students used their time reading from a variety of sources. I read a book about motion to the class. Using their whiteboards students attempted to write down the main idea of the passage. In science I began the lesson asking students if balls of different weight fall at the same speed. We read about gravity in a science text and we watched a Bill Nye video looking for the answer to the question. Students came up with an hypothesis before doing the experiment. Although dropping balls to the floor may seem like a basic experiment, students found out that other variables may well interfere with the results.
2/16/18  NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY DUE TO MID WINTER BREAK. Four notes were passed out. a flag football note, a volleyball note, a Panda Express fundraiser note, and a Book Fair note No homework on the weekend. All of the Lansing field trip forms and permission slips have been turned in. Well Done! Chaperones will be announced next week.
Box Tops competition ended today. However, please keep sending them in. All of my students finished the I Ready math and reading assessments. The results look promising. Contact me any time for additional information. February Math Month problem #3 was due today. We had Hat Day. Students went to music. In the morning we went over the weekly math problem in detail. I collected the papers. Then, I reviewed with the students how to divide a variety of numbers. We divided into peer groups and proceeded to complete division problems of increasing difficulty. After math, we read about Newton's First Law of Inertia. We predicted what would happen in our experiment. Students conducted the experiment and many were surprised to observe that a smaller ball with less weight travels a shorter distance than a heavier ball. In the afternoon students completed their Scientific Method paper about the experiment and I collected each one to review. During our Intervention Block all the students read in a variety of ways. I had individual students read to me for the purpose of testing their current reading level. Have a nice weekend.
2/15/18  Sorry for the delay. We had study hall after school today. No notes were passed out. The math homework is for students to work on the 20 coin problem I passed out on Monday. Hat Day is tomorrow. The third of the four Math Month problems are due tomorrow as well. Students enjoyed going outside during their gym period. At the end of the day we visited out first grade buddies. We went back to the computer lab to finish up our I Ready tests. We are done and the students worked hard. Students read when they completed the I Ready assessment. The Box Tops competition ends tomorrow. All Lansing field trip money and permission slips should be turned in by tomorrow. In reading students read during their Intervention Block time. I used the period to assess some of my students' reading levels. We also reviewed how to locate the main idea of a text. In math students worked on the coin problem in peer groups discussing strategies that might work. We went over helper facts with our whiteboards as well. The Unit 5 fraction and helper fact test will take place next week. Remember, there is no school this Monday.
2/14/18  Happy Valentine's Day. For gym tomorrow students should be totally prepared to go outside and play in the snow. Please make sure to have all winter gear here at school. Study hall is tomorrow. Look forward to seeing some of my best workers in attendance. No notes were passed out. Math homework is to work on the Valentine graph. In math students continued taking the I Ready math assessment. As a class, we are almost finished. Students have been taking their time and I look forward to studying the results. Students also worked on a Valentine graph in the classroom. At the end of the day we had our Valentine celebration. Students received food, drink, and Valentines. In reading students had two free reading periods. Context clues and using indirect text evidence to find answers remains a focus this week. We discussed Valentine's Day and students wrote a main idea statement from the Valentine story I told them. In the morning students wrote compliments about each other. We brainstormed a variety of compliments. Students passed papers around the room taking turns writing a compliment about each person. We plan to meet with our first grade buddies tomorrow. Four Lansing field trip forms to go. 22 out of the 26 students have returned them. Thank You! They are all due this Friday. Please contact me if needed.
2/13/18  Happy Fat Tuesday! No notes were sent home. Math homework is link 5.4. Study hall will be on Thursday. Be sure to wear your Valentine colors tomorrow. Valentines may be passed out. However, per school policy, please, no candy. In math we went back to the computer lab to continue the I ready math test. Many students finished. We will go back to the lab tomorrow morning. I passed out our weekly problem solving problem. It is very similar to last week's. I want to see how well each student can apply the knowledge learned from last week. We also discussed helper facts to assist students in finding a math fact they do not currently have memorized. In reading we discussed the main idea of an article that detailed how coral reefs become very active at night. Students read during the Intervention Block and when they completed the I Ready math assessment. In science we conducted another basic, but informative experiment involving Newton's First Law of Motion. Students had fun trying to keep small cubes from moving as they moved the piece of paper underneath the cubes. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. We had another good day.
2/12/18 #2  Forgot to mention that study hall will take place this Thursday.
2/12/18  No notes were sent home. Math homework is to work on Thursday's fraction worksheet on the centimeter grid paper. February Math Month problem number 2 was due. As part of FAT TUESDAY I plan on bringing in pacskis (Polish doughnuts)for the students. They thought I was making up the name Fat Tuesday. Perhaps you might enjoy talking with them about the Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) tradition. The third grade TEAM decided we will be doing things related to Valentine's Day on Wednesday. However, we are not officially having a party. I will be providing students some snacks and drinks. We will work on some Valentine papers and students will be allowed to pass out Valentine's. School policy requests that Valentine food not be brought in. Other trinkets a student chooses to pass out should be just fine. Email me with any questions you may have. Our Lansing field trip money is due this Friday. If you have not already done so, please turn in the form and the $25 by this Friday. Any checks (CASH IS PREFERRED) should be made out to Livonia Public Schools. In math we took the I Ready math assessment. The students gave a good effort. We will return to the lab tomorrow and continue working on the test. Like last week's reading I Ready assessment, this math test will give us some idea how much each student has improved this year. Feedback is instantaneous. Contact me any time before report cards to find out how your son/daughter did. In the classroom students played Fraction War. We practiced using our times facts tables and we reviewed some math vocabulary. We checked our daily problem solving problem as well. I collected the student work. For Mindset Monday we discussed February's word, REFLECTION. I gave the students numerous stories regarding how I self reflected. On page 43 students began writing their own personal reflection pieces. We did not have an art teacher today. So, I took the students to gym. We received some good exercise before settling in for the I Ready math test. In reading students read during the Intervention Block. I met with a couple groups to discuss context clues. First thing in the morning we reviewed some of our class expectations and we discussed where we left off from Thursday. Enjoy your evening.
2/8/18  LIVONIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED SCHOOL FOR TOMORROW (FRIDAY) DUE TO THE IMPENDING EXPECTED SNOWFALL. No notes were passed out and there is no assigned homework on the weekends. Tomorrow's PTA Skate Night is still scheduled and it will not be cancelled. The second Math Month problem should be turned in on Monday. Students went to gym. We went to the computer lab and continued our second session of the I Ready reading assessment. Most students finished. We will complete the test early next week before moving onto the I Ready math assessment. In math we had an in depth discussion on fractions that seemed to be quite helpful. Students tried to complete a challenging fraction worksheet that gradually increased in difficulty. After much debriefing and peer support, I think most of the students had a light bulb experience. We worked on our daily problem solving paper as well. Our focus on fractions today should help the students be able to come up with the correct answers to the coin problem. In reading I read an article about Boblo Island. Do you have any memories of it? Students tried to locate the main idea of the text and we discussed their responses. During the Intervention Block students read, worked with me, and/or took some time to free write. In small groups we have been focusing on using context clues to help us understand the meaning of unknown words. Enjoy your evening.
2/7/18  Sorry for the delay. We had study hall after school today. Remember gym shoes for tomorrow. No notes were passed out. The math homework is link 5.8. We took the I Ready Reading assessment today. This is the midyear test. Students took the first test in September and they had a couple I Ready growth check quizzes along the way. This test will be ONE indicator of each student's reading improvement. Many students are working hard, taking their time on the assessment. We will go back to the computer lab tomorrow to try and finish up the test. Next week we will take the I Ready Math test. In the morning I also read a passage about migrating lobsters. Students, using their whiteboards, tried to write down the main idea of the passage. We concluded the morning working on our daily problem solving problem involving coins/fractions. In the afternoon we had our Intervention Block. Students read in a variety of ways as I worked with small groups. We focused on using context clues to locate the meaning of unknown words. In math students played the times game called SALUTE. We worked on our multiplication facts using pages 299 and 300 in our Volume 2 math journals. We ended the day discussing how to properly use the multiplication chart to quickly find the product.
2/6/18  No notes were passed out. About 10 students did receive their Lifetouch class composites. These pictures were paid for by some of the parents. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). Parental communication with me is needed. Math homework is journal, Volume 2, page 298. Students had the opportunity to check out library books during their LMC time. Students who put a rubber band in my hand before 9:00 tomorrow will receive a Jolly Rancher. Shhhh! Keep it quiet. In math I collected some of the Unit 4 parental signature pages. Hopefully, you saw the assessment. Please turn in the half paper this week. Students played two math games. One involved comparing fractions and the other one dealt with factors/products. We used our whiteboards to write down fractions certain shaded parts represented. Students continued working on Monday's math problem. They are trying to figure out what amount of coins each fraction represents. In reading students listened to a text selection about Emperor Penguins. We discussed the main idea. During the Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways and I met with a couple groups to discuss antonyms and synonyms. In science we watched a Bill Nye video on friction. We debriefed at the carpet what friction is. Together, we finished going over the scientific method worksheet from the coin motion experiment. In the early morning, as students were working on their math, we had a telephone challenge. We were not quite able to pass along the correct message to every student. However, we are improving.
2/5/18  No notes were passed out. Study hall is scheduled for this WEDNESDAY. The Unit 4 Math tests were returned and should have gone home. For homework, students should try to correct their errors. Please return the parental signature half sheet this week. Students went to art. In the morning I read two articles. One article focused on Warren Buffett helping kids and the other dealt with miniature frogs. The students worked on finding the main idea of each article. Students received their weekly math problem. It is similar to last week's challenging problem. Reminder.... the second Math Month problem is due Friday. For Growth Mindset Monday we discussed February's word.... REFLECTION. On page 42 of the Mindset books students defined the word and gave examples of reflective experiences. We closed out the morning debriefing Friday's First Law of Motion experiment. In the afternoon we went over the Unit 4 Math Test. We practiced our math facts in peer groups and reviewed some geometric vocabulary. During the Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways and I met with students in small groups discussing evidence in texts that can be used to help us draw conclusions.
2/2/18  Happy Groundhog's Day! Six more weeks of winter. We shall see. No homework. Students should have taken home a pizza fundraiser note, a play audition note, and a yearbook note. Students went to music. In math we checked Monday's problem involving the 24 students in our classroom. Fractions of our class came to school via different ways (walk, bike, bus, car). Students worked on taking each fraction and turning it into a concrete amount of students. The unit four math tests should go home this Monday. Students also worked in small groups on a series of challenging math problems. As each group got one problem correct, they moved onto another. In the afternoon I went over all the problems and collected each captain's paper with the other students' names on it. In reading students listened to an article about lying. We discussed the main idea of the article as well as the main idea of a crab article. During the Intervention Block I met with a number of students individually. Students free read and tested their skills on Read Theory. We conducted a science experiment involving motion. We looked at Newton's Law of Inertia which says that objects moving and at rest will stay that way unless a force causes a change. The students enjoyed trying to flick coins on a card, and an eraser on a card, into a cup. It was a good day. Enjoy your weekend. Stay warm. Our second strongest cold front of the year is here.
