• January 2019

    Winter 2019

  • Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon on Sunday, 1/20/19

    Posted by Diane Gray on 1/19/2019

    Check out the helpful links page for more information on this really exciting eclipse.  

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  • Warm and Fuzzy Celebration #3

    Posted by Diane Gray on 1/19/2019

    On Friday, the children celebrated by voting and having some fun extra iPad time.  Some kids were coding, while others played math games, or read books on RAZ Kids.

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  • Writing

    Posted by Diane Gray on 1/19/2019

    In Writer's Workshop this week, we continued to finish up our resolution's for 2019, and talked more about writing opinions and reviews.  

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  • Fundations

    Posted by Diane Gray on 1/19/2019

    In Fundations, we will be ending unit 7 next week and starting Unit 8.  Be sure to ask them about their new glued or welded sounds and ask them how they mark them up.

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  • Math: Adding a 1-digit number to a 2-digit number

    Posted by Diane Gray on 1/19/2019

    The kids worked this week using various strategies to count on from a 2-digit number by adding a 1-digit number.  The children began with a decade number such as 40 and added a 1-digit number such as 40 + 4.  We counted on from 40 by first using the strategy of our fingers.  Then we moved into using all of the strategies we have learned so far, using the number line, couting on, math mountains, drawings, 10 sticks and extra ones, etc.  We even counted on from a non decade number such as 67 + 4.  Volunteers then came up to the front of the room to share work and explain their answer.  Be sure to ask your child how many 10's and extra 1's are in a number(Example: 33, 46, 82).  Challenge them with a 3 digit number such as 110.

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  • Social & Emotional Learning: Strong Kids!

    Posted by Diane Gray on 1/19/2019

    Every Thursday morning, we are thrilled to have our SEL consultant, Mrs. Amy Muldowney with us.  She is working on building Strong Kids through whole body listening and thinking not only about our own feelings and emotions, but also thinking about how the other person feels.  We also learned that sometimes we can have more than one feeling or emotion.  The kids really seem to enjoy this time and we can carry this over into so much of daily learning.  For homework to be done in class, each student will make a list of feelings and we will use them at our next meeting.  Ask the children how they are learning to become Strong Kids!

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  • Social Studies: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Posted by Diane Gray on 1/19/2019

    This week the kids have been reading poetry, brainstorming and writing about their dreams for themselves, their community, and the world.  They worked with their learning buddies in Mrs. Happnie's class to talk about what it means to have a dream.  We read some beautiful picture books, such as I Have a Dream written by MLK and pictures by Kadir Nelson.  The kids really had some deep thinking about what it means to have a dream, be peaceful, be kind to others, and live with equality.  We then ended the unit by making a mobile of what their hopes and dreams are.  They worked really hard and filled the classroom with their powerful message of how they can honor and live out the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Be sure to ask them about their hopes and dreams!  

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  • Science: Earth and Space

    Posted by Diane Gray on 1/19/2019

    We have been reading lots of books about space, the moon, and the sun in our classroom.  We even have a big part of our library set up for the kids to explore tons of new books on space.  We started to go outside and look at the moon and I sent home a fun phases calendar to track the phases of the moon!  They can bring it back to school on February 1st and we will take a look as a class.  

    I also sent home a homework assignment for the kids to draw a picture of the nighttime sky and what they observe.  I'm really enjoying seeing them come back and how detailed the drawings are! Please send this in as soon as possible and we will use it next week to answer some of those burning questions the kids have been having about the moon and space!  Also, be sure to check out the helpful links page for some of our new and fun links.

    Some questions to ask your children at home:

    What is the difference between waxing and waning?

    What are some of the phases of the moon?

    What are some patterns we see in the day and night?

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  • Room 104 Winter Craft

    Posted by Diane Gray on 12/18/2018

    Thank you to the parent volunteers who are helping out on Friday, December 21st for our winter craft.  Please let Mrs. Gary know if you need anything for your craft or if you need ideas and I'm happy to provide a craft for you ahead of time.  Please let us know by Wednesday 12/19 what you need.  Thank you again for your support!  I'm very lucky to work with such wonderful families.

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  • PAJAMA DAY 12/21

    Posted by Diane Gray on 12/18/2018

    At Heights, everyone is invited to wear pajamas on Friday, December 21st.  

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    Monday  Gym

    Tuesday  Library

    Wednesday  Art

    Thursday  Gym

    Friday Music


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