• Weekly Update for April 26, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 4/23/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for April 26, 2021

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    IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

    We will be taking the Smarter Balance test for English Language Arts this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please be sure your child is well rested and has eaten a good breakfast.  We have been talking about different strategies we can use to do our best.  Students made encouragement signs for each other.  

    Home Reading Logs are due on Friday, April 30th.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will be reading a book entitled Danger! Children at Work by Sharon Franklin.  This book introduces us to facts about child labor in the early 1900's.  Then we will read Brave Girl by Michelle Markel.  It is about Clara Lemlich who was a young garment worker and led some strikes.

    Writing:

    We continue to work on Opinion Writing.  This week we will focus on one writing assignment and take it through the writing process.

    Spelling:

    Our spelling words are r-controlled vowels.  The words are: third, early, world, certain, dirty, herself, earth, word, perfect, verb, nerve, worm, thirsty, workout, and earn. 

    MATH:

    We continue with FRACTIONS!!! We will explore how two different fractions are equal when they name the same amount of a whole.  Students will use area models and number lines to determine which fractions are equivalent.

    OTHER:

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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  • Weekly Update for April 19, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 4/16/2021 3:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR APRIL 19, 2021

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    IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

    Monday, April 19th is a REMOTE LEARNING DAY.  Your child has a packet of work as well as some online work to do.  Please return the work on Tuesday, April 20th.  I am available from 9:00 - 10:00 if you would like to talk or visit about something.  Please email me or call me at 728-2400. ext.4705.

    Saturday, April 17th is a Garden Work Day from 10:00 - 4:00.  I hope to be there for some of the time and would love to see some kiddos in the garden!!!

    The PTA auction is April 11th-April 18th.  The PTA auction is online this year.  Here is the link: 

    https://rattlesnakepta.betterworld.org/

    We will be taking the Smarter Balance test during the week of April 26th (English Language Arts) and May 3rd (Math).  We will do some practice tests this week.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will practice the Smarter Balance test during some of our reading time.  Later in the week we will begin a book entitled Brave Girl by Michelle Markel.

     Writing:

    We begin learning about and practicing Opinion/Persuasive writing.  This week we will write some short pieces to get us familiar with the format for such writing.  You will see that an assignment for Remote Monday is about writing an opinion piece.  I talked briefly about "OREO" format.  You start with your O-Opinion, then you give your R-Reasons and E-Examples, then you end with your O-Opinion again.  Your child can try this on their writing assignment.

    Spelling:

    Our spelling words for this week are Irregular Plurals.  The words are; wolves, knives, feet, men , children, women, sheep, heroes, scarves, mice, geese, cuffs, elves, banjos, and halves.  We will have a spelling test on Friday 4/23.  I sent the spelling words home today in case your child wanted to get some extra practice.

    MATH:

    Our focus this week will be on how to represent fractions and then we will explore fractions on a number line.  Please remember your child should be doing IReady My Path at home on a regular basis.

    OTHER:

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

     

     

     

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  • Weekly Update for April 12, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 4/9/2021 3:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR APRIL 12, 2021

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    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will read a historical fiction story entitled Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds.  The story is about Rosa Parks.  We will read and reread the story. As we read, we will dig deeper for understanding the main idea and the sequence of the story.  Along with that, we will search for different types of Figurative Language.

    Writing:

    We will develop an understanding of Fact vs. Opinion this week.  At the beginning of the week, we will do some activities around Fact and Opinion.  Later in the week, we will begin focusing  on Opinion.  This will lead us into our next big piece of writing which is Opinion Writing/Persuasive Writing.

    Spelling: 

    The words this week are words with silent letters.  The words are: thumb, gnaw, written, know, climb, design, wrist, crumb, assign, wrench, knot, wrinkle, lamb, knob, and knit.   I will be offering a Challenge list for those students who continually get 15/15 and who want a challenge.

    MATH:

    We continue with Scaled Graphs and Multiplication.  Later in the week we will begin a new unit on Fractions.

    OTHER:

    There will be a RATTLESNAKE GARDEN WORK DAY on Saturday, April 17 from 10:00-4:00.  Come join us for some fun garden time.

    Monday, April 19th will be a REMOTE LEARNING DAY.

     

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  • Weekly Update for May 3, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 4/3/2021 3:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR MAY 3, 2021

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    IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

    During the month of May there is a bike to school challenge.   Here is the link for more information.  Or you can see the information on Mrs. Wright's update.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14a-i06ywtl6q68zB5wDaQMOF2XhGlRxX_guLBVklgJ4/edit?usp=sharing

    Monday, May 17 will be a Remote Learning Day.

