Thursday, March 15, 2018


Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”    Hebrews 13:5
Spelling: ock/out: clock, blocked, dock, shock, stock, knock, about, shout, scouting, sprouted
Grammar: Prefixes and Suffixes
Reading: We will be reading several different fractured fairytales and comparing and contrasting them with the original versions of the story.
Math: We will have a math test on Wednesday. We are up to 90 subtraction facts. The goal is to have them finished in 6 minutes.
Social Studies: How Communities Change Over Time
Writing: The kids will be working on writing their own fractured fairytale

Important News and Information:

Enjoying our ice-cream sandwich prize for collecting the most box tops!
-3rd Quarter Report Cards went home on Friday
-Book Orders went home on Friday. These are due on Wednesday, March 21st.

Looking for geometric solids in our classroom

Mrs. Smith from the St. Louis Dairy Council stopped by our classroom to talk with us about our adopted cow, Oreo. The kids were able to share everything they've learned about dairy farms and cows. 

Experimenting with magnets

Experimenting with magnets

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: The Tenth Commandment--You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Spelling: Lesson 24--ow/ou:how, now, plowed, town, brown, owl, scowl, could, would, should
Grammar: Compound sentences and conjunctions
Reading: We will be reading many stories by Dr. Seuss. We will be working on retelling, as well as finding the theme in a story.
Math: We are going to slow down a little bit this next week and spend some time reviewing the many concepts we've been learning, especially spending time reviewing money, time, double digit addition and subtraction, and facts. We will only have math homework on Tuesday and Thursday next week.
Science: Magnets--ch. 11 Lesson 4. A study guide will go home on Monday and we will have a test on Friday.
Writing: Descriptive Writing

Important News and Information:
-I will be out of town from Thursday afternoon (3/15)- Friday 3/16. I'm traveling to Wisconsin for a family thing. If you have any special updates to dismissal arrangements or anything those days, please contact Julie Schmidt, and she will let the sub know.
-4th Quarter starts on Monday!
-The Zion Auction is next Friday, March 16th

-3rd quarter is the first quarter of the year that we grade writing. Below are samples of writing with their scores, and explanations. This will help give you an idea of how I grade your child's writing.

Market Day was a huge success! 

They practiced buying and selling goods in an authentic way

And had to do lots of problem solving!

Practicing reading our shared reading story together. The kids were able to act out the story in small groups.

Adding quotation marks and commas to sentences with macaroni noodles

We learned how to measure using feet and inches in math this week. 

Friday, March 2, 2018


Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: The Ninth Commandment-You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
Spelling: (Test Thursday) High Frequency Word List #3
set, put, end, does, another, well, large, must, big, even, such, because, turn, here, why, asked, went, men, read, need, land, different, home, us, move
Grammar: Quotation Marks (Test Thursday)
Reading: Cinderella Stories from Around the World. We will be reading 5 different versions of Cinderella from different countries and will spend time comparing/contrasting them.
Math: Test on Thursday. The 25 fact test (completed in 2 1/2 minutes, the 80 fact test (completed in 5 1/2 minutes), and the written test. 
Social Studies: Market Day is on Tuesday! Please have kids bring their materials to class on Monday and Tuesday! 

Important News and Information:
-Please make sure your child's church and Sunday School attendance log is accurate in their homework folders. I will be putting this information onto the report cards this week. 
-Zion Bobcats excel in generosity once again! Our students and their supportive families and friends have raised over eighteen thousand dollars this year for the life saving work of the American Heart Association. Thank you students for your outstanding job and thank you volunteers for helping our events run smoothly. God has truly blessed our Zion community with a spirit of generosity.
-Lots of things happening this week--Market Day on Tuesday, Last Day for 3rd Quarter AR Goals is on Wednesday, Painted Pot on Thursday, and Grandparent's Day on Friday. What a fun way to end our 3rd quarter of school!

We made a giant number line to learn how to round numbers to the nearest 10

We spent a lot of time working on our signs for our Market day booths, as well as working on our commercials. Stay tuned! I will send out the commercials next week!

