Week of 09/16/19
We are off to a great start in Mrs Hinkle's kindergarten class! So far we have enjoyed learning about Letterland characters, numbers and shapes! We are really enjoying our weekly meetings with our fifth grade reading buddies and our fun Friday trips to Rich Park! We are excited for a great year in kindergarten!
The students in Mrs. Spach and Mrs. Randall's class are learning how to be learners. We have been studying growth and fixed mindset and how our brain works. We are going to understand how our mindset helps us be better students and learners. In Language Arts we are reading stories and retelling them. Students are using beginning, middle and end to retell their stories. In Letterland we are studying short vowels and then ck ending. Students are using patterns in words to read, sort and spell words. In Science we are talking about habitats. In those habitats, students are exploring the animals and plants that live there and how they have to adapt to the environments.
In second grade, we celebrated our first Spirit Day on 9/11/19 to honor all American heros. Students were encouraged to show their American spirit by wearing red, white, and blue.
Third grade at MES is in full swing! We started the year off in math by learning what it takes to really become a mathematician. Anyone can be a mathematician and all it takes is the belief that you CAN do it! Having a growth mindset means that you always believe in your abilities and are willing to try. Once we ensured that everyone had a growth mindset, we jumped into learning how to multiply and the different strategies to use. While it's a tough, new concept for third graders, we have tried hard and are learning how to do it. In reading we went right into how to ask and answer questions about the text. We first read Officer Buckle and Gloria and then read Boom Town. We have learned that sometimes we will find our answers right there in the story. Other times we need to look for evidence in the text and really think about an answer. During our Ram Jam lessons, we first learned and reviewed the school-wide behavior expectations. We are now learning more about having a growth mindset and how a fixed mindset can keep us from growing. We know that we are going to grow and learn so much this year in third grade!
Fourth grade students at Mocksville Elementary have had a great time in the first month of school! From meeting new friends to reuniting with old ones, it has been an awesome start to the year! In English Language Arts, students have enjoyed reading different stories and identifying story elements such as describing the characters, setting and events.
In math, students have jumped right in with learning new standards! They’ve been gathering data to create various graphs, while answering questions. Students also learned to solve word problems using multiplicative comparisons. North Carolina symbols and facts have been learned in Social Studies! Parents have even learned some as well! The fourth grade teachers are very proud of how hard everyone has been working and look forward to an amazing year!
The first week of Physical Education here at MES was filled with excitement. One activity we do is the parachute. This can be used to teach force (light, medium, strong), levels (low, medium, high), and many other things. It is a great tool for teaching teamwork and most importantly, it is fun! We have also learned our Instant Activities, including Fire and Ice, Indoor Track, and the most popular- Turtle Tag! Instant Activities are games that all students know and enjoy. When they arrive to the gym we start playing instantly, rather than sitting down and waiting to get started. I am really looking forward to the rest of the year. The students here at Mocksville Elementary have a lot to look forward too!
The music program is off to a strong start at Mocksville Elementary School. The younger students have been working on some of the basics of rhythms, and the older students are learning how to read notes on the treble and bass staff.
We had three students audition for the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus. They worked hard on a piece of music and we will find out if they place in October. We wish them the best of luck!
Week of 09/23/2019
Welcome to Mrs. Byerly and Mrs. Hunter’s first grade class. We have been very busy bees getting used to the schedule and into the flow! In math, we started out working with our number sense and have slowly started working with addition. In guided reading, we have just started our first week of full rotations. Of course, we have been working on our Letterland full throttle and they are loving it! Stayed tuned to see what new and exciting things we will be doing this year! We have a lot of adventure left to go!
Mrs. Fletcher’s third graders are learning about feelings and what motivates your feelings throughout a story. The class is reading Alexander Was Rich on Sunday. The students have been discussing how Alexander's motivations throughout the story made his feelings change in the story.
In math the students have been learning to multiply 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10's The class has been using the Frayer model to work on multiplication word problems. The students are working out the word problems following the 6 steps they learned on their white boards with markers.
In science the class has been learning about matter. The class has studying how physical and chemical changes can occur to solids, liquids, and gases by applying hot or cold. Mrs. Fletcher's class has had a great first three weeks of school.
Fourth grade students at Mocksville Elementary have had a great time in the first month of school! From meeting new friends to reuniting with old ones, it has been an awesome start to the year! In English Language Arts, students have enjoyed reading different stories and identifying story elements such as describing the characters, setting and events. In math, students have jumped right in with learning new standards! They’ve been gathering data to create various graphs, while answering questions. Students also learned to solve word problems using multiplicative comparisons. North Carolina symbols and facts have been learned in Social Studies! Parents have even learned some as well! The fourth grade teachers are very proud of how hard everyone has been working and look forward to an amazing year!
This week in Mrs. Parker's 5th grade class we have been learning about and practicing summarizing. The students have been reading different picture books with different partners to write summaries to share with the class. In math, they are starting to learn about volume. They have been using connecting cubes to make rectangular prisms with different volumes. In science they are learning about food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids.
Art students at MES are creating self-portraits in class. These masterpieces will be featured in our annual Art to Remember fundraiser to support PTO and visual arts.
Week of 09/30/2019
At Mocksville Elementary the kindergarten classes have been busy adjusting to school. They are working on counting and recognizing numbers and playing math games. They have compared measurable attributes for length, height and weight. They are meeting Letterland characters and are enjoying the stories about them. They have been listening to lots of books and are learning about fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. They have been retelling stories using characters, setting, beginning, middle and end. They have been learning about their brains and having a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. The teachers and students are excited about FALL and looking forward to a great year!
