Have a safe and happy summer!
The kindergarten classes have been enjoying fall. They have learned about bats, spiders and pumpkins. They recently completed an activity where they worked with their fifth grade buddies and learned about the life cycle of the pumpkin. The kindergarten classes have learned a lot this first quarter and are excited about learning more. Thank you to all go the families that came in for conferences.
Mr. Mathis' 1st grade class has been learning all about the election and what it means to vote. During social studies students got to make their own voter registration card. Once they were done with their registration card students got to vote on their favorite cookie. Their choices were either chocolate chip or Oreo. The next day in math we counted all the votes using tally marks and a bar graph and found out that Oreo won for our classroom. Then students got to enjoy a delicious Oreo!
Lots of time and planning are going into lessons leading up to Thanksgiving. In reading we are discovering Native American traditions with the stories of Sequoia and the Rough Face Girl. We are creating lap books to learn about the history of Thanksgiving. On Friday all of second grade will participate in Native American Village Day where students will become even more aware of and appreciate the history and traditions of our Native Americans. This time of year is very rich in history and such an important part of our culture. Our second grade is truly enjoying fall and all the history that comes with it.
What is a veteran? Third graders at Mocksville Elementary spent the week studying this question. After much discussion, we came to a conclusion. Veterans are heroes.
As Joseph Campbell states, "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
We would like to salute all of the men and women who have served and are currently serving in our military.
The fourth graders are learning about nonfiction text features and reading informational text. In Social Studies, they are reading about the early settlements of North Carolina and the Lost Colony. They are very curious about what happened to the people in this colony. In math, the students are working on multiplication and next week will start with division.
Third-fifth grade students at MES were proud to take part in a Veterans Day assembly. Students sang songs, made videos, and recognized their favorite MES veterans. 5th graders especially enjoyed meeting World War II survivor, Harold Frank. Students in fifth grade were able to watch his documentary and were able to talk to him afterwards. It was very powerful to hear his message to never give up and that we live in the greatest country on Earth. Thanks to all of our veterans!
Mrs. Lemmons’ class is having a great year so far! We have taken several field trips already. Our first field trip was to Lazy 5 where we got to see a lot of big animals! Our next trip was to Bowling Special Olympics where our athletes worked very hard to win ribbons bowling against other schools in Davie County. This week we will be going to Bermuda Run for our annual Thanksgiving Feast.
Kindergarten students are hard at work! They continue to apply strategies they have learned in Letterland to make words and sentences. They are in the process of using these skills to write a letter to Santa. They are also beginning to create some beautiful crafts for the holidays.
The students in Mrs. Spach’s and Mrs. Hunter’s class are learning about problem and solution in stories. Students are reading books, identifying the character’s problem and listing the steps the character takes to solve the problem. In Math we are working on identifying missing addends. We are using manipulatives and tens frames to figure out the missing addend. We are also learning how to add three numbers together. Students are using strategies such as making a ten to add. In Social Studies we have started our Economics unit. We are learning concepts such as needs vs. wants, producers vs. consumers, scarcity, goods vs. services. At the end of the unit, they will become producers making different crafts.
Mrs. Starnes second graders have transitioned from Thanksgiving to Christmas with the story The Legend of the Poinsettia. Next week, they will continue to learn about other countries with Christmas Around the World rotations. Students worked on cause and effect. In math, addition with regrouping is being practiced. We have many activities we are planning for including gingerbread houses, Grinch Day, and Polar Express Day!
3rd grade students at MES have enjoyed a week filled with songs in Reading. They have used the popular songs Colors of the Wind, Am I Wrong, and Who Says to learn about Theme and Central Message. This has been a fun unit and the students are really enjoying the music and finding the hidden messages of the songs. In math, the students are learning about division. They are using a variety of strategies such as: drawing equal groups, using repeated subtraction, skip counting, and relating to multiplication. The students are eagerly anticipating our Christmas Around the World Unit next week in Social Studies.
Mrs. Dezarn's fourth grade class has been working hard in reading nonfiction text. We have mastered using text features and are now working with text structures. This week’s focus has been on comparing and contrasting and we are reading a special story "Encantado-Pink Dolphin of the Amazon." Who knew that there are so many different kinds of dolphins. In math we have been working diligently to master our multiplication facts to help us with multi-digit multiplication. We made it a family affair when it came to division. The acronym DMSB (daddy, mama, sister, brother) has been a wonderful help in leaning all the steps required for long division.
