Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Update from Ms. Luria

Homework for this week

Spelling words for this week

September 
Monday, 15th - All About Me poster is due
Monday, 15th - 2:00 September birthday celebration
Wednesday 17th - Late start
Thursday 18th - Back to School night

Dear Families,

Thank you for such a great turn out during back to school night. This week we continued our IB unit on "How we organize ourselves."

Thank you to everyone who brought in international money for us to investigate. We will be using it in the next few weeks! 

Weekly Volunteer times still available

  • Tuesday between 10:45 - 11 to do writing conferences with students (I'll show you how to do that). 
  • Tuesdays between 1:45 and 3 to do science experiments with students - help set up the experiment, help clean up and general help with the experiments
  • Wednesday between 10 - 11 to either help with a reading group or do writing/reading conferences with students
  • Fridays between 10 - 11 to either help with a reading group or do writing/reading conferences with students


This week's focus:

Reading-
*We read an informational article about bartering!
*We learned about the narrator and if a story/article is first person or third person.

Writing-
*Started coming up with a list of writing ideas.
*Learned how to set up our writing notebook.          

Math-
*Learned subtraction strategies
*Created patterns and found the rules in patterns
*Introduced to the idea of division by 3's

Social Studies-
*Dollars and cents- we had a wonderful talk from Stuart (Bibi's family) all about money from around the world. 
*We played a game about bartering and learned why bartering doesn't always work

Important note: Please wear gym clothes on Fridays.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Update from Ms. Luria and Homework

Important Dates:

Homework is due next Friday: This week's homework - your child was also given a copy

September 
Monday, 15th - All About Me poster is due
Monday, 15th - 2:00 September birthday celebration
Wednesday 17th - Late start
Thursday 18th - Back to School night

Dear Families,

Thank you for a wonderful second week of school. This week we started our IB unit on "How we organize ourselves." For this unit we are learning all about money, the history or money and different types of money. Students are vary curious about this. Some of their questions this week are:
  • How is money created?
  • What did people use before money?
  • Why don't people walk around with gems and gold instead of money?
  • Who designs the money we use in the United States and how do they learn to do that?
  • Why do different countries use different types of money?

Thank you to everyone who brought in international money for us to investigate. We will be using it in the next few weeks! 

Back to School Night - Please mark your calendar and come. This is when you will learn about the classroom, have opportunities to sign up to volunteer in the classroom and sign up for your fall conference

This week's focus:

Reading-
*We finished all of our reading assessments!
*We read a story called "Boom Town" for our IB unit.
*We learned about identifying the big problem in a story.

Writing-
*Reviewed all about nouns, verbs, articles and adjectives! 
*Started changing around our nouns, verbs and adjectives in our writing.               

Math-
*Baseline assessments
*Creating bar graphs
*Measurement - talking about how mathematicians measure and what we use to measure length, weight, time and capacity. 

Social Studies-
*Dollars and cents- talked about what we know about money and asked questions about what we would like to learn in this unit! 
*Students worked on their All About Me poster. These are all due on Monday the 15th. They had four days to work on them at school and were to complete them at home (if they did not finish at school.) 

Important note: Please wear gym clothes on Fridays.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Update from Ms. Luria

Important Dates:

September 
Monday, 15th - 2:00 September birthday celebration
Wednesday 17th - Late start
Thursday 18th - Back to School night

Dear Families,

What a fantastic first week! Thank you for all the support. I hope your student has taught you the reading comprehension song we learned this week. If not, please ask them about it! Also, ask your child to count by 3's to the number 30! 

Do you have any international money we can borrow and investigate? Our first IB unit involves learning about money and we would appreciate it if you had anything that we could observe and learn about. 

This week's focus:

Reading-
*Reading independently
*Learning reading strategies for comprehension, vocabulary, and accuracy.

*Partner reading

Writing-
* Doing a baseline writing assessment
* Getting writing ideas/brainstorming                

Math-
* Reviewing and practicing addition and subtraction math facts for fluency
* Glyphs and making comparison statements
* Counting by 3s to 30

Social Studies-
* Dollars and cents- our IB unit for the next six weeks.

Important note: Please wear gym clothes on Fridays.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thank you for a wonderful year

Dear Families,

I wanted to thank each and every one of you for a wonderful school year. It has been an honor to get to work with your children and see them grow this year in confidence and skills. I will miss all of them and you dearly.

Thank you so much for your generous gifts. I can't wait to make some more terrariums and go shopping at Powell's Books. Also, the coffee will be much appreciated and used this coming school year. The sweater fits me perfectly! Thank you so much.

The students had a good time today saying good bye and writing in their blog books. I hope you enjoy seeing their writing. We also reminisced about different things we did this year. Here is a list of things your children thought of:




Have a wonderful and safe summer! 

Sacha Luria

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Last week of school update from Ms. Luria

Dear Families,


We have a lot of dates! Please make sure that you carefully read these dates and put them in your calendar. 

