arielle’s summary

Report from Arielle

15 August

Math, 1st grade and up:
Ms. Lou Ellen and Ms. Arielle will be jointly teaching math for 1st – 8th grades. By co-teaching math we will be able to have more time between us to give this subject the time and energy that it deserves, since problems need to be checked for accuracy.  This week students started working in their math workbooks again. Others are taking entry tests so we can determine the proper math book level; while some are taking end-of-book tests to move on to the next math level. This school year, we are now insisting that students show their work and indicate the units of the question in a math spiral notebook alongside their workbooks.[What about the missing math books that students took home? We need parents to find these.]

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students took a two-part spelling test to determine the most appropriate spelling group for each student. They will be put in their groups next week. Each week students will work in the classroom on at least 4 different spelling activities related to their groups’ weekly spelling words. Spelling tests will be conducted on Fridays.

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:

Social studies lessons will start on Monday next week.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons will start on Wednesday of next week.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students discussed different kinds of scientists and what a scientist is. They started learning about the scientific method and built parachutes for markers to see what materials and size of materials would help a marker glide in the air longest.

E.L.A.R (English Language Arts and Reading), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week started with reviewing the syllables of words and having fun with a syllables song and dance.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th/3rd – 4th grades:
Students started with learning the rules of their class and then discussing “what is ethics?.” After learning what ethics means, I gave an ethical dilemma prompt to the group for discussion. Students were mostly pretty lively in their discussion of what they thought was right and wrong to them. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was given. This group is purely discussion.

22 August

Math, 1st grade and up:
This week most students worked diligently in their math books. Others are took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. Math 3 had a group lesson on factors and prime factorization. Math 1 had a group lesson on multiplication and the multiplication tables. This week, students have been doing pretty well in showing their work in the math spiral notebook alongside their workbooks.

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students were put into four different spelling groups based on their spelling skills. The groups are ‘United Animals,’ ‘Magical Rabbits,’ ‘Slithering Snakes,’ and ‘ Firing Dragons.’ ‘Magical Rabbits,’ ‘Slithering Snakes,’ and ‘Firing Dragons’ worked on the ‘ck’ sound as a review while ‘United Animals worked on ‘-es.’ Spelling words for each group will be posted on ClassDojo each week if families would like to work on spelling at home. There will be no spelling homework given this year unless a student does not pass a spelling test. The first spelling tests were conducted on Friday. All the students did a great job!

Math, 1st & 2nd grades:
This week most students worked diligently in their math books. Others are took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. A group lesson on math symbols was presented to the students.

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:
Social studies lessons this week were about the differences between schools in present times and those long ago. Students got to see differences in schools, including materials used and what students and teachers looked like, by observing pictures and watching videos.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons focused on writing within the top and bottom lines, and the careful writing of the lowercase ‘l’ and ‘e’ in cursive.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students continued to learn about the steps of the scientific method and how to do each step. They conducted ‘sink and float’ observations using the scientific method. Students also learned about qualitative and quantitative observations.

E.L.A.R (English Language Arts and Reading), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week focused on commas and where they should be placed in sentences.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th & 3rd – 4th grades (alternate weeks):
This week the 3rd– and 4th-grade students started by learning the rules of their class and then discussing “what is ethics?.” After learning what ethics means, an ethical dilemma prompt was given to the group for discussion. Students were pretty lively in their discussion of what they thought was right and wrong to them. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was given. This group is purely discussion.

29 August

Math, 1st grade and up:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some students took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. Math group 4 had a lesson on least common multiples. This week, students have been doing pretty well in showing their work in their math spiral notebooks alongside their workbooks.

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
The groups are ‘United Animals,’ ‘Magical Rabbits,’ ‘Slithering Snakes,’ and ‘ Firing Dragons.’ The Magical Rabbits group worked with words ending in ‘-ll’ while the Slithering Snakes focused on ‘-ll’ and ‘qu’ words. The Firing Dragons worked on the ‘ow’ and ‘oa’ sounds as a review, and the ‘United Animals worked on ‘ph’ and ‘gh’ words. Spelling words for each group will be posted on ClassDojo each week if families would like to work on spelling at home. Spelling tests were conducted on Friday. Many of the students did such a great job and got all their words correct!

Math, 1st & 2nd grades:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Others took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. A group lesson on math word problems was presented to the students.

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:
Social studies lessons this week were on the differences in modes of transportation in present times versus long ago. Students got to see differences between types of transportation used long ago and those used for transportation today.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons continued on writing within the top and bottom lines, and the careful writing of the lowercase ‘l’ and ‘e’ in cursive.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students continued to learn about the steps of the scientific method and how to do each step. They conducted ‘ping pong ball bounce’ observations using the scientific method. Students also continued to learn about qualitative and quantitative observations.