2/1/18  Welcome, February! No notes were sent home. As part of Math Month students are encouraged to wear jerseys/#s tomorrow. Tomorrow, the first of the four Math Month problems are due. I currently have about 16 field trip forms with money turned in. Thank you. Field trip forms with the field trip money is due in a couple weeks. Please contact me if you have any questions. Math homework is homelink 5.7. In math we discussed Monday's problem. Students used cubes and their experience from yesterday to work on the problem. We will go over it tomorrow. In addition students played the Fraction War game. We discussed equivalent fractions, what does a piece/whole refer to, when is a half more than a whole, and I demonstrated fractions on a number line. Students turned in their Volume 1 math journals and they received their Volume 2 math journals. We ended the day cutting out fractions from the back of the journal and students placed the fraction pieces into a plastic bag. Students went to gym. For February we changed our desks and we cleaned out our desks. We watched a second Bill Nye video on Forces as an introduction to the Forces unit. During the Intervention Block I met with most of the students. In groups we discussed context clues, proving answers, and drawing conclusions from the evidence presented. I read a Chicken Soup story that focused on the importance of following directions and being careful at school. The days are flying by.
1/31/18  Good Bye, January. Gym shoes are needed tomorrow. No notes were sent home. Math homework is homelink 5.10. Students worked with their first grade buddies and we went to the computer lab. In the lab students finished from last week their paragraph puzzle quiz. Then, they had academic choice upon completion of the assessment. In math students took the unit four test. The results take time to grade and the tests should be returned on Monday. Students also played Fraction War with a peer and we used manipulatives to try and understand how much certain fractions represent. In reading students tried to write down the main idea of an article I read to them. We reviewed some of the playground rules. During the Intervention Block I spent a lot of time meeting with individual students. Frequently, we look at an informational text and discuss helpful strategies for understanding the information. Have a nice evening.
1/30/18  Sorry for the delay. I had study hall today. No notes were sent home. The Unit 4 math test is tomorrow. In math we used our whiteboards to identify more fractions. At the end of the day we reviewed for tomorrow's test. Students also worked on their daily problem solving problem. The perfect square patterns were collected. In reading I read two articles and the students worked on locating the main idea of each one. Students free read and went on reading computer programs during the Intervention Block. We wrapped up the Gecko essay. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. Many families have turned in the field trip money and application for Lansing. Thank you. Both are due February 16th. Finally, we watched a Bill Nye video. I used the video as an introduction to the Forces unit.
1/29/18  STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. It would be a good time to prepare for Wednesday's math test. Parental permission is needed. No notes were passed out. Students went to art. In math students worked on completing their fraction squares. The squares are due tomorrow. Students received their fraction problem of the week. We read over it and discussed it together. In pairs students played the fraction war game. We talked about the fraction onehalf and used it as a basis to compare other smaller and larger fractions. Students also used their fraction cards and attempted to place 24 fraction cards in order from least to greatest. In reading we read two articles and students tried to locate the main idea of each one. Students read their just right books and went on Read Theory. I met with most of the students today discussing context clues, direct text evidence, and/or indirect text evidence. Students are in the process of completing their Gecko essays. Time was given for the students to finish their essays and look over each one. another productive day
1/26/18  Study hall is scheduled for next Tuesday. There is no math homework. Students received three notes. A cheerleading note and a baseball note were passed out. Students also received their February Math Month packets. Many of the kids were already working on the packets today. Students went to music and I gave the students some extra recess time on this gorgeous day. In math students finished their tessellation pictures and turned them in. We practiced our math facts with a dice times facts game. Then, students took their first timed times facts test of the year. Students made a design out of centimeter grid paper and they colored the design. After that, students labeled what fraction of the whole pattern each color represented. We read about blue whales and students used their whiteboards to write down their version of the main idea from the article. We continued the Gecko reading/writing assessment. Students have good organization skills. Adding more detail to our notes and essay is an ongoing process. One more math thing.... Students played yesterday's fraction war game. They seem to have the hang of it and are slowly learning patterns with fractions. During the Intervention Block students read their just right books, went on a computer reading program, and possibly met with teachers to discuss reading strategies. Have a super weekend.
1/25/18  I have study hall after school until 5:00. The rest of my blog will be typed up by 6:00. No notes were sent home. For homework students should complete homelink 5.1. The unit four math test will take place next Wednesday. Field trip notes are slowly coming in. Thank you. In math students continued working on their tessellation patterns. We began unit five discussing fractions and the need for them. Students used their whiteboards to convey their understanding of basic fraction concepts. Students played fraction war with their fraction cards. Each student took turns comparing fractions. If the student compared the fractions correctly, the student kept the cards. The student who had the most cards won the game. In reading students worked on locating the main idea of a Storyworks article. We began our Gecko independent literacy assessment. Students are reading an article on geckos, recording information on a graphic organizer, and eventually producing an essay from it. The results of this assessment will be compared to the Cheetah assessment given in September. Based on our current progress a lot of students should demonstrate nice growth. During the Intervention Block students read and some students wrote. One student group worked in pairs sharing evidence from a story to support their answers. We had another productive day. One other note... students went to gym.
1/24/18  No notes were passed out. Gym is tomorrow. Remember those tennis shoes. Math homework is to spend 10 more minutes working on the unit four review. The test will take place next week. My study hall is tomorrow. Please contact me to confirm any students staying after school. Students should be picked up around 5:00. Please personally pick up your son/daughter. Lansing is an expensive trip. The field trip note did not mention that each class will have their own private coach equipped with a toilet and tv monitors. Chaperones in the past have consistently mentioned that the extra cost was worth it. In math students worked more on their tessellation pieces. It is a challenge for students to make polygons tessellate, especially more than two polygons. The rest of the math time was used putting together our area and perimeter project. Students wrote their names in block letters and recorded each letter's area and perimeter. Then, the total are was calculated. a fun academic project In reading students tried to come up with the main idea of an article that focused on fidget spinners in schools. A student who gives me a rubber band tomorrow before 9:00 will earn a prize. The student must keep this private. Students read during their Intervention Block, went on Read Theory, and some students met with me. Our Frog essays and graphic organizers were worked on and due today. I showed many examples for the students and they did a fine job explaining reasons why frogs across the globe are disappearing. In the computer lab students took a district culture survey and they worked on my paragraph puzzle quiz. All the quizzes will be completed next week.
1/23/18  STUDY HALL IS THIS THURSDAY. An important Lansing field trip note and an important study hall note should have gone home today. The unit four review was also distributed. For homework, students should work on the review for approximately 10 minutes. In math I collected more polygon pictures. Students who had yet to finish worked on the pictures during second recess. We discussed tessellation in more detail and students should put together a tessellation piece by Friday. Students played a couple math games and we reviewed characteristics of various polygons. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during library time. Students are in the process of completing their Frog essays. The kids did a nice job organizing their thoughts on the graphic organizer. Taking good notes makes writing the essay easier. During the Intervention Block I met individually with a number of students. It was a productive day.
1/22/18  No notes were sent home. For homework students should complete last Friday's polygon picture. Students went to art. During the Intervention Block students read, wrote, went on Read Theory, and some students met with me. In math students continued to work on their polygon pictures. The pictures should be done by tomorrow. When finished, students worked on tessellation. Tessellation involves putting shapes together in such a way that the images connect like puzzle pieces and continue on in every direction forever. At the carpet we discussed the following terms... line segments, lines, rays, parallel, perpendicular, angles, and vertices. In reading we discussed the main idea of a Chicken Soup story. We completed more of our Frog graphic organizer. I modeled how to utilize "bullet" points. This morning we discussed the growth mindset word, "Confidence". On page 46 of the growth mindset booklets students wrote about a situation involving confidence. The secret trinket for tomorrow is a penny. Before 9:00, any student giving me a penny tomorrow will receive three Coolidge Cash. The secret trinket should not be advertised to any other student.
1/19/18  No homework on the weekend. Four notes should have found their way home... Box Tops, Gymnastics, Karate, and Bowling. Tonight is Movie Night. Hope to see you here. Students had their vision tested by Wayne County today. Students went to music. Mr. Jeremy from the credit union visited us and he played a math Lego game with the class. In math we checked the polygon family worksheet. We also went over in peer groups the Block T area and perimeter problem solving assignment. Students spent the remaining math time working on their polygon pictures. Students had to use a variety of shapes to form a picture. We will complete this assignment on Monday. In reading we discussed the main idea of an article that talked about how $1 coins are not in significant circulation because people do not care for them. During the Intervention Block students free read, may have worked with me, perhaps free wrote, and went on some reading computer programs. Have a wonderful weekend.
1/18/18  No notes were passed out. The math homework is a shapes worksheet that involves students looking at shape characteristics to find pairs of shapes that are most related. Shapes that have the same amount of sides indicates two shapes that have quite a close relationship. Tonight is Sapporo's PTA dineout evening. A portion of the bill (proceeds) will go back to Coolidge. In math students worked on their shapes worksheet that is this evening's homework. I also introduced the students to tomorrow's polygon picture assignment. In the morning students found the perimeter and the area of the Block T that they made. They began to write about how they found their own perimeter and area for the shape. In reading I read a couple short selections. Students used their strategies to try and write down the main idea via their whiteboards. We read over the Geographic article on frogs. A graphic organizer was passed out and students, with my assistance, began to put the information down. Students went to gym. During the Intervention Block students read, possibly met with me, and had a variety of other language arts academic choices.
1/17/18  No notes were passed out. Math homework is to try and complete link 4.12. We read with our third grade buddies. In the computer lab students worked on organizing paragraph puzzle number seven. Next week the students will have a paragraph puzzle quiz. Sentences will need to be rearranged and put into different paragraphs. In math students learned about shapes and polygons. We discussed how shapes have families, or are related to one another. In problem solving the students finished designing their block Ts. ? They began to calculate the area and the perimeter. In reading we read a selection about anacondas. Students used the text to try and formulate a main idea. I introduced a National Geographic frog article. We discussed the format of the article, talked about the purpose for reading it, and we read the article together.
1/16/18  No notes were distributed to the students. Math homework is to try and complete homelink 4.10. Students had the opportunity to check out more library books. In math we reviewed last week's measurement concepts. Then, we talked more about area and we connected the concept of area to making arrays. We learned that we do not need to see each individual squares to calculate the area. During the Intervention Block I met with individual students as the entire class read and worked on Read Theory. In the morning I read a selection about crocodiles. Students tried to locate the main idea of the text. We also received our weekly math problem. Students are in the process of drawing a block T and describing its perimeter and area. We completed the morning with students wrapping up their essay on how Michigan's natural resources helped our state grow, prosper, and develop. I am comparing these essays to each student's previous essays to determine how much language arts progress has been made.
