Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's a Harvest Party

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our First Mystery Skype

We got to do our first Mystery Skype where we called Joan Young's classroom. The kids are already excited about the next time!

The Kids Thought This was Cool

WKCE Testing Time Information

WKCE testing times are as follows for Mrs. Ripp’s room:

Monday Nov. 7th
8:30 - 9:30 AM (Math)
1:40 - 2:40 PM (Reading)

Tuesday Nov. 8th
8:30 - 9:30 AM (Math)
1:40 - 2:40 PM (Reading)

Wednesday Nov. 9th
8:30 - 9:30 AM (Math)
1:40 - 2:40 PM (Reading)

This is a lot of testing for the kids and a way to keep their energy up is to provide fun snacks for them. If anyone is interested in donating a snack or a drink for any of these days, please let me know.

The testing sessions will not take that whole hour but I want to make sure we are not rushed for time.

Note that swimming starts this week as well.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thea sings happy birthday to Brandon

Friday, October 21, 2011

Newsletter October 21, 2011

MathWe are rocking through unit 3 and the unit test will be on November 3rd.  The students are working with their protractors and compasses and also learning about angles.  I am excited to see the progress in math facts.
Social Studies – The second chapter on the early people is in full swing and the students continue working on comparing, contrasting and working on projects tied in with the text. 
Reading We have been discussing main ideas and details as it ties in with our writing and we are getting better at summarizing.  We use these skills in all of our subjects and the students are feeling more and more comfortable retelling something in their own words.  We will be starting Harry Potter “The Sorcerer’s Stone” as our next read aloud which ties in with character conflicts, author’s purpose and themes of literature.  I encourage the students to bring in their own copy of the book if they have it and have also ordered copies for the class.  We will take the time to dig into the mythology of the book as well, I can’t wait!
Writing This week was all about topic sentences in our writing boot camp.  Students have been given 3 different types of topic sentences to use as they write.  They have been browsing articles to look for great topic sentences and are getting more critical in their approval of them.  We love going back to basics and I get a kick out of “this is so fun!”  that I hear in the classroom.
Special Notes
* We continue to just have a blast learning.  Today, during science when the kids were working on challenges it just was incredible to see them work together and also to hear all of the great ideas.  They are becoming critical problem solvers and learners, what an adventure it is.
* Next week will be a short one with a lot of learning packed into 2 ½ days.  We will watch Tuck and compare it to the book, we will wrap up flip sticks in science and get ready for the flip  stick Olympics, we will continue our boot camp delving into concluding sentences and of course have a lot of fun.
* The harvest party is On Wednesday with food and games.  The students may go to any classroom to participate; Mr. Meinholz will be playing kickball, Mr. Getz will have board games and we will have other types of games. 
* The students are busy blogging and we have been asked to be blogging buddies with a classroom in England who are just learning how to blog.  Please take a moment to leave the kids a comment; they work so hard on their blogs.
* Spelling Bee word lists went home this week, I do not require the kids to participate in the classroom spelling bee, but if you would like your child to participate please let me know.  The top 4 will go on to represent us at the school spelling bee on December 9th.
* The tie-dye shirts went home yesterday and instructions on what to do next are posted on our web site.  Tuesday is wear your tie dye t-shirt to school so mark your calendars.
* Thank you for signing up for conferences, most of you should have received a confirmation from me, if not, you have either not signed up or we are still figuring out a time.
* WKCE info went home today and dates have been set:  November 7th – 10th we will be testing math and reading.
* Dates for your calendar:  CRT is Wednesday, October 26th and No School Thursday October 27th and Friday, October 28th, swimming is November 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, and 18th.  Conferences Tuesday, November 8th through Friday, November 11th