Mrs. Southern’s and Mrs. Pruitt’s first graders have been enjoying Letterland spelling. They have learned about short ‘a’, short ‘i’, short ‘o’ and short ‘e’ words and have been learning to write sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation. They are excited to begin building their reading skills in leveled guided reading groups. In math, students have been learning about addition by solving problems in a variety of ways – such as using manipulatives, drawing a picture, counting on, etc. 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 and writing equations/number sentences. The students have earned ten class RAMS tickets for good behavior. They celebrated with Krispy Kreme doughnuts
We have had a great start to the year here in Mrs. Dezarn’s second grade class. We have done lots of wonderful team building activities and are getting into the daily routines. We also had the privilege to meet our community buddies and they were gracious enough to take us shopping at the book fair. We are looking forward to a successful fun filled year.
Mrs. Lemmerman's 3rd grade class has gotten off to an amazing start this year! Last week, we wrapped up our forces and motion science unit by planning and building catapults with partners. Students used their knowledge of simple machines, speed, and friction, to create and improve their catapults and test them in a variety of tasks. So far this year, we have been learning through a wide variety of partner and group structures, which has been a valuable learning experience for us! Keep up the great work, third graders!
This week in fourth grade we attended the Soil and Water Day at Rich Park. We visited eight stations where we learned a lot about our environment both locally and globally. The students really enjoyed learning about the pollution in our water supply here in Mocksville and how they can prevent it from happening; we learned about birds of prey; forestry and how to prevent fires; recycling in Mocksville; and the importance of bees in our community. The children expanded their knowledge and became more aware of their environment. Overall, it was a great experience for all those who attended.
Mrs. Miles’ fifth grade class has had a great start to the school year. We have enjoyed getting to know each other and are ready for a fantastic year! In reading we have been learning about how to identify theme and write summaries. We have been able to use our Scholastic Newspaper this week to write summaries about non-fiction text. In math we have been learning how to find the volume of rectangular prisms. We have just finished our ecosystem unit in science and now we are moving onto weather. We are looking forward to doing some experiments with the water cycle next week!
In Computer Lab Kinders have learned to click and drag using a mouse. First graders can now launch a browser all by themselves. Second graders are the bomb at identifying technology hardware components. The third graders are so excited that they can now navigate Google Classroom to get to their lessons. Fourth and fifth graders are learning to touch type using the homerow keys. Computer lab at Mocksville Elementary is such a great place to add new tools so that students are equipped to learn in the classroom.
Week of 10/07/2019
First graders have been working on finding the main idea. If we gave them clues like look around the leaves are changing, the weather is getting a bit cooler, and signs of Halloween are found throughout the stores then most of our students can guess that the main idea is Fall or Fall is here. Miss Hendrix's first grade class has enjoyed these kind of guessing games and mystery bags as they have learned about main idea. The simple reading passages have been easy for them to use their tricks and figure out the main idea. They have learned to use text features like the title and any headings or pictures they see, as well as listening for repeated words and rereading the first and last sentences to find the main idea. In math, the students finished up Part 1 of our subtracting unit and began Part 1 of our place value unit. With place value, they are starting simple and building upon that to understand exactly what place value is. First graders begin by learning to circle groups of ten and count by 10. Next they learn about base ten blocks and how one cube = one unit, 10 cubes makes 1 long which is 1 group of 10. They get to practice these concepts using the base ten blocks, smart board activities, and a couple of online learning games. The students enjoy using the base ten blocks and games/activities they are doing in class. In Letterland this week the First Grade students are learning about-ut, -ug, and -un. The students can sort the words into word family groups and several of our words have an s on the end and the students can distinguish between the s saying /s/ and the s saying /z/. Way to go first graders, you are doing great!
Third grade students in Mrs. Wyatt's class have been learning about being an entrepreneur. They learned about some famous North Carolina companies that were started by entrepreneurs. After learning the basics, the students teamed up and chose a foreign country to learn about. They researched the topography, natural resources, and agriculture for their country. Creativity peaked as the teams designed a product to "pitch" to the head of a company. Watch out business world! Your future is looking bright!
Fourth grade students at MES spent October 11, 2019 at Dan Nicholas Park. It was a beautiful day spent gem mining, learning about rocks and minerals, exploring animal adaptations, and viewing animals in their habitat. Students enjoyed this field trip and were able to learn through hands on experiences.
Week of 10/14/2019
We are having a ton of fun learning in Mrs. Hinkle's kindergarten class! We have been learning all about 2D shapes and even got to build some using Popsicle sticks and Play-Doh! In reading we are learning about poetry and continuing our journey through Letterland. We love learning and are looking forward to what we will learn next!
Ms. Mathis’ first grade class is learning how to practice our spelling words in spelling centers! We have loved learning about digraphs in Letterland like “sh”, “wh” and “th”. We have also been talking about our very important vowels!
Second grade had a wonderful field trip last week to the Greensboro Science Center. Life cycles are one of second grade’s major science standard. Greensboro Science Center provided a wonderful opportunity to observe life cycles of many animals. It was a gorgeous day and fun time was had by all!
Mrs. Doub's 3rd graders are currently reading fables. This week we read the story What About Me? and practiced recounting and finding the lesson the author ways trying to convey. In math, we are wrapping up our unit on Graphing. Students have collected data, created frequency tables, bar graphs, and picture graphs. In Science, our class has traveled to Mrs. Powers' class to learn about the Solar System.
Mrs. Wall's fifth graders are finishing the book, Hatchet. The students enjoyed reading about a boy who learned to survive in the wilderness on his own. They created a timeline of his later life. In math, the students are practicing multiplication and division strategies. The fourth graders are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The students created and illustrated a new room for the candy factory and decided what new kind of candy would be made in this room. In math, the students are learning how to solve multi-step word problems with the four operations. The third graders are reading Ramona the Pest. They have enjoyed reading about Ramona and all of her adventures.