1/12/18  THERE IS NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY(MLK). SCHOOL RESUMES ON TUESDAY. Six notes were passed out and should have been taken home. A high school play note, a Coolidge Movie Night note, a Karate note, a golf academy note, a soccer note, and a Livonia Youth Choir note were all passed out. No math homework was assigned for the weekend. The unit four review will be passed out early next week. We spent our math time focusing on the concept of area. Students cut out one inch squares and covered areas of their paper in an effort to comprehend this concept more. We made shapes with our paper tiles and compared areas of shapes to the perimeter. Students went to music. I read an informational text on mongooses and cobras. Students tried to write the main idea of the text and we saw a clip of these two animals battling one another. We worked in our Growth Mindset books. Students matched up fixed mindset sentences with growth mindset sentences. Then, they glued the paper onto page 55 of their mindset books. We continued working on our five paragraph natural resources essays. We should finish these essays by Tuesday. During our Intervention Block I met with a lot of students, individually. Students free read, went on Read Theory, or worked on other reading computer programs. Before the morning concluded, students were challenged to put themselves in birthday order. They were able to accomplish this task. We had another good, productive week.
1/11/18  No notes were passed out. Math homework is to try and complete link 4.6, problems 3 and 4. Students went to gym. There is no school on Monday (MLK). In math we reviewed perimeter and we discussed how to measure objects that bend. Later, I introduced the students to the concept of area. We will continue learning about area. Students are in the process of completing their five paragraph natural resources essay. They have been working diligently on it. Today, I went over the snowman story problem and I collected each student's work. I read a main idea paragraph about cats and students used their whiteboards to write down the main idea of the paragraph. During the Intervention Block students read, used the computer program Read Theory, and some students met with me to work on specific skills. We had another productive day.
1/10/18  No notes were passed out. Students should have their gym shoes ready for gym tomorrow. Math homework is to work on Homelink 4.6, problems 1 and 2. In the computer lab students worked on organizing related sentences into paragraphs. In math we reviewed how to properly measure segments in inches and centimeters. Then, we discussed what perimeter means. We practiced finding a number of perimeter problems. Students also shared their Snowmen problem from Monday. They discussed their answers and debated how to best find the answers. During the Intervention Block students read, worked with me, and/or read on the computer program, Read Theory. We are in the process of writing our essays concerning what natural resources made the state of Michigan a place that prospered and grew. Students worked hard on their essays this morning.
1/9/18  No notes were passed out. A PTA meeting takes place tonight beginning at 7:00. Math homework for this evening is for students to try and fix their errors on the Unit Three assessment. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. In the morning I read a story from Chicken Soup... and we discussed the theme of it. We also continued our math work on the Snowman story problem. After library, students used the Chromebooks to write about their vacation. They emailed me their typed pieces. Then, we began writing our essay on Michigan's natural resources and how these resources were used to help us grow and prosper. In the afternoon we began Unit Four discussing measurement. Students learned how to use a ruler, measuring to the nearest halfinch and even halfcentimeter. During the Intervention Block time students free read, went on Read Theory, and some students met with me in small groups. Third graders are having their vision tested this week or next week. Please make sure any necessary glasses are brought to school.
1/8/18  Alright! It's 6:00 and I can finally get on my website. Computers can be finicky. Happy New Year! No notes were sent home. However, students should have taken home the Unit Three Test we took before the break. Please sign and return the half parental page this week. Students went to art. In the morning I reviewed procedures with the class and we talked about what we did with our vacation time. Before art class we switched desks for the month of January and we began to clean our desks. After art, we finished cleaning up. I read to the class a Chicken Soup story and we discussed the message, or theme, of it. "Confidence" is the Growth Mindset word for this month. In their Growth Mindset books students completed page 45. They defined what confidence is and they gave examples of confident behavior. We completed the morning working on a daily math problem. We reviewed the four steps to problem solving. In the afternoon we reviewed and played two math games. During the Intervention Block students read quietly, went on Read Theory, and some students met with me. For this second trimester some of the students who were seeing other teachers had their schedules changed. These students seemed to have made significant progress. During the Intervention Block time I reviewed many of the skills I had previously taught. After second recess, students used their whiteboards to review math concepts in unit three. Towards the end of the day I discussed the Unit Three math tests and passed the tests back. We have a PTA meeting scheduled for 7:00 on Tuesday. We all seemed to have a great day. Students were full of smiles coming back.
12/22/17  Five notes were sent home: a YMCA note, a Movie Night survey note, a Skating coupon note, a Baseball signup note, and a Box Tops note. There is no homework. The unit three math tests should be returned on Monday the 8th. School will resume on Monday, January 8th (spring is just around the corner). Today we had a Pajama Day and a ReadIn day. The students seemed to enjoy it. In addition I read to the students and they were able to shop at the Coolidge Cash Store. Students went to music and we had a good time at our party. I will be here until roughly 6:00 in case something was left behind. It has been a terrific start and I look forward to teaching the students in 2018. See you soon. Todd Mai
12/21/17  Tomorrow's main entrée is popcorn chicken. Tomorrow is a full day of school. After that, we have a two week break. School will resume on Monday, January 8th. Students are allowed to wear their pajamas tomorrow. The third grade is having a READ IN. Pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals can be brought to school. At 1:45 we will have our party. Parents are invited. I will be providing pizza, drinks, and the entertainment. If you can pick up the pizza for me from Little Caesars around 1:35, let me know via email. If I do not contact you, please assume arrangements have already been made for the pizza to be picked up. Thank You! No notes were passed out. A bunch of notes will go home tomorrow. There is no homework. Students went to gym. In the morning we went to the computer lab to work on our I Ready math growth check. Students finished the growth check in the afternoon. When students finished the growth check, they worked on their paragraph puzzle. After gym, students took the unit three math test. I will grade them over the break and return the tests on Monday. Students who finished the test before lunch were given academic choice. During the Intervention Block time the third graders had a guest teacher. The students read just right books, completed their natural resource paragraphs, and/or completed some reading programs on the Chromebooks. During that time, the third grade teachers met to discuss the Intervention Block. We discussed what was going well and what changes we thought would be beneficial. After recess, we checked Monday's 12 Days of Christmas problem. I collected the student work. Then, I read a story from Chicken Soup. We discussed the theme, or main message, of the story. Have a good evening.
12/20/17  No notes were passed out. Math homework for the evening is to go over the review. The Unit Three Test is tomorrow. Our party is scheduled for Friday beginning at 1:45. All parents are invited. Thursday and Friday are full days before we go on our two week break. The computers were updating today so we did not do any work in the computer lab. In math we reviewed for tomorrow's test. Students who gave their best should be well prepared. We met with our buddies and made some paper stockings. During the Intervention Block students read with me and I met with two groups to discuss contractions. In writing students should have finished their personal natural resource paragraph. Students are in the process of giving peer feedback. In the morning we went over the five paragraph essay puzzle. Students took their essay puzzles back and worked on revising them. I read an article about wood used in the classroom. Students tried to write down the main idea using their whiteboards. We also problem solved in the morning. Students shared and discussed their answers to the 12 Days of Christmas problem. There is a lunch menu change for tomorrow. The main entrée will be cheese quesadillas.
12/19/17  No notes were passed out. Math homework is to try and complete the Unit Three Review. The test is scheduled for Thursday. The students looked very festive and prepared for the Holiday Concert. For those of you in attendance, we hope you enjoyed it. We had a full house. Besides the concert students also went to the library and had a chance to check out additional just right books. In the morning students continued working on their five paragraph essay puzzles. We should complete these puzzles tomorrow. After the concert, students worked further on their 12 Days of Christmas problem solving. Students are working on adding up the total amount of gifts and then are trying to package as many gifts as possible into a perfect square. Before lunch students worked on their personal natural resource paragraph. Tomorrow, we will be in the process of revising the paragraph using peer feedback to assist us. In the afternoon I went over the first half of the unit three review. At the end of the day, students spent time completing the remaining problems and having them checked. I met with roughly half our students during the Intervention Block. Students also read their books and used computer programs to enhance their reading skills.
12/18/17  Tomorrow is the third grade concert here at Coolidge. The concert is scheduled to begin at 10:30 and conclude around 11:00. Students should wear holiday attire much like they did last week. The K1 parental concert will take place tomorrow as well beginning at 2:00. I have revised our class party time. Parents are welcome to attend. The party is now scheduled for 1:45 until 2:30 on Friday. I will be ordering pizza and drinks for the students. The students will finish their day with recess and music class. No notes were passed out. In math the homework is to work on the Unit Three math review for 10 minutes. The students received a second copy of the review and it should be brought back to school. The Unit Three Test is scheduled for Thursday. We worked on the review in class. Rounding numbers, playing the place value game, and problem solving the 12 days of Christmas also took place today. During the Intervention Block time students free read, went on Read Theory, possibly met with various teachers, and some students utilized other computer reading programs. This week we will be discussing student progress and possibly rearranging the different Intervention Block groups. Contact me any time regarding any question you may have. Students read a text on natural resources and they tried to write down the main idea of the text. We discussed the main idea in detail. We reviewed the word GRIT. Students saw two more videos referring to grit and they drew a picture in their Mindset books depicting GRIT in action. First thing in the morning students continued to rearrange their five paragraph essay puzzle. Most of the students are making significant progress. This is a full week of school before we take two full weeks off. The Holiday Shop is now officially closed.
12/15/17  Sorry for the delay. I was talking to one of our student teachers who just completed her assignment here at Coolidge. No notes were passed out. There is no homework on the weekend. Next week is a full week of school. Currently, our party is scheduled for Friday at the end of the day. In math we played a couple math games. We discussed perfect squares in more detail. I also went over Monday's problem solving problem. I collected the papers to look over students' progress. Students went to music. The parent concert is scheduled for this Tuesday at 10:30. In the morning I read about two natural resources from Michigan. Using whiteboards students tried to write down the main idea from the text I read. Students began researching a different Michigan natural resource. Students are using their information to write a paragraph about it. Students also spent some group time trying to rearrange an essay I had cut up into sentence strips. Students are working on putting the sentences into their proper paragraphs. During the Intervention Block students free read, went on Read Theory, and utilized other resources to help them become a better reader. Because the Holiday Shop was closed on Thursday, it will be open on Monday. Have a good weekend.
12/13/17  No notes were passed out. Math homework is a division worksheet I passed out a couple days ago. Stay tuned to the LPS website or WWJ for the latest regarding possible school closings. The Holiday Shop continues all week. Students are allowed to shop at their second recess period. We visited our first grade buddies, enjoying reading with them. In math students shared how they solved Monday's math problem. We played a math multiplication game, reviewed Helper Facts, learned what a factor/product is, learned what a perfect square is, and reviewed the Turn Around rule for multiplication. In the computer lab we had our second I Ready Reading Growth check. After the check, students went to my outbox and worked on solving a paragraph puzzle. In the morning I read a selection about trees. Students, using their whiteboards, practiced writing an appropriate main idea statement. In writing students finished writing their detailed paragraph about the importance of water to the state of Michigan. On the big screen I used children examples to teach students how to peer edit each other's writing. During the Intervention Block students read quietly, went on Read Theory, may have worked with specified teachers, and may have used the Chromebooks to apply reading strategies. I think the students favorite song this evening will be .........."Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow."
