• Teaching Diversity through Author's Message

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 1/15/2018

    Author's Message

    This month we are learning about diversity through read alouds.  We also focused on finding the author's message which taught us all a lesson.  In Oliver Button is a Sissy and We're All Wonders we learned that we are all different and to accept others for who they are.  We also learned that different is cool!  We should not be scared of others, it makes us wonder about them.  

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Portraits and Our Dreams

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 1/15/2018

    Martin Luther King., Jr. Portraits

    Martin Luther King., Jr. Portraits

    We learned about the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. through the book Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport. The students sketched a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. and wrote profound dreams about ways to make the world a better place for all.  Ask your child what his/her dream is.

     

     

     

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  • Then and Now

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 12/21/2017

    Then and Now

    To culminate our Life Long Ago and Today history study, our class made a slide show comparing a topic from then and now.  Enoy!

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  • STEM- Constructing Trees to withstand a Hurricane

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 12/16/2017

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    We had an amazing time engineering trees out of pipe cleaners, coffee filters, play dough, a paper cup, and tape to withstand 30 seconds in storm and then hurricane force winds.  It was fun to see all the different ideas, constructions, and reactions during the testing phase.  All the pairs of students perservered and figured out ways to improve their trees.  Ask you child how he/she improved his/her tree.

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  • Reading is Thinking- Making Predictions

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 12/15/2017

    Making Predictions

    We are learning that readers think while reading to deepen understanding of the text.  We learned the third comprehension strategy this week-Making Predictions (a smart guess that is not right or wrong). When reading, readers stop along the way, and make a prediciton or guess what will happen next using clues/evidence from the text and their schema (thinking).  I predict ________ bescause ________. After readers find out what happens they tell themselves if their prediction came true or not.  If not, readers tell themselves what really happened in the text so they remeber the correct sequence of events.  Try this at home.  It makes reading more fun and helps readers remember the story for a long time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • December Holidays

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 12/14/2017

    Menorahs

    We are learning about different holidays that people celebrate in December.  We learned that Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah at this time of the year.  The students learned about the history of Hanukkah and traditions that Jewish people partake in such as lighting a candle on each day of Hanukkah. We had fun listening to Jewish music and decorating our menorahs.   

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  • Reading is Thinking- Visualizing

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 12/9/2017

    Visualizing

    Visualizing

    We learned a second comprehension strategy-visualizing.  Readers make pictures or a movie in their heads that match the story.  We use our five senses to hear, see, touch, taste, and smell things in our pictures.  Our pictures also change as the story goes on. Our pictures may be different from one another because we have different schema.  Visualizing helps readers understand stories better. Try this strategy at home while reading aloud or listening to your child read.  Stop at places throughout the book and talk about what your pictures in your minds look like.  Have fun!

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  • Plants We Eat

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 12/8/2017

    Plants we Eat

    We read aloud the folktale, Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens.  We noticed that carrots and beets are actually roots. We learned that we eat root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, beets, and radishes. The students sketched and labeled pictures of tops (vegetables that grow above the soil) and bottoms (vegetables that grow below the soil).  Ask your child to name a couple tops and bottoms. 

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  • Roots

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 12/8/2017

    Plant observations

    We watched a time lapse video of roots growing and read a book to learn about the jobs of roots. Next, we looked for evidence of roots on our bean plants.  the students were pleasantly surprised!  We sketched, labeled a picture of our plants and recorded an observation.  Finally, we measured and graphed the heights our bean plants to see which plant is the tallest one.  Ask your child which bean Jack should choose for his beanstalk so far.

     

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  • Hour of Code

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 12/6/2017

    Hour of Code

    Hour of Code

    This week millions of people around the world are participating in an hour of code in which we are learning how to code like a computer scientist.  We played Lightbot to practice coding.  The kids were excited about the game! Your child can go on this game at home by going onto our school website>library>student tools>hour of code>lightbot.  Have fun!

    We also were introduced to Typing Club this week to learn how to type correctly.  You can go on to Typing Club as well at home by going onto the school website>library>student tools>Typing Club.  Your child does need to know his/her login and password, which I will send home in Friday folders.  Please make sure your child is using the correct fingers when practicing.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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