E2: Ms. Grogan, Ms. V. & Mr. Murphy
We are so pleased to welcome David Murphy to our classroom. Mr. Murphy is a Montessori trained teacher who will be assisting me in the class in addition to Ms. V. It is a fantastic opportunity for all of our students and me as well. David has been a substitute at our school this year in nearly all of the classrooms, and we are so delighted to be able to have him join us. Our wonderful class has been working so diligently the past few months and earned a day filled with fun activities. Students wore
pajamas, made Halloween crafts, played games, read special books and enjoyed special treats. Thank you to all the students who worked together as a group and demonstrated positive behavior and respect. Thank you to all the generous parents as well, who graciously donated food items and crafts for the classroom party. As part of our social studies curriculum, students will begin our explorers unit through reading, art projects, maps and the research of a famous explorer (with a presentation in costume). We will then continue our studies with a Colonialism unit.
In our language arts lessons, students continue to enjoy reading groups based on individual levels and needs. In our literature study groups, some of the students are reading Because of Winn Dixie byKate DiCamillo. The second group is reading the classic, My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett. The third group is reading several short stories including A Chair for My Mother (Vera Williams) and The Mitten (Jan Brett) and Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish. In terms of writing, the students have worked very hard on their weather research reports with illustrations and presentations. Soon they will begin fall descriptive pieces, poetry and holiday letters.
Throughout the year, they will continue to compose work in a variety of different writing styles.
As part of our morning math, all children continue to work on daily word problems, difficult patterns
and other mathematical concepts. Currently, we are reviewing subtraction (basic facts and problems
with borrowing), time, and money. In addition, the children are enjoying several place value games with partners and have been focusing on multiplication with games, works and drills. All students are learning a variety of important problem solving strategies through our Saxon Math program.
*As the weather changes, please make sure to bring the appropriate outdoor clothing.
*November 27th-Dec 1st Thanksgiving break
Have a wonderful November!
Ms. Grogan, Mr. Murphy and Ms. V