Class activities for Thursday, September 11

Spelling: We reviewed short and long vowel sounds and learned that short vowel sounds usually have one vowel (sat, spin, got) and long vowel sounds usually have two vowels (seat, spine, goat).

For more information on spelling this year, visit the Spelling page. And here is the Level Four 500 Word spelling list.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 15-17 are available and due Friday.

Reading: We read our shared book, Esperanza Rising.

Writing: None today due to technology. Today we viewed a digital presentation about September 11:

We will be starting a piece of writing this week and it will be due Friday, September 26. As a rule of thumb, generally a piece of writing is due every three weeks.

I’ve asked students to decorate their portfolio with drawings, photographs, stickers, magazine clippings–anything that is flat (the folders will be laminated) and is appropriate for school. The portfolios are due next Tuesday.

Math: We reviewed rays, lines and line segments today. Homework is to complete Math Journal pp. 4-5.

Science: We discussed the Energy Fair.

Our Energy Fair is this Friday, September 12 (click here for guidelines). The big idea is for students to find an object at home that demonstrates a form of energy, and to bring it in to show the class. Students are also asked to design a poster that introduces their exhibit to the class. Click here for complete details. This project is worth 30 points.

Social Studies: Students made Regions minibooks to take notes in. We also reviewed the continents, using this song:

Do You Know the Continents?
(sung to Do Your Ears Hang Low?)

Have you been to earth?
Do you know the continents?
There is North America and
South America, too.
Europe, Asia, Africa
And Australia, mate!
And Antarctica, brrrrr!

Click below to play the song, and sing along!


Homework is to complete the Label the Continents worksheet started in class.

Behavior Update:

  • Yellow magnets: 2
  • Orange magnets: 2
  • Red magnets: 0
  • STAR Awards: 3
  • Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 32
  • Hours with no orange magnets: 0

Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade at SnapGrades to see if your student moved their magnet.


  • I’ve asked students to bring in up to three things to put up on our Pride Board. Students are welcome to bring photos, awards, medals-anything that can be put on a bulletin board. Students can replace the items at any time and will get them back at the end of the year.
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