May 18, 2020

The time has come to wrap up the year.  I am prepared for your visit this week Wednesday or Thursday when you return school books and devices to school.  Summer materials which include a math packet and reading list will be available along with your child’s art portfolio and any additional items from the classroom.

If you haven’t yet signed up for your appointment, please go to Sign Up Genius and choose a time convenient for you.  The Sign Up Genius time slots are designed with social distancing in mind.  Drop off is a ten minute appointment window with a ten minute gap in between  appointments.  When you arrive, please, enter through the gate closest to the 3A classroom.  I will be there to direct you to tables designated for the drop off /pick up of all items outside of the 3A classroom.

Reminders

  • May 18th – 21st; Turn-in any Loose Ends Assignments/Tests in Google Classroom
  • May 19th;  Virtual Class Party 9:00 am
  • May 20th – May 21st;  Return books and iPads.  SIGNUP GENIUS.

May 11, 2020

This week continues our regular schedule including a 9:00 am daily Zoom meeting and a 2:00 pm Q&A Zoom meeting.  Lessons and tests fill the week in Language Arts and Math.  Next week, we will meet with Mr. Gould’s class for our third grade class party via a Zoom meeting.

In this week’s work, we will be wrapping up unit 7 in language arts. Students have been exploring forces that create changes on the Earth, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. This week, students will read two short texts about emergency preparation. They will read to identify the author’s purpose in writing and will locate details that help show that purpose. Our vocabulary work will involve reading compound words and determining their means by breaking them into their component parts. In grammar work, we will continue to learn about using prepositions and prepositional phrases. Students will work on completing writing projects and will have opportunities for independent, free choice writing. I will schedule small writers’ celebrations with students through the week, so they will have an opportunity to share a piece of their writing with a few classmates.

In math, we are finishing up our study of fractions. Students are developing an understanding of ways to compare fractions with the same numerator or denominator. In addition, they are learning to represent fractions as part of a whole shape and as points on a number line.

As this is our final week of class, we will he having unit assessments through the week. I’ve included the dates for each assessment below. You can help support your child by reminding them to take their time on assessments, and to make sure to double check that they have answered every question.

As I begin to arrange class lists for next year, please keep in mind that Mr. Gould and I work together to design around what we, the classroom teachers, know about all the students. Three important criteria for us include and are not limited to the following factors.  First; we strive to list two academically and gender balanced classes.  Second, we mix up our two classes to provide students opportunity to work with other students. Third,  we place students with a friend.  Please, know that I work closely with my grade level partner to design classrooms that will foster success and compatibility.

NEXT WEEK, Wednesday,   May 20th and Thursday, May 21st are the dates when school books and devices are returned to school.  You should have already received a SignUp Genius invitation to select a time to drop off books and devices.  Let me know if you have not received the invitation.  The time slots are designed with social distancing in mind.  Drop off is a ten minute appointment window with a ten minute gap in between  appointments.  When you arrive, please enter through the gate closest to the classroom.  I will be there to direct you to tables designated for the drop off of all items outside of the 3A classroom.  Summer materials which include a math packet and reading list will be available along with your child’s art portfolio and any additional items from the classroom.

In closing, thank you for the lovely messages and Harlow’s gift card this past week for teacher appreciation.  I appreciate your year long support especially these past eight weeks.  We’ve been a good team at guiding these kiddos throughout the year and finding success with online distance learning.  Your children have grown in many ways academically, socially, physically, and spiritually this year. I’ve enjoyed every minute and I’m pleased to say they are ready for the next step.

Let me know about their future successes!  I know there will be many!  Have a great summer!

Reminders

  • May 12th; Math Unit 6 test
  • May 13th; Share Your Favorite Book Day
  • May 13th; Language Arts Unit 7 Vocabulary test
  • May 14th; Language Arts Unit 7 Reading Comprehension Test
  • May 15th; Language Arts Unit 7 Writing, Revising, and Editing Test
  • May 15th; Last Day of Online Distance Learning
  • May 18th – 21st; Turn-in any Loose Ends Assignments/Tests
  • May 19th;  Virtual Class Party 9:00 am
  • May 20th – May 21st;  Return books and iPads.  Click here for making a  SIGNUP GENIUS appointment.

 

May 4, 2020

This week, the main reading selection, Tsunami, is the title of an Online Article found in the anthology.  Our primary reading comprehension focus is to determine main idea and supporting details.  Additionally, we will compare texts and explain text features.  In Grammar lessons, students study prepositions and prepositional phrases.  They also learn about  compound words and how to use the word parts gain understanding.  Our writing supports our reading comprehension strategy of determining main idea and supporting details.

