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Brrr...where did that wind come from??!?!? Be sure to enjoy this first real taste of Fall, bundle up, enjoy the first cocoa of the season, and get ready for Fall leaves, squirrels and pumpkins. If you haven't signed up for the facebook updates, we can do that next week at conferences. See you all there!!!
Posted by Guest  On Oct 07, 2016 at 2:54 PM 47 Comments
So a short post. We will be at a field trip tomorrow - heading to the pumpkin farm! Stay tuned for pics!
Posted by Guest  On Oct 24, 2016 at 9:42 AM 2 Comments
It sure is getting cold out there. While we don't always go outside due to extreme weather conditions, please understand that we will be using some times during the day to go outside, get fresh air, exercise, etc. Help us to make sure your kiddos stay healthy and safe this season by sending them with their warm outerwear, and boots/snowpants if playing in the snow is an option. We don't allow for snowplay if boots and snowpants aren't just makes for a really uncomfortable afternoon with wet pants/shoes. The kids all know and understand the snowy-weather expectations, go ahead and ask them! Let's gear up for the last week of Jefferson School in 2016, and get ready to welcome in another new year!
Posted by Guest  On Dec 16, 2016 at 7:12 AM 6 Comments
Math We are working on adding three-digit numbers. This includes: making a one hundred to add, adding hundreds, mentally adding ten or one hundred, regrouping ones and tens to add, adding three digit numbers, and problem solving strategies.  Reading We are using Achieve 3000 non-fiction articles to support our exploration of the properties of matter.  We continue to expand our knowledge of vocabulary and leaving thinking tracks to extend our understanding of the text.  They are also working on cause and effect relationships, and supporting our reasoning with evidence.  Writing Students are organizing their thinking about an informational topic by creating a table of contents.  They are then creating a catchy introduction to their informational topic.  Behavior As we move closer to our students advancing to third grade, we are focusing on becoming responsible members of our classroom community by remembering their morning routines, following the iPad cool tools, and efficiently completing classroom work.  
Posted by Guest  On Jan 05, 2017 at 10:21 AM 3 Comments
Math Adding  up numbers on a grocery receipt.  Use a change jar to make combination groups of ten.  Practice skip counting by tens and hundreds not starting at a friendly ten or hundred. Make tens and hundreds flashcards.  Reading Place a boiling pot of water on the stove, have child observe and record how long and why the water evaporates as it boils. Have a conversation about this.   Place a cup of water in the sun and one in a closet over time have students record what they see happening  and why it is happening, what is changing. Be sure they extend their thinking to what factors are causing this to happen. Help them explore new vocabulary in this process; evaporation, cycle, gas, liquid, condensation, cause, effect, define, record, observe, explain, etc. Writing Go to the library and find multiple non-fiction texts about a interesting topic that you want to learn more about.  Make notes about new learning so that it can be utilized for an informational piece of writing.  Look at the table of contents in these books and create your own based on the informational data you have recorded.  Then create your catchy introduction using a question or onomatopoeia.  Behavior Some examples of responsibilities students have at school include; making their lunch choice, bringing their folder in the classroom and handing in important notes, keeping track of all their own belongings, proper use of the iPad, keeping supplies neat and organized.
Posted by Guest  On Jan 10, 2017 at 10:14 AM 10 Comments
MATH- At this time in math we are working on Measurement and Data this includes topics such as: money-using and understanding pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, Data analysis-taking a survey and creating/analyzing picture graphs, bar graphs, and line plots, Time-time to the hour, time to the half hour, time to the quarter hour, time to five minute intervals, AM and PM, Customary and Metric Lengths-inches, feet and yards, select and use customary tools, compare customary lengths, centimeters and meters, select and use metric tools, compare metric lengths, relate centimeters and meters, measure on a number line, measurement and data.  School to Home Connections- Gather adds, circulars and house hold bills to identify needs and wants and add up money amounts to gather totals. With random change, allow students to skip count and organize money to efficiently count with. Find shoes around your home that your child can group(boots, tennis shoes, sandals, high heels) and graph the data. Create a daily schedule and have your child draw the the clock next to the appropriate time of day the event takes place.  Draw clocks on note cards and place them fact down.  Have your child pick a card and with the time located on the clock indicate a activity they would do during that time. Your child has learned that an inch is about the size of their knuckle and a cm is about the width of their finger nail.  Have them use these tools to measure items around the house. Writing- This quarter in writing we are focusing on narrative writing.  This includes things such as: elaborated recounting of an event or short sequence of events, three or more vivid details that describe actions, thoughts and feelings, temporal words to signal event order in a very creative way, provide a concluding statement with linking words to connect ideas.  Home to school connection-have your child create an ongoing idea list of important places, people, things, and feelings.  From this list, have them create a detailed story describing how they felt, what they smelled and saw during this event.  Literacy -At this time in reading we are working on cross checking for meaning and asking ourselves "Does this make sense?"  Our focus topic is ecosystems and we are developing their understanding of vocabulary, how one thing can effect another, and stating cause and effect relationships throughout our text.  Home to school connection- go to the library and investigate more about different ecosystems (desert, rains forest, Arctic Regions, marshlands, mountainous regions).  Continue to read twenty minutes and night to continue to build your child's fluency and comprehension.
Posted by Guest  On Feb 02, 2017 at 10:35 AM 4 Comments
The past two days have been very busy for Team Soar.  We have had the opportunity to listen to many different individuals that work for many different companies and positions.  These careers include: a Target store mananager, Hairstylist, engineer, gardener, credit union, flight attendant, social worker, fire fighter, electronics instructor, Chick-Fill-A owner, and an Alderperson.  Ask your child what they have learned and if they became more interested in a occupation they otherwise would not have know about.
Posted by Guest  On Feb 07, 2017 at 1:07 PM 13 Comments
Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year!
Posted by Jennifer Culp  On Jul 20, 2018 at 11:10 AM
Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year!
Posted by Jennifer Culp  On Jul 20, 2018 at 10:59 AM
Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year!
Posted by Jennifer Culp  On Jul 20, 2018 at 11:05 AM
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