Exciting moments of the week
During our weekly SOAR assembly two teachers were chosen to participate in a "minute-to-win-it" activity based on highest attendance.  Our class was one of the classes with the high attendance, so I was able to participate in the activity.  The other teacher and I had to wear a pair of pantyhose on our heads, one of the legs of the hose had several beanbags in it.  The objective was to swing the leg of the hose around and knock down a series of water bottles.  Sadly, I was unable to knock the last bottle down before my opponent surpassed me.  Hopefully, I will have a better showing in the future if I'm given the chance to participate in one of these activities again.

What's going on?
Writer's Workshop- We are starting to for good ideas to use for writing a narrative.
Math- We are getting close to finishing our review material and moving into new lessons in our math series.
Reading- This week, we read a story called "Volcanoes" and learned about different kinds of volcanoes.
Spelling- We started practicing our spelling words on Spelling City this week.  We will continue having access to our lists on Spelling City throughout the year.
Science- Students continued to work with Ms. Lawrence on learning about the Water Cycle.
Social Studies- This week, we started a WebQuest about Native Americans.  We will be working on this project for the next couple of weeks.
 
 
This week, we continued with our daily routine.  Students continue to make progress in all of our subjects, as well as behaviorally.  Monday, we were able to celebrate the birthday of Roald Dahl, the feature author for September.  We had cupcakes and punch.  Our class is also reading The BFG to celebrate Roald Dahl month.  The students have been given a journal to keep track of our class reading and their independent reading of Roald Dahl books.  If the students keep track of the reading from now until December, once they've read three Roald Dahl books, they will be able to submit a form to receive a prize for Roald Dahl celebration.  Our librarian has put out several Dahl books, and I have many in the classroom for the students to enjoy.
 
 
I hope that everyone enjoyed their Labor Day extended weekend. 

This week our PBS (Positive Behavior Support) focus was Accept Responsibility.  Tuesday morning, the 3rd grade class held an assembly to address ways we can Accept Responsibility at Emerson.  Thank you 3rd grade!

On Tuesday our class got right back into working on learning our daily routine.  We start each day with morning classroom procedures (making our lunch choices, getting our chairs, putting away our things, returning our homework, etc) and then go directly into Structured Recess when the 7:45 bell rings.  After Structured Recess, the students attend their daily specials class.  This year, Joplin is on a rotating Special schedule.  We now have A-D days that rotate on a daily basis.  For our class A & C days are PE/Music days, B days are Art days and D days are Library/Computer Lab days.  We are still getting the hang of knowing exactly which day we are on, but it will all fall into place over the next few weeks.

After specials, we move directly into Writer's Workshop.  This week, we worked on writing using the four sentence types (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory).  We also made a list of our Fierce Wonderings, those questions that make us think but may never be answered.  The students really had some deep thoughts during this session, which made for some great conversation!

After Writer's Workshop, our class moves onto Math.  This week we focused on equal groups, arrays, and area.  Students need to continue studying their multiplication and division facts to help them solve more complex problems.

Math leads into lunch.  We continue to share our lunch with the Kindergarten students.  5th graders have been a great help in teaching the K students the ropes in the lunch room.  The behavior has been so great!  The 5th grade will be enjoying a lunch in the classroom (our outside if weather permits) next week, due to their excellent cafeteria behavior!

When we return to our classroom after lunch, we go into a period of time called Eagle Time, as the year progresses this time will be dedicated time for students to receive additional assistance in areas where they may struggle.  Right now, we are using this time to talk about current events through watching the CNN Student News Podcast (more information about this podcast is available at cnnstudentnews.com).  After watching the news, we listen to our current class reading.  Right now, in celebration of Roald Dahl month we are reading The BFG.  It is a humorous book that I really enjoy sharing with the students.

After Eagle Time ends, we move into our Reading period.  During reading period students may participate in Individualize Daily Reading or we may read as a whole group from our reading book.  This week, we started a theme in our reading book called Nature's Fury.  Our first reading selection was about earthquakes.  We will also be reading about storm chasing and volcanoes throughout this section.

After reading, is free-play recess.  I know this is a favorite of a lot of students.  It allows for a lot of good social interaction and exercise after a long day in the classroom.

Once recess is over, we return to finish up the day in either Social Studies or Science.  Remember, Mondays & Wednesdays our class will be in Social Studies with me, and on Tuesdays & Thursdays our class will be in Science with Ms. Lawrence.

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This week, we began to work on our daily schedule.  We tried to follow what will become our daily routine as closely as possible, while still working to develop good habits of following procedures throughout the school building.

We spent time during our writing period developing a Writer's Notebook and learning about different ways to use the Writer's Notebook to keep ideas for future writing.  On Friday, we had a guest speaker.  Richard Porter, a local poet, came to speak to the class about his use of Writer's Notebook.  We all enjoyed having him join us for Writer's Workshop, and look forward to maybe having him in again throughout the year to talk about other aspects of writing.

In math, we have been focusing on refreshing our basic multiplication and division skills so that we can move on the more in-depth ways to use our skills.

In reading, we have been working on independent reading tasks, and will start Reading Workshop next week.

We have started switching classes on Tuesday and Thursday with Ms. Lawrence's class.  We have Ms. Lawrence teaching Science on those days, and stay in with Ms. Asbell on Mondays and Wednesday for Social Studies.