Math continues to explore fractions.  This week, students will have a better understanding of the meaning of fractions as equal parts of a whole and the meaning of fractions as numbers.  Students will compare fractions and reasoning about fraction equivalencies with representations.

Watch for a Sign-Up Genius invite to schedule an appointment for returning school books and iPad/charger  during the last week of school.  The appointment slots are ten minutes long which is plenty of time to check-in everything.  There is a gap between appointments to accommodate social distancing.  I will email a check-in sheet beforehand in order for you to know exactly what to return to school.

Reminders

  • May 6th; St. Michael’s School Uniform Day
  • May 8th; Spelling Test
  • May 13th; Share Your Favorite Book Day
  • May 13th; Math Unit 6 Test
  • May 14th – 15th; Language Arts Unit 7 Tests
  • May 15th; Last Day of Online Distance Learning Assignments/Tests
  • May 18th – 21st; TURN IN LATE ASSIGNMENTS
  • May 19th;  Virtual Class Party 9:00 am
  • May 20th – May 21st;  Sign-Up Genius appointments for parents to return books/iPads.

Spelling Multisyllabic Words

  1. atmosphere
  2. blizzard
  3. construct
  4. continue
  5. destroy
  6. effort
  7. explode
  8. garden
  9. happened
  10. inspect
  11. jungle
  12. mountain
  13. outdoors
  14. sudden
  15. windy

Watch-Out Words

  • vane
  • vein
  • vain

April 27, 2020

This week, Language Arts breaks students into small groups and each group will read a different book about an earthquake event.  Students will identify character’s feelings, cause and effect, and form generalizations.  Small group Zoom meetings with me are scheduled Wednesday and Thursday morning after the 9:00 am Zoom meeting.  The students may want to get ahead on their reading this weekend as some selections will take a while to complete.  Your student has one of three titles;  Earthquake! A Story of Old San Francisco by Kathleen Kudlinski, The San Francisco Earthquake by Rebecca L. Johnson, or The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck.  Google Classroom Stream page clarifies which book is assigned to which student.

Math starts the week with understanding that fractional parts are constructed of unit fractions.  Students will use representations to visualize how fractions relate to each other and are parts of a whole.  Then, students will use notation for fractions with a numerator  greater than 1 and use equations to represent how fractions relate to each other and to a whole.  Next, students will represent fractions on a number line and explain why fractions are equivalent.  Last, they will measure length to the nearest fourth inch and represent measurement data to the nearest fourth of an inch on a line plot.

Early in May, watch for a Sign-Up Genius invite to schedule an appointment for returning school books and/or iPads during the last week of school.  The appointment slots are ten minutes long which is plenty of time to check-in everything.  There is a gap between appointments to accommodate social distancing.  I will email a check-in sheet beforehand in order for you to know exactly what to return to school.

Reminders

  • April 29th; Pajama Day
  • May 1st, Friday; Language Arts Tests; Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Spelling, and Writing Revising and Editing (WRE).
  • May 6th; St. Michael’s School Uniform Day
  • May 13th; Share Your Favorite Book Day
  • May 15th; Last Day of Online Distance Learning Assignments/Tests
  • May 18th – 21st; Turn-in any Loose Ends
  • May 19th;  Virtual Class Party 9:00 am
  • May 20th – May 21st;  Sign-Up Genius appointment for parents to return books and iPads.

Spelling Words with VCV, VCCV Patterns

  1. actual
  2. adventure
  3. apparent
  4. atop
  5. behold
  6. century
  7. colorful
  8. major
  9. pollute
  10. population
  11. rumble
  12. shadow
  13. tender
  14. terror
  15. unusual

Watch-Out Words

  • meet
  • meat
  • pore
  • pour

April 20, 2020

We are half way to the finish line of Online Distance Learning.  I think back to the first days of preparation and the overwhelming feeling of wondering how do I introduce online distance learning tools virtually without classroom practice with the students.  I was thinking how will this work and what will it look like.  We all went online with a mindset that said we have not yet  figured everything out, but we’ll get there. I remember the first week and the amount of support we offered each other as we worked together to communicate and solve problems while learning our lessons and completing assignments. I recall that week two also provided ample opportunity for challenge and frustration for those loose ends that continued to glitch for us.  However, our approach was steadier and we again showed our mindset as “We can  figure this out.”  Then, weeks three and four found us settling into our routines and calmly addressing lessons, assignments and issues with acceptance that each of us is exactly where we need to be.