12/12/17  No notes were passed out. just a reminder from the PTA... Yearbook orders are currently being taken. Math homework is link 3.12. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. Students sang Holiday songs to other students and we watched the K1 students perform in the afternoon. We did not have the Intervention block today. In math students worked on yesterday's story problem. Many students were in the process of writing out their explanations to the problem. In the afternoon we discussed what a helper fact is and how to use a helper fact to find an unknown product. A place value game was also played. I read about iron ore and copper. Students used their whiteboards to come up with a main idea statement from the reading. We discussed the natural resource, water. Students came up with a topic sentence about Michigan's fresh water and proceeded to write details supporting it. Another fast day in our Winter Wonderland.
12/11/17  Winter has arrived. No notes were passed out. Math homework is link 3.2. Skate Night is this evening from 68:00. Tomorrow, the K1, 23 students will perform their Holiday program in front of the other children. Next week, the parents are invited to attend. I encourage students to wear appropriate attire for tomorrow's program. Red and green colors with some Santa hats thrown in should suffice. Each group will be watching the other groups performance. Students went to art and we also shopped at the Holiday (Santa) Shop. The shop will be open the rest of the week. Students who have money may return to the shop during any second recess (2:303:00). The shop is closed at lunch time. After shopping and art class, the students worked on the problem solving problem of the week. Then, for our Mindset Mondays, we reinforced the word GRIT. Students watched a video on the word and then proceeded to write about a specific time they witnessed GRIT in action. Students used their Growth Mindset books to work on their piece. We completed the morning editing our paragraphs on the lumber industry of Michigan. Students peer edited papers and, with permission, I went over some student work on the big screen. Students are in the process of sending me their final copies. In the afternoon we played a place value game and continued working on our division worksheet. At 3:00, students continued working on the division worksheet. Using our whiteboards we also discussed what a Ballpark estimate is. In a nutshell it is when a person rounds off a number to its largest place value. During the Intervention Block students read their own books and went on Read Theory. About half the students met with me in small groups and/or they worked on other reading programs. I received many report card envelopes back today. Do I have yours? Have a good evening.
12/8/17  Congratulations to my fidget spinner winners. Thank you for reading my blog faithfully. Report cards were passed out and should have gone home. Four other notes were passed out and should have gone home.... a Skate Night note, a Skating Lesson note, a Holiday Shop note, and a Yearbook Order note. This Monday is the Holiday (Santa) Shop. Of course, bringing in money is optional. If a student forgets his/her money, the shop will be open during certain recess times throughout the week. Students went to music. We molded our natural resource, CLAY, into figurines. Students had a desk check. During our Intervention Block students free read, worked on Read Theory, possibly met with me, and/or went on some other computer programs focused on language arts. In my records I have a PTA event scheduled for 7:00. However, if this Sports Event exists, I know nothing about it. In math students reviewed how to divide numbers. They worked in pairs on a worksheet. In addition we played a game in pairs that focused on placing numbers in the correct place value. We watched a brief video on Michigan lumbering. Students used the Chromebooks to write a topic sentence about Michigan's lumbering industry. Then, they worked on writing details that supported their sentence statement. At the carpet I read another text about an explorer. Students used the information to try and formulate the main idea (message) of the text. It was a busy day that moved quickly along. Have a good weekend.
12/7/17  No notes were passed out. Report cards go home tomorrow. Math homework is homelink 3.7. On Monday students can bring in money. We are scheduled to go to the Santa (Holiday) Shop first thing in the morning. According to my records there is a PTA event scheduled for 7:00 this Friday evening. I think it involves sports. Skate Night is this Monday. In math we practiced our times facts both individually and with a group. We reviewed some addition skills, practiced mental math addition, and created our own data graph using students' first and last names. Together, we also solved Monday's math problem. Using their whiteboards students wrote a main idea sentence from the social studies text that I read. Students free read, worked on Read Theory, and many students met with me to discuss reading strategies. We read several pages in our social studies book. We discussed how the information is organized and we saw another video on logging. Students who privately hand me one piece of play money first thing tomorrow morning will receive a fidget spinner or something else (if they so choose). They may not share this information with any student. Students went to gym.
12/6/17  No notes were passed out. Report cards go home this Friday. Math homework is to work on homelink 3.6. Next Monday is our Holiday(Santa) Shop first thing in the morning. In math we continued working on Monday's problem solving problem. Students shared their methods of solving it. We played a multiplication game using dice. In the afternoon we worked on completing more graphs. In the computer lab students practiced their cutting and pasting skills moving sentences around to form paragraphs. We read more about the 1800s lumberjack camps and watched a brief video about it. During our Intervention Block students free read, went on Read Theory, and possibly met with some teachers to discuss reading strategies. In the morning I read a section from the Michigan book. Students worked on locating the main idea of the text. Tomorrow is already Thursday.
12/5/17  No notes were passed out. Report cards go out this Friday. I am happy to have a second conference with any parent. Math homework is homelink 3.8. We focused on the purpose of graphs. In the morning students worked on completing the weekly problem solving problem. During the Intervention Block students read their just right books, perhaps met with me, and used the Chromebook to utilize some reading programs. Students should have completed their 15 Great Lakes facts and they should have chosen six facts to write about in paragraph form. These paragraphs were sent to me via email. Students who did not finish worked on these paragraphs at second recess. We talked about Michigan's natural resources. We focused on lumbering. The purpose of our discussion was to define and explain important words associated with the lumber industry of the 1800s. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time.
12/4/17  Welcome, December! Math homework is homelink 3.13. No notes were passed out. REPORT CARDS GO HOME THIS FRIDAY. In math we reviewed adding numbers, rounding numbers, and making arrays from math sentences. We also reviewed last year's number boxes. Although this is not a new skill for the students, it reminds the kids that there are many ways to express a number. In the morning students individually worked on an array problem. With the full week of school, we will be doing problem solving every day this week. We switched desks and cleaned our desks. It took some time to clean the desks, but the time was well spent. Sometimes, we find items in our desks that we can't even identify. Our growth mindset word of the month is GRIT. For Mindset Monday we discussed the word, defined it in our books, and gave examples of ways students have demonstrated grit. I provided a video example for the students to look at as well. In reading I read a section from the Michigan book. Students, using their whiteboards, tried to write the main idea. We discussed their sentences. Students have been researching a Great Lake. By now, 15 facts should have been written down about the Great Lake being researched. We will be putting these facts into paragraph form. There is a PTA meeting tomorrow morning at 9:30.
11/30/17  Good Bye, November. A Box Tops note and a note about students NOT HAVING SCHOOL TOMORROW were passed out. Tomorrow, teachers will be working on their report cards. Report cards will go home via the students a week from tomorrow. Today was the end of the first academic trimester. Hard to believe that about onethird of the school year has passed. Students who forgot to bring back their clay should bring it back on Monday. Students went to gym. In the morning we continued to work on comprehending the main idea of a passage. Students used whiteboards to convey their understanding of the text I read out loud to them. Later, we looked at different ways clay is used in today's society. After gym, we began to research the Great Lakes. Each student chose a lake to research. Using Chromebooks we went on the Britannica website to find facts about the lakes. Students recorded many facts about each lake that we will put into paragraph form next week. In math we reviewed how to add and subtract large numbers using a step by step pattern I have been teaching the students. We also practiced our rounding patterns, drawing arrays, and showing multiplication problems through addition. During the Intervention Block students free read, worked on Read Theory, perhaps met with me and/or used a couple other reading programs. We had a good day.
11/29/17  No notes were passed out. Students did bring some clay home. If you could help them refine the clay, that would be terrific. As part of our natural resources unit, the clay should be brought back to school tomorrow. In the computer lab students learned how to cut and paste sentences into appropriate paragraphs. This was a challenging, but beneficial, lesson. We dug for clay and students each got to take home a bag. Hopefully, this relevant experience will help students understand what a natural resource is all about. In reading I read about George Washington. Using their whiteboards students wrote down the main idea statement. We shared and discussed the sentences. I passed out the Michigan consumable books that I received from the Capitol. We talked about some interesting facts in the book. In math we reviewed how to add and subtract numbers following a specific pattern. We used a different pattern to round numbers of any amount. During the Intervention Block students read, went on Read Theory, and some met with me. After recess, we read with our first grade buddies. TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR THE WEEK. ON FRIDAY TEACHERS WILL BE WORKING ON THE REPORT CARDS.
11/28/17  No notes were passed out that were meant to go home. A few students did receive some pictures from Lifetouch. The math homework for this evening is homelink 3.1. In math we continued our discussion of functions. After second recess, we reviewed how to round numbers, regroup addition and subtraction problems, form arrays related to math sentences, and replace multiplication sentences with addition sentences. By now, you should have seen the Unit Two math test. If you have not done so already, please return the parental signature page. In writing some students stayed in during second recess to work on finishing the Opal five paragraph essay. In reading I read an article on BATS. Using whiteboards students wrote down the main idea of the article. We used our social studies books to learn about the purpose of using indexes. We used the index to locate natural resources of Michigan. In groups students wrote down these resources and recorded their uses on a piece of paper. During the Intervention Block students read quietly, went on Read Theory, and/or met with various teachers to work on reading skills. We went to the library and students had the opportunity to check out more books. There is no school this Friday as it is a teacher report card work day.
11/27/17  It is good to be back. We had many smiling faces today. No notes were passed out. However, students should have taken home their Unit Two math tests. Please sign the parental half page and return to school this week. Today, we discussed functions. Functions deal with putting a number in, something happening to the number, and a different number coming out. For example, if the function is add 2, if a three goes in, it will come out a five. Unit three reviews will be passed out this week. Students went to art. In reading we are working on locating the main idea of a text. Students are getting better at finding the main idea. Students also had free reading time, read in their just right books, and read other sources as well. About half the students met with me during the Intervention Block. We discussed Michigan's natural resources and their importance to our state growing/prospering. In writing most students finished their five paragraph Opal essays. Students who have yet to finish, for a variety of reasons, can finish the essay during recess times. THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS THIS FRIDAY. IT IS A REPORT CARD WORK DAY.
11/21/17  HAPPY THANKSLIVING EVERYONE! No notes were sent home. There is no school the remainder of this week. Good Bye, Mrs. Riggi. You will be missed. An elementary secretary can be a secretary anywhere. The canned food drive was a nice success. Thank you! In math students took the Unit Two assessment. Test results should come home next Monday. In reading students listened to a biography and tried to write down the main idea of the biography. We discussed the results. Students also worked on matching four main idea turkeys with the appropriate details. This was an extensive assignment. Many students took it home. If they return this assignment completed, they will receive Coolidge Cash and a prize for it. Working on the turkey paragraphs is OPTIONAL. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. During the Intervention Block I met with nearly half of the students. Students also read their just right books, read on Read Theory, worked on the Opal five paragraph essay, and completed some other reading programs. We left with a lot of smiles and look forward to our return on Monday.