Practicing our spelling words 

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: The Eighth Commandment- You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Spelling: ou/ow: sound, round, ground, around, surround, know, glowing, throw, showing, mowed
Grammar: Homophones
Phonics: summary of s, ed, and ing word endings
Reading: Fairytales--we will be learning about the structure of a fairytale and will be reading a different fairytale each day. We will also be working on retelling skills as we read our stories.
Math: We will have a test on Wednesday. The kids will have 2 1/2 minutes to finish their 25 subtraction fact test, and then 5 minutes to finish their 70 subtraction fact test.
Social Studies: Ch. 7-8 Who provides services in a community, and how can we be a good consumer in our communities. This unit will cumulate with Market Day on Tuesday, March 6th. See homework folders for a blue informational sheet!
Writing: We will be beginning a project on writing our own fractured fairytales.

Important News and Information:
-A blue informational newsletter about the upcoming Market Day was sent home in homework folders on Friday.  Market Day will take place on Tuesday, March 6th. Please let me know if you have any questions!
-Our field trip to the Painted Pot is coming up on March 8th. A permission slip was sent home on Thursday. This needs to be signed and returned back to school by March 5th.
-The last day to take AR tests for 3rd quarter is Wednesday, March 7th.

Compound Word Day from last week! The kids had some creative compound words!

In science this week, we did various experiments testing out gravity, forces, motion, and friction. In this particular experiment, we learned that the marble traveling on the construction paper road moved faster than the marble on the sand paper road. This result was caused by friction! 

In math on Thursday, we learned how helpful it is to make equal sized groups. This was an intro unit to multiplication. Our curriculum will continue touching on multiplication every once in a while throughout the rest of the school year. 

At the pep rally on Thursday. Go Bobcats! Safe travels to anyone traveling for state basketball this weekend!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stop Motion Videos

The kids worked hard on making these stop motion videos to represent their knowledge and understanding of their favorite African American Hero we learned about this week. 


Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: The Seventh Commandment-You shall not steal.
Spelling: an/00: thankful, bank, tank, shrank, cookie, wood, cocoon, proof, gloomy, balloon
Grammar: Adverbs
Phonics: Adding the Suffixes -ed, and -s to words ending in y
Reading: Inferences
Math: Test on Tuesday
Science: We will continue to learn about forces and motion. A study guide will go home on Tuesday with our test on Friday. This is a larger test then what we've had, as the material covers the entirety of chapter 11.
Writing/Social Studies: In honor of President's Day, we will be learning about presidents and their role as the leader of our country. The kids will then be working on writing about what they would do if they were president.

Important News and Information:
-No School on Monday, Feb. 19 for President's Day
-Jump Rope for heart is this Friday, Feb. 23. If your child has raised at least $5 for Jump Rope for heart, they may wear athletic clothing to school on Friday, rather than their regular school uniforms. Mrs. Steinbacher is still looking for help. If interested, contact
-Yearbook order forms were sent home in Friday folders last week. Place your order by March 2nd to make sure you get a yearbook.
-Zion is having a box top collecting contest. The class with the most box tops with get a prize. We will be collecting box tops until Feb. 21st. 
-Third Quarter is quickly coming to an end. The last day to take AR tests is Wednesday, March 7th.
-Grandparents’ or Special Friends’ Day is scheduled for Friday, March 9th from 8:00-11:00.  Please plan on having a grandparent or special guest attend.  Your child must have an adult present. A dismissal consent form is in Friday folders. Please fill this form out and return to school by Friday, March 2nd. 

8:00 - 8:30                   Arrive anytime between 8:00 - 8:30     
8:00 - 9:45 AM             Guests and students stay together and spend time at various activities.  A map will go home with students and extra maps will be available that day. Family units decide where they want to start.


9:45 - 10:00 AM           Guests and students travel to church sanctuary
10:00 - 11:00               Closing program and chapel
11:00 AM                     Dismissal (from the church sanctuary)

The kids had a blast at our Valentine's Day Party! Thank you so much for our room moms who put the party together!

We learned about the Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. We read the book, "Unspoken," a wordless book about a girl who finds herself helping an escaped slave on the Underground Railroad. The kids had to use inference skills to figure out what was happening in the story and how the girl was feeling. After we read the story, the kids wrote a diary entry from the girl's perspective, retelling the events that happened to her, and the many emotions she experienced throughout. 

The Magic House presentation was a lot of fun! We learned about sound vibrations, forces, motion, and all sorts of other scientific things. The kids had a blast!

The season of Lent began on Wednesday with Ash Wednesday.