Roosevelt NewsLinksMrs. Hohlbaugh and Miss Cox had Kappa’s from the University of Akron come to their classroom in support of Reading is Fundamental (RIF). Their students read with the college girls, made a bookmark, had a snack and were given a book to take home.
Mrs. Fenske's classes have been busy preparing for our OAA's this last month! Our student teacher had them write and perform a text feature rap. Each group picked one nonfiction feature to write about. They were very creative. The students also practiced important vocabulary, learned about the author's purpose, found details in texts, and learned a rock the test song. Hopefully, they all rocked the tests!
We will finish out the year by reading and writing some fantasy stories. We will also be going on a field trip at the end of May. We will be taking a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and a hike on the Towpath trail. Finally, we will Blast off to summer by doing a small fun activity each of the last ten days of school!
The Kindergarten classes at Roosevelt are learning all about the life cycle of butterflies. We have watched them grow from tiny caterpillars into fat caterpillars and then we saw them undergo an amazing transformation into beautiful butterflies. We learned several big words like chrysalis and metamorphosis. Pictured below are from left to right: Jordon Smith, Grace Lance, Steven Bowman and Haillie Witte.
I can’t believe the school year is almost over. It’s fun thinking about where students started the year at and where they are now. They are nearly 2nd graders now. I’m so proud of each and every one of them! Each student had a chance to show off his/her reading skills by reading a book to the class. Readers practiced the book at home and then read it with fluency and expression to the class. They also asked the class a couple of questions about the book. We are having fun celebrating Right to Read Week with the school. Several students donated books to our class, dressed up as a book character, dressed as twins, and over half our class returned the Right to Read Week Family Contract.
Even though the end of the year is quickly approaching, we are still working hard. We enjoyed our experience with University of Akron student Miss Schiller. She worked with us every Tuesday afternoon on math facts, telling time, counting money, reading, and helping us with our writing.
The second grade gathered in Mrs. Warzinski’s room for a live webcast with Australian author Andy Griffiths. He wrote The 13-Story Treehouse and The 26-Story Treehouse. He shared with the students the process he goes through to write his books and answered questions from all over the country.
Students in Mrs. Slone’s first grade studied real worms after reading Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. They learned about the basic needs of a worm and what changes take place to our Earth based on the life of a worm. Students then wrote an “all about worms” paper in Language Arts and measured & stretched gummy worms in Math. Pictured below are some students who were brave enough to hold the real worms before placing them into our worm farm.
Mrs. Stockwell’s first graders are becoming great readers and writers. We have finished writing our personal narratives and are now working on writing how to and all about books. During the Month of May each student is getting to show off their reading skills by reading a book of their choice to the class. The students are doing a wonderful job.
The students also got to learn all about worms and how they can be good for our earth. We read the book Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. Students then got to do some hands-on activities with worms. They wrote short stories and even got to eat gummy worms!
Third graders have been very focused on building measurement skills. They have been estimating and measuring classroom items to improve understanding of these concepts. Students have also been solving word problems finding elapsed time, which can be a difficult concept. They have been working very hard to master these skills. I am proud of their effort.
Students have continued to practice and improve multiplication and division strategies. Approximately 2-3 times a week, after students are able to demonstrate some understanding of new concepts, the kids will break into small groups of 2 or 3 to play games that focus on our current concepts. Struggling students may choose to go to a math center where manipulatives can be used to help build understanding of ideas in a more concrete way. Children can also choose to meet with me again to work on new concepts in a small group setting.
Students are also working on math fact fluency, to increase speed and accuracy for all math operations. The children have been charting their progress to see improvements and setting goals for increasing achievement for the following month. This goal setting has been very motivating for most students. The students and I are always excited to see how much they are improving each month!
The first graders in Mrs. Warstler’s class have been working so hard on their math facts! They have learned how to add with and without regrouping. I am so proud of their hard work!
This week we celebrated reading. The children had so much fun participating in the various activities. Friday was twin’s day. The 1st Grade staff all dressed in khaki pants, a black top, and pig tails. Alexis and Riley dressed as twins, as well as Mason and Wyatt.
We are wrapping up first grade. The children have progressed so much this year and I am so proud of all their hard work. Have a great summer!
We have been very busy writing literary nonfiction books. Many students have collaborated together as authors and illustrators to create books. The students have enjoyed reading books written by their very own classmates! We have also been learning about President William McKinley and are excited to go on our field trip to visit the McKinley Monument and Museum. It has been a wonderful year in second grade!
Mr. Zimmerman’s students are showing growth in reading beyond expectations. I am very proud of them. We have completed several oral reports & our free writing using details & remaining on topic has shown improvement as well. We are currently exploring several versions of The Three Little Pigs, such as, The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs, & adding ourselves as characters in some of the stories in our free writing activities. In Math we are learning & comparing 2D & 3D shapes, transferring data to different types of graphs & using technology to create graphs that are submitted through email to the teacher. In April our class along with Mrs. Carson & Ms. Dolwicks’ students visited the main library in downtown Akron for story time complete with puppets & student involvement. We were fortunate to have several parents travel with us as chaperones. We continued to Spaghetti Warehouse for lunch, where the students each had a mini math lesson paying their own check. Our student teacher, Ms. Langos finished with us on May 9. The students really cared for her & we miss her already.