The student blogs are now operational. If you have questions, the “Blogging 101” tab at the top of this class blog should answer them. If you have further questions please feel free to email me. The students are already sharing their learning and other written creations on their blogs. It is nice to see them so excited to write. Feel free to comment on their posts. Please remember to only use first names and don’t include any other personal information. It is easy for all of us to forget this rule. I will make sure I look them over carefully before approving them.
If you have an opportunity to help edit a post or two at home that would be very helpful. Punctuation and proper sentence structure often disappear even more when the kids start typing. Having an adult edit and submit one of their posts goes a long way in showing them what it should look like.
I wish you could subscribe to your child’s blog so that you get an email each time they post. Unfortunately that option is only available for our main class blog. I will try to have the kids write a note in their planner when they have a post they would like you to read.
We know that writers need a lot of words in order to make their writing interesting. There are many ordinary words we can choose from. These words are helpful, but there are many other words that may be more interesting to those who read our writing. We call the ordinary words ‘single scoop’ words. Like a single scoop of ice cream, they are good, but they leave us wanting more. We call more amazing and descriptive words ‘triple scoop words.’ They leave us feeling a lot more entertained and satisfied.
To help us become inspired word collectors we read The Boy Who Loved Words. Selig, the main character loves to collect amazing words and he is passionate about sharing them. Once we were finished enjoying the book, the students worked with a partner to find ‘triple scoop’ words they can use instead of always using the ‘single scoop’ words we use every day. The thesaurus in the dictionary app on our ipads is a very helpful tool for this activity. Thanks to Adrienne Gear for the ideas she shares in her Writing Power resource for teachers.
CHRISTMAS IS A TIME OF GIVING…
The Christmas holiday season is upon us! With the season comes the thought of giving. As we have done in past years we encourage our students to be involved in Warman Elementary School’s See A Need, Fill A Need campaign to help others in need. The total amount of money collected will be donated to the Warman Food Bank.
In years past, Warman Elementary has gone above and beyond in the giving department. We would love to make a big difference in the lives of others this holiday season!
This year we have three ways you can donate:
Monday, December 3rd -Friday, December 21st – make a monetary donation and receive a paper ornament to decorate our lobby Christmas Tree.
December 6 @ Noon: SRC Bake Sale ($1.00 per item)
December 13th: SRC Candy Cane Sale. The SRC will be visiting each class at 9 a.m. to sell their candy canes (1.00 per cane)
If you are able to donate baking to the SRC Bake Sale please have your baking to the school office anytime from Dec 3rd – Dec 6th (a.m.) All items must be nut free.
We thank you in advance for helping Warman Elementary School students experience the gift of giving to those less fortunate. Happy Holidays!
We are taking some time to create a snow globe craft. They will decorate our classroom nicely for some of the winter months. We will make sure we post a picture of the artists completed creations when they are done.
December 5th – Scholastic book orders are due
December 6th –SLC Bake Sale
December 13th –SLC Candy Cane Sale
December 18th– Family Christmas Festival. Crafts form 6:30-7:30 Fireworks at 7:30 (weather permitting)
December 21st– Christmas Dress-up day
The following letter about the One School, One Family Book Club was sent home with your child yesterday. I have included a PDF link below just in case yours got lost along the way.
One School One Book – PDF Format
We are currently focusing on the the skill of asking good questions before, during and after we read to help encourage deep thinking and comprehension.
“When readers learn to question while reading:
- they are learning the power of asking as well as answering questions.
- they are encouraged to be curious readers.
- they learn that asking questions can lead them to a greater understanding of the text.
- they learn the difference between quick questions and deep-thinking questions.
- they learn that not all questions have answers, and often these unanswered questions will help to get at the heart of the story better than those that can be answered.
Adrienne Gear; Reading Power
Last week I sent each student home with a note explaining prodigy math. The note included a user name and password to access the games. Hopefully all of these notes made it home. If you don’t have one, I can print them again. I put a link on this blog for those who use prodigy math at home. I hope that helps make things even easier. Have a great week!
Monday, Nov. 5 – Last day for online school clothing orders
Wedensday, Nov. 7 —Remembrance Day Assembly (staff and students only)
Thursday, Nov. 8 – No classes for students
Friday, Nov. 9 – No classes for students
Monday, Nov. 12 – Remembrance Day (no classes)
Wednesday, Nov. 21 – SCC Hot Lunch
Friday, November 23 – Grade 1-5 learning summaries go home