On Monday, we had a fun time singing along with Emily Arrow (see picture above). She read several books aloud and retold them through music and hand motions.
Wednesday we had our Spring pictures taken. Cards came home Thursday with your child's name on it from HR Imaging. After Spring Break, you will receive image and order forms for your child. You can also view and order their photos online in about a week.
Remember next week is Spring Break week. March reading logs are due when we get back, April 3.
We will be starting to learn more about sending letters after Spring Break. For fun, I challenge everyone to mail a postcard or letter back to our school explaining something you did over break. That way, when we are all back in class, we will start receiving mail and hear about our friend's adventures! We will use the letters/postcards to discover how we address letters and envelopes. Here is the address to send it to:
Scottish Corners Elementary
Room 138 (or Mrs. Hoertz's Class)
5950 Sells Mill Drive
Dublin, OH 43017
Scottish Corners is collecting and donating stuffed animals to the Lions Club. In June, the Lions Club is going to the Special Olympics and handing out Stuffed Animals to the Special Olympic participants. So please donate stuffed animals that you have and place them in the boxes around the building. We will be accepting Stuffed Animals Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7 of any size.
Our learning goal this week was to make inferences using our text clues and our background knowledge. We learned this is different than predicting. We examined a wordless picture book and recorded what we saw, what we know, and made inferences. Students practiced reading poems and passages to make thoughtful inferences.
Our new learning goal is to write opinion pieces and provide reasons for our opinions. We began by discussing the difference between facts and opinions. We discussed that an opinion is a belief, it is your point of view, and is a result of an emotion. We read picture books with good persuasive arguments. We learned that opinion writing can be supported by reasons/rationale.
We continued exploring the sounds of u ("u" and "oo"). We used letters to make words with u sounds. Students had to find pictures around the room and spell each word with the correct long u pattern. We reviewed the different patterns with whiteboards and took the assessment on Thursday.
Our learning goal this week was to draw graphs and use them to answer questions. We identified the parts of a graph and ways to collect data. Students made bar graphs, line plots, and pictographs. After creating each graph, we answered questions about the information that was collected. Individuals came up with their own survey question, collected data from their classmates, and created a graph to display their data.
We began a unit about forces and motion. The class used several toys I brought in to identify if it can be pushed, pulled, or both. We learned that force is a push or pull that can change the way something moves. Small groups used ramps and ping pong balls to experiment with starting, stopping, and changing direction.