News from Squad 16 – October 19, 2016

We are hoping to roll out our new reading partner project next week, so this week pairs are meeting with me to choose which book they would like to read.  Once we kickoff this project, students will be having conversations with their partner about the book they are reading together and accessing some deeper level comprehension skills.

Our topographical 3D maps are almost dry!  We will paint and label them later this week to fully bring them to life.

In math, we are making a shift from thinking about factors into area and perimeter.  Students may be getting brief independent homework assignments on the subject.  Please support your child in their math facts/anything else from the checklist because our pre-conference math assessment is approaching quickly!

Thanks for all that you do,

-Ms. Elissa

News from Squad 16 – October 12, 2016

Making our 3D maps of Oregon on Monday was tons of fun!  The class had an opportunity to show what they know about Oregon’s geography by constructing a topographical map and marking the locations of rivers, mountain ranges, lakes, and major cities.   Once our dough maps are dry, students will paint and label them.  I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the parent helpers who made dough and/or supported in the classroom.  It ran so smoothly with your help!

Our first unit of science with Reed College has begun!  Last week we got to run a few experiments with sow bugs to see whether they preferred dark or light, and damp or dry conditions.  We had a chance to practice using the OHECK Scientific Method: Observe, Hypothesize, Experiment, Conclusion, and Knowledge!

We are learning about factors in math – this concept can be a little tricky for some students to master, so we will be doing lots of practice in and out of class this week.  Please remember to let your child work on their homework independently – it allows me to see what they know and what they are still working on.

Take care,

-Ms. Elissa

News from Squad 16 – October 5, 2016

Making our Squad 16 T-shirts last week went swimmingly and students have already started wearing them with pride!  Thank you to those of you who came out and supported us as we got crafty!  We will wear these for field trips and special occasions throughout the year to show our team spirit

Speaking of craftiness, next Monday afternoon from 12:45-2:20, our class will be making topographical maps of Oregon from salt dough as part of our geography unit.  This lesson runs the most smoothly with lots of adult help, so I am looking for anyone who is willing to come in and guide students as they build our state.  If that is not possible for you, I am also looking for some people to help make the salt dough over the weekend beforehand and bring it in on Monday.  If you are able to do either (or both!) please email me ASAP at Thank you!!!

Stay dry out there!

Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – September 28, 2016

It’s hard to believe that we have already been in school for a whole month!  Time flies when you’re having fun, as they say…

Run for the Arts was Tuesday morning and what fun it was!  Ms. Layman had the clever idea of getting bib numbers for the students so they all looked extra sporty while running. I posted a couple of photos on Twitter of the festivities – check them out @epdingus

We are continuing our review of math concepts this week before really launching into 4th grade math.  I will be sending home some recommendations of concepts to practice at home so your child can be successful with grated level content.

I hope you are all enjoying these last warm days before fall truly sets in.

take cRe,

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – September 21, 2016

Now that we have begun our fourth week together, the back to school crud is officially going around.  Sniffles, and sneezes, and coughs, oh my!  We will review hand washing and other preventative measures here at school.  Please keep your child home if they are ill so we can try to stop this thing in its tracks.

Students are feeling particularly excited about our new team name, Squad 16, and our team colors, teal and purple.  Squad 16 will be making team shirts on Friday, September 30th – let me know if you would like to help out between 12:45-1:45 that afternoon! The more, the merrier!  Please return your form with $4 by this Friday so I can pick up shirts this weekend.

Our early math assessments have shown that many students need some review of previous concepts – larger addition and subtraction, telling time and time problems, money problems, and so on.  Over the next few weeks we will be doing some intensive review in small groups, which may be accompanied by very specific homework that students should complete ALONE with NO HELP.  This will allow me to assess their growth and mastery of each concept we cover.

Finally, if you have not yet signed up for a Parent Teacher Conference, please do so as soon as possible.  The sign up sheets are in front of our room.

Thank you for all you do,

Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – September 14, 2016

It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night yesterday!  Thanks for taking the time to come and explore your child’s learning environment and let them brag a little bit about what they have been working on.  I hope their energy and excitement continues forth into the year.  Even if you didn’t get a chance to stop in at Open House, I hope you will be able to stop in sometime to check things out.
Last week I mentioned that I am trying to touch base with each of you about the beginning of the school year – don’t fret if you haven’t heard from me yet.  It is taking me a little longer than anticipated to check in with all you guys!  I promise to get to you soon.
This week we are trying to find our rhythm.  We have built up our reading stamina and we have launched Reading Workshop.  We will slide into Writing Workshop later this week and we have begun to practice efficient strategies for solving multiplication and division problems.  These guys solved 11×13 today like it was a piece of cake!  We are continuing to work on our transitions – moving with purpose through the room is a challenge sometimes!  Next week, we will begin Tech with Mr. Jamesbarry and everyone is thoroughly excited for that!
As always, pop in or shoot me an email if you have questions or concerns.
Take care,
Ms. Elissa