Mrs. Dotson’s fifth grade class has had a great week. In Reading, we are currently reading, Passage to Freedom. This story follows the Sugihara Family as they set out to help refugees that show up at their house during WWII. We have enjoyed learning the history that surrounds this story. In math, we are learning Order of Operations. We have had fun learning PEMDAS through raps and poems. We had a special treat this week. We traveled to South Davie to watch the 8th graders perform “Into the Woods Jr” and it was absolutely amazing. The students enjoyed the production and want to take drama and chorus as soon as they get to South Davie.
Ms. Reeves' class is ready for the most wonderful time of the year! Last month, we read Balloons Over Broadway and learned about the history of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We finished our unit on gorillas; students loved reading Koko's Kitten and Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of The Shopping Mall Gorilla. Now we're working on non-fiction text features, multiplying & dividing decimals, and have created our own boards to review sight words, vocabulary, and math facts. This month we'll be reading Snowmen at Christmas, I Wish to Be A Christmas Tree, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, The Polar Express, Too Many Tamales, and Everett Anderson's Christmas Coming. We're excited to wear pajamas, make hot cocoa in the crockpot, set goals for the new year, and learn about holidays around the world!
Miss Hendrix and Mrs. Sisler's kindergarten class has been busy making New Year resolutions. The class discovered that a resolution is like a promise or it is like a plan to do something. The class had a wide range of resolutions, some easier to keep than others but the students have vowed to do their best. The class has enjoyed learning about American as well as other cultures New Years celebrations. In Letterland, the students have been learning about -ck, -ng, -ch, -sh, and -th. The students love the stories about how these letters partner up and make their sounds. Math has been interesting because the students are learning word problems. The kinders are learning how to listen for details in the problem, write the numbers, draw their circles and then have to figure out whether to add or subtract. The kinders are making progress but still have more to learn.
Ms. Mathis' class has been working hard since coming back from Christmas break! Students have been enjoying writing in their journals about what they did during Christmas break, who their best friend is and what their favorite thing to do is. Students have also greatly enjoyed learning about the arctic! Many interesting animals live in the arctic!
Happy New Year from Mrs. Whitesell's 2nd grade class. New Years is an exciting time with fresh starts and resolutions. In Mrs. Whitesell's students learned all about resolutions and the importance of setting goals for the future. Here are some of the 2nd grader's New Year's Resolutions:
"To be helpful to others," "To read more books," "To be respectful," "To keep my bedroom clean," and "To exercise everyday."
They put a lot of heart into making their 2017 New Year's resolutions. We can learn a great deal from 2nd graders.
In Mrs. Wyatt's third grade class, students are developing individual SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for:
S - specific M - measurable A - attainable R - rewarding T - timely
By creating these goals, students will learn how to begin with the end in mind. This week, students were not restricted in their goal choice. Goals have varied from making a volcano at home to doing their homework each night. Here's to a new year and a new mind set.
4th grade students were excited to be back at school this week. Students enjoyed sharing highlights of their vacation with their classmates. In math students continued interpreting remainders and learning about patterns. In reading students read My Brother Martin and reviewed cause and effect.
Mrs. Miles’ fifth grade class had a great holiday break and now we are refreshed and ready to learn! We started learning about fractions this week in math. Fractions are a huge part of our curriculum and we will spend a lot of time working on these skills. In reading we will start a unit on comparing and contrasting soon. There are lots of fun activities to go along with that standard! During our social studies times we have started learning about the early colonies and how people lived during that time. Our D.A.R.E. program started this week and we will continue it until the end of the year. We are excited about all the fun things ahead!
Kindergarten is excited to celebrate 100 days in school! We are making special hats and counting to 100! Many of our classmates are now in the 100 club. The club consists of people who can count to 100 with no mistakes. We all hope to be in the club by the end of the year so we can celebrate!
Mrs. Rosier's class is enjoying their 5th grade reading buddies. Each week the 5th grade buddies come into the classroom to read, write, or play with their little buddies. It is fun for all!
Ms. Mathis' class is excited about the 100th day of school and Vanentines Day coming up! To get ready for this, students worked together to make 100 "hearts" explaining why they love their school and first grade! All 100 hearts will be hung up in the hallway for everyone to see! Many students put they love their because they enjoy reading, iPads, their teachers and enhancements.
