❄❄Saturday, January 20 - Closed for Students / Staff 2 hour delay - Plan B❄❄
Davie County Schools will be closed for students on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Staff Pla…
Davie County Schools will be closed for students on Friday, January 19, 2018.
Davie County Schools will be closed for students and staff Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Due to the overnight forecast of 2"-4" of snow, Davie County Schools will be closed for AL…
Mrs. Wyatt’s and Mrs. Dyson's Kindergarten students have been working hard to master the rules and expectations of Kindergarten. They have also spent a lot of time learning about each other and building a "team" type of learning environment in the classroom. Starting this type of collaboration early in the year has allowed for some partner and group activities that have been very engaging and exciting, like the game Quiz, Quiz, Trade. Students reinforced what they knew about shapes, letters, and numbers while moving around and having fun.
Mrs. Southern’s and Mrs. Pruitt’s first graders have just completed beginning of the year assessments. They have been learning about short ‘a’ and short ‘i’ words in Letterland spelling and have been learning to write sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation. They have also begun building reading skills in guided reading groups.
In math, students have been working with tens frames and twenty frames to help understand number sense. They have been learning different ways to make numbers. For example, to get a sum of 4, one could add 0 + 4, 4 + 0, 1 + 3, 3 + 1, or 2 + 2. They have been practicing drawing pictures for math story problems or to match math number sentences. They have also played a Domino math game that reinforces addition and counting in a fun way.
Mrs. Markland's class has had a great start to the school year. We have enjoyed getting to know one another and have worked hard to build a strong classroom environment where the students work together and support each other! We have enjoyed reading some great books so far! In math, we have used lots of strategies and hands on manipulatives to work on addition and subtraction and understanding place value. The students enjoy working around the room and activities that promote movement! We can't wait to see what the new school year brings!
This week 3rd grade students have been reading Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst. On Sunday, Alexander receives a dollar from his grandparents. Unfortunately, Alexander isn't very wise and he foolishly wastes all his money. As we read, we are discussing the feelings and motivations of characters and how they affect the events in the story. In math, we are wrapping up our lessons about place value and rounding. We have learned to round numbers using number lines and the king method. Soon, we will begin adding and subtracting 3- and 4-digit numbers with regrouping.
Fourth grade students have begun working on multiplication in math class. These students have used a variety of activities and hands on application to learn about and understand multiplication. We strongly encourage students to look for real world scenarios in which they would need to use multiplication outside of school and we give them examples in class.
This week in Mrs. Parker's 5th grade class we have been doing many fun things. In reading we have been learning about author's point of view and how they influence how events are described. We read two really interesting articles about the Titanic. Each author had a different point of view. After reading and discussing each of these we looked at the differences and similarities.
In math we are working on powers of 10. We have been multiplying and dividing by powers of 10. The students got to work in different centers.
In science the kids have been learning about weather tools and layers of the atmosphere.
Mrs. Yount and Mrs. Souther's Kindergarten class is settling in to what is going to be a wonderful year! This week they started new LIFT groups, and they are very excited about that. In Language Arts time they are writing Daily News and learning something new every day! They are also learning the Letterland stories and all about the Letterland Characters. So far they have studied Clever Cat, Annie Apple, Mr. A, Dippy Duck and Harry Hatman. The students LOVE hearing all about their adventures. In math the students are counting and learning all about numbers. They love working in their interactive math notebooks. They are looking forward to some fall weather so they can start their fall unit!
The first grade students in Mrs. Spach’s and Mrs. Hunter’s class are learning to recognize and tell about the characters and setting of stories. We are also retelling stories using the words beginning, middle and end. In Science we have been studying habitats. Students have read books, learned about how some animals have to adapt to their environment and learned about different plants that live in these habitats. In Math we are working on addition. Students are able to add within 20 using multiple strategies including counting on, tens frames, number bonds, etc.
Second graders have discussed main ideas using the story A Walk in the Desert. Students were surprised to learn several things about deserts during their reading time. They learn that there were hot and cold deserts, and that what makes a desert is lack of water not just temperature. Students used maps to locate different deserts throughout the world. This week place value is the math focus.
