A Perfect Purim

We had a fabulous Purim celebration! The students looked great as the “Days of Creation!”

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This week the students read Mr. Tanen’s Tie Trouble and worked on making inferences. The students hunted for evidence that would support their inference that Mr. Tanen cared about the students in his school. The students began working on homophones, words that are pronounced the same as other words but differ in meaning, and may differ in spelling. Homophones may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as their, there, and they’re or to, two, and too. Next week, the students will read a realistic fiction story titled Luke goes to Bat and a nonfiction piece on Jackie Robinson. We will learn how to put story events in order, and work on figurative language and subject-verb agreement.



The students studied how to put words into the past tense and we will continue working on this skill next week.


This week the students wrote fiction or nonfiction stories and focused on filling their stories with interesting words and voice! We also wrote poetry about books this week! The students had the opportunity to read many poems to see the ways that poets use words to express feelings. Next week the students will have a chance to share their poetry with their peers.


We have begun our unit on measurement. This unit is very hands on and gives the students a chance to work with many different tools used for measuring!

We made “Gallon Robots” to help us compare the different sizes of gallons, quarts, pints, and cups. Ms. Schultz’s math class will have the opportunity to make this project as well.

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The students had a chance to measure our classroom in yards, inches, centimeters, and decimeters!CIMG3417  CIMG3415  CIMG3413 CIMG3412 CIMG3411

We even measured the room in second graders! (We decided that we like using the standard units of measurement better because each second grader is a different size!)

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We studied how to find possible outcomes when given many different choices. For example, if you could pick from chicken, brisket, or salad for dinner and each one came with a side of mashed potatoes or green beans, then how many different choices can you create? We learned that drawing pictures really helps us show our thinking! (There are 6 different outcomes to that problem!)

Here are some of the students solving possible outcome problems!

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