Update 9/7/20

 

Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:

  • Schedule and ZOOM Links Easy to read page
  • homework calendar
  • Coming up Students will need: a ruler (that has both cm and inches), scissors, glue and coloring pencils
  • 9/7- No School- Labor Day
  • 9/8 Please help your child remember to go straight to PE at 8:00 a.m.
  • 9/11- Spirit day- please wear a PCCS theme shirt or the color green

We will be wearing spirit wear/school colors every Friday 

  • 9/11 Next Scheduled Materials Pick-Up (below are instructions)
  • 9/14 – Comstock Curriculum Night – Virtual format 6-7 pm *it will be recorded for later viewing for those who cannot make it.
  • 9/17 Virtual Natural Leader Assembly at 8:00 a.m. This will be streamed to our facebook page. 
  • 9/18 Spirit Wear Friday
  • 9/25 Spirit Wear Friday
  • 9/27 PSO Hawks Golf Outing

 

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NEXT TWO WEEKS:

For the 9/11 Materials Pick-Up, please note there is a slightly adjusted pattern: we will move the drop-off bins in front of the barn. Parents will stop, drop off their old bags to the bin in front of the barn. Then, continue to drive to the gym to pick up new bags. It is really important we receive our bags back, so we can properly prepare for each pick up date. 

 

Also, for the drop off, we are asking students to return: the read aloud book, the prairie plant which was drawn on a long piece of paper with yarn roots, Math Student Book pages 10, and 13 (which will be completed this week), as well as, their long write from this week’s work (Wednesday- Friday we will be working on). Please make sure your child’s first and last name are on each of these items, as well as, “Larson.” Then, please place them into the materials bag and return on 9/11.  Thank you so much for your support! 

 

Just a reminder that the zoom recording links and passwords of lessons are listed on a live document in the google classroom, as a class material. The zoom lesson recordings will be live until the Sunday of each week. On Sunday, they will be automatically removed and the links will no longer be working, in order to clear space in our cloud to allow for new recordings of the new week.

 

In Writing, we have learned a lot about how to find inspiration for our stories. We have also learned about how authors have been inspired to write their books. Students have worked hard on notes and a list of ideas. We will be selecting one of the ideas that have special meaning to each student. Then, we will learn how to make a web about one idea to capture details and help us write more. We will start a long write on the special topic and spend a bit of time developing a story or a retelling of our topic. We will also continue to use typing.com and our handwriting books.

 

In Reading, we will write down the guidelines and briefly practice the daily 5 areas of “Listen to Reading,” and “Word Work.” Following this, we will color and create a comprehension necklace. For this lesson, your child will need the green piece of yarn I sent home (if your child cannot find, any yarn or string is fine- as long as it fits easily over their head) scissors, colored pencils/crayons, and either tape, a stapler or a glue stick (1 of these). We will be working on each comprehension skill from the necklace over time. In these two weeks, we are planning on learning about Spinner Spider, Questioning Owl and Jabber the Reteller. Students will have lessons regarding these skills and then they will practice the skills during reading and listening sessions. As we work through each of these skills and lessons, we will also utilize the reading notebook, and will continue to need scissors, glue and colored pencils or crayons. We will also be working on reading groups. We will also try out group readings. We have spent a lot of time learning and rehearsing a group reading session. Students will now have a chance to try it out in their own groups.

 

In Math, we are starting Unit 1 of bridges. In the next two weeks, we will be working on Modules 3 and 4. There will be some checkpoints coming up that focus on addition and subtraction. Please note that students will need a 12 inch/centimeter ruler for some of the lessons in these modules. Following the completion of Module 4, there will be a unit assessment. Below is a description of what skills and activities will be featured in each module: 

Double-Digit Addition

Students search out objects of certain lengths and use these

measurements to add and subtract. Students will learn about and discuss open number lines to model strategies to add double-digit length measurements. The class has a math forum to encourage students toward more efficient

and sophisticated addition strategies. Then students learn a

game, that helps with place-value patterns and

the addition strategy of getting to a friendly number.

Story Problems & Strategies

In the first four sessions, students solve story problems

that involve adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers. They

discuss their strategies and model them with the open

number line, splitting diagrams, and equations. Session 5

features multi-step problems involving both addition and

subtraction.Students complete the unit post-assessment 

in the final session.

 

For Science/Social Studies, we are continuing working on science and are in the unit of Illinois ecosystems. We are starting the woodland ecosystem unit, which will span two weeks.  Students will learn about the inside of a tree, and how to look at changes over time in tree rings. We will read a story about a tree as well.  Ms. Naomi will host a special lesson showing us a woodland and all the beautiful diversity inside it.  Next week, students will be learning about, researching and writing down facts about woodland trees/ plants and animals, as well as drawing them. Woodland drawing paper will be sent home on 9/11, please have students prepare to return their drawings and facts in the next materials drop off for a grade and to be displayed at school.  

 

We will continue participating in phenology and solo spots, alternating each week on Friday afternoons. Your student may complete these by going outside in your own yard, or, if this is not possible, by looking out a window at nature. 

 

We will continue using the IXL program to complete the diagnostics. Once the diagnostics are complete, I will instruct students on which specific skills to interact within IXL. IXL will also use the diagnostic information to recommend skills and levels that are appropriate for each individual student to work on.

 

I hope you have a wonderful week!