Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dec. 17

The day before our Christmas party, sorry I have not posted.  I have just returned from being ill.  I run out of school to go to bed.  I thought I would update about our party tomorrow.  We made reindeer and elf ornaments for your trees, at home.  Then we traveled around the world to China.  Ask them what they have been learning about?

The students in second grade will have their party at 12 and we will wrap up by about 1:15-1:20.  I will read a story at the end before specials at 1:45.  The upper grades and younger usually have their parties at the end of the day.
Pink Christmas tree - idxg101 Photo

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Science Night

Dec. 2 Hope to see you all at Science Night!

Today was a fantastic day of learning we managed to get through all activities.  We discussed main idea and finding the supporting details in our reading.  We practiced locating them in our article about red ants today.  Ask your child what they discovered and learned.  Then we wrote procedural texts in writing; we learned how to plan out our text by drawing the steps. Then writing out the specific details to teach someone how to do something.  Please ask them what they feel they're an expert at.  We also measured in non-standard units of measure today and discussing how to use a paper clip.  We also received our goal sticks from the forms which we returned.

Top Banana Ragan
We learned she traveled to Hershey Peninsula to the candy factor, and was one lucky girl.  She made and got to eat a candy bar.  She showed us a family picture and she was not clear was her dad was, maybe getting ready for a conference?  We learned she has a sister in fifth grade Grace and another sister too.  she attended the color run and the Army was there handing out water bottles.  She also has been to Washington DC. and her picture looks like she is holding the Washington Monument.

Monday, December 1, 2014

First day back, from Thanksgiving

Today was a fantastic day we learned a lot.  We made it through our first day back.  I hope all of you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time off.  I had a blast seeing family and cooking my meal with my best friend, Mrs. Schoss. We are learning about main idea and supporting details, in reading.  We are discussing and writing procedural texts these next few weeks, so please ask them what they are writing about.  Make sure they can explain to you the difference between a narrative and procedural text?  During math we are learning about measurement and today we measured using a non-standard unit of measure inch worm ruler. Please ask them about what they did and how they measured using their inch worm.  Last, we worked on Geography in Social Studies and we discussed how this is the study of places and regions in our community, state, nation, and world.

Top Banana this week is Ragan and we did not have time to share her poster.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's update.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

We had a lovely time singing in the assembly, it was emotional for me.  I love this day and who it Honors. I met my husband while he was in Iraq and having him be deployed, stirs up a lot of old feelings.  His best friend has been away, and it was a special treat to have my students write and create letters for soldiers.  We, well I will make sure all their cards and letters get mailed to soldiers, and I hope some will write back. My students asked and I told them this is how Mike and I found each other.  My class six years ago wrote to soldiers and he was one of many who wrote back.  We also read procedural texts and began discussing notes to write about, in Reading.  Then in Math we began our unit on Subtracting two and three digit numbers.  We are reviewing addition with two and three digit numbers in stations. During Science we discussed how sound and light can change matter and we had a blast in the Science lab.  Please ask them to explain?

Top Banana:

We had such a busy day I forgot to ask her to share please stay tuned for tomorrow's update.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wacky Weather Wednesday

Parents - We need donations of McDonalds Happy Meal toys or any other small trinkets for an upcoming Family Night on November 18.

If you have any you're willing to spare, please send the items to your child's teacher no later than Monday, Nov. 17th.  It would be helpful if the bag was labeled "Family Math Night."

Thanks so much!
Kristal Shanahan
Gattis Elementary

I am sorry I have not posted, I have been busy in personal life and here on campus.  Today I had to post because it was one of those days where the kids were different do to weather.  We had a social meeting group today about being polite. We discussed text features in class and had a scavenger hunt with text features. During writing we continued writing small moments in our life and had a blast with our quick write.  Math was interesting because we were adding to the tens place, by 10 more or ten less.  However, they were using 3 digit numbers.  Please review with them, some had trouble.  The bonus problems were four digit and still adding or subtracting ten or twenty.  We did have indoor recess and the kids were able to jog around my room to let off energy.  We then headed to the library where we listen to a book about energy from the sun.  Please ask them about their day and I hope all is well?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WOW, I posted!!

Tomorrow PJ's, Slippers Too!! Early Release

TOP BANANA is Ms. Wolfean forgot!!
Also no spelling this week, Happy Halloween

Please have them bring a change of shoes for playground, and PE.  Life around the school has been tough, we have had a lot to do.  We are having a great time with reading, learning about fiction and non-fiction texts.  We are discussing the difference between both types of texts, and we will be learning about text features. During writing we are focusing on small moments and how to describe our stories not tell them to the reader.  This is called show not tell, we want to make the reader get a visual in their head, make a movie. During math we are moving towards numbers to the 999, number sense and remembering still about our two digit numbers.  We are also discussing how objects are made and why they need to use the material to build that object.  They are seeing how the properties of matter help change an object.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wacky Wednesday

Today we had a fantastic time getting all work done.  We discussed how to be respectful to others and Ms. Wolfean.  We talked about how I am just like one of them and they should respect me as well.  They should remember that teachers have feelings too.  During reading we have been looking at four different genres folktale, fables, fairy tale, and legends. We are discussing the difference between the lesson of the story and the most important part the story has.  You could be reading these styles and reinforcing this skill at home.During writing we are working on small moments and leads to our story.  We are trying to make sure we show our story not tell.  We moved head in math to telling time to the minute and began discussing shapes.  We will be taking our math assessment this week.

Top Banana highlight Daniel

Daniel finally shared his poster and we were excited to learn, he not only has a brother here at Gattis, named Lucas.  He also has a sister who we learned after him calling her sister, that she does have a name, Megan.  She was dressed up for a princess one Halloween and we learned he loves to trick or treat.  However, he not only loves that he enjoys going to monster races.  He had a dog or goat not sure which named Tricky, and his sister had one named S'mores.  Daniel was allowed to get goats and we thought it was funny and laughed he wanted them for a pet.  We were told it was only because he lost two dogs and his mother said he could, "I was just lucky I guess."  I giggled hearing his first report can't wait till tomorrow.

Events this week:

Tomorrow McNight out teachers will be at McDonalds from 4-9, I will be there from 6-7.

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We are excited to have you come to our Trunk or Treat event this Friday! We will get started at 6:00 pm

Please bring:
  • Costumes!
  • Trick-or-treat bags for your own children
  • Enough candy or treats for approx. 60 kids
  • Decorated car (optional)
Here is a schedule of events:

6:00 - 6:45 - Sign-in, Dinner, hotdogs, snacks, craft table, Zumba 
(DO NOT pass out candy at this time)
6:45 - 7:00 - Campfire songs
(Snacks and Hotdogs between 6pm and 7pm)
7:00 - 7:20 - Trunk or Treat!
7:20 - 7:40 - Costume contest
7:40 - 8:00 - Campfire songs & S'mores

Volunteers - many of you indicated that you may be able to help before, during, or after the event. Here is the link for helping with our event, we appreciate all your help! 

Events for next week:

Tuesday is Kona Ice for parents and students after school.

Wednesday   early dismissal