    I will be gone from the classroom for four days around Memorial Day.  My family is traveling to Florida for a family wedding.   I will be gone on Thursday, May 27, and  Tuesday, June 1 through Thursday, June 3rd.  I will be back in the classroom on Friday, June 4th.  I will leave detailed plans for guest teacher.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will continue reading Brave Girl by Michelle Markel .  Students are reading with a partner and working through comprehension questions.  Students are also reading thirty minutes each day.  They are reading a chapter book.

     Writing:

    We just published an opinion piece about a favorite restaurant.  Now, we are writing another opinion piece about a favorite book.  Students are becoming very familiar with the format for writing an opinion piece.

     Spelling:

    Our spelling words are words with prefixes.  The words are:  prepaid, midnight, overflow, outdoors, outline, overgrown, prefix, Midwest, pretest, midpoint, outgoing, overtime, overdue, outside, and outfield.

    MATH:

    We continue to work on Equivalent Fractions.  We also work with writing whole numbers as a fraction with the denominator as 1.  

    OTHER:

    If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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  • Weekly Update for April 5, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 4/2/2021 3:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR APRIL 5, 2021

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    IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

    Picture Day is Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

    Monday, April 19th is a REMOTE LEARNING DAY.  We will not be "in" school that day.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    Students are reading independently for thirty minutes at a time.  They should be doing that at home as well.  Please have your child fill out their April Reading Log.  In class, we are reading our literature books.  We hope to finish them this week.  Along with that many students were tested for a new level.  Students are working on power goals with their reading.

    Writing:

    Now that we have done all our research, we will begin organizing and writing our important information about a severe weather topic into a brochure.  We will also create posters if we finish early.

    Spelling:

    We will learn our new spelling words on Monday, April 5th.  Then we will have our spelling test on Friday, April 9th.  The works for this week are words that have suffixes on the end.  The words are: beautiful, safely, kindness, finally, spotless, worthless, illness, helpful, daily, suddenly, wireless, quietly, fairness, cheerful, and painful.

    MATH:

    We will solve problems that require finding the area of a rectangle formed by two smaller rectangles.  The purpose is for students to develop a strategy for adding areas.  There will be math homework on Tuesday.  Later in the week, we will use multiplication to interpret picture and bar graphs.

    OTHER:

    If your child wants to do some more research on their weather topic at home, they can access the sites we use in class via Google Classroom.

    Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

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  • Weekly Update for March 29, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 3/26/2021 3:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR MARCH 29, 2021

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    IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

    We will have school on Mondays now.  It will be our first Monday on March 29th.  Students will have a spelling test on Monday.  

    Spelling tests will now be on Fridays!!!  So, students will bring home the new list on Monday.  They will have all week to practice the words and be ready for the test on Friday.

    Picture Day is April 6th!!!

    Reading Logs for March are due Wednesday, March 31st.

     

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We continue to read our literature books and discuss them in small groups.  We will also read about severe weather.

    Writing: 

    We will work on our Severe Weather research.  Students will be writing down specific facts about their topic.

    Spelling:

    Our spelling words for the week will be different spellings for the sound of J and K.  The words are:  clock, large, page, mark, kitten, judge, crack, edge, pocket, brake, change, ridge, jacket, badge, and orange.                                                            Remember these words are the words we are learning during the week of March 29th.  Our spelling test for these words will be on Friday, April 2nd.

    MATH:

    We will be finding the area of rectangles by multiplying the length and the width.  Then we will find the areas of combined rectangles.  Students will have math homework on Wednesday of this week.

    OTHER:

    We will do a Mystery Science activity entitled Natural Hazards & Engineering-How can you keep a house from blowing away in a windstorm?

     

     

     

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  • Weekly Update for March 9, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 3/5/2021 3:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR MARCH 9, 2021

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    IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

    PT Conferences will be happening this week.  There is no school on Friday, March 12, 2021

    Spring Break is March 12- March 21.

    Monday, March 22 is a REMOTE LEARNING DAY.   After that, we will begin coming to school on Mondays!!!! There are a few Mondays that will be remote days.  The schedule for those days are in your child's Take Home Folder.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will focus on our literature books this week.  Students will read with a partner, answer questions, and then discuss the book/questions in a group.  Along with that, we are reading independently for thirty minutes. 

    Writing:

    We will work on a Poetry booklet and write an acrostic poem, a cinquain poem, a couplet, and a haiku.  Students have typed two of their poems so far.

