Monday, September 27, 2010

Our Student Council Rep

Congratulations, Mallory!
Mallory edged out Payton to be our class student council representative for the 2010-2011 school year. Both students had awesome posters and presented amazing speeches to their classmates. I'm glad I didn't have to vote! I am so proud of both students for being brave enough to take a chance on this leadership role.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Has your child told you about our WANTED posters yet?? Every week that we read a story out of our textbook, we have six vocabulary words that we focus on learning and incorporating into our language. We display each word on "Wanted" posters, and the kids are encouraged to be on the lookout for these words in their everyday lives. If students see the word somewhere, hear it being used by someone else, or use it themselves they are supposed to jot it down on a sticky note and stick it to the appropriate poster.
By the way, we sometimes refer to sticky notes as "stinky" notes in our room because on one of the first days of school, I mispronounced it! We all thought it was funny, so the term, well...stuck!!!
Here is where the WANTED posters are displayed.

A close-up of a couple recent words: autographed and plenty.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Patriot Day

In honor of Patriot Day, September 11th, students and staff at Lake Elementary were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to school on Friday.

Here is our crew...

This one makes me laugh!

Social Studies

We are just finishing up our first social studies unit of the year.  Over the past two weeks, we have reviewed
and expanded upon some mapping skills that should have been introduced in second grade.  We reviewed the four cardinal directions, introduced the four intermediate directions, and examined various map features, such as the map title, map key, and compass rose.  We practiced reading map grids using coordinates, and then we completed a group activity where students rotated around reading and gathering information from maps of places such as the Toledo Zoo, Cedar Point, King's Island, and Sea World.  They enjoyed this very much and were able to see that map skills really come in handy!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Day of School

I was so glad to meet so many students at Open House the evening before school started. While I didn't learn everyone's name that night, it allowed me to become familiar with faces, and I recognized each student as they walked into the classroom on Thursday, August 26th!
It sure was a warm and toasty first couple of weeks. We spent a lot of time reviewing school and classroom rules and procedures, as well as completing a few team-building activities with our new class "family." I was able to gather right away that this is one fine class!

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