The Room 101 Update

Here you will find a weekly update on what's happening in Room 101!

Week of 3-5-12

posted Mar 3, 2012, 3:36 PM by Karyn Keenan   [ updated Mar 3, 2012, 3:39 PM ]

This week is ISAT week. We wish all of our 3rd-8th grade friends Good Luck! Please have students at school on time, as we will need the hallways to be very quiet when testing begins.

Please check out this slideshow from last week when we made banjos with Mr. Miles!

Students continue to blog and would appreciate your comments here:

Math- This week we will continue to work on making change and develop our place value knowledge.

Reading- We are going to review contractions, quotation marks, consonant clusters, and vowel combinations.

Writing- The launch of our research project will involve finding a topic and beginning to collect information about the topic.

Science- Our new science unit is Simple Machines! This week we are focusing on naming the simple machines and beginning to understand how each simple machine works.

Week of 2-27-12

posted Feb 23, 2012, 2:54 PM by Karyn Keenan

End of the month assembly will be in the St. Gregory's Gym at 1pm on Wednesday, February 29th!
Please continue to read and comment on our blogs! It means a lot to the kids to have comments on their blogs:
We are also collecting quart sized yogurt containers for a project in music. Please spread the word so we have enough!
Math- We will focus on decimal notation, entering and adding money amounts on the calculator, estimate and find exact costs.
Reading- Our focus this week will be on character development, prefixes, and abbreviations.
Writing- This week we are going to write blog posts, working to end our posts with a question, and work on making positive comments on each other's blogs.
Social Studies- We are going to continue to study Civil Rights Leaders. This week we will finish our Civil Rights books and create word clouds about a leader of our choice.

Week of 2-20-12

posted Feb 19, 2012, 7:26 PM by Karyn Keenan

Monday-No School
Thursday- 1:30pm, Jump Rope for Heart Assembly and Progress Reports go home

Please visit our blogs to check out our how-to stories! Feel free to leave comments!

Math- We will be finishing our unit on measurement by learning how to weigh items and taking the Unit 9 test.

Reading- This week we will focus on word endings, suffixes, comparing and contrasting, and author's purpose.

Writing- We will be writing thank you notes for our recorders.

Social Studies- Our Civil Rights Unit continues and this week we will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, and Rosa Parks.

Week of 2-13-12

posted Feb 9, 2012, 3:04 PM by Karyn Keenan   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 4:26 PM ]

Math- We will continue to work on measurement, focusing particularly on perimeter and area. Under the 4 Students section, I have added a Math on the Computer website with choices for where students can practice math skills.

Reading- This week we will work on homophones, writing words in the past tense, foreshadowing, suffixes, main idea, and pronouns.

Writing- We are going to be publishing our How-To Stories this week. We will be taking photographs of our steps, uploading our photos, and typing our steps on to our blogs. You can see the story "How to Blow a Bubble" that we wrote together here!

Social Studies- Our focus will turn to Civil Rights Leaders. We will learn about a different leader each day by reading books and watching videos. Each day we will be creating a page to create our own Civil Rights Leaders book.

We made Abraham Lincoln mask this week! Here are some pictures!

Week of 2-6-12

posted Feb 5, 2012, 6:53 AM by Karyn Keenan   [ updated Feb 5, 2012, 12:00 PM ]

It's hard to believe it's February already!

This Wednesday is an 11:30 dismissal day!! 

On Friday, my mom and her friend Ms. Mroz visited our class and helped us make necklaces. Before we made the necklaces we went through the steps and remembered important details like the length of string to cut and to tie a knot on the string before adding beads.
Math- On Monday we will be taking our Unit 8 test. For the remainder of the week we will be working on measurement.

Reading- We will review nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Our studies will also include appositives, inferences, word families, homophones, and pronouns.

Writing- We will continue to write How-To Stories, with a special emphasis on making sure our writing can be read and understood by others.

Social Studies- Our new unit is the Civil War. We will focus on understanding the reasons the war started, as well as the efforts of Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, and Abraham Lincoln.