    MATH:

    We will work on finish a lesson on patterns on the multiplication chart, review the chapter, and have Unit 2 test on Thursday.  

    SPELLING:

    No spelling during spring break.

    OTHER:

    I look forward to visiting with you for Parent Teacher Conferences.  The conferences will be twenty minutes long.   I look forward to seeing you all again. 

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  • Weekly Update for March 2, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 2/26/2021 4:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR MARCH 2, 2021

    IMPORTANT MESSAGES AND INFORMATION:

    Next week will be I LOVE READING week at Rattlesnake.  Please see the paper about the days in your child's Take Home Folder.  

    Parent Teacher Conferences are the week of March 8.  Be sure to sign up on the link I sent out yesterday.

    Monday, March 1st and March 8th are REMOTE LEARNING DAYS.   Your child will bring home the assignment sheet for each of those days.  Be sure your child is doing both the paper work assignments as well as the computer work.

    February Reading Logs are due on Tuesday, March 2nd.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will read a story entitled On the Same Day in March by Marilyn Singer.  It is about the different types of weather around the world.  We will read this story and look for the important information and details.  We will also do a partner activity with this book.  Along with that, we will read our literature books.

    Writing:

    This week we will continue with poetry and write a feelings poem.  We will also practice different types of poems such as cinquain, haiku, acrostic, and a diamante' poem.  

    Spelling: 

    Our new words this week will be contractions.  The words are let's, he'd, you'll, can't, I'd, you'd, haven't, hasn't, she'd, they'll, when's, we'd, they'd, wasn't, didn't.

    MATH:

    This week students solve multiplication and division problems using related equations within fact families.  We will also use a multiplication table to complete multiplication and division facts.

    OTHER:

    Please let me know if you need a different time for our Parent Teacher Conference.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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  • Weekly Update for February 23, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 2/19/2021 3:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 22, 2021

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    IMPORTANT DATES AND MESSAGES:

    *Monday, February 22 is a REMOTE LEARNING DAY for your child.  They brought home the work pages and assignment sheet today.  The remote work is due Tuesday, February 23rd.

    Parent Teacher Conferences will be held during the week of March 8th.  I will be sending home a Sign up Genius on Thursday so keep an eye out for that.

    Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, February 26th.  You can do it online or send in the order form if you want to order books.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading: 

    We will continue with our literature books and the Weather book.  

    Writing:

    We will continue with poetry.  Students are typing their What I Love poems this week.  We will write free verse poems and then write a color/feeling poem.

    Spelling:

    The spelling words for this Tuesday's test are : splash, throw, three, square, throat, strike, street, split, thrill, strength, squeak, throne, strawberry, and squeeze.

    The new words for this week are:  father, chapter, other, alphabet, watch, English, weather, catch, fashion, shrink, pitcher, flash, athlete, trophy, nephew.

    MATH:

    We continue to explore the connection between multiplication and division by using equal groups, arrays, and related equations.  We will use "fact families" to help us find an unknown number in a multiplication or division equation.  Practice those flashcards.

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  • Weekly Update for February 16, 2021

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 2/12/2021 4:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for February 16, 2021

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    IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

    No school on Monday, February 15 -- Presidents' Day

    Monday, February 22, 2021 will be a REMOTE LEARNING DAY.!!!  Your child will be expected to complete the work that will be assigned for that day.  Look for more information about this later this week.

    A Book Order went home today and is due back by Friday, February 26, 2021.  Please consider ordering some books from Scholastic.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will begin new literature group reading.  The students will be assigned to a different literature book.  The books we will be reading are Riding Freedom, The Boxcar Children #2 , Bunnicula, and The Boxcar Children #1.  Students will read in a small group as well as with a partner.  Along with that reading, we will continue to read our nonfiction books about Weather.   

    Please be sure your child is filling out their Reading Log at home.  They need to read 400 minutes for the month of February.

    Writing:

    We will begin a unit on Poetry Writing.  Students will be writing "free verse" poetry as well as some specific types of poems.  This week we will work on free verse poetry as well as a What I Love poem.  We will also create Heart Maps that will inspire us to write about things we care about.

    MATH:

    We explore the concept of Division.  Students explore the concept of division as separating a total amount into equal groups.  They will be finding the number of equal groups or the number in each group.  We will also look at how multiplication and division are inverse operations.  Flashcards continue to be important.  If your child is mastering the Multiplication flashcards, I can send home some Division flashcards.  Just let me know.

    OTHER:

    Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up the week of March 8, 2021. 

    Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.  You can email or phone me.

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