E.L.A. (English Language Arts), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week focused on ‘common’ and ‘proper’ nouns.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th & 3rd – 4th grades (alternate weeks):
The 5th– through 8th-grade students again discussed, “What is ethics?.” After discussing what ethics means, an ethical dilemma prompt was given to the group for discussion. Students were pretty lively in their discussion of what they thought was right and wrong to them. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was given.

5 September

Math, 1st grade and up:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. Math group 4 had a lesson on least common multiples. Math group 3 had a group lesson on multiplying and dividing decimals. Math group 1 had a multiplication flashcard quiz. Some students in math group 2 had a lesson on measurement word problems.

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
The spelling groups are ‘United Animals,’ ‘Magical Rabbits,’ ‘Slithering Snakes,’ and ‘Firing Dragons.’ The Magical Rabbits’ and ‘Slithering snakes’ groups worked with words ending in silent ‘e.’ Firing Dragons worked on the ‘aw’ sounds as a review, while ‘United Animals’ worked on words ending in the suffix ‘-able.’ Spelling words for each group will be posted on ClassDojo each week if families would like to work on spelling at home. Spelling tests were conducted on Friday. Many of the students did a great job and got all their words correct!

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:
In social studies the students learned about the changes in technology over time in inventions such as phones,

lighting, and time-telling devices.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons continued on writing within the top and bottom lines, and the careful writing of the lowercase ‘l,’ ‘e,’ ‘t,’ and ‘i’ in cursive.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students continued to learn about the steps of the scientific method and how to do each step. They conducted three trials of ‘candy color’ observations using the scientific method.

E.L.A.R (English Language Arts and Reading), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week continued with ‘common’ and ‘proper’ nouns.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th & 3rd – 4th grades (alternate weeks):
The 3rd– and 4th-grade students again discussed “What is ethics?.” After discussing what ethics means, an ethical dilemma prompt was given to the group for discussion. Students were pretty lively in their discussion of what they thought was right and wrong to them. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was presented.

12 September

Math, 1st grade and up: This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some students took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. Math group 1 had a timed multiplication test.

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
The groups are ‘United Animals,’ ‘Magical Rabbits,’ ‘Slithering Snakes,’ and ‘ Firing Dragons.’ Magical Rabbits’ had spelling words with ‘-y’ making an ‘i’ sound, while ‘Slithering Snakes’ group worked with words ending in silent ‘ay.’ ‘Firing Dragons’ worked on the ‘ir’ sound as a review while ‘United Animals’ worked on words ending in the suffixes ‘-sion’ and ‘-tion.’ Spelling tests were conducted on Friday. All of the students did a great job and got all their words correct!

Math, 1st & 2nd grades:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some students took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. A group lesson on ordinal numbers was presented to the students.

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:
Social studies this week focused on students interviewing their grandparents and presenting the information they learned. We discussed how school was different for their grandparents compared to now.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons continued on writing within the top and bottom lines, and the careful writing of the lowercase letters ‘a,’ ‘c,’ and ‘d’ in cursive.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students learned about atoms, how everything is made from them, and the parts of an atom. Students also learned how molecules are composed of atoms.

E.L.A.R (English Language Arts and Reading), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week continued with ‘concrete’ and ‘abstract’ nouns.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th & 3rd – 4th grades (alternate weeks):

The 5th– through 8th-grade students were given an ethical dilemma prompt on ‘cheating.’ Students divided into four groups and discussed the scenario and what their thoughts were about how to solve the problem and what they would do in that situation. Students were pretty lively in their discussion of what they thought was right and wrong to them. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was given.

19 September

Math, 1st grade and up:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some of them took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. Math group 1 is taking weekly multiplication tests. 

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
The ‘Magical Rabbits’ and ‘Slithering Snakes’ groups had spelling words with silent ‘e.’ Firing Dragons worked on the ‘igh’ sound, while ‘United Animals’ worked on words ending in ‘-tch.’ Spelling tests were conducted on Friday. All of the students did a great job and got all their words correct!

Math, 1st & 2nd grades:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some of them took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. A group lesson on borrowing and exchanging numbers was presented to the students.

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:
Social studies this week focused on government services. Students learned about different government services, volunteering, and why it is important to volunteer and help our community.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons continued on writing within the top and bottom lines, and the careful writing of the lowercase letters ‘h,’ ‘m,’ and ‘n’ in cursive. Students also took a cursive quiz by writing a long sentence that included all 10 letters that they have practiced in cursive so far.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students learned about electrons, protons, neutrons, and other characteristics of an atom. Students also learned about the periodic table and some of its elements.

E.L.A.R (English Language Arts and Reading), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week focused on the rules of capitalization.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th & 3rd – 4th grades (alternate weeks):
The 3rd– and 4th-grade students were given an ethical dilemma prompt on ‘cheating.’ Students discussed the prompt in 4 groups – the scenario, what their thoughts were on fixing the problem and what they would do in that situation. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was given.

26 September

Math, 1st grade and up:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some of them took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. There were small group lessons on fraction word problems, multiplication with 2 digits, and division.