Week of 1-30-12

posted Jan 26, 2012, 6:23 PM by Karyn Keenan   [ updated Jan 28, 2012, 7:53 AM ]

Please check out the VoiceThread we created this week titled, "Guess Where We Live!": 
We created this VoiceThread to exchange with two other second grade classes. We will have to try and guess where these other two classes live!
Ms. Taylor's Class' VoiceThread:
Mr. Badura's Class' VoiceThread:

Math- This week we will find equivalent fractions, compare fractions, and solve fraction number stories!

Reading- We will be working on contractions, cause and effect, comparisons, doubling the consonant and adding -er, doubling the consonant and adding -ed, and story structure (beginning/middle/end).

Writing- Our work this week will continue on writing how-to stories!

Social Studies- This week we will be creating "Guess the Country" VoiceThreads about India, Japan, and China. We will then share the VoiceThreads and guess which country the VoiceThread is about!

Week of 1-23-12

posted Jan 20, 2012, 11:38 AM by Karyn Keenan   [ updated Jan 20, 2012, 11:47 AM ]

We are very lucky that Mr. Miles is coming into our classroom as part of Ravinia's Reach*Teach*Play Program!
Math- This week we will be reviewing Unit 7, taking the Unit 7 Assessment and beginning Unit 8 that is on FRACTIONS!
Reading- Our focus this week will be on adverbs, adjectives, consonants with two sounds, transition words, and learning the double oo pattern.
Writing- We will be publishing our fairy tales this week and beginning out unit on How-To Stories!!
Social Studies- We're on our way to China this week (virtually, of course). We'll be taking a virtual field trip of the Great Wall of China, learn about Chinese inventions, and learn the process of silkworms producing silk. You can check out our Mt. Fuji mountains that we made last week!

Week of 1-16-12

posted Jan 17, 2012, 2:25 PM by Karyn Keenan

I hope everyone had a wonderful three day weekend!
After School starts on Tuesday the 17th. Please remember to send a note if your child is taking a different way home than usual!
Math- This week we are creating patterns with two shapes, measuring to the nearest inch and centimeter, finding the median (middle value of a set of a data), and determing frequency distributions
Reading- We will be distinguishing between fact and opinion, summarizing consonant digraphs, list adjectives, determined implied main idea, and identify character and setting in a book
Writing- For writing this week we will be continuing to write Fairy Tales
Social Studies- Our trip to Asia will take us to Japan this week. We will learn to count to ten in Japanese, make origami hats, create fact sheets and pictures about Mt. Fuji, and create twirling origami birds.

Week of 1-9-12

posted Jan 8, 2012, 1:23 PM by Karyn Keenan   [ updated Jan 8, 2012, 2:54 PM ]

Happy 2012! I hope you have had a fun and restful Winter Break! I was lucky to spend a week in Colorado skiing. Below is a picture of my friend Jen and I on the mountain, as well as a puzzle my mom and I completed together!

1/16-- No School
1/17-- After School Starts
1/27-- Report Cards Sent Home

This week we will be working on patterns in counting, 10 complements, adding 3 numbers and double and halving numbers. The University of Chicago has updated their Everyday Mathematics site and it has wonderful information. We are currently on Unit 7.

We are going to review our Daily 5 Procedures, as well as spending time responding to what we read.

After writing and sharing about our winter breaks, we will return to our Fairy Tale Unit.

Social Studies:
Our Social Studies Unit for the month of January is Asia, specifically India, China, and Japan. This week we will be learning about India. Our learning will focus on the cultures, religions, holidays and traditions of India.

Week of 12-19-11

posted Dec 16, 2011, 3:22 PM by Karyn Keenan

While we haven't had any large snow falls, we have been thinking snow at school!

Chicago Cityscape made in Art Class

Snow flake making in the classroom!

A big thank you to Paris' family for sending in the snowflakes for us to decorate!

12/22--1:30pm Winter Concert
12/23--11:30 Dismissal Day (NO after school)
12/24-1/8--NO SCHOOL

Math- This week we will be taking the Unit 6 test. The rest of the week will be filled with creating symmetrical snowman and writing penguin word problems!

Reading- We will be reviewing word families, studying words with the ee pattern and learn about antonyms.

Writing- Publishing our fairy tale stories is our goal this week, as well as writing about what would happen if we lived in a snow globe!

Social Studies- We will continue to discuss the War of 1812, with a particular emphasis on the Star Spangled Banner.

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