Thursday, October 20, 2011

To Rinse Out Your Tie-Dyed Shirt

  1. Keep the dye in the shirt for 24 hours, or overnight.  (In the plastic bag).
  2. To rinse it out you need a basin or a bucket and a source of running water.  (Outside with a bucket and a hose, or inside with a bucket and  laundry sink are good places to rinse).  It will probably take at least 5-10 buckets of water to rinse it.  Lots f dye will come off in the water.
  3. Fill the bucket with water and put the shirt in, rubber bands still on.  Wear gloves or your hands may be stained!  Squeeze the water through the shirt about 20 times, vigorously.  Then empty the bucket and fill again with clear water.
  4. When most of the dye is out you can take off the rubber bands.  The easiest way is to clip them with scissors - but be extremely careful not to make a hole in either your gloves or the shirt.
  5. Continue rinsing and vigorously squeezing water through the shirt until the water is almost clear.  (Changing water in bucket as necessary).  Then wash the shirt in the washing machine on warm water with detergent to get out the rest of the dye.  If you have old towels of similar color to the shirt you could dry them together so the shirt doesn't wrinkle so much.  If you have rinsed it out well no more dye will bleed out after this.
  6. The dye is fiber-reactive dye,  It becomes a part of the cloth,  You do not have to wash it in any special way after this.  It is a good idea to wash it with "similar" colors like you would any other bright colored garment.  It will not fade unless it is washed with bleach.  Also, don't wear it in a chlorinated swimming pool, because this will make it fade.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Midwest Region

Written, performed and created by the students.

The Southwest Region

As a culminating project on chapter 1, students created a video on the Southwest Region using all of their facts.

Spelling Bee Info

The annual spelling bee is coming up and today the students were given the word list to study from Ms. Weber. In our room participating in the spelling bee is optional, however, if you would like to have your child participate and study the words, please let me know.

The top 4 will be representing us at the school spelling bee on December 9th at 8:40 AM.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Remember Back to the Future?

Monday, October 17, 2011

The 3 Sheep and the Big Bad Wolf 300 Years Ago

The 3 Little Chicken and the Big Bad Alligator Mystery Style

The 3 Little Pigs in the Future

The 3 Little Humans in Space

The 3 Little Pigs Underwater

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Character Week

This week we are asking all of the students to wear certain colors to represent great character traits. The colors are as follows:

Monday: Citizenship, Purple
Tuesday: Responsibility, Green
Wednesday: Respect, Yellow
Thursday: Honesty, Blue
Friday: Caring, Red

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thea plays piano

This was our house on Saturday morning

Friday, October 14, 2011

To sign up for a conference, click on the button below!

Newsletter October 14, 2011

Math – We started unit 3 today which is back to geometry and angles. The students therefore switched groups today and their math tests went home today. Please sign the test and send it back for Monday. Students are able to get a secure, developing, or beginning on skills. If a student has a beginning they may receive a 2 week extra does of this skill during resource time. Today a blanket permission slip went home to cover this. This is so we can ensure that all students are secure by the end of the year. Please sign and send back in.

Social Studies – We start our next chapter on Monday, The Early People. I am excited to dig into the early history of the United States and have some fun projects planned to go along with the reading skill of compare and contrast. We are also reading with a purpose, gather details to support our topic sentences and main ideas.

Science – We are done with planes and moving on to flipsticks. This has given us a wonderful opportunity to put on our teacher hats and evaluate ourselves and our work. This is much more helpful for the kids than me just handing them a score. The kids will be creating their own variable experiment in school as their final assessment.

Reading – This was the final week of the Global Read Aloud and we finished the book yesterday. The kids were surprised at the ending. We now get to watch the movie to compare and contrast it to the story (it is quite different!). We are also working on summarizing and synthesizing, which led the students to act out the 3 Little Pigs told with a different lens. I will be videotaping these performances and putting them on our website for you to see.

Writing – This week we started writing boot camp. In the next few months we will be working on the basics of writing such as paragraphs, topic sentences, details, how to write introductions and conclusions and more. I am excited to get the kids writing even better.