11/20/17  No notes were passed out. Students should have taken home a Unit Two Math Review. A first copy was passed out a couple weeks ago. The review may be used on the tomorrow's test. Tomorrow is our last day of school for the week. There is no school this Wednesday. Students who have or will bring in a canned good are invited to wear pajamas tomorrow. We are trying to donate as many canned goods as we can to needy families over this season of Thanksliving. Students who donate two or more canned goods are able to bring in stuffed animals. Slippers may be worn in the classroom only for any student who donated at least one canned good. JUST AN FYI....TOMORROW IS MRS. RIGGI'S LAST DAY HERE AT COOLIDGE. In math we worked on the Unit Two Review. We also checked last week's money story problem. I stressed using manipulatives on the test since it benefits so many students. In our Growth Mindset books we discussed our Word of the Month...RESPECT. On page 35 students drew a picture or made a poster of RESPECT. In social studies students used the Table of Contents to locate natural resources of Michigan. During reading I read a selection about Michael Jordan. Together, we came up with the main idea of the text. Students also free read, worked on various computer reading programs, and met with me to talk about reading strategies. Students went to art. In writing we are in the process of finishing up our Opal character traits essays. A lot is going on.
11/17/17  Coolidge's first Movie Night of the year is this evening. Two notes were passed out... a note for Spirit Wear orders and a note about a December picture contest. Today was our last Fitness Friday for the Fall. Mr. J, from the credit union, paid us a visit. Students love when he comes to our school and conducts math games with us. There is no math homework. We worked on problem solving and we solved Monday's problem. The Unit Two test is scheduled for this Tuesday. Students should have the study guides. In reading students read independently and they read on the computer program, Read Theory. Some students also worked with me. I read a piece about Abe Lincoln. Students tried to come up with a main idea statement. In writing we continued editing our five paragraph essay from Winn Dixie. We ended the day with music. Have a good weekend.
11/16/17  Today, after school, we are celebrating Mrs. Riggi's many years with us at Coolidge. Therefore, this blog will be a little brief. No notes were sent home. Tomorrow is Fitness Friday and in the evening we should have our first Movie Night of the year. In math, homework is math homelink 2.5. The test is scheduled for next Tuesday. Students have had a study guide for a couple weeks. We worked on problem solving, memorizing multiplication facts, and story problems requiring two steps to solve. In writing students finished their first Opal essay drafts. Students worked on editing their essays using feedback from me and their peers. In social studies we talked about Michigan's natural resources. Students paired up to brainstorm as many natural resources they could think of that Michigan has. In reading we read quietly, met with different teachers to discuss reading strategies, worked on Read Theory, and completed other reading programs. We discussed the main idea of an informational text the first thing in the morning. Another Friday dawns upon us.
11/15/17  No notes were sent home. Math homework for this evening is homelink 2.4. Today, we spent a lot of time reviewing how to accurately subtract three digit numbers. Following a consistent pattern is important. Students also worked on their daily math story problem. In writing most students should have come close to finishing the first computer draft of the Opal essay. Tomorrow, we will finish the draft and begin revising. Using our social studies books students answered questions located throughout the text. Students learned that by using the Table of Contents correctly, many answers could be quickly located. During our Intervention Block students read quietly, worked with me and/or other teachers, used Read Theory, and/or a variety of other reading programs. In the computer lab students took an I Ready computer program reading growth check assessment. This test was important as it is one of the major indicators of student improvement. After the test, students corrected a paragraph's punctuation and sentence structure. In the morning I read to the students and discussed the theme, or message, of the story. Next week students have school on Monday and Tuesday. There is NO school on Wednesday.
11/14/17  No notes were sent home. We have a PTA meeting tonight at 7:00. Coolidge is in the process of collecting canned goods for the needy this Thanksgiving season. Please, keep sending in the Box Tops as well. We have a box outside our classroom for the canned goods. . Students had an opportunity to check out books during their extended library time. Students spent about one hour in the library as certain assessments needed to be completed. In math homelink 2.3 is the homework. Today, students used dice, with a partner, to practice their math facts. Students also worked on the daily story problem associated with Thanksgiving tables. In our journals we focused on completing story problems involving two or more steps to find the correct answer. In writing students used their Chromebooks to begin typing up the second draft of Opal's three important character traits. Paragraphs one, two, and five were directly modeled for the students. Using our social studies books students are learning how to use the Table of Contents to locate information more quickly. In other reading students read to themselves, went on Read Theory, worked with various teachers, and used other reading programs to enhance reading skills. In the morning I read to the students a Chicken Soup story. We have been focusing on the theme, or main message, that these short stories give.
11/13/17  No notes were sent home. We have a PTA meeting tomorrow at 7:00. In math homelink 2.2 is the homework. We talked about how to add numbers mentally. We could think of 23+9 as 23 +101=32. We will continue to practice. We also worked on more story problems. We discussed basic skills needed to solve problems and I showed some graphic organizers students could use to help them organize the information. We also individually worked on Monday's problem solving problem. It involved 100 Thanksgiving guests and a certain amount of chairs. In reading the students worked on a variety of reading programs. They read independently as well. Half of the students saw me for specific reading strategy information. As part of our Growth Mindset Mondays, a story about RESPECT was read and discussed. In writing I modeled how to put together a Winn Dixie introductory and concluding paragraph. Students continued working on their own paragraphs discussing Opal's key character traits. In social studies we used our Michigan textbooks. Students used the Table of Contents to locate different questions. We had a good day.
11/10/17  These weeks are flying by. No homework on weekends. Four notes were passed out.... a Box Tops note, a Yearbook note, a Nutcracker Ballet note, and a Girl Scouts note. A few of my students had their pictures taken/retaken in the afternoon. We attended music. In math we continued discussing patterns. We observed that patterns can involve many things, not just numbers. We checked yesterday's problem solving problem and students worked on solving a money/division problem in small groups. I used base 10 manipulatives to model dividing numbers. During reading time I read to the students a Chicken Soup story. We focused on the main message, or theme, of the story. Students read on their own and worked on Read Theory too. A number of students met with me during their small group time. Based on the group's need we worked on a variety of reading strategies from phonics, context clues, words with two definitions, prefixes/suffixes, and syllables. With Winn Dixie, I modeled how to write a paragraph from the graphic organizer notes I took. Then, students used their own notes from the organizer to write about one of Opal's main inside character traits. We used our Michigan books to locate any question about Michigan. We learned that by using the Table of Contents, many questions could be found in a minimal amount of time. It was another good and productive week.
11/9/17  Math homework is homelink 2.11. No notes went home. Tomorrow, participating students have Fitness Friday and picture retakes/make ups will occur in the afternoon. We had a fire drill and students attended gym class. The third grade TEAM had guest teachers in the PM. We went to an inservice on word study. In math students focused largely on finding patterns in numbers. We also worked on solving a story problem. I read a Chicken Soup story. Students focused on coming up with a theme for it. In writing students received a graphic organizer for Winn Dixie as well as a character traits paper. I teacher modeled how to record information regarding one of Opal's most obvious inside character traits. Students recorded the information and proceeded to work on one or two of the other trait sections. During the Intervention Block students continued to individually read, read on Read Theory, use other programs on the Chromebooks, answer some Winn Dixie questions, and work with various teachers on reading strategies. Another weekend is upon us. For reading my blog, a student who gives me a play dime before 9:00 will receive a prize. This student should not pass on this information.
11/8/17  There is no official homework. Students can work on the Unit Two math review. No notes were passed out. In math we worked on subtracting more three digit by three digit numbers using the traditional regrouping method. At the end of the day we enjoyed our time spent with our first grade buddies. In the computer lab we corrected a paragraph full of sentence and punctuation errors. During the Intervention Block I met with a number of different groups. We went over reading strategies applicable to different students. Students also spent the hour reading their "just right books", reading on Read Theory, and answering four questions from Winn Dixie. The students enjoyed the finale of the Winn Dixie movie. We spent a lot of time brainstorming generic character traits both in small and large groups. We are preparing to write an essay based on the three most important traits of Opal, the main character in Winn Dixie. This Friday is Fitness Friday #2 and it is Picture Retake Day.
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11/6/17  THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW. Teachers will be at an inservice on Voting Day. No notes went home. However, in math students should spend the next couple days completing the addition/subtraction worksheet. We reviewed the traditional way of regrouping numbers to add and subtract correctly. We used our Growth Mindset books to begin writing about RESPECT. We reviewed the meaning of respect, saw a brief video about it, and modeled some stories that demonstrated respectful behavior. During the Intervention Block students read their JRBs, went on Read Theory, wrote about the Winn Dixie movie, and met with various teachers. The majority of the day was spent watching and discussing the Winn Dixie movie. We will watch the final 15 minutes on Wednesday.
11/3/17  Happy first Fitness Friday. Some students received Entertainment Books and prizes along with it. Lifetouch pictures, for those who ordered them, were passed out. A Movie Night note and a Restaurant Night note were passed out as well. There is no official homework on the weekend. At the end of the day students went to music. During reading time we finished reading Winn Dixie. Upon completing the book students used their Chromebooks to reflect on the story. They were asked to give their opinion about the book, discuss theme, complete the sentence... Because of Winn Dixie..., and describe two characters/traits from the book backing it up with evidence. Students also read their just right books and went on Read Theory. During the Intervention Block I met with roughly half the students to discuss reading strategies. In math we checked the weekly problem. Later, students used the base 10 manipulatives to work on subtraction problems. In the afternoon we used this knowledge to complete problems by regrouping numbers in the more traditional manner. THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY. Have a nice weekend.
11/2/17  A sickness note should have gone home. I have a student out with Foot and Mouth. The math homework for this evening is to discuss two things... Students should be able to explain what our base 10 system is all about. Basically, the answer is we use just 10 number symbols to create a bunch of different numbers. Number Two... When is three bigger than four??? Answer.... when 3 is in a larger place value. We spent our time discussing place value, making arrays, and forming groups from multiplication problems. In addition we added numbers using cubes, flats, and longs. In the morning students worked on explaining their answer to Monday's problem solving problem. In reading students listened and responded to Winn Dixie. We will be finishing Winn Dixie tomorrow. We have enjoyed learning about character traits, problems, big questions, and theme. Students independently read and they worked on Read Theory. Some students wrote me a short piece about their Halloween adventure and some students completed their personal paragraph. Students went to gym too. WEATHER PROVIDED, TOMORROW WILL BE OUR FIRST FITNESS FRIDAY.
11/1/17  Welcome, November!! I hope all the Halloween festivities went well with your family. No notes went home today. In math homework is homelink 2.10. We did more work using money to trade amounts, create amounts, and divide amounts. With our whiteboards, students demonstrated their understanding of the relationship between addition and multiplication. Students also made arrays and formed groups of numbers. Problem solving time was used to work in pairs and discuss the current progress each student was making. We problem solve each day. In the computer lab students punctuated a paragraph. Then, with any time left over, many students went on the math, Prodigy program. Other students used their academic time wisely in other ways. In reading Winn Dixie continued to be read. Our character study, asking important questions, and coming up with mini themes for each chapter has kept us busy. Students read independently, used Read Theory, and worked with me on special areas during their Intervention Block hour. We started off the day changing desks and cleaning desks out for the month of November. For reading this, students who hand me a play penny first thing tomorrow morning will receive a prize. Students should not tell any other student about this.
10/31/17  Happy Halloween! Time is flying by. A Square 1 reminder note, a piece of art work, and a few Halloween trinkets should have come home. Being Halloween Day, we did a few things differently that the students enjoyed. In reading we continued reading Winn Dixie focusing on character traits, important questions, and finding details. Students also read independently and went on the computer program, Read Theory. In math students worked on several problem solving activities and they spent lots of time on a Halloween graph. I read some material about Halloween as well. May all of you have an enjoyable time this evening.
