Thursday, October 11


No School for Students Friday…enjoy the day off!

Language Arts:

  • Our read aloud, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane leaves us wondering how Edward/Susanna will be saved from the garbage dump?!
  • We had a great week of working in pairs and small groups to practice the skills of theme and character traits.  Students spent time identifying character traits with evidence from the text, sorting character traits into categories, and identifying character traits based actions and words.  As we continue to work in small groups, students are reminded of the importance of being responsible and remaining on task.
  • Next week, students will begin reading new books in pairs.  The books students will be given to read fit our theme, “It’s Tough Being a Kid!”
  • Newbery projects are due October 22.  Please talk with your child to develop a plan for completing the project in a timely manner that allows for quality work.  All students have been given a sample paragraph to use as they write their theme paragraph for the Newbery book they selected.  Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Social Studies:

  • What is the difference between a right and a responsibility?  This question guided our discussions this week.  As a class we learned the difference between the two.  We also had great discussions about rights and responsibilities here at school.
  • Next week, we will begin to learn about the three branches of government; legislative, executive, and judicial.  We will discuss who makes up each branch as well as the responsibilities of each.

  • Please be sure to sign up for a conference.
  • If you did not return your Run-a-Thon envelope, please do so.
  • Remember to look through and empty the papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage

  • October 11:  End of 1st Quarter
  • October 12:  No School for Students (Teacher Workday)
  • October 17:  PTO Meeting @ 9:30
  • October 18:  Conferences (3:30-8:00)
  • October 19:  Picture Retakes
  • October 23:  Conferences (3:30-8:00)

 

Friday, October 5


Each rubber band represents a lap…way to go Room 119!

Language Arts:

  • This week we began our next class read aloud, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  As we read the story, we continue to practice our skills of reading intensely.
  • Identifying theme has been a skill we have worked on this week.  We practiced by reading short stories about sports, homework, and the school bus.  Finally, we used a graphic organizer to help us determine a theme for our last book, Dear Mr. Henshaw.   We found evidence in the text and then worked together to write a paragraph about the theme.
  •  We also practiced identifying theme with task cards during reading workshop.  Next week we will spend a little more time with this skill.
  • Next week we will be reviewing the difference between physical and personality traits as we practice the skill of identifying character traits.  Students will rotate through a variety of activities to help them practice this skill independently and in  small groups.
  • Students received a packet on Monday explaining the Newbery project that is due October 22.  If you have not already, please review the packet with your child, select a book, and create a plan for the reading and project completion.  Time management is important with long term projects.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Social Studies:

  • This week we used our Ohio Studies Weekly newspaper to introduce our mini unit on rights and responsibilities.
  • Next week we will continue to review our government vocabulary and move into more discussion of rights and responsibilities.  We will then begin to learn about the levels and branches of our government.
  • Students will have a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.  They can use their flashcards to help them review.

to the parents who helped organize and volunteer for the run-a-thon.  It was a great event!

  • Please be sure to sign up for a conference.
  • Remember to look through the and empty papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage

  • October 11:  End of 1st Quarter
  • October 12:  No School for Students (Teacher Workday)
  • October 17:  PTO Meeting @ 9:30
  • October 18:  Conferences (3:30-8:00)
  • October 19:  Picture Retakes
  • October 23:  Conferences (3:30-8:00)

Friday, September 21

Check out the information in your child’s Friday folder about the upcoming KIS run-a-thon!

Language Arts:

  • We have started our new class book, Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.  We spend time during Reading Summit reading together.  Afterwards, students read with their assigned partner.  While reading, students are often asked to write on their thinkmarks.  The information from the students’ thinkmarks helps to lead our discussion the next day during Reading Summit.  Ask your child to tell you about Dear Mr. Henshaw and any connections they have made.
  • Students have taken two quizzes on the pages we have read so far.  As they answer the questions, they are encouraged to look back into the text to find the correct answer.  While this takes time, it is an important and helpful strategy; one they should also use while working on Scholastic News.
  • Next week we will continue to read from Dear Mr. Henshaw and spend some time writing in our reader’s notebooks.
  • The first independent Scholastic News assignment can be found in your child’s Friday folder.   Many students did a great job and should be very proud of their work!  Next week students will receive a new Scholastic News magazine to read and complete in class.  For those with room for improvement, here are some questions to ask them…
    • Did you look back into the text for answers?
    • Did you try using the computer option for read aloud if that is helpful?
    • Did you check to make sure all the questions were answered?
    • Did you use your time in class wisely to complete the work?