Mrs. Whitesell"s class along with the rest of MES second grade is in the mist (no pun intended) of studying weather. Mrs. Whitesell's students are learning about weather by gathering facts and putting them into a weather lap book. The lap book is interactive and makes a fun way to learn about weather. Once completed they will have covered all of the required NC standards for weather. Maybe one of her students will grow up and become a meteorologist.
Do you know the significance of the drinking gourd? Third graders at MES have begun a study of the Underground Railroad. Students are learning about what life was like in the 1800s. Students are divided into groups and each group is responsible for learning about historical events and people. Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Henry "Box" Brown, and Abraham Lincoln are just a few important figures that students are being exposed to.
Fourth graders at Mocksville Elementary have been busy this week. They continue to learn about fractions, mixed numbers, and improper fractions. Students were excited to use the Chromebooks to complete a fraction review before testing on what they had learned. In reading, students are reading various novel and reviewing skills learned thus far this year.
Mrs. Strickland's fifth graders are learning about the thirteen colonies. We are sorting all of them into the three main regions and studying the land and climate of each area. In math, we are continuing to learn about fractions. The students learned a cool trick for adding and subtracting unlike denominators called The Butterfly. Valentine's Day is around the corner and we are all excited about our Valentine's bags and Early Release!
Mrs. Lemmons Class
We are gearing up for our Special Olympics to be held Feb 21st. This week we have been practicing our basketball skills so that we can bring some ribbons back to MES. We are so excited about our upcoming outing and can’t wait to represent our school.
Mrs. Yount and Mrs. Souther's Kindergarten class has been busy. They have been enjoying both fiction and nonfiction books about weather and learning about the different kinds of weather. They graph the weather each day and analyze the information. They continue to love adding and subtracting word problems. They are learning to add and subtract so they will be ready for first grade. They are looking forward to a field trip soon. They will be busy learning about insects and the butterfly's life cycle to be ready for their field trip.
Ms. Mathis' class had a wonderful spring break but everyone is glad to be back! This week we read the book, "Wemberly Worried" by Kevin Henkes. Wemberly worried about everything but she was especially worried about her first day of school! Our class talked about how we were excited but also nervous about the first day of school, so we could relate to Wemberly. In the end Wemberly made a new friend and wasn't so worried. As a class we talked about the story and answered written comprehension questions. We also talked about the importance of being a good friend to everyone. We loved the book, "Wemberly Worried"!
Second graders enjoy hands on science in the Spring with life cycles. Mrs. Whitesell's class incubated 14 eggs for 21 days in her classroom. They candled the eggs every 3-4 days to see the growth process. Through candling, her class predicted they had 14 healthy eggs. They were right! After 21 days the class was able to see the great joy of chick's hatching. Even better was when the students got to hold and play with the chicks. The class also created an observation and research booklet of the chicken life cycle. The grand finally of life cycles is the "4-H Farm Animal Day" when the second graders get to visit Eatons Farm. Many of Mrs. Whitesell's student had never been to a farm of even seen farm animals before. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn about animals, life cycles, farm life, and how farms impact their everyday life. A BIG thank you to the 4-H and volunteers that ran the 13 stations on Davie County's Farm Animal Day!
Mrs. Wyatt's third grade class has been working diligently on a research project. Students were told that a large food production and distribution company wants to expand into different countries in South America. The president of the company assigned each group a country, and they had to create a presentation to persuade the president to expand into that area. Students had to research the natural resources, foods and livestock, and the topography of their country. Using this knowledge, they then designed a product that they could produce and distribute. Students have been utilizing Google Classroom as they collaborate with each other to create a PowerPoint.
Mrs. McKnight's 4th graders have been learning about the metric and customary system of measurement. Students enjoyed used scales and weights to measure common classroom items. In reading, students have been improving their inference skills while reading and learning about the Wright Brothers. Students started exploring North Carolina's government in preparation for our Raleigh field trip.
Mrs. Miles’ class had a great spring break and we are ready to finish out the year strong! We started reading a novel this week called Woods Runner. This novel goes along with our social studies unit on the Revolutionary War. So far, we are really enjoying the novel! In math, we are working on converting measurements. We are working on conversions in the customary and metric systems. We toured South Davie recently and learned a lot of things about our new school for next year! We are all excited about moving onto middle school and the fun events that we still have ahead this year!
Mocksville Elementary was host to ALL Davie County Fifth graders for their annual field day on Friday April 28th. Fifth graders enjoyed races and fun activities like tug-of-war while also getting to hang out with friends and have lunch on the lawn. It was great seeing so many friends having so much fun!!!!