10/30/17  No notes were passed out. There is no official math homework. Students are encouraged to wear their black and white colors tomorrow. Students may pass out Halloween trinkets, but no food please. The third grade TEAM of teachers met in the afternoon to discuss future lessons. Guest teachers filled in during the PM. In reading we continued Winn Dixie discussing character traits and looking for answers to important questions. Students went on Read Theory and independently read their just right books. In math students received and worked on the unit 2 review. The test will take place later next week. Students also worked on trading and exchanging play money. They added up different amounts and divided the money as well. Furthermore, students worked on solving a Halloween problem involving addition of money and dividing the total amount into groups. Some students went on math Prodigy. In our Growth Mindset books we completed page 33. We defined RESPECT and gave examples of respectful behavior. During our Intervention Block students worked on a number of language arts strategies. The year is flying by.
10/27/17  I am soooo glad the weather held out for our 3:00 Tailgate Party. The kids seemed to have a good time. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out. There is no official homework this weekend and no notes were sent home. It appears all the pumpkins made their way out of the classroom. Students went to music. In math we cleaned out our pumpkins after we weighed each one. Then, we counted how many seeds each pumpkin had. On Monday we will graph the results to see if there is a relationship between the pumpkin's weight and the number of seeds it produces. Unit one math test parental signatures were due today. If you still have not seen the test, please let me know. We also went over the Trick or Treat problem as a whole class. In reading I read more from Winn Dixie. Students also had independent reading time and they worked on Read Theory. During the Intervention Hour I met with a number of students in small groups working on a variety of reading skills. In writing students tried to create a paragraph of their choice. When finished, these student paragraphs will be emailed to me. Have a nice weekend.
10/26/17  We will be using the pumpkins tomorrow. Please send one in if you have not already done so. If you have a pumpkin scooper, please send one in as well. Our Tailgate party is still scheduled for 3:00. Parents are welcome. Students who are wearing a costume should not wear their costumes to school. We will change at recess time. Obviously, some parts of the costume may be worn to school if necessary. Masks and weapons should not come to school. I do not have a problem with face paint. If the weather is inclement, we will accommodate the best we can. Trick or Treat Trinkets can be passed out next Tuesday (no candy). In math the homework is homelink 2.8. We worked a lot on dividing money into equal groups. It is quite a challenge for the students since it involves numerous skills. We are showing GRIT. If you have not already done so, please turn in the half page, unit one parental signature. Doing so lets me know that parents have seen the test results. In the morning we also problem solved. Students discussed Monday's Trick or Treat problem and we will go over the solution on Friday. In reading I read Winn Dixie, focusing mainly on character traits and asking important questions. Students utilized Read Theory, read their JRB's, and worked with teachers on a variety of skills during the Intervention hour. As a whole class, we talked about the purpose of headings and how information can be more quickly located using headings as a starting point. We had another good day.
10/25/17  Please bring in a real pumpkin of any size. We plan on doing some neat math activities with them. I will remind parents of more Tailgate Party details tomorrow on this website. A fundraiser Wreath note, a fundraiser Square 1 note, and a Gymnastics note were all passed out. In math we continued working on dividing various amounts using sketches. We expanded our knowledge of dividing by working on money problems. No official homework was assigned. It would be a good day to work on correcting the mistakes from the Unit 1 assessment. Please return the Unit 1 parental signature half page. Doing so confirms that parents saw the results of the test. During reading times I read more of Winn Dixie. Students are developing their understanding of asking important questions and listening carefully to find answers. Character traits remains a focus as well. Students had time to read their JRB's and work on Read Theory. In the morning students had another teacher discuss autism. It is our hope that students do not fear students with autism. Rather, they welcome them at Coolidge and try to make them feel comfortable. At the end of the day we read with our first grade buddies from Mrs. Brees' class. In the computer lab students again worked on locating my computer outbox, dragging it to their desktops, and correcting the punctuation of the paragraph I gave them. When finished, students had academic free choice. During our Intervention Block students worked on a variety of reading skills. Ask them what they did during that time. The weekend is approaching quickly. It so often does for me.
10/24/17  A note regarding our 3/4 Friday Tailgate party was sent home. If possible, please have your little one bring in a pumpkin, of any size, by this Friday. The third grade plans on conducting a problem solving activity using the pumpkins. In math students received and should have taken home their unit one math tests. Please sign the half page note and have it returned this week. We spent some time going over this first assessment. Throughout this week, regardless if students are retaking the test, students should attempt to correct their errors. Also in math students shared their results about yesterday's trick or treat problem. We discussed division and learned that division means to break apart. For homework, students should try to complete homelink 2.9. 1015 minutes of homework should suffice no matter how much or little was accomplished. Tomorrow, at the start of the day, the magic word is "Bones". Have your little one see me for a prize. Students, at this point, should be sketching math pictures of their thinking. In reading students continued to read their JRB's, work on Read Theory, and use evidence to support their statements. We read chapter 2 of Winn Dixie. Answering important questions and understanding character traits are emphasized throughout this book. Handwriting page 23 was assigned. During our Intervention Block students are doing a number of activities. Various groups are working on comprehension, phonics, vocabulary, and other key strategies.
10/23/17  Two notes were sent home, a Karate note and an Art Show note. This Friday our third/fourth grade tailgate will take the place of our Halloween party. Please look for tomorrow's note in your child's yellow folder. Could your child bring in a pumpkin of any size by Friday? We plan on doing a grade wide problem solving activity with the kiddos. If a pumpkin is not brought in, students can share. Our new intervention groups began today. Teachers are targeting learning strategies based on individual student needs. After roughly seven weeks, teachers will be reviewing the data and rearranging the groups as needed. In math we problem solved twice. We wrapped up Friday's problem solving activity involving the student who worked at a haunted house for $10 an hour. We went over the problem in small groups and as a large group. I assigned another problem involving Halloween candy. We will work on this problem throughout the week. Today's EDM lesson focused on putting dots into different arrays. Homework this evening is homelink 2.7, page 60. Math tests will come home tomorrow. Sorry for the extended delay. In reading students read their JRB's, they worked on Read Theory, and many students received small group instruction. I also began reading Winn Dixie. We discussed Big Questions the author had yet to address and we discussed character traits, both inside and out, from characters in the book. Cursive page 22 was assigned as well.
10/20/17  The Fall Festival is at Holmes Middle School from 68:00 this evening. Hope to see you there. No notes went home today. Students went to music. They had two quiet reading sessions and two opportunities to utilize the program, Read Theory. In math we problem solved for an hour. We reviewed the four steps to problem solving.... Understand the problem, Make a plan for solving it, Carry out the plan, and review the results. Students were given a difficult problem and they worked well together trying to solve it. We will go over the answer on Monday. Handwriting page 21 was assigned. In the morning I read to the students. We continued our discussion of theme. Having the Growth Mindset remains our key focus. Have a nice weekend. The weather has been great.
10/19/17  No notes were sent home today. Conferences continue into this evening. Tomorrow students have a full day of school. The Fall Festival is on Friday at Holmes from 68:00. This morning students went to gym. I read to the class and we discussed the main theme of the story. Later, we went over a sentence worksheet. After that, we finished and checked the Big Cat article. We proved our answers and students learned how to use the text feature, Headings, to help them more quickly find the correct answers. The morning concluded with a quiet reading period involving just right books while other students read on Read Theory.
10/18/17  Sorry for the late notice. Many conferences have been taking place. No notes were sent home. In the morning I read to the students a Chicken Soup story. We talked about the main message (theme) of the story. We also discussed details of the story that supported various questions. In the computer lab students navigated to my teacher outbox. They dragged a paragraph onto their desktops and proceeded to correct the punctuation. Afterwards, students could choose a variety of academic activities to work on. When we returned, I prepared the students for the unit one math test. The test took the remainder of the morning for basically all of the students to finish. Students who did finish used the Chromebooks to work on Read Theory. Some students chose to read a just right book. Tomorrow is another half day as conferences will take place in the afternoon and the evening. Dismissal is at 12:10. Friday is a full day of school.
10/17/17  TOMORROW AND THURSDAY ARE HALF DAYS. DISMISSAL IS AT 12:10. WE HAVE CONFERENCES. FRIDAY IS A FULL DAY. A Fitness Friday note went home. A couple students also took home a conference note. Tomorrow is the Unit One math test. Students should have taken it home to review. The math review can be used on the first test. In groups of three students went over the review. Students have had the review for about a week. THE REVIEW COULD HAVE GONE HOME ANY DAY. We had the opportunity to check out more library books. Handwriting page 20 was assigned. In reading students read their just right books. During this time I read with some of the students. Students also worked on Read Theory. In the morning I read to the students from Chicken Soup for the Soul. We discussed the message of the story, GRIT. Students worked on a sentence paper. We discussed the importance of reading papers out loud. We hear our mistakes more than we see our mistakes because we are much more experienced talkers than writers. As of now, the Fall Festival is still scheduled for this Friday at Holmes Middle School. By Wednesday, we will know if we have enough volunteers. REMEMBER  I AM ENCOURAGING ALL PARENTS TO BRING THEIR SON/DAUGHTER TO THE CONFERENCE. I look forward to talking with you about a lot of good things. Fitness Friday begins this week. Students who ride a bus and choose to participate need to fill out the form and return it to school.
10/16/17  Yeah! We had our pictures taken before recess. No class notes were passed out. Wednesday and Thursday are half days for the students. Teachers will have conferences in the afternoon and evening. Students are strongly encouraged to attend. Please email me if you do not yet have a conference time. Library books should be returned tomorrow. If they are at home, please bring them in. Students went to art today. In reading we had two quiet reading periods and we had one session on locating more direct text answers. Students are learning about paragraphs and how informational text is structured. The article discussed similarities and differences between tigers and lions. Students went on Read Theory too after they finished their paragraph writing puzzle. In math we learned a quicker way to round off numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. We learned that if we followed the same pattern, we could round off just about any number. I also introduced the key words FIRST, THEN, NEXT, and FINALLY to the students. Using these words as a guide will help students write a coherent response regarding how a math problem was solved. The unit one math test is scheduled for this Wednesday. For optional homework students can work on the review at home. The review should come back to school on a daily basis. Later in the day we checked last week's problem solving problem. I modeled a successful strategy how to solve it. Towards the later afternoon we finished Friday's handwriting page.