Social Studies:

  • We started the week by discussing the Constitution to celebrate Constitution Day.
  • The remainder of our week was spent applying the skills we learned during our map skills unit as we worked on our maps.  Using a rubric and criteria card to guide them, students created a country along with cities, landforms, map key, compass rose and map scale.  Creativity was definitely in the air while students worked hard each day on this project!
  • Next week we will review reference materials for research and begin discuss primary and secondary sources of information.

  • Please be sure to check and sign your child’s assignment notebook each evening.
  • Remember to look through the and empty papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage

  • September 21:  International Day of Peace
  • September 21:  Fundraiser Kickoff (see Friday folder for info)
  • September 21-24:  Start with Hello Week (refer to flyer in Friday folder)

Friday, September 14

Image result for free clipart u.s. constitution
Constitution Day, September 17
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S.
or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Language Arts:

  • This week students completed their first independent Scholastic News assignment. Students enjoyed the articles they read and some accessed the digital version of the magazine.  With this option, students are able to listen to the articles and even watch videos related to the information found in the issue.
  • We also practiced skills to help us better understand the characters in our story, The Tiger Rising.  We learned that patterns of behavior can help us better understand our characters.  Focusing on what our characters want, along with obstacles that may get in the way led to some great discussion in class.
  • We will finish reading The Tiger Rising this week and will then move to our next book, Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.  We will read parts of this book as a whole class and also in student pairs. Students will be paired up with a classmate to read together in order to prepare for Reading Summit discussions the following day.

Social Studies:

  • Last week, on Friday,  students took their first Social Studies test.
  • Students also began working on creating their own country for their first project.  Skills and vocabulary learned in the unit will be applied in this project.  Ask your child to tell you about their country-they are very creative!
  • Students will continue to work on their maps throughout the week, and on Monday, we will recognize Constitution Day.

  • Please be sure to check and sign your child’s assignment notebook each evening.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage

  • September 20:  Picture Day
  • September 21:  International Day of Peace
  • September 21:  Fundraiser Kickoff

 

 

Friday, September 7

New month, new PEAK trait…responsibility

Language Arts:

  • This week we spent time practicing the strategies we have learned during Reading Summit.  We have learned what it means to read intensely…make mental movies, read for detail, ask questions, become a part of the book…and we spent time this week practicing the skill of envisioning what is happening in the text.  As good readers, we should be able to picture the story in our minds.  The latest learning progression that we added to our reader’s notebook helps us to monitor our progress in this skill.
  • We also spent time this week as a class reading through and working on our first issue of Scholastic News.  Together, we discussed how to successfully answer the questions by carefully reading all parts of the article and looking back to the text for evidence.  Moving forward, Scholastic News will be an independent in class assignment for students.
  • We ended the week with brainstorming session about  what good readers do.  Students came up with amazing ideas that have been added to a reference chart in the classroom.
  • Next week we will continue to focus on our class read aloud, The Tiger Rising.  As we near the end of the novel, we will focus on the characters in the story and how their actions and patterns in their behavior can tell us more about them.

Social Studies:

  • This week we spent time practicing map skills, specifically relative location.  Students practiced using the compass rose to determine the relative location of cities and states.  The strategy used is very helpful to students, but it can still be a difficult concept.  Ask your child about how to use this strategy and see if they can teach you using one of the pages in their map skills packet, or a page that was in their Friday folder.  Several students were working backwards, or mixed up their directions, so we spent time in a small group reviewing the skill.
  • We also spent time practicing how to measure distance on a map using the map scale.  We will continue to practice this skill next week.
  • Students received a study guide for their first test.  Students are encouraged to review the papers attached to their study guide to help them prepare for the test, and are encouraged to review a little bit each night.
  • Next week students will be working on an in class project which asks them to apply the skills we have learned in our unit in a creative way.

  • Please sign up for the Remind app using the directions found in your child’s Friday folder.
  • Please complete and return back to school forms as soon as possible.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage

 

  • September 12:  KIS PTO meeting @ 9:30
  • September 20:  Picture Day
  • September 21:  International Day of Peace
  • September 21:  Fundraiser Kickoff

 

Friday, August 31

Enjoy the extra long weekend!

