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Data Graphs

Thursday, 6/2/16

This morning I shared data with students. Students rejoiced in their growth and were able to visualize the growth on graphs. The data sheets and graphs went home with your child's report card today.

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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OPUS DAY

Wednesday, 6/1/16

Our last URS National Holiday, OPUS Day, was today. Thank you to Mrs. Goulden (and Mrs. Loomis - Opus's primary babysitter) for allowing Opus to spend the day with our class. Besides wearing green, students participated in Turtle Math (Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles problem solving, making a symmetrical turtle, turtle mulitplication, and Opus observaton). Opus was quite excited to be the center of attention!

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Field Day

Friday, 5/27/16

What a fun and HOT Field Day! Thank you to Mr. Kovelan for planning such a fun event! I only captured pictures of a few of the stations--but enough to capture the fun!

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Hale Farm Field Trip

Wednesday, 4/4/16

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

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Editing

Friday, 4/15/16

Last week, students focused on the skill of editing writing. After reviewing the mechanics of writings, I introduced COPSS to the students. COPSS = Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, Spelling, and Spacing. After writing, it is important to edit using COPSS. I showed students the proper editing symbols and as a class we practiced editing a paragraph. The next day, small groups of students wrote a paragraph about a stuffed animal—making 10 mistakes. Groups switched paragraphs and edited using the correct symbols. We will continue working on editing through the remainder of the year.

 

   

   

   

   

   

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Giraffe Day

Wednesday, 1/20/16

During Choice Time some students play "Pin the Tail on the Giraffe." Thanks to the

Holiday Group for planning such a fun game!

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Random Photos

Week of 12/14/15

   

A Precious Hand-Made Gift
Rock Day & Gingerbread House at Home

 

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Inferences

12/8/15

 

Have you ever read a book and assumed what the author was saying or feeling without having actually read it? This is called INFERRING. When inferring while reading, we all play “Book Detective.” Strong readers infer by reading slowly, looking for clues, and using those clues to support thinking. Learning to infer and support with evidence is a strategy to better understand what the author is saying. To kick-start the lesson I shared a video which required students to infer. Aftewards, students practiced inferring various texts.

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30s67sNEZ5w&feature=share

 

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Safari PJ Day & Compliment Party

12/4/15

Our first URS and Compliment Party were combined! We were comfy all day long in pajamas and sported URS-pride! In the afternoon students watched Tarzan and at zebra cakes. Thank to Cordae for letting me borrow his cheetah (which matched my pajamas) and for taking two adorable pictures. (One of them even became my Facebook profile picture.)

   

   

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Text-Based Evidence

Week of 11/16/15

Text-based evidence involves students citing, or referring, to the text while writing answers to comprehension passages. The acronym “R-LAW” can help students remember the steps of using text-based evidence. R = Read the question. L = Locate the evidence. A = Answer the questions in your own words. W = Write a phrase or location to explain where the evidence was found. Students practiced using specific phrases to identify the location of answers. Students practiced this skill during our literacy block (Daily 5 and Reading Café).

PDF-Version of Power Point

Text-Based Evidence Resource

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Dictionaries

11/6/15

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Shaker Heights! They provided dictionaries to every 3rd grader in the district.

   

   

   

   

 

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Halloween Parade and Party

10/30/15

A big thank you to Mrs. Stark for planning such a fun celebration!

   

   

   

   

 

      

   

      

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Random Pictures

Week of 10/26/15

Socks & Choice Time

Our class collected 50 pairs of socks for Socktober!

 

   

   

   

 

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IB Portfolios

10/23/15

Today students looked through their IB Portfolios. Every year documents from each IB unit are placed in the portfolios. At the end of 4th grade, students take the portfolios home. The portfolios are a great way to visualize growth in the IB Curriculum. Students had fun remembering each item. There were many statements made such as: "Oh...I remember this!" and "Hey look! This was fun!" Ms. Geisler and I got a kick out of watching the students' enthusiasm for their memories.

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Science Lab Field Trip

10/20/15

Ms. Nieves, the new Science Lab Coordinator, led an engaging lesson on the scientific method. Students worked through the scientific method using gobstoppers. Do you think the gobstoppers changed the most in warm or cold water? Go ahead and make your hypothesis! This was a great review of our previous IB unit, Who We Are!

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Random Photos

Week of 10/12/15

 

 

 

 

A student shared her jacket!
We have 5 pairs of socks so far for Socktober!

 

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Holden Arboretum Field Trip

Thursday, 10/8/15

We had an amazing field trip to Holden Arboretum! We hiked, explored the forest, collected acorns, hunted for forest objects with specific attributes (smooth, rough, bumpy, flat…), searched for wildlife, and enjoyed the wilderness. A big shout out of thanks to the volunteers who chaperoned the trip: Ahmad Al Share, Stephen Midgett, Dan Rosenberg, and Erin Zelin. Two of the 40+ pictures are below. You can enjoy all of the pictures by clicking on the link below. (I made a video!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_6SpuqOA58

   

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Eid Al-Adha

Friday, 9/25/15

Thank you to Mr. Al Share (Saba's dad), Mr. Ben Nasir (Taha's dad), and Alzhraa for teaching us about Eid Al-Adha. Students rotated through stations and learned about this special Muslim holiday. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed some treats symbolic to this holiday (dates and special bread).

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

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Sharing

Tuesday, 9/22/15

What an amazing creation!

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Sharing

Thursday, 9/17/15

This student shared a science experiment he did at home...a glow in the dark crystal! How cool!

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Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, 9/16/15

Thank you to Mrs. Zelin for talking to the class about Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year. She explained the meaning of this special holiday, shared a story, and shared a symbolic snack. While students were eating the snack, they wrote about a personal area of growth.

   

   

   

   

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Sharing & Choice Time

Friday, 9/11/15

Today a student shared 2 objects he made at home--all out of paper! There is also a picture from Choice Time.

   

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Daily 5

Wednesday, 9/9/15

Students are practicing stamina and perseverance during Daily 5 (while enjoying some book worms).

They are rotating through 4 stations:

Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, & Success Maker Reading.

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Daily 5: Stamina

Tuesday, 9/8/15

Daily 5 (the structure being used this year during Guided Reading Groups) lessons began this week. The first lessons were about stamina and finding the right-fit book.  When choosing the right book and the right shoes you have to take into consideration the size (level), purpose, and function.  Would you choose tall strappy shoes to play tennis? Would you choose a book that you didn't understand to research?  NO! Read aloud stories, short videos, pictures, and Power Points were used to discuss each word. Click on the terms below to view a PDF-version of each Power Point. The pictures below are of students practicing reading stamina.

STAMINA                  JUST-RIGHT FIT BOOK           

      

   

   

   

 

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"Teacher Freeze" at Curriculum Night

Thursday, 9/3/15

   

   

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RANDOM CHOICE TIME PHOTOS

Friday, 8/28/15

   

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SAFARI BINOCULARS & VESTS

Tuesday, 8/25/15

Learning is an adventure!  Did you hear about the adventure hats, vests, and binoculars?  We’re making

great use of these learning safari-related tools!  Each student made either a pair of binoculars or a safari

vest. I provided the materials with the only directions of, “Have at it!”  This activity was fun and gave

me a glimpse into students’ creativity and problem solving skills.

 

   

   

   

   

 

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