June Dates

Tuesday 10th - Talent show for 3rd - 5th grade in the AM - feel free to come and attend
Tuesday 10th - Picnic snack and special activity for departing students - please have students write cards for the members of our class that are leaving to new schools next year
Wednesday 11th - Walking field trip to Irving Park with our reading buddies - we will do field games and could use parental support - Sign up form: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4bafaa2ba5fb6-field1 
Thursday 12th - Clean up day! Bring a paper bag to school to help clean out lockers and the room. I could use parental help starting at 1:30 pm till the end of the day for clean up time.
Friday 13th - Last day of school year - report cards will go home this day with the students

It has been a pleasure teaching your child this year! Thank you so much for all of your support and for letting me work with your child this year.

Chinook Book: Thank you for your donations earlier this year for the Chinook Book. We used that money to buy a blog book for each student to take home as well as a to pay for Mr. Lizard. Thank you so much for your support and the ability to do these amazing things with the class. 

Rose Parade! We had a wonderful time riding the bus, playing and marching in the Jr. Rose Parade. Thank you for your support in making sure that your child was picked up had what they needed to be in the parade. We enjoyed marching between two different middle school bands. What a fun way to end the year. 

In reading we are starting our fifth and final week of 5 by 5 by 5! Ask your child what book(s) they have read this week! We just finished reading our sixth book out loud (including library time)! So, all together students have heard and read more than 11 books in the last five weeks of school. WOW! 

All together students have read over 270 books these last five weeks of school! 

Students also had the opportunity to sign up for the summer reading program. It is extremely important that your child reads a minimum of 5 books this summer
Please talk with your child about when they will read, what books they will read and which genres those books are in. 

In math, students finished their end of the year math test. Overall, they did wonderfully. Also, students created a plan for how they will keep their math skills strong this summer. Please ask your child to share their plan with you. It is important that they do about an hour a week of math practice to keep those skills strong. 

Students can do runmoby.com, can do ixl.com, can practice with flashcards as well as workbooks. I'll be handing out a workbook on the last day of school for students who requested one!  If you buy a workbook please make sure that the book says that it is common core aligned

As a general rule of thumb, if your child met the state OAKS test they should practice and review 3rd grade materials this summer. If they exceeded the OAKS test they should practice/review 4th grade materials this summer. 

For next year it will be very important that students know to type. Here is a good free site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ 

Sacha

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Update from Ms. Luria

Dear Families,



June Dates

Tuesday 10th - Talent show for 3rd - 5th grade in the AM
Tuesday 10th - Picnic snack and special activity for departing students - please have students write cards for the members of our class that are leaving to new schools next year
Wednesday 11th - Walking field trip to Irving Park with our reading buddies - we will do field games and could use parental support - Sign up form: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4bafaa2ba5fb6-field1 
Thursday 12th - Clean up day! Bring a paper bag to school to help clean out lockers and the room. I could use parental help starting at 1:30 pm till the end of the day for clean up time.
Friday 13th - Last day of school year - report cards will go home this day with the students

Bridges! Students finished their final rotation of the bridge lessons this past week. In my classroom students learned about suspension bridges in their final rotation with me. They build a suspension bridge out of straws and dental floss and studied how many pennies they could hold. Students wanted a link to some fun books and activities for bridges.

  • Instructions for building a suspension bridge with straws: Instructions
  • Online forces lab to experiment with compression, load etc.: Forces lab
  • A fun bridge building toy: KNex bridge kit

In reading we are starting our fourth week of 5 by 5 by 5! Ask your child what book(s) they have read this week! I just finished reading my fourth book out loud to the students and will be finishing our fifth book this coming week! Students are learning all about point of view and discussing the difference between first person and third person point of view. We also talked about the theme of a book. 

I encourage you to join in on the challenge! Can you read out loud 5 different books to your child over the next 5 weeks from 5 different genres? (They don't have to be incredibly long books that you are reading out loud.)

In math, we are reviewing what we have learned this year! Students have taken their end of the year assessment. They will get one last chance if it is needed. In that case, you might want a copy of the practice and answer key found below.  
  • Math practice test for end of year: Practice test 
  • Math practice test answer key for the end of the year: Answer key

For next year it will be very important that students know to type. Here is a good free site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ 



Sacha

Parade Day Reminders

Parade Day Reminders:

1)Bring a totally disposable lunch. There will be no way to carry lunchboxes and everything will be tossed in the trash before we begin to march.

2) Dress for the weather, it should be warm and we are asking all students to wear
-        A Sabin t-shirt or a PLAIN white, blue or yellow t-shirt
-        Tennis shoes with laces and socks (we will be doing a lot of walking)
-        Tan, blue or denim shorts (if you don’t have them, jeans are fine but will be a little warm).


3)Finally and MOST IMPORTANT pick up is at Grant High School at the flag pole at 2:00. Because we don’t know exactly what time we will be there, if we are not there yet just wait and we will arrive soon. If you are watching the parade once we go by please come to Grant.