Language Arts:

  • This week we spent time reviewing what it means to read intensely-imagine you are part of the story, picture movies in your mind, figure out confusing parts, make note of things to discuss later.
  • As we continue to enjoy our class read aloud, The Tiger Rising, we learned and practiced the skill of retelling.  As a class we practiced retelling events of the chapter as we focused on the chronological order of the story and the main events.  We also talked about how to add detail to our retelling in order to help make connections between events and characters.  Our composition notebooks are being used as our reader’s notebooks, and we placed our first learning progression inside.  The learning progressions are a tool that will help students assess their progress in skills taught and practiced in class.  Keeping them in their reader’s notebook, makes them readily accessible for reference.
  • Students completed their first independent class project this week.  The self selected Beverly Cleary book that was read over the summer was the topic of the project.  Students created a cover, described three characters from the book, wrote about the setting, and finally, reflected on the entire story.  This project allowed students to be creative and work independently with guidance from a rubric.  The rubric provided students with an understanding of project expectations.
  • Next week we will begin our first issue of Scholastic News.  This first issue will be completed as a whole class to ensure that students understand the expectation.  Soon, students will be completing the assignments independently.

Social Studies:

  • We spent the week practicing our map skills, specifically using a compass rose to tell direction.  Students took their first vocabulary quiz.  Please check your child’s Friday folder to see if they have an opportunity to sign and correct their quiz as discussed at Open House.  (Feel free to email me with any questions.)
  • Next week we will continue our map skills unit as we spend more time using the compass rose to help determine location.
  • Students will have a quiz on the continents and oceans on Wednesday.  There is a page in the students’ map skills packet that is helpful for review.

 

…to AJ and Dani who will represent our class as Student Council representatives!  All students who shared speeches did a great job and should be very proud!

  • Please sign up for the Remind app using the directions found in your child’s Friday folder.
  • Please complete and return back to school forms as soon as possible.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage

 

  • August 31:  No School!
  • September 3:  No School!
  • September 20:  Picture Day

 

Friday, August 24

Kenston salutes our amazing first responders who are being honored at tonight’s football game.

Language Arts:

  • We spent time practicing how to read intensely from our class read aloud book, The Tiger Rising.  Ask your child to tell you which strategies they use to help them read intensely.
  • Students are very excited to be given time to read independently!  We discussed procedures for checking out the books from the classroom library and enjoyed using our rugs for reading comfortably around the room.  The rugs are a huge hit!
  • Our summer reading projects are coming along nicely.  We spent time discussing the difference between physical traits and personality traits to describe three characters from our Beverly Cleary books.
  • Next week we will be learning how to retell a chapter/a story, using big ideas and some necessary details to help provide the reader with important information to help understand.  We will also begin working on the third component of our summer reading project, setting.

Social Studies:

  • We spent time this week reviewing map skills vocabulary.  On Wednesday of next week, students will take a quiz on these ten words.  To prepare, students should spend a few minutes every night reviewing definitions.
  • Next week we will continue our study of map skills as we spent time reviewing the continents and oceans, and then focus our attention on direction using a compass rose and how to use a map scale.

…to so many of you for attending Parent Orientation on Wednesday evening! It was great to see so many of you and to be able share what a wonderful year we have ahead of us.  I really appreciate all of your support!

  • Students interested in running for Student Council representative should prepare a speech to be presented to the class on Tuesday.
  • Please sign up for the Remind app using the directions found in your child’s Friday folder.
  • Please complete and return back to school forms as soon as possible.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage

 

  • August 31:  No School!
  • September 3:  No School!
  • September 20:  Picture Day

 

First Week of School

We had a terrific three days together this week!  Hopefully your child shared with you some of the great activities related to the book Rules. The staff worked hard to plan fun, meaningful, and engaging activities that enabled students to connect to the book and understand how to be more empathetic toward others.

Language Arts:

~Students were asked to read a Beverly Cleary book over the summer, and we have begun to work on an in class project for the book they selected.  For this project, students are asked to create a cover, reflect on characters from the book, share a favorite scene, and write a review of the book.  Students are asked to bring their copy of the book to school in order to help them as they complete the project.  Students are also asked to always have an independent reading book with them at school.

Social Studies:

~We spent some time this week looking through the pages of our textbook and getting an idea of topics that we will cover throughout the year.  Our first unit will focus on map skills.  We will begin by reviewing the continents and oceans and then parts of maps and map vocabulary.  Students are asked to have their books covered by Monday.

  • Please cover Science and Social Studies textbooks.
  • Please sign up for the Remind app using the directions found in your child’s Friday folder.
  • Please complete and return back to school forms as soon as possible.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage.

August 22: Parent Orientation @ 7:00pm

August 31:  No School!

September 3:  No School!

September 20:  Picture Day