Special Notes –
* You can reach me by calling my voicemail at 829.9374. Please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions and/or concerns. Communication between us is REALLY important to the success of your child. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me!
* Thank you so much for all of the book fair presents, almost all of the books have been snatched up by the kids. The kids have also started recommending more books to each other and it is fun for me to see which books are the must reads.
* When we watch Tuck Everlasting, the students will be allowed to bring already popped popcorn in. I will send home more details once I have the movie.
* If you have not signed up for a conference please contact me to make sure you do.
* Our video from NBC 15 is on our website along with other goodies from our classroom.
* Finally, a huge thank you to all of you for supporting this classroom and me. I have the best job in the world and I am thrilled to be the teacher of these incredible children.
* Dates for your calendar: Picture Re-Take day is October 21st , CRT is Wednesday, October 26th and No School Thursday October 27th and Friday, October 28th, Swimming is November 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, and 18th. Conferences Tuesday, November 8th through Friday, November 11th

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Our First Week Video

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Students Work on Synthesizing as a Reading Strategy

This was reading today, on Thursday they finish creating and then perform (which I will tape and share).

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thea tells me how she really feels

Friday, October 7, 2011

Newsletter October 7, 2011

Math – We are in the midst of multiplication practice and although the book says to use certain methods the students may use whichever method that works best for them. I cannot stress enough how they need to practice their math facts if they are not secure in them. It really slows down their math progress if they don’t know them. The unit test will be on Wednesday and Friday new groups will start.

Social Studies – I love how we are doing social studies/reading and so do the kids. The big strategy we are working on is compare/contrast and also reading with a purpose. There are many different projects happening all meant to challenge the students at their level. The groups will be reshuffled Monday October 17th.

Reading – The third week of the global read aloud meant skyping again with the 4th grade class in Virginia. This time we lead the discussion and students had created wonderful discussion questions. We love putting our teacher hats on and facilitating the discussion. We also worked on determining importance, which again is something we already do but just didn’t know it made us better readers. A reminder that students are expected to read 1,000 pages in the trimester, this gets shown via book talks, so they need to sign up for those.

Writing – We continue to journal focusing on setting our text up correctly and supporting our opinions. We are also working on how to properly discuss without raising our hands. Some of the topics discussed have been how old someone should be to get a cell phone and also whether students would want everything to live forever.

Science – We are working on planes and the variables that determine how far they fly. Super fun. We also put on our teacher hats and evaluated our own science responses and determined how one gets their point across effectively. The next lesson will be the flipsticks.

Special Notes –
* You can reach me by calling my voicemail at 829.9374. Please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions and/or concerns. Communication between us is REALLY important to the success of your child. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me!
* Thank you so much for all of the support regarding the contest. It certainly was exciting to have the camera crew in here and I am so proud of the way the kids were shown. We have gotten a lot of positive response from the community. I will know this weekend whether we made it into next week. The contest ends October 31st and I appreciate all of your votes.
* It was so fun to see all of you at the dance, Thea had such a wonderful time dancing with the students and I love catching up with all of you.
* Please make sure you get those Human Growth and Development permission slips in. the classes are November 30th, December 7th and December 14th.
* Swimming is coming! Permission slips go home today, please send them ASAP.
* Book fair is next week so I will not be sending home an October book order. I will be in a class on family night, I am sorry I have to miss it.
* There will be a half day sub next Friday as I will be in the assessment meeting. I do not know who this sub will be.
* Dates for your calendar: Scholastic Book Fair runs October 10th through the 13th with family night on the 11th, Picture Re-Take day is October 21st , CRT is Wednesday, October 26th and No School Thursday October 27th and Friday, October 28th.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pretty Cool

Screenshot from NBC 15's homepage

We Are On the News

Here is our video from NBC 15

Monday, October 3, 2011

Internet Safety Discussion and Video

Today due to a great debate piece in Time For Kids, we discussed internet safety and how old students should be to get on Facebook or other social media sites. It is wonderful to see how aware the students are already about how to create an online identity, as well as how to protect themselves. We are also learning how to discuss appropriately without raising our hands, which is a life skill. We finished the discussion with watching the video below which is slightly creepy but really gets the point home of how to stay safe.