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Weekly Report, 9/28-10/2

posted Oct 2, 2015, 12:46 PM by Deborah A. Diner

What a rainy week we had!  Despite the miserable weather, the students really worked hard and had a wonderful week.  I was also so glad to see so many of you at parent night!  If you ever have any other questions or concerns about your child's grade, always feel free to contact me.
What We Covered
*LA - Main Idea, reading journals
*Math - Ordering numbers, decimal place value
*VA Studies - the geography, products, and industries of the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge Mountain regions
*Science - Virginia's natural resources
What We Created
This week, we began working on Virginia state maps that will show the physical geography and water resources of Virginia.  Some students made topographical maps using salt dough, while others are using color-coding to show changes in elevation.
Looking Forward
Next week, we will take quizzes on our vocabulary words and on decimal place value, so we are ready to move onto our next set of maps: economic and population maps.  These are the last maps for our first big project unit!

Weekly Report, 9/14-9/25

posted Sep 24, 2015, 6:31 PM by Deborah A. Diner   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 12:56 PM ]

We've had a great first few weeks of school!  I have had such a wonderful time getting to know the students as we've been moving through our first set of projects.  I hope you can come to our parent night on September 29, so can you see all of the amazing work they have done so far!
What We Covered
Language Arts - Main Idea
Math - Place value, comparing, rounding
VA Studies - Virginia's location in the world, Virginia's bordering states
What We Created
*globes and satellite maps showing VA's location in the world

*political maps showing Virginia's bordering states, drawn to scale
Looking Forward
Next week, we'll begin researching Virginia's geography and water resources to make physical maps showing the geography of each region of our state!

Important Reminder from School Nurses

posted Feb 12, 2015, 5:20 PM by Deborah A. Diner

Hello!  Our wonderful nurses asked us to pass along this message to you:

Due to many of our students having life threatening food allergies and other serious health conditions, we ask that you contact the school nurse BEFORE sending in a snack that will be shared to determine if it is appropriate for your child's classmates.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Our main goal is to ensure every students safety.

Reminders for Next Week

posted Dec 19, 2014, 2:03 PM by Deborah A. Diner

Monday, December 22nd is Colonial Day!  The students made colonial hats this week that they will wear on Monday, and we encourage everyone to come in full costume!  Remember, a costume can be as simple as a plain long dress, or a pair of pants rolled to the knees and a pair of high athletic socks.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated supplies!  If anyone is still looking to contribute, we need heavy whipping cream the most.

Tuesday, December 23rd is a 1pm dismissal day.  We will be using that day to have a Pajama Reading Party!  Students may wear their pajamas to school, and bring a small pillow or blanket (no larger than a bath towel, please!) to snuggle up with.  They should also bring a favorite book to share with the class.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Colonial Day and Movie!!

posted Dec 12, 2014, 12:50 PM by Deborah A. Diner

Hello everyone!  Today I sent home information about our upcoming Colonial Day on Monday, December 22.  If you have any questions or would like to donate supplies, please let me know!  It's one of my favorite days of the year, and I hope the kids will come to school that day in costume and ready to learn!!

To help get in the mood, I've uploaded the first part of the History of Virginia video we've been making in class.  Watch along with your student, and see if they can explain what each scene is about!

Scholastic Orders

posted Nov 23, 2014, 6:27 AM by Deborah A. Diner

Just a reminder that all Scholastic orders are due this Wednesday (11/26)!  Don't forget about those free book coupons!

Come to STEM Night!

posted Nov 18, 2014, 12:58 PM by Deborah A. Diner

Just wanted to remind you that tomorrow night is W W Robinson's first STEM Night!  Come see the projects your students made to help in the "Bill the Turkey" story.  This would also be an excellent opportunity to see the progress we've made on Jefferson, D. C.!   I hope to see you there!!

What: STEM Night
When: Wednesday, November 19
Time: 6pm (immediately following the Cultural Dinner at 5pm)
Place: WWR - the projects will be on display in our classroom

STEM Night will be followed by a read-in in the cafeteria.  I hope you can make it for all or part of this exciting evening!

City Murals

posted Nov 12, 2014, 3:50 PM by Deborah A. Diner   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 3:51 PM ]

All this week, we've been reading about collages and murals in Language Arts.  We decided to tie this into our city project by making our own murals for Jefferson, D. C.!  Using an iPad app called "Pic Collage," the students designed murals that represented our city's region of Virginia.  The results were fantastic!  Tomorrow, we'll be making houses and apartments to put up on our map, and we'll place the murals around the houses to make our city beautiful.

Check out the murals below, and see if your student can explain what each picture represents and how it all ties back into the Valley and Ridge region!


Kicking Machines!

posted Nov 3, 2014, 7:26 PM by Deborah A. Diner

On Thursday, we applied our knowledge of kinetic and potential energy in order to build kicking machines that would help clear the land for our fictional city.  Students had to design and build a machine that would kick a "rock" (ping pong ball) into a cup 12 inches away.  Each group did a fantastic job of working together, testing their ideas, and learning from their mistakes!  Check out the videos below to see each group's machine in action!

Conference Times

posted Oct 24, 2014, 2:00 PM by Deborah A. Diner

Hello again!  Thank you to everyone who has returned their conference sheets.  I look forward to meeting with you in a few weeks!

If you returned your form this past week, I sent home the slip with your scheduled time today.  Be sure to check those blue folders!  If you have not yet returned yours, please make sure you send it in as soon as possible so I can schedule you for your preferred time.

Have a great weekend!!!

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