10/13/17  FRIDAY THE 13TH. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO RESEARCH THIS DATE AND HOW IT CAME TO BE. A Panera Bread fundraiser note was passed out. THIS MONDAY IS PICTURE DAY. Due to hot weather picture day was postponed earlier in the year. Students should have also brought home a note about your son/daughter's reading level. Regardless of what the note says, due not fret. My students know that if they give their best, they will never need to worry. Conferences are next week and I will discuss the reading note in detail. no worries Can your little one round a number to the nearest 100??? After reviewing rounding to the nearest 10, we worked on rounding to the nearest 100. Some students were even able to round to the nearest 1000. Awesome!!! Students went to music. A few minutes of the day were spent passing out some prizes for students who sold Entertainment Books. Keep up the good work. The sell continues. Our Fall Festival is scheduled for next Friday at Holmes Middle School. Can you help out? Either way, I hope to see you there. In class students worked on the math Program, Prodigy. They also spent time covering concepts on the unit one review. The test will take place next week. In reading students went on the program, Read Theory and they read for extended periods. Handwriting page 19 was assigned. I read to the students and we discussed the theme of the story. Conferences are next week. I encourage every student to attend. If you do not yet have a conference time, simply email me. We will work it out. Have an enjoyable weekend.
10/12/17  No class notes were passed out. If you have yet to sign up for a conference, please email me. Conferences take place next week. Students went to gym. In math we focused on rounding. Students are learning to round to the nearest 10 and 100. Time was given to work on the unit one review. If taken home, please return the review back to school on a daily basis. Some students went on the math program, Prodigy, as well. In reading we checked and discussed the Owl article. Students highlighted direct text answers and came up with questions of their own. Students had a quiet reading session and some students went on the program, Read Theory. Handwriting page 18 was assigned. Tomorrow is the final day of the Scholastic Book Fair. The Entertainment Book fundraiser continues into next week.
10/11/17  A conference note, a Fall Festival note, and a Picture Day note should have gone home today. Although it rained, students were productive. The Scholastic Book Fair runs through Friday. If any students are not selling the Entertainment Books, please send them in ASAP. In math students worked on the unit one review. The test will take place next week. If the review is taken home, it should come back to school on a daily basis. Students learned about the meaning of the multiplication symbol. In the computer lab students learned how to access my teacher outbox and copy one of my documents onto their desktops. Then, students worked on correcting punctuation errors within the document they copied. I read to the students and have been focusing on the author's message. We also read a brief text on owls. I modeled how to highlight direct text answers and look for specific information. At the end of the day we visited our first grade buddies. Students completed handwriting page 17. We had a couple just right book reading periods. Some students also had time to work on Read Theory or math Prodigy. another good day with smiling faces
10/10/17  Three notes, a scarecrow contest note, a basketball note, and an Entertainment Book note should have all gone home via the yellow folders. We had another good learning day. In math students learned what the equal sign truly represents. We spent a lot of time balancing equations. There is no homework. Students also worked on the math program, Prodigy. Tomorrow morning have your little one whisper to me the word "Godzilla" and they will receive some reward for it. Thank you for reading my blog. In writing students took a paragraph quiz. Each student wrote about their favorite place using the Chromebooks. We reviewed the proper elements of a paragraph and the students emailed me their work. In reading students used Read Theory, they read their just right books, and they listened to me read. Handwriting page 16 was assigned. IF YOU HAVE YET TO SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCES, SIMPLY EMAIL ME.
10/9/17  Scholastic Book Fair is tomorrow. Bringing in money is totally optional. Happy Columbus Day! We discussed Columbus and his accomplishments. No notes were passed out and students went to art.
In writing students finished their "Best Day" paragraphs and most students completed their responses to the Edward Tulane book (both via the Chromebooks). Mindset Monday focused on RESPONSIBILITY. We discussed the definition of responsibility and students wrote down a number of examples describing this character trait. Then, on page 31 of the mindset books students wrote about a personal time when they were responsible/irresponsible. In reading students had two quiet reading periods in their "just right books" and students individually worked on Read Theory. Handwriting the letter "g" was assigned. In math students practiced problems using Prodigy. Students took a brief addition/subtraction quiz. Also in math students reviewed the four steps to problem solving. The four steps were used to work on a problem. Each day the students will go over different aspects of the problem.
10/6/17  No notes were passed out. Our class heads to the Scholastic Book Fair during our Tuesday library time. We had music today. In math we played a game where students had to answer math questions. If students answered a more challenging question, the football moved even closer to the opponent's goal line. Teams were chosen based on the support for Michigan or State. The game ended with a zero/zero tie and the ball five yards from the 50 yard line. We also had a contest for the best dressed fan. Congrats, O.D.. If a student comes up to me privately on Monday and whispers to me, "Coolidge Cash", I will give each student two bonus Coolidge Cash plus a treat. Thank you for reading my blog. In reading I completed the first phase of assessing all of my students. Results will be shared at conference time. Students had two quiet reading periods and they worked on Read Theory using their Chromebooks. Chromebooks were also used to answer questions on the math program, Prodigy. Edward Tulane was finished today and I had the students respond to the book, via the Chromebooks, how much they liked it. Name tags were also made for our desks. As with every one of my years, the days are flying by. Have a good weekend. If you have yet to sign up for a conference time, simply email me.
10/5/17  No notes were passed out. Tonight, from 68:00, is Coolidge's Skate Night at Riverside roller rink in Livonia. Tomorrow, students are encouraged to wear maize/blue or green/white to support their favorite team. Students went to gym and they were assigned handwriting page 14. In reading we are wrapping up Edward Tulane. We are largely discussing characteristics that the different characters are exhibiting. Students used their Chromebooks to work on Read Theory and we had a quiet read period. I am wrapping up assessing student reading levels. In math clockwork dominated our time. Students are demonstrating nice improvement. There was some time for students to work on the math program, Prodigy. Using the Chromebooks students finished their paragraphs about their favorite day of the year. Students commented on their peers' paragraphs and each student edited each piece as they saw fit. We discussed the different jobs in our class and I read a story about respecting/appreciating what one has. Another Friday is approaching.
10/4/17  This week, again, is moving quickly. Six notes/items should have come home with the yellow folder. A Skate Night note, a Book Fair note, a Livonia Fire Open House note, a skating lesson note, and a volleyball note were all passed out. We also had a brief fundraising assembly which focused on selling Entertainment Books. Please consider selling a couple or more. I find that these books are worth their $30 price tag. I personally saved over $100 using last year's book. In reading we continued reading Edward Tulane. We are getting near the end and the students seem to really enjoy this book. E.T. deals a great deal with emotions and the importance of being happy for what a person does have in life. Students also read quietly and used Read Theory to strengthen their reading fluency and comprehension skills. In the computer lab students continued their programming using the website
www.code.org
. Cursive page 13 was assigned and worked on. In math another skill was added to telling time. All the students seem to be improving. We used our Chromebooks to work on math Prodigy and we extended our practice of writing paragraphs that are supported with evidence. Tomorrow, students have gym.
10/3/17  Skate Night is this Thursday. A note will come home tomorrow. No notes were sent home today. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. There will be no class book check out next week as students will attend the Book Fair during their library time. In the morning we continued reading Edward Tulane and discussing many reading strategies good readers use to comprehend a story. Students also had their quiet reading period. I monitored students to ensure they were reading just right books and I conducted some reading tests. Students used their Chromebooks to go on Read Theory and the math program, Prodigy. I set up the program to ask a number of questions dealing with the third grade skill of telling time. We also used our Chromebooks to write paragraphs to one another and have our paragraphs critiqued. In groups we worked on telling time and handwriting page 12 was assigned. We had another good day.
10/2/17  Welcome, October. The yellow folders should have gone home containing two notes, a basketball note and a credit union note. Students went to art and we had an assembly on the importance of saving money. In reading we continued our Edward Tulane text, students had a free reading period, and students worked on Read Theory. We switched desks, discussed our discipline flip chart system, discussed jobs in the classroom, and shared information how to keep germs from spreading in the class. Cursive page 11 was worked on and students used math Prodigy. We ended the day discussing the word RESPONSIBILITY and working on some time elapsed problems. I need to leave shortly after school to pick up my car. I will respond to any emails I receive tomorrow.
9/29/17  Good Bye, September. I will miss my favorite weather month. No notes were sent home. Students went to music. In the morning we had a quiet read. I completed some more assessing of reading levels and just right book reading. I read more chapters from Edward Tulane and discussed a variety of reading strategies. Students used their Chromebooks and continued to write paragraphs. These paragraphs were shared with a buddy. The buddy gave feedback via the Chromebooks. Students also used the Chromebooks to work on the math program called Prodigy. By the way, the first three students who privately whisper to me "Fidget Spinner" will receive a gift Monday morning. I appreciate parents reading my updates. Be sure to tell your little one not to tell anyone about this. We completed handwriting page 10 and we did some more clock work at the carpet. Next week we will focus on elapsed time. Towards the end of the day we had a team building challenge activity. We almost succeeded and we will try again next week. One more thing... Students used their Chromebooks and completed some reading texts using the program, Read Theory. It was another good week.
9/28/17  IF YOU HAVE YET TO SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE TIME, SIMPLY EMAIL ME OR CALL MRS. RIGGI. I hope you found Curriculum Night enjoyable and informative. See all of you for conferences soon. No notes were sent home. Students went to gym. I continued reading Edward Tulane and we discussed character traits. Students had an extended quiet reading period. They are developing greater reading stamina and most of the students are reading just right books. Super! Handwriting page 9 was completed. In math most students should now be able to tell time on an analog clock. Using whiteboards students practiced with a buddy. We also used our Chromebooks to further familiarize ourselves with the math program, PRODIGY. The students really enjoy it and they can do Prodigy at home. We used our Chromebooks to write about dogs or cats being the better pet. Students made their claim and were asked to support their topic sentence with evidence. Students titled their document, emailed it to a buddy, and received constructive criticism from the buddy via the Chromebooks. The week is flying.
9/27/17  Ah, cooler weather is coming in. No notes were passed out. CURRICULUM NIGHT FOR THE THIRD GRADE BEGINS AT 6:45 AND ENDS AT 7:30. HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND. PLEASE  PARENTS ONLY
Students went to the computer lab. We worked on our programming skills using the website
www.code.org
. In math students went back into the computer program called Prodigy. They really enjoy it and can use this program at home. Handwriting page 8 was assigned. Using our Chromebooks students read texts at their reading levels. Students answer questions to help the program assess improvement. We also used our Chromebooks to write more paragraphs. Students learned/reviewed how to title a document, share it with a friend, and allow a fellow student to type comments. A 35 minute quiet read was also given. I monitored the students and asked them about choosing just right books. At the end of the day we met Mrs. Brees' buddies for the first time. The kids were excited. I read more chapters from Edward Tulane and focused on the development of the characters. We had another good day.
9/26/17  No notes were passed out. Tomorrow, beginning at 6:45, the third grade Curriculum Night begins in my room (30). Students had the opportunity to check out more library books. Only just right books should be checked out. We continued reading Edward Tulane focusing on character traits. In math we worked on a new computer program called Prodigy. For most of my third graders, Prodigy is a new program. The students seem very motivated to utilize it and it can be used at home. Students also worked in pairs testing each other on telling time correctly. Handwriting page 8 was completed and students finished more assessments on Read Theory. Students had a quiet reading period and I spent that time checking student books for the correct reading level. Using our Chromebooks we completed the day writing a paragraph containing a topic sentence with supporting details. We had another productive day.
