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Archive for November, 2017

Week of the 27th

Hi 214 families- unfortunately I will not be at school Monday and Tuesday because I have been diagnosed today with pneumonia.  I am hoping for a speedy recovery and will update the blog with weekly information once I am back at school.  Until then, please make sure your child is reading nightly and I will plan on having the sub give the kids their spelling words for the week.


Ms. Sweeney

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Week of November 13th

Hi 214 Families!  This coming Wednesday is report card pick up and parent teacher conferences.  I have sent home a list with times for families to sign up and return to school on Monday.  I will do my best to accommodate everyones schedule.  If you can not make it on Wednesday and would still like to meet, please email me and let me know times you are available.

This week…

Reading Workshop:  We will continue our informational unit.  We are focusing in on main idea and supporting details as well as authors purpose. Today we focused on stopping and jotting questions.  Homework is still whatever leveled books they have in their book baggie.  Please make sure your child is reading for 20 minutes and filling out their reading log.

Writing Workshop:  We have started our scientific writing unit off with a bang and are learning how to write lab reports.  We conducted a simple test with a toy car, ramp and meter stick and wrote up a question, hypothesis, procedure, data, and conclusion.  Next week they will alter the investigation and try a new test and… write a new lab report!

Math:  This week we will cover 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, and 3.9.  Our ST math subscription is ending at school, but I have signed up all kids for a Moby Max subscription (  When signing in, you can enter il5089 for the code and you childs name is both the username and password.

Science:  We tested our model skyscrapers in different layers of the crust and found that bedrock indeed was the best layer to anchor a building to withstand an earthquake.  On Friday we created models of the Earth. Next week students will make a TarPul model and test what weight it can withstand using the engineering process (ask, imagine, plan, create, improve).

Social Studies:  We have begun our Native Americans unit and are learning about different tribes. Currently we are studying the Native Americans of the plains.


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Week of November 6th

Happy November 214 Families!

We will be taking a field trip 11/21 to The Old Town School of Folk Music for a pow wow.  The cost of the trip is $10.00.  Please get permission slips in early! We are also still in need of snack so we would love any donations.  Thank you to parents who have already contributed for the month of November.

The end of quarter 1 was this past Thursday and report card pick up will be November 15th.

This week…

Math:  We will begin Unit 3 in Everyday Math! This week we will cover 3-1 (2 days), 3-2, 3-3, 3-4.  At home, please continue to practice counting money and subtraction and addition facts.  Family letter covering the unit will go home Monday.

Reading Workshop: We are starting our informational reading unit!  At the start of the unit, we will orient ourselves to the different parts of nonfiction books and pay attention to details.  Students should still be reading their independent reading books at night and filling out their reading logs.  They should be reading an hour a day so it is necessary that they read at home at home as well so they build fluency and practice reading skills.

Writing Workshop:  To support our informational unit in reading workshop will begin our informational writing unit this week as well.  Students will learn procedural writing incorporating our science unit and will also make informational books. We will study mentor texts and learn how to write like a scientist.  This will be a big departure from our personal narratives which I urge kids to continue writing at home because they enjoyed doing it so much in class.  Our word work words from last week will carry over to next week.

Social Studies:  Due to the field trip and shortened week we were unable to wrap up our government study but we will do so this week.  After that we will begin a unit on Native Americans.

Science:  Kids are in the middle of performing an investigation on building support beams to anchor a building into the ground using models and core samples.  We made a prediction about what layer of the Earth would be the most supportive.  Most guessed bedrock…..

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