Several annual events at Wines help me mark the passage of time as the year goes by and the first main event is always the Run-a-thon! The Run-a-thon is not only a great fundraiser for Wines but also a great example of classroom communities working together. The logistics of the morning always present an extra challenge for our classroom as we have kids running in multiple classrooms at multiple grade levels. We were part of Parson's Potatoes, Day's Dragons, Mosher's Emoshees, and Spiroff Spaghetti! Special thanks to Margaret and Libby for helping Wesam, Mary, Kelly, and I with the kids both indoors and outdoors so everyone could participate with their general education classrooms. I am always happy to see parents out supporting their kids at this annual event. I have lots of pictures to share from this event.
Run-a-thon aside, we were also busy with Spirit Week, music, art, dance, PE. and continuing to work on academic goals and objectives. Students participated in PLTW, 5th grade walk to Bird Hills, buddy classroom activities, social studies and science in general education classrooms, recess, Speech, and OT. It's really remarkable the number of different activities that students are involved in throughout the day.
Week number six of the 19-20 school year was a busy one! Our third graders had their turn to go on a walking field trip to Bird Hills. Wednesday and Thursday were both great days to get outside. We had fourth grade peers come in Thursday and Friday after lunch to play games. We started our non-fiction unit about bats- check out what we have learned so far in our chart pictured below. You can also see the chart we made about our first fiction book, Fergus and Zeke. In our art class, we made some cool fish pictures. Our fifth grade artists are working on parodies of Grant Wood's famous painting, American Gothic. Our two fifth graders chose pirates and astronauts to put into the famous painting. I can't wait to share photos of the finished products. In P.E. on Friday we took a walk and blew bubbles on top of the hill. Check out some of these moments and more in this week's pictures.
October started with some 80 degree days, but I am hopeful for the return of more fall like weather. This week 4th grade had their environmental education field trip to the rock pit and also started the Songsters program. Each 4th grade class is collaborating with Joe Reilly to write a song and will perform these songs at the downtown branch of the library. This week we also started inviting some fourth graders into our classroom after lunch to play games and participate in other social activities.
This week we finished up our first beginning chapter book, Fergus and Zeke, concentrating on the story elements of characters, setting, problem, and solution. Tomorrow we will write summaries and type them, so look for those on Seesaw. We will also start a short non-fiction unit, learning about bats as well as learning a poem about bats and measuring the length of bats. Both of our third grade classes have walking field trips to Bird Hills this week. In math, we introduced fractions along with the vocabulary words "numerator" and "denominator." Pronunciation of these vocabulary words gets better and better every day! Our October science unit is about earth materials and landforms. I've included a photo of our anchor chart so you can see the vocabulary terms we are working on. I will send home their social studies workbooks from September. These can be completed as review over the course of the year at home, if you are so inclined.
Tomorrow brings the end of September! October brings two fun events to Wines: the Runathon and Halloween! More information to follow about both of these events as the month progresses.
We had a busy week! All of our third graders had the chance to participate in a scientific exploration activity learning about different bird beaks and what different beaks are useful for. Hands on science activities are fun and provide opportunities for learning alongside peers. Our fourth graders took a hike at Bird Hills with their kindergarten buddy class- it was a beautiful morning to be outside with friends.
We also continued reading Fergus and Zeke as a class. We are talking daily about story elements such as characters, setting, problem, and solution. As you read with your kids draw attention to these features!
In our math meeting this month we will start learning about fractions. We will be learning about fractions 1/2, 1/4, and 3/4, recognizing these in picture representations, and learning how to put these in order on a number line. We will switch to a science unit learning about landforms and earth materials.
I hope you enjoy some photos from the last week at school.
The first three weeks have flown by! I can't believe we are already in the last week of September.
We have completed three units of our Behavior Basics program and have learned about our 5 classroom rules, making smooth transitions, and waiting patiently. We will keep reviewing these concepts and reinforcing these behaviors when we see the students doing well.
On Friday we started our literacy group. We address many of the ELA Essential Elements through this literacy group including sequencing of stories, elements of fiction (characters, setting, problem/solution), prediction, making connections to text, WH questions, and summarizing stories. The first book we are reading together is called Fergus and Zeke. It is a beginning chapter book and I break the story into smaller chunks to help aid in comprehension.
During our math meeting, we have been focusing on solving simple word problems using pictures, adding two or three numbers using a number line, and creating, extending, and describing patterns.
We will finish up our first social studies unit this week (needs/wants) and switch to a science unit during October.
Enjoy this week's pictures!
Hello! Welcome to the first blog post of the 2019-2020 school year. This blog serves as a way to update you on some of the work we are doing in the classroom and to share photos of moments throughout our days.