9/25/17  Due to the heat, Picture Day has been postponed. A new date should be announced this week. No notes were passed out. Students went to art. In the morning I continued reading from Edward Tulane. We are looking at the various character traits demonstrated in the book. Our Chromebooks were used to write paragraphs. The paragraphs, with student permission, were displayed so that students could look at strengths and weaknesses. Students spent time on the reading program, Read Theory. In the afternoon students had a quiet reading block. In math we reviewed the purpose of each clock hand. Students were given a time and asked to numerically write the time down. Cursive page six was completed and several more Growth Mindset pages were discussed as well. Curriculum Night is this Thursday from 6:45 until 7:30. Hope to see you there. Reminder... a media opt out page needs to be completed if you do not want certain information(name/picture) about your son/daughter to be displayed. I believe this form is located on the Coolidge web page. Enjoy your evening.
9/22/17  Well, we made it through a hot, muggy week. The yellow folder should have gone home. One note about the Livonia Youth Choir should be in it. In the morning the kids enjoyed the Fund Run. Thank you for the donations. Donations will continue to be accepted next week. In the afternoon we went to music. Students had a quiet reading period and they used their Chromebooks to work on Read Theory. Chromebooks were also used to write a paragraph. Students were given a topic sentence prompt and asked to write three supporting details. Students sent me their work using the email on the Chromebook. very cool I continued reading Edward Tulane. We are mainly working on summary and character traits. Cursive page 5 was assigned. PICTURE DAY IS MONDAY. Have a nice weekend.
9/21/17  Students should wear YELLOW tomorrow. Yellow is our Fund Run third grade color. All students, regardless if a family sends in donations, will be able to participate. Four notes should have gone home via the yellow folder. A YMCA note, a hockey note, a Martial Arts note, and a Coolidge Book Fair packet should have found their way home. Students went to gym. In class I read and discussed several more Edward Tulane chapters. We completed handwriting page 4. In math we finished doing subtraction problems using the numbers chart. Students had two quiet reading periods. Focusing on reading just right books has been an important goal. Students used the Chromebooks to practice their reading skills on Read Theory. In our Growth Mindset books we discussed expectations for severe weather. We discussed the purpose of writing in paragraphs. Several examples were given. A number of students still need to bring in a rag or old sock to use as an eraser for their whiteboards. We made it through another hot and muggy day.
9/20/17  No notes were sent home. Leo's Coney Island fundraising event is today. Our Fund Run is this Friday. Donate if you can. Tomorrow, as part of Spirit Week, students should wear colors of the rainbow. In the computer lab students worked on writing code using the website
www.code.org
. I read more chapters of Edward Tulane. The students are enjoying the book and learning about character traits. Handwriting page 3 was assigned. Students are reviewing how to properly hold a pencil. In math we continued using our 100s charts to subtract numbers. Using our Chromebooks I introduced Read Theory to the students. I believe Read Theory can be done at home when students have their passwords memorized. Read Theory is a computer program that assesses individual student reading levels and adjust texts based on students correctly or incorrectly answering multiple choice questions. We completed more pages of our Mindset book. We discussed arrival/dismissal and fire procedures. We had two quiet reading periods. I continued assessing students and discussing just right books. It was a warm, but productive day.
9/19/17  A butterfly releasing event note was sent home via the yellow folders. Students went to the library and had the opportunity to check out more books. We had a lockdown drill. Two quiet reading sessions took place. I had a guest teacher in the PM and used the time to formally assess more students' reading levels. I read Edward Tulane. We discussed how the character traits of the main character are changing. We also discussed the word, "summary." The students are enjoying the book. My guest teacher read a Chicken Soup story to the students. In math we practiced adding and subtracting numbers using the hundreds chart. Students practiced following patterns and assisting others to solve problems. Tomorrow, our special is computer lab and in the evening the Leo's Coney Island fundraiser takes place. Please remember the Fund Run donations. Tomorrow, as part of Spirit Week, Coolidge is allowing Wacky Wednesday dress up. We concluded the morning with the students working on a class wide problem... putting the class in alphabetical order. We are getting close.
9/18/17  One note about Spirit Week was sent home via the yellow folders. Tomorrow's Spirit Week is Hawaiian dress up day. Wear your bright colors. The Fund Run is this Friday. Donations for the Fund Run go to our PTA and are greatly appreciated and needed. In class a bunch of different things took place. Students went to art. Mr. Grezak talked to the third grade students about having a Growth Mindset. We had our first practice fire drill and we discussed how the Constitution of the United States came to be. We had two reading blocks and I assessed students at that time. I read several more chapters from Edward Tulane. We are discussing vocabulary and character traits within the text. Students received their handwriting books. We worked on holding the pencil correctly and the routine for completing each page. We had another productive day.
9/15/17  Five notes were sent home via the yellow folders. A picture note, a Karate note, a butterfly note, a Leo's Coney island note, and a Cub Scout note were all passed out. Only the boys received the Cub Scout note. Students went to music. In math we took our school's problem solving math test. Results will be discussed at student/parent/teacher conferences. Also in math we used the 100s chart to work on adding correctly single digit and two digit numbers. A lot of time was used to model patterns in math. Students had two quiet reading periods. I continued assessing my students' reading levels and their selection of just right books. In addition we began reading Edward Tulane. We talked about character traits both inside and out. We discussed how people can change. In our Growth Mindset books we went over more of our classroom rules and expectations. In the computer lab I introduced the students to programming using the website
www.code.org
. We made it through our first full week. Enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having.
9/14/17  No notes were sent home. Students went to gym. We completed three more rule pages in our Growth Mindset books. I read to the students and the class had several quiet reading opportunities. I continued monitoring the books students were reading and I assessed a couple students' reading levels. Unless absent, the students finished Coolidge's reading and writing assessment on Cheetahs. Almost every student completed the I Ready math and reading tests as well. Tomorrow, students will finish up the week working on Coolidge's problem solving problem (math). For the most part we will be done taking school, district, and state tests for quite some time.
9/13/17  Gym is tomorrow. Remember those tennis shoes. No notes were sent home. This week, for the boys, a Cub Scout note will go home. Most students are wrapping up the I Ready assessments. Except for absent students, we should complete the two tests tomorrow morning. The Cheetah article reading and writing test is threefourths complete as well. Today, the students used their notes to begin writing their essays. Tomorrow will be the final day for students to complete their essays. Students had several quiet reading blocks. I am impressed with many students' reading stamina. I continue to assess student book selection as well as student reading levels. We completed two more pages concerning bathroom rules and hallway expectations in our Growth Mindset books. Our heavy testing week is more than 50% complete. Yeah!
9/12/17  No notes were passed out. All or most of the yellow folders should be at school. Students went to the library and were able to check out books. YEAH! TONIGHT AT 7:00 IS OUR FIRST PTA MEETING. Consider coming and joining us. As mentioned earlier, this week is our testing week. Please see the previous notes for more information. Students looked over the cheetah article and recorded their final notes on the graphic organizer. A cheetah video was included. Tomorrow, the essay portion of the assessment will begin. Students also worked on the I Ready math assessment. As students finish, they will begin the reading portion. Breaks are allowed as needed. We worked in our Mindset books discussing good rules to follow for guest teachers and indoor recess. We also had two half hour silent reading blocks. During this time I began assessing students just right book selections. In addition I have begun formal reading level testing. Tomorrow will follow a similar pattern. Have a nice day.
9/11/17  The 16th year away from 9101. The students I taught that year are now around 27 years old and very well could have families of their own. Time goes by too quickly. No notes were sent home. Yellow folders should be returned to school on a daily basis. For the most part yellow folders will come home when there are notes from Coolidge. This week is a heavy assessment week. Students are taking the I Ready district reading and math tests. We started the math test today in the computer lab and will take portions of this test all week. We also began the reading and writing (ELA) test for our school. Students are reading a cheetah article, are being asked to takes notes from it, and write an essay using the notes taken from the article. This assessment will continue each day of this week as well. Coolidge also began our Intervention block. Our time starts at 1:30 and lasts until 2:30. The main purpose of the block is to assist and focus on helping our struggling learners. The students went to art for the first time. I read to the class and we had a quiet read period. I began assessing student reading levels. We talked about 9101 and we used our Growth Mindset books to write down rules of the classroom. Tomorrow we have a PTA meeting at 7:00. Perhaps I will see you there. Most parents have turned in their child's Emergency Cards. Thank you.
9/8/17  Well, we made it through the first week of school. I enjoyed meeting so many parents at Open House and I look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night. In class today students should have taken home, for the first time, their plastic yellow take home folder. The folder should contain a gymnastics note and a hockey note. The folder should be returned to school every day it goes home. Use the folder to send school materials back to Coolidge. Students attended music and we had a short extra recess. We reviewed how to select a just right book and students had two quiet reading periods. I read with students during these time periods. We began math by looking for patterns. We used the 100s chart to find every possible pattern. Then, we used the patterns in the 100s chart to find the difference between two numbers. We worked in our Mindset book on page 2. I read a story about giving a good effort and shared a personal story of mine. The students wrote about a time when they worked hard to be successful. In the morning we changed desks for the month of September. We will change desks again next month. We took out the Chromebooks. I reviewed how to carry a Chromebook and put it back in the cart. Students were given the opportunity to log on and peruse various teacher appropriate sites. Next week will involve a lot of district and school improvement testing. Try to encourage your son/daughter to give their best. The students will be taking the I Ready reading and math assessments, during different days, in the computer lab. In the classroom students will read an article, take notes about the article, and use the notes to write an essay. A math problem solving problem will be given on Friday. The computer will instantly grade the I Ready assessments. Teachers will grade the article and the problem solving problem. The assessment scores will serve as a benchmark score. These assessments will be regiven in the spring to help teachers determine student academic growth. Contact me with any questions you may have. I will be discussing these tests in more detail during Curriculum Night and Parent/Teacher Conferences. Have an enjoyable weekend.
9/7/17  Due to the poor weather, the Coolidge picnic has been cancelled. However, our Open House will take place from 67:30. Feel free to drop by any time during this period. Today, no notes were sent home. We went over a number of rules, routines, and procedures. Students worked in their Growth Mindset books writing about who they want to be and discussing recess rules expectations. We watched a Zootopia video and tied it in to giving our best effort. Students reviewed how to select a "just right book" to read and we had two silent reading blocks. I read to the students and read with several of my students observing the reading choices they made. We had a productive day and all of us seem to be enjoying the class. Hope to see you this evening.
9/6/17  No notes went home. Please turn in your child's Emergency Cards one day this week. Tomorrow, from 67:30, is Coolidge's Picnic and Open House. Hope to see you there. Today our students wrote a letter about themselves. I read to the class and took them out for an extra recess observing how they interact. In the computer lab we worked on memorizing our passwords and being able to navigate to each student's page. Gym is tomorrow. Bring tennis shoes. Students began selecting "just right books" and we had two reading time periods. Students worked on a name project and we had a class activity. Additional rules, procedures, and routines were discussed. Feel free to email me any time.
9/5/17  We are off to a fine start. Thank you for all of the generous supply donations. Tomorrow is our first full day of school. Dismissal is at 3:58. Our Open House/Picnic will take place this Thursday. Hope to see you there. Tomorrow our special is the computer lab. Email me any time. I also have a Twitter account ... @ToddMai1 Have a nice day.