We are doing our best to work with the expectation of three to four hours for lessons and assignments.  Remember, daily assignments are practice and are preparation for quizzes and tests.  Daily practice is not graded and grading of quizzes and tests is addressed with leniency.  You have permission lighten the load at home if you are overwhelmed or struggling. Ultimately, my goal is to continue to provide exceptional educational opportunities at a pace, and with a work volume, that’s manageable and enjoyable.

I found the following letter posted on social media and it spoke to me with a reminder that social-emotional well being must precede learning for all of us, adults included. Stay well and “share your calm, strength, and laughter with your children.”

Reminders

  • April 20th – 24th; 9:00am – 10:00am, required Zoom Meeting
  • April 20th – 24th; 2:00pm – 3:00pm, optional Zoom Meeting
  • April 22nd; Crazy Hat Day
  • April 29th; Pajama Day
  • May 1st, Friday; Language Arts Tests; Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Spelling, and Writing Revising and Editing (WRE).
  • May 6th; St. Michael’s School Uniform Day
  • May 13th; Share Your Favorite Book Day
  • May 15th; Last Day of Online Distance Learning Assignments/Tests
  • May 18th – 21st; Turn-in any Loose Ends
  • TBD;  Virtual Class Party during week of May 18th – 21st
  • TBD;  Return of Device/Materials during week of May 18th – 21st

Spelling Words with VCV, VCCV Patterns

Spelling Test is scheduled for May 1, 2020

  1. actual
  2. adventure
  3. apparent
  4. atop
  5. behold
  6. century
  7. colorful
  8. major
  9. pollute
  10. population
  11. rumble
  12. shadow
  13. tender
  14. terror
  15. unusual

Watch-Out Words

  • meet
  • meat
  • pore
  • pour

April 13, 2020

Welcome back to Online Distance Learning.  We will review our online routine at our morning Zoom meeting.  First, we will check in with each other.  We share how we are feeling and provide updates on our academic progress.  Then, we will participate in a group activity.  The activities vary between Math and Language Arts lessons and have opportunity to meet in small groups or with the whole class.  Typically, the previous day’s work is an essential component for the group activities.  Finally, after reviewing the day’s Google Classroom lessons with students, I answer students’ questions or concerns. Our Morning Zoom Meeting finishes with creative applause.  Students who need assistance are welcome to invite me to a Zoom meeting anytime in the morning or they may join the afternoon Zoom meeting.  After 3:00pm, contact with me should be an email; pstalkfleet@stmichael.net.

Math this week, will have students solving sets of related problems and discussing what patterns they notice.  Then, they will use representations to examine what happens when multiplying a single-digit number by a number that is a multiple of ten and solve multi-step problems in context involving multiplication and addition.  Finally, students will learn a new game for practicing multiplication facts.

Language Arts continues to develop Several reading comprehension skills.  Students are learning to explain relationships between ideas in a text, relationships between events in a text, and drawing conclusions to comprehend text.  Vocabulary explores roots to determine word meanings and Grammar studies using comparison adverbs and irregular comparison adverbs.  Writing supports integrating ideas from multiple sources.

Reminders

  • April 13th, Monday; no school
  • April 14th – April 17th; 9:00am – 10:00am, required Zoom Meeting
  • April 14th – April 17th; 2:00pm – 3:00pm, optional Zoom Meeting
  • April 17th, Friday; Biography Project due
  • April 17th, Friday; Language Arts Tests; Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Spelling, and Writing Revising and Editing (WRE).

Spelling Words with oo and Silent Consonants

  1. brook
  2. columns
  3. comb
  4. footsteps
  5. heirs
  6. hooked
  7. knapsack
  8. kneel
  9. knowledge
  10. raspberry
  11. reign
  12. salmon
  13. scrapbook
  14. ugh
  15. wrinkled

Watch-Out Words

  • knew
  • new
  • gnu

April 6, 2020

Carsten Peter’s Amazing Volcano

Language Arts this week and next, features a photo essay about photographer Carsten Peter who takes award winning pictures of the most dangerous places on Earth.  A photo essay clarifies concepts that are difficult to explain in words alone.  Students will create their own photo essays about staying home.   I am creating my own Staying Home photo essay as an example for students.  Reading comprehension skills primary focus is to relate ideas and explain the differences between literal and non-literal language.  Additionally, students will learn about Greek and Latin roots, comparison adverbs, and write to explain ideas.

