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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!

First Grade

First grade students have been working tremendously hard over the past month.  They have battled inconstant schedules and have overcome the challenge.  Last week students completed a math unit that consisted of building and ordering numbers.  Students are beginning to move from the concrete stage of adding tens and ones to a number to the representational and abstract stages.  Base ten blocks have been a great tool for students.  They make math more concrete for all learners. 

In reading, first grade students have been using text features to help them understand a text.  Informational texts on a variety of topics have been used to help understand text features.  Thanks to some extra financial support provided by a donor, Scholastic News has also been used to teach text features during Teacher Directed Reading.  Students all have access to the same text and text features. Students have also used Kagan group strategies to work together to answer questions from the Scholastic News texts.

 Third Grade

The third graders at Mocksville Elementary school were excited to get a visit from Mr. Mike Hendrix. Mr. Hendrix came and spoke with them about the importance of a dictionary and how to use it. He highlighted various sections for the students. Some of their favorites were learning about our presidents, different states and countries. The most excited part was when Mr. Hendrix showed the students where they could find the longest / biggest words. Their favorite is SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS. Each student received a new dictionary from the Mocksville Rotary Club, which was handed out by rotary member Mrs. Barabara Owens.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade students have been learning about theme in reading.  They have read stories and books and listened to songs to determine the theme of the text.  In math, students are busy learning about fractions.  The students are studying about rocks and minerals in science.  They have learned about the rock cycle, weathering, and erosion.    

 

Fifth Grade

On January 25th Mocksville Elementary celebrated their first ever All Pro Dad's Day. All Pro Dad's Day is designed to promote the active involvement of fathers in the lives of their young children. All Pro Dad's Day features a breakfast one day a month when dads have an opportunity to spend quality time with their child. Dads were able to share with the crowd why they were proud of their son/daughter. Over 90 people came out to our first event and were able to enjoy coffee, chicken biscuits and chicken minis from Chick Fil A in Clemmons. Thanks to Chick Fil A for sponsoring out first event. Our next one will take place on February 22nd at 6:45am. Contact Mr. Shepherd at shepherdk@davie.k12.nc.us if you have any questions or would like to help sponsor a breakfast or door prizes.

 

RSVP at: https://allprodadsday.com/chapters/10869

 

Kinders

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Wyatt and Mrs. Dyson's class were excited to create memories while out for the snow days!  Upon their return, they wrote, illustrated, and shared some of their experiences.  They were later able to compare and contrast what they did with their friends. 

Students continued to learn about how many animals survive during the winter season.  Research projects with Mrs. Marklin, the media coordinator, provided a wonderful means to learn about various hibernating animals such as bats, frogs, snakes, and bears.  Students also learned about certain animals that migrate to warmer places to survive.  Polar animals were interesting because they thrive in the cold weather.  When finished, the students got to choose which type of winter animal they would like to be and describe why others should choose the same.

First Grade

 The students in Mrs. Spach’s and Mrs. Hunter’s class are learning about text features.  We are learning about table of contents, glossaries, bold print and headings.  Students are able to identify these and tell how they help us in reading text. 

            In Health, we are studying My Plate and the food groups. Students can recognize which foods fit in the different food groups. They can also tell which foods are better for our bodies.   

            In Math we are continuing to work with numbers past 100.  We are counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to 120.  Students are also learning to mentally tell ten more and ten less than a number. 

 Second Grade

We were all finally back for a full week!  Students read the stories Best Wishes, Ed and Akiak.  Fact and opinion was the focus in both of these stories.  In math, students began working with pennies and nickels.  Everyone enjoyed "book character" day on Wednesday.  Good behavior was rewarded on Friday with the PBIS Snowball.  All students that have remained on level 4 were treated to ice cream sandwiches and a movie.  It was a great way to end the week!

 

Third Grade

Mrs. Doub's 3rd Grade Class is back to a normal schedule after last week’s fun with the snow.  The class has been learning about Main Idea with the nonfiction story Penguin Chick. Students even enjoyed a paper snowball fight with facts from the story. In math, the students have been practicing their division skills with math facts and word problems. The students traveled to Mrs. Fletcher for science to learn all about Matter. 

Fifth Grade

This week in Mrs. Parker's 5th grade class we held our first debate on Whether or Not kids should drink chocolate milk.  This was a debate that goes along with our opinion writing.  The kids really enjoyed doing this and did a wonderful job.  In reading we are reading an interesting informational story about Leonardo di Vinci and a horse that we never got to finish.  The students practiced main idea with this story.  In math they are learning about subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping.  They learned two different strategies to help them solve these problems.  In social studies we are talking about events the lead up to the revolutionary war.  We have started with the French and Indian War.  

 AIG

Mrs. Cockman conducted the annual MES spelling bee on Wednesday, January 24. A class winner from each of the fourth and fifth grade classes represented their class. The fifth grade class winners were Jacob Moore, Mrs. Parker’s class, Daniel Lawrence, Mrs. Dotson’s class, Bianca Bravo, Mrs. Miles’ class, and Haven Fryar, Mr. Shepherd’s class. The fourth grade class winners were Maggie Smith, Mrs. McKnight’s class, Julian Edmonds, Mrs. Easter’s class, Skylar Smith, Mrs. Dezarn’s class, and Makenzie Gentry, Mrs. Wall’s class. After 24 rounds, congratulations to Bianca Bravo, the Mocksville Elementary School Spelling Bee Winner for this school year. 

 

Kinder

Kindergarten students have been learning about Winter and, wow, this cold weather has provided the kinders more to add in the class discussion.  The students can tell you how to dress, about winter activities you can do, and they can talk to you about the temperature.  Besides weather, the children have been learning and practicing addition and subtraction story problems.  The students are learning to listen for key words like “more” or “went away.”  The children are proud to show off their work.  They were excited to show off their acting skills this week too.  Letterland gave the students the opportunity to test out their acting abilities as they learned about ck, ng, ch, sh, and wh.  These letters go together to make certain sounds for a reason and Letterland explains the reason.  For example, the letter c beside of the letter k says /k/ because Clever Cat reminds Kicking King to kick the ball away from his friends (that’s why k is usually found at the end).  Take a look at some pictures from Miss Hendrix’s class acting out Letterland stories.​

First Grade

Ms. Mathis’ class had a great field trip to Kaleidium! We loved learning about magnets, exploring physics and seeing many animals. Some of our favorite things were seeing the live snakes, playing in magnet centers and playing the huge floor piano. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot! 

Photo: Ms Mathis’ class stops for a class photo at the Kaleidium in Winston Salem.  Students learn about magnets during their trip to the Kaleidium

Second Grade

Happy New Year from Mrs. Whitesell’s 2nd grade class! With a new year comes new beginnings, resolutions, and goals. That is how 2018 began for Mrs. Whitesell’s class. Each student came up with a personal goal for 2018 and how they will accomplish their goals. These goals are posted in their classroom. Students also had a global lesson on how New Years is celebrated around the world. Students learned that the United States has greatly influenced the rest of the world with some traditions, but other countries do have unique traditions that were fun to learn about too. 2018 is off to a great start!

Fourth Grade

This week in Fourth Grade students started a new unit on Fractions.  This unit will last the majority of 3rd quarter.  In reading, students will continue discussing text structures while reading Eye of the Storm.