We have spent the first two weeks getting to know our new students, and helping our new students to get to know us. We have three teaching assistants in our classroom, Kelly, Mary, and Wesam. (Lots of photo credits go to them as they are the ones out and about most often with the kids!)
To start off the year we will be learning and reviewing some behavioral targets for our classroom including our classroom rules, making smooth transitions, waiting patiently, and following directions.
Every month we will have a science or social studies unit that we study in our classroom. This month we are talking about needs and wants. At the end of the month, I will send home an anchor chart with the vocabulary targets as well as additional worksheets to practice at home.
This year we are partnering with the Chelsea Ballet, who is providing a weekly adapted dance class on Thursday afternoons. We had our first class this past Thursday and it went very well. Everyone was engaged and had a great time. I'm excited to see how this class continues to evolve over the year. This program is provided free to us via grant funding that the Chelsea Ballet has secured.
Enjoy the photos from the past couple weeks of school!
It occurred to me after everyone had left on Friday and I was cleaning up the room that we had forgotten to "count" the last day of school. We have diligently been putting a "one" in the box every day of the school year, composing tens, and a hundred all the way up to 171! Friday was Day 172, plus our 8 snow days, makes 180 days of school.
We had the most *beautiful* day for our water park trip on Wednesday. Since we have to pick the date a few weeks in advance to secure the bus, it's always been a shot in the dark as to what the weather is going to be. We certainly got lucky this year. On top of the gorgeous weather, we were also the only people there! It was our own private water park. The kids and staff all had a great time-
Our 5th Grade Farewell was Thursday evening. All three of our 5th graders and their families participated in this Wines tradition. Thanks so much for coming out and also to our K-5 SpEd team who always turns out in mass to support the kids at this annual event.
Friday morning brought the annual Gray-Hospadaruk Paper Plate Awards! This is our 3rd year awarding paper plates, recognizing students and staff for their unique contributions to our classrooms (and lives!)
Thanks to the families that were able to join us for the awards ceremony! If you've never been, I hope you will be able to attend next year, as it's a very celebratory event! (See below)
As always, I am forever indebted to our amazing classroom staff- Wesam, Mary, Kelly, and Lizzy (who always seemed to appear from the lower el class *just* when we needed the extra help). I don't know what I would do without them- teaching and learning just would not be possible. On behalf of all of us, thank you for the kind words, notes, chocolate, and other end of year thanks.
We say farewell to our three fifth graders Jack, Corbin, and Ella as they move on to middle school! Having three students transition at one time always leaves a huge hole in the classroom the following fall, and it will feel very different without them. But I also believe that each of these students is ready for something different and new challenges as they meet new people and have new experiences in 6th grade. I hope you feel that your children have been part of something special, and know how much all of us at Wines love your child. I appreciate your trust in us to care for your child. I'm happy to help in whatever way I can in the future- even if it's 20 years down the road, please feel free to reach out.
Have a great summer all!
I feel like the last couple of weeks have been non-stop special events and activities. I have lots of photos to share of various events, so let's get started... in no particular order (mostly because the chronology seems impossible to remember at this point).
Unified Day! Unified Day brought us beautiful weather, a fast moving series of events, and fun peers (and sister!) to hang out with for the morning at Skyline. If I managed to get a video of your child's race, I have posted those on Seesaw and hope you have all been able to see them by now.
Field Day! Field Day was held at Wines this past Friday afternoon. Some of the kids participated a little, and some participated a lot, but I was proud that every one of our students was part of this annual Wines tradition. I don't have lots of photos to share, but here is what I was able to compile!
5th Grade Camp! This is just the third year that a student from our classroom has participated in 5th grade camp. Camp provides many unique challenges from social challenges, endurance challenges, sensory challenges, flexibility challenges, and challenges in independence, not to mention being 3.5 hours away from home. I was very proud of Ella for meeting these challenges head on.
And finally... we've been doing some yoga, had end of the year lunch bunch party, some PE, some music, some social studies and some unintentional twinning happening as well. Look for one more update after we wrap up the week!
Hello! We had a great week- so much going on! The main event was our 4th Wall play. The kids worked really hard and I was proud that all the singing, dancing, and acting came together. Please check out the final presentation on Seesaw if you weren't able to make it to the show. We also had a birthday, wax museum presentation, art night, instrumental concert, more confusing May weather, and so much else (reading, writing, math, the usuals!)
This week we checked off one of our annual spring traditions: the Coopers Fun Run at Hudson Mills Metro Park. Thanks to Valerie and Don for joining us. It was a cool day, but at least we didn't have any rain this year! Maybe next year it'll be 70 and sunny. I can always dream!! During our morning group time, we have been practicing our singing, dancing, and acting with our play "Space Adventures." I hope that you can all join us Thursday afternoon at the library- permission slips coming home tomorrow!
We are the grades 3-5 CI class at Wines Elementary in Ann Arbor MI!