Math this week and next, will have students solving sets of related problems and discussing what patterns they notice.  Then, they will use representations to examine what happens when multiplying a single-digit number by a number that is a multiple of ten and solve multi-step problems in context involving multiplication and addition.  Finally, students will learn a new game for practicing multiplication facts.

Reminders

  • Thursday, April 9 – Monday, April 13; Easter Break
  • Tuesday, April 14th; online distance learning resumes
  • Friday, April 17th; Language Arts Tests and Math Quiz
  • Friday April 17th; Women’s Biography Project due

Spelling Words with oo and Silent Consonants

  1. brook
  2. columns
  3. comb
  4. footsteps
  5. heirs
  6. hooked
  7. knapsack
  8. kneel
  9. knowledge
  10. raspberry
  11. reign
  12. salmon
  13. scrapbook
  14. ugh
  15. wrinkled

Watch-Out Words

  • knew
  • new
  • gnu

March 30, 2020

Week one of online distance learning was whirlwind of learning technology for communication, instruction and showing completed work with understanding of the lessons.  There was so much important busyness, I needed to remind myself to take breaks, eat lunch, and move around during the day.  I encourage students and parents to do the same everyday.   I believe we will acquire a satisfactory pace for online distance learning moving forward.  The second week of online distance learning will provide opportunity for myself, students and parents to continue developing strategies for communicating, understanding, and learning.  We are beginning to  recognize the value of concise, accurate language with each other in order to gain understanding between us and the primary goal; learning for student, teacher, parent.  Thank you for participating in this amazing journey!

Language Arts begins a new four-week unit, Blast! Crash! Splash!, that explores the big question: What forces can change Earth?  Week one’s main selection is a narrative poem An Island Grows.  Reading comprehension lessons focus on analyzing imagery and drawing conclusions. Students will tell an original story using sensory language and write sensory filled descriptions, riddles, and a rhyming stanza.  Spelling words are studying hard and soft c and g.  Developing understanding of regular and irregular adverbs and comparing adjectives and adverbs are a part of all four weeks of this unit.   

Math focuses on solving multiplication and division problems.  The main math ideas this week are:

  • Understanding the meaning and structure of multiplication and division and the relationship between them
  • Solving multiplication and division problems, including multi-step problems and problems with multiple solutions
  • Learning multiplication facts

Spelling Words with Hard and Soft c, g

  1. against
  2. arctic
  3. average
  4. canyon
  5. cyclone
  6. dangerous
  7. distance
  8. exciting
  9. fierce
  10. gigantic
  11. gully
  12. iceberg
  13. regular
  14. secure
  15. surface

Watch-0ut Words

  • soar
  • sore
  • weather
  • whether

 

March 25, 2020

Our steep learning curve for online distance learning is quite impressive.  I am happy, delighted actually, with our growth as online learners.  For example, many of us are working through frustrations and tears with perseverance to post finished work into Google Classroom or join a Zoom Meeting.  Communicating with each other has a very different look and we need to be in touch with others!  We’re missing out on those physical hugs, pats on the back, smiles and verbal compliments whenever needed.

Our Zoom Meetings are becoming the highlight of the day.   During these meetings, I see students setting the tone with a positive attitude of trying, taking risks, and experimenting with creativity to accomplish tasks and share/teach what they are learning or what is frustrating!  I believe they are mostly enjoying the process of this transition.  I met one-on-one with most students today and we shared our successes and challenges realizing we’re all perfect where we’re at right now.

Looking forward, I’m thinking about when I will develop lessons and create future online videos for instruction as well as continue to provide the front-line support when needed.  Thus, I am scheduling my afternoons for creating instructional materials for our online distance learning. Then, I will provide a daily Zoom Meeting between 2:00-3:00pm  to answer questions or concerns about instructions, assignments, or technology.  The Zoom Meeting is optional to all to join as needed.  The 9:00 morning Zoom meeting will continue and additionally, I will schedule future one-on-one meetings as well.  Our online distance learning will continue to evolve as we continue to learn what’s best for everyone.

I will respond to questions, concerns, and suggestions between the hours of 8:00am – 12:00pm.  Outside of those hours you may email me or join the daily Zoom Meeting 2:00-3:00pm.  If there is an emergency, call my cell. Students have my number in their assignment notebooks.