Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays!

We have all been very excitable this week. On Monday, we continued working on geometry in math. On Tuesday, all of the students were excited to make gingerbread cookies with a kindergarten buddy. Today, students explored mode by finding the mode of a pile of M&M's.

Thank you to all who brought treats recently! The students really enjoyed them. I hope everyone has a wonderful break!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 2011

We have been discussing environmental issues for the past two weeks. We read and discussed The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, created posters to encourage people to recycle, and explored natural resources. In addition, we talked about timelines. In particular, we discussed a timeline for Iowa. Students began a timeline about their life. Please help them fill in the years they do not have any information written, and have them bring it back on Monday.

During writing, we also discussed verbs that related to our new story (The Mysterious Giant of Barletta). In addition, we completed a story map for the stories we read this week. Please ask your child what their favorite story during reading time was and what it was about. See if they can tell you the setting, characters, and plot (problem, events, and solution).

During math, we have been working on geometry. Students have been exploring how shapes make up other shapes. We have continued to work on multiplication and division too.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Please remember that we have a shortened week next week. There is no late start on Wednesday. Instead, we will be having an early out. 


Thank you for all that you do!

Ms. Ritland

Sunday, December 4, 2011


This week has gone by so quickly. We have been busy working on multiplication and division. Students have also been working on place value. I will be sending home some of their work related to both of these topics tomorrow.

In reading, we have been discussing Dogzilla. Students enjoyed making filmstrips that sequenced the events of the story. They also enjoyed making a film strip for a sequel to Dogzilla. We have also been discussing realistic and fictional details. Please continue to discuss main ideas and details with your child if you read together at home.

During writing, students have been developing fictional stories of their own. At the beginning of the week, students brainstormed ideas and story events they would like to write about. We have been working on rough drafts and recently started editing. We will be publishing them in the coming week. Some students will be typing their stories and putting them on posters, while others would like to make their stories into a story book. Ask your child how he or she is planning on publishing his or her work.

Science has been focused on the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Students made flip books, which will be coming home on Monday. We will also be having a party on Monday to celebrate how hard students have been working on being respectful of property, themselves, and others throughout the school and on the playground!

Thank you for all that you do! I hope you have had a great weekend!