Saturday, October 21, 2017

Our Week In Review

It was another great week in room 24!  The children have been working to share their love of reading through 'Book Talks'.  We try to tweet out our book talks, and tag the author of the book when possible.  Sometimes we have heard back from the authors!  Follow us on twitter @mertenladybugs to see our tweets each day!

This week we discussed what we LOVE about our specialist classes. Students wrote notes to these teachers.  Here are our initial ideas.  The letters were very thoughtful!

During math, we discussed how to know what we should study, and how to prepare for our assessment.  We looked at our work from the unit, and then found problems in our enVisions book that would help us to review.  We will continue to learn about how to reflect on our work and use that information to prepare for assessments as the year progresses.

Math Centers

During writing, we have been working on ways to revise our work by adding prepositional phrases and transition words.  We worked together to improve Mrs. Merten's writing, and are working to revise our Narratives.  We hope to have our narratives published this week.

 Thanks to this family for sharing their tradition of Diwali!  Check out earlier blog posts for more photos from this wonderful experience!

Dancers of the Week!

We have been using latitude and longitude to find exact location.  We will have our test on this topic on Tuesday.  Students received a study guide last week.

T-Shirt(s) of the Day

Yes it is!!!

They certainly do!

Friday, October 20, 2017


Here is the link to our quizlet for our Maps and Globes unit.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy Diwali!

Today we were treated to a presentation by one of our classmates!  She (along with her mom) introduced the Indian holiday of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights.  We learned that in India, there are fireworks celebrations, and families and friends gather to celebrate.  People get dressed up and eat delicious foods!  They light candles and sparklers in their yards.  We made diyas and hung them in our classroom, and we received a bag with an electric tea light!  What a wonderful way to celebrate our differences!  Thank you to our class member for sharing her culture, and to her mom, also, for coming in and sharing information about this holiday. 

Mrs. Connolly joined us, too!

Spotlight On...

This amazing artist!  Check out the work she has been doing.  I can't wait to read her first graphic novel.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Penguin Cameras

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Another Athlete!

Check out this member of our class! He also ran in the Ladybug 5K, and placed 2nd in his age group.  Way to go!

crossing the finish

Monday, October 16, 2017

Way to Go!

Congratulations to this ladybug from room 24!  She ran in the Ladybug 5K this past Saturday!  Way to Go!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Our Week In Review

Though our week was short, we got a lot accomplished! We have continued to learn about multiplication in math.  We will be finishing our new learning on Monday, and will be reviewing this concept on Tuesday, in preparation for our assessment on Wednesday.  Your child received a study guide yesterday, and can review the lessons in this unit using the Pearson Realize website. In class, we reviewed different ways to prepare using the Pearson site, and also discussed the importance of practicing math facts.

During Social Studies, we are almost finished with our Maps and Globes unit.  We will practice using latitude and longitude next week, and our first SS assessment will be the following Tuesday (10/24).  Students will receive a study guide next week, and we will learn how to make a set of "virtual" flash cards using Quizlet.  Students will be encouraged to bring home their Maps and Globes folder next week, and will be allowed to sign out a text if they would like to use one for studying purposes.  Everything needed to prepare for the tests can be found on the study guide.   Studying a little every night will make the test preparation feel less overwhelming.  Please feel free to check in with Mrs. Merten if you have any questions.

Our Puff Mobile Race was a HUGE success! The students learned the value of teamwork and perseverance!  They worked hard at using the Engineering and Design process to create vehicles, and everyone enjoyed our race day!  A puff mobile from our class won the overall race!  Can you guess which vehicle moved quickly using wind power?

During writing we have been working on planning and writing personal narratives. These are small moment stories, which share something about the writer.  Students have been drafting, and discussing their work with a writing buddy. Ask your child about his/her writing topic!

Check out our Twitter feed on the right!  This is updated as tweets are made throughout the week. Follow us @mertenladybugs 

Looking Ahead:
  • We have our next math assessment (topic 1) on Wednesday, 10/18.
  • We have our first social studies assessment Maps/Globes Assessment on Tuesday 10/24.
  • We will continue reading Mr. Popper's Penguins and working on our Narratives
  • Parent /Teacher Conferences are scheduled for 12/4-12/8.  If you need to make a change to your date/time, you can do that using our sign-up genius.