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Kinder

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.

First

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!

Second

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.

Third

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.  

 

Fourth

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.

 

 

Fifth

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!

 

Lemmons

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. 

 

Kinders

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.  

First Grade

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.   

 Second Grade

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!

 Third Grade

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.  

 Fourth Grade

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.  

Fifth Grade

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

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! 

 

 

Kinder

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.

1st Grade

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! 

2nd Grade

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.

3rd Grade

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

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.  

 5th Grade

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!

Kinders

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!

1st Grade

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. 

2nd Grade

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.

3rd Grade

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. 

  4th Grade

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. 

5th Grade

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.

Kinders

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.   

  First Grade

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 Grade

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!

 Third Grade

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. 

 Fourth Grade

 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.  

 Fifth Grade

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!

 

PE

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!!!!

 

Kinders

A new school year has begun and kindergarten is roaring with excitement.  All of the kinders are beginning to figure out the rules and routines.  They are super excited about Letterland the school’s phonics program.  Math sparks a lot of interest because we are doing hands-on math.  We are exploring the different math materials, recognizing the 4 basic shapes, and beginning to count.  The students are encouraged to make friends with everyone.  The students have learned different parts of books and Miss Hendrix and Mrs. Walker’s class enjoyed their letter learning time; making playdough Aa’s and Bb’s. 

First Grade

Mrs. Martin and Miss Weatherman's first grade class is off to a great start! The students are reviewing numbers one through 20 and the letters of the alphabet. We have enjoyed reading, "No David” and "David gets in Trouble." We illustrated and wrote about our favorite parts of the story. The class enjoyed reading, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and the "Kissing Hand".  In math we enjoyed making number towers with connecting cube blocks. 

 Second Grade

Angelina Etter and LeAnne Williams' Second grade class has enjoyed getting to know each other this week. The class has read many back to school books and reviewed class rules and routines. The school year is off to a great start. The class has enjoyed reading The Invisible Boy. This book talks about a boy who seemed invisible in his classroom until one day a friend notices how well he can draw. This changes the way the boy feels about himself and about how the class treats him in class. The class has been learning about character traits and how having positive thoughts can help them have much better days. They are learning to believe in themselves and how to be the best "me" they can be. In math, the class is learning to identify even and odd numbers. The class is excited about learning new things this school year.

 Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade has had a wonderful start to our 2017-2018 school year!  Students have spent the week doing class and team building activities!  Teachers have enjoyed getting to know their new students and are looking forward to a fantastic year!  

 Fifth Grade

Mrs. Miles Fifth Grade Class at Mocksville Elementary School has started the year with excitement! Students are glad to welcome two new students to their class and the school. They are happy to be making new friends among their classmates returning to MES too. Some real excitement is that they now sit on exercise balls instead of those hard chairs. Students have commented that sitting on these is fun and it keeps their posture in good form. It is easier to remain alert on these. So far students have worked independently, with face and shoulder partners, in teams, and as a whole class on various, thought-stimulating activities. The class has studied how to infer meaning about text or a situation, reviewed place value, written a lot about themselves, and pre-tested in math, language arts, and science. They have almost finished the first lesson in WordlyWise3000 and have shared strategies in their first Number Talks. They will begin to study about Europe and ecosystems. Soon they will be learning about decimal fractions and elements of literature. Students have completed reading their first personal choice book this week and are ready for another one!  Students also completed applications and obtained references for two positions as Student Leaders on the Student Leadership Team coordinated by Mrs. Reavis. Students will also help in the Media Center this year. We started the year with two excellent class leaders, the support of Teacher Assistant, Debbie Brown, and Mr. Lyday in our LIFT classes. We could not function without them. Students love their enhancement classes too. We have a great class and are off to a great start!

 

Kinders

Kindergarten has been a busy place! Students have enjoyed getting to know each other through songs and games. They have been introduced to shapes and numbers zero through five in math. They have gone to the imaginary land of Letterland. They have met several of the characters and are looking forward to meeting the rest! 

First Grade

Ms. Mathis' first grade class has been doing an awesome job! We have been learning all about rules, procedures and expectations. After reading "No, David!" we talked all about making good choices and ways to follow the rules. Then everyone got to make their own "David" and write ways they can follow the rules in first grade!

Second Grade

The first couple of weeks of school is super exciting and super busy. 2nd grade teachers have introduced their classroom procedures and reviewed school and classroom rules. Teachers have taught lessons on kindness and respect. Fun community building activities have helped students form new friendships and also make students feel comfortable in their new classrooms. All of these early preparations help set the tone for a wonderful school year. Our 2nd Grade team of teachers are just as excited as the students are to get this action packed 2nd grade year underway. Here's to a fantastic year!

 Third Grade

In third grade, we have spent the first several weeks building strong relationships with each other. We have used many different activities that allow students to get to know each other as well as how to cooperate when presented with a challenge. The students in third grade are loving the start of a new year!

They have been really digging deep into our expectations and all the new privileges the students get to participate in, as a third grader.  We have hit the ground running with our Kagan Goofy Games! The students have begun cooperative learning through our Kagan structures such as Quiz, Quiz, Trade and Rally Robin.  The students have also started strong on keeping their "College Notebooks" for math and reading neat and organized to serve as a tool when in their learning groups throughout the day.  Parents, you might have seen these notebooks referred to as, Interactive Notebooks.

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Dezarn's 4th grade class is off to a great start this school year here at MES.  We have been getting to know each other through some teambuilding skills and making lots of new friends.  Our focus has been on learning new reading strategies and building our fact fluency with subtraction using regrouping.  In social studies we have now learned 24 of North Carolina's state symbols.  We are looking forward to a very successful year both academically and socially.  

The fourth graders have been busy learning about characters and setting.  While reading Because of Winn-Dixie, the students have discussed characteristics and character traits of characters in the story and the setting of the story.  In Social Studies, they have been learning about North Carolina state symbols and regions.  The students are excited to learn all about our state. 

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Dotson’s fifth grade class has had a great week.   In Reading, we are beginning a unit on Figurative Language, specifically similes and metaphors.   In math, we are diving deep into decimals.  We have learned how to read, write, and compare decimals.  We played Decimal War to compare decimals. The students had a great time competing against one another.   We have enjoyed getting to know each other the first two weeks of school by doing various teambuilding and classbuilding exercises. We look forward to a great year together!!

Kinders

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.

 First Grade

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.

 Second Grade

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!

Third Grade

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

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. 

Fifth Grade

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.  

 

Kinders

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!  

 First Grade

  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 Grade

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.   

 Third Grade

This week in third grade, we learned about character traits and how to add fluently using mental math. 

Fourth Grade

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.  

Technology

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!!!

Kinders

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!

First Grade

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. 

Second Grade

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.

Third Grade

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

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

Fifth Grade

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!