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
Magical Rabbits worked on words with ‘ow.’ Slithering Snakes had spelling words with a final ‘y.’ Firing Dragons worked on the ‘ou’ sound, while United Animals worked on words with ‘sh.’ Spelling tests were conducted on Friday. Most of the students did a great job and got all their words correct!

Math, 1st & 2nd grades:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Others are took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. A group lesson on borrowing and exchanging numbers was presented to the students.

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:
Social studies this week focused on government services. Students learned about the purpose of government services and how we can help our community.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons continued on writing within the top and bottom lines, and the careful writing of the lowercase letters ‘o,’ ‘q,’ and ‘g’ in cursive.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:

Students learned about different states of matter and how molecules act within each state.

E.L.A.R (English Language Arts and Reading), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week focused on story elements.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th & 3rd – 4th grades (alternate weeks):
The 5th– through 8th-grade students listened to part of a TedX talk that discussed an ethical dilemma on ‘stealing.’ Students were pretty lively in their discussion of the dilemma. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was given.

3 October

Math, 1st grade and up:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some also took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. There were small group lessons on fraction word problems, multiplication with 2 digits, and decimals.

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
The Magical Rabbits worked on words with ‘oa.’ Slithering Snakes had spelling words with silent ‘e.’ Firing Dragons worked on the ‘ue’ sound, while ‘United Animals’ worked on words with the soft ‘C’ sound. Spelling tests were conducted on Friday. All of the students did a great job and got all their words correct!

Math, 1st & 2nd grades:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some also took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. Group lessons on money and exchanging was presented to the students.

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:
Social studies this week focused on the 3 branches of government. Students learned about what the legislative branch does.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons continued on writing within the top and bottom lines, and the careful writing of the lowercase letters ‘y’ and ‘u’ in cursive.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students learned about different states of matter and how molecules act within each state.

E.L.A.R (English Language Arts and Reading), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week focused on punctuation.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th & 3rd – 4th grades (alternate weeks):
The 3rd-and 4th-grade students listened to an ethical dilemma a student brought to discuss on ‘stealing.’ Students were pretty lively in their discussion of the dilemma. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was given.

10 October

Math, 1st grade and up:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some also took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. There were small group lessons on fraction word problems, multiplication with 2 digits, multiplying fractions, and changing fractions to decimals. Group lessons on money and exchanging was presented to the students.

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
Magical Rabbits worked on words with ‘ow.’ Slithering Snakes had spelling words with ‘ow.’ Firing Dragons worked on the r-control ‘ur’ sound, while ‘United Animals’ worked on words with the soft ‘g’ sound. Spelling tests were conducted on Friday. Most of the students did a great job and got all their words correct.

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:

Social studies this week continued to focused on the 3 government branches. Students learned about the duties of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches. We have created a class government with each student being part of one of the 3 branches of government in our classroom nation. Students learned to work together with other branches to create and sign our class constitution and create classroom laws and their consequences.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons continued with the careful writing of the lowercase letters ‘w’ and ‘v’ in cursive. Students are now given a phrase or quote each week to write in order to practice cursive writing and connecting letters within the words.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students learned about how states of matter can change by heating or cooling.

E.L.A. (English Language Arts), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week focused on learning about the main idea and details of stories. Students listened to different stories, discussed what the main idea is of each story, and what some of the specific details were that supported each main idea.

Ethics Circle, 5th – 8th & 3rd – 4th grades (alternate weeks):
The 5th– through 8th-grade students listened to an ethical dilemma called the ‘Trolley Problem.’ Students were pretty lively in their discussion of the dilemma. They listened to the opinions of their peers and each had interesting thoughts on the dilemma that was given.

17 October

Math, 1st grade and up:
This week students worked diligently in their math books. Some students took unit tests when they were done with a unit in their math book. There were small group lessons on fraction word problems, multiplying fractions, and changing fractions to decimals. Group lessons on money were presented to the students.

Spelling, 1st & 2nd grades:
Magical Rabbits worked on words with ‘ea’ and ‘ee.’ Slithering Snakes had spelling words with ‘oa.’ Firing Dragons worked on the r-control ‘er’ sound, while ‘United Animals’ worked on words with the ‘ou’ sound. Spelling tests were conducted on Friday. All of the students did such a great job and got all their words correct!

Social Studies, 1st & 2nd grades:
Social studies this week continued to focus on the 3 government branches. Students learned about the duties, position requirements, and facts about the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

Cursive, 1st & 2nd grades:
Cursive writing lessons continued with the careful writing of the lowercase letters ‘j’ and ‘p’ in cursive. Students are now given a phrase or quote each week to write in order to practice cursive writing and connecting letters within the words.

Science, 1st & 2nd grades:
Students learned about creating solutions and mixtures using different states of matter.

E.L.A. (English Language Arts), 1st & 2nd grades:
Our classes this week continued to focus on the main idea and details of stories. Students listened to different stories. They discussed what the main idea is of each story and what specific details supported each main idea.