This week in third grade, we learned about character traits and how to add fluently using mental math.
Fourth graders have been learning about the different regions of North Carolina in Social Studies. They have talked about the rivers, lakes, cities, and natural resources found in each region. In reading, they are reading a novel and continue to discuss story elements. Each fourth grade class had the opportunity to learn about writing and poetry from a visiting artist. Mr. Michael Beadle talked to the students about using rhyme and alliteration in short poems and writing poems about animals with adaptations. The students enjoyed learning about poetry and animal adaptations.
Computer Lab and Technology class is always fun at Mocksville. Kinders have learned to use a mouse to “click and drag” alphabet puzzle pieces. They have also discovered that going on the Internet can be fun but you have to be safe too. First graders have learned all different parts of the computer from monitors and keyboards to the central processing unit (CPU) or brain of the computer. They also are learning about Windows, Icons and how to use electronic menus. They are some really smart “cookies.” Second graders have learned to identify all different types of technology from projectors and printers to sim cards and wireless routers. They now have made a game of finding the wireless routers located around our school. Third graders have learned that anytime they go on the internet, they leave a digital footprint behind, and they are beginning their journey of learning to touch type. Fourth and fifth graders have talked about how to be a good digital citizens online, and they have begun their six weeks of touch typing. The fifth graders had a little surprise twist to their typing program – blacked out keyboards!! That’s right, no letters on the keyboards. They are adapting well!!!
Kindergarten is busy as always. In math, we played number games to 12. The children loved pairing up, rolling dice, counting up the numbers to come up with a total number. In Letterland, the students met new characters, practiced the sounds and practiced writing the letters. Today was Grandparent’s Day. The kinders were so excited to eat with their grandparents or other family members. What a great day in kindergarten at MES!
Mrs. Keaton’s first grade class has made an amazing transition into first grade. The students are working hard and have been so successful already! Last week students started attending Lift Groups. Lift Groups allow students to work in a small group. These groups focus on a specific skill that will help the student grow and become wonderful readers!
Mrs. Keaton’s class has also been incorporating Kagan games and activities in class. Students are learning to work in partner groups. They practice greeting one another, taking turns, and complementing each other when they work together. Sometimes Kagan strategies are used for fun activities such as game play. Students in Mrs. Keaton’s class and in some lift groups played a game that required them to become one large wagon wheel. They all had to move together at the same time to get their wheel moving correctly. Kagan strategies are really helping students build 21st century skills that are necessary in the world today.
Miss Hall's students have been up moving and dancing using Kagan strategies to learn about place value and comparing numbers. Students have learned how to write numbers in standard, written, expanded, and word form.
Mrs. Fletcher's third graders are reading a story called Tops and Bottoms. This is an animal fantasy where bear and hare act like humans, dress like humans and talk like humans. The students are learning the difference between character traits and emotions. In math the students are learning how to add and subtract within a 1000 using properties of operation in addition. The class is excited to start their Ninja Multiplication club. Students learn their multiplication facts weekly and are quizzed to see if they are a Ninja fact master. The students are studying extremely hard so they can move up the ninja fact master ladder each week. In science the class has been learning about matter. The students have learned the three types of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. The class performed an experiment with a glove, a ziploc bag, and a Hersey's kiss. This experiment shows how when heat is applied it can change matter from a solid to a liquid. The students have been discussing the difference between a chemical and physical change in matter. They worked with a partner to draw examples of both. Happy Fall!!!
Fourth grade students have been super busy this week at school! Students are working hard learning different strategies to multiply two digits numbers. Teachers are encouraging all students to continue working to memorize their multiplication facts. All students have started applying the reading skills that they have learned so far this school year to a novel. Students are either reading Bunnicula or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Mrs Miles' class has had a great start to our school year! We have been working hard and learning a lot of new information. In math, we have been learning about place value and decimals. This nine weeks we are learning about different ecosystems during our science time. We have learned about a lot of new things during social studies and created some neat projects with the information. In reading, we have focused on new skills and practiced using those skills with our stories and different activities. We are looking forward to a great year!