Mme Lockerbie Notes

Bienvenue en 2e année!


Posted: January 6, 2014

Bonjour parent(s), I would like to wish you all the very best for the New Year! I'm looking forward to seeing my students and hearing  about their holiday! In Language, we will be working on "Winter"  vocabulary and we will work on narrative texts.  We will focus on the Ideas writing trait. We will discuss what makes a good story (beginning, middle, end, details) and review the writing process (plan, write, revise, correct, edit, publish. We will also have Show & Tell (Montre et raconte) this week. All students can present a special object, picture etc. to their classmates on Friday! This will be done en français, of course!In math, we will complete our unit on Representing Numbers to 1000.                     
Just a reminder that we will be having a Pizza Party for lunch tomorrow!  There will be pepperoni pizza and garlic fingers!

Posted: December 16, 2013

No homework this week!

Posted: December 10, 2013

My little elves are hard at work this week. They have been working hard on writing a Christmas story on their own. They will complete their story by the end of the week. They continue to amaze me with their oral and writing skills. Bravo mes petits lutins! We continue to work on Christmas vocabulary and places and attractions that we can find in our community. In math, we will complete our Numbers to 1000 unit and the students will have an end of the unit test next week. Also, students continue to work on their cursive writing skills. They are making good progress.   Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! As you probably already heard from your child, our class won a Pizza Party for " The class of the 1st term!" We were very excited. We will have the pizza party on Tuesday, for lunch. You will not have to pack a lunch, just snacks and a beverage! What a nice break before the holidays! ;) Have a great week everyone! 15 more days until Christmas! :)

Posted: November 25, 2013

Reminder..... The Grade 5 students will be having a nut free bake sale on Wednesday.  This will help them raise money for their end of year field trip.

Posted: November 25, 2013

  Four more weeks until Christmas! Can you believe it? Time sure flies!  In French Language Arts, we continue to review questions/oral structures from previous weeks and we are learning how to say what is in our community and discuss different modes of transportation. We are also learning Christmas vocabulary and will be writing a short Christmas story soon as well as a letter to Santa. Students are very excited as they love to write! I have great authors in my class!      In Math, we will keep reviewing our numbers from 0-1000.  We will continue to work on representing numbers in different ways, skip counting, and ordering numbers.  Please remember to practice addition facts each night and check out the addition games that I posted in the "Web " link.   Bonne semaine les amis!             

Posted: November 18, 2013

In French this week, we will continue be talk about our favorite hobbies/pastime. Oral structures may include:Je joue .. Je promène mon chien au parc.Je magasine au centre d’achat avec…In math, students will continue to represent numbers to 1000 in different ways and they will work on basic math facts and mental math strategies.  Students will have an addition quiz on Thursday.  They will have 1 minute to answer as many addition facts that they can.  There will be 15 facts.  They will also have a numbers quiz from 0-1000.Reports cards went out today and I must say that I am so proud of each and every one of my students! Vous êtes fantastiques!!!

Posted: November 11, 2013

In French this week, we will be discussing activities that we like to do with our families.  Students will also talk about their favorite hobbies/pastime. Oral structures may include:Je joue .. Je promène mon chien au parc.                             Je magasine au centre d’achat avec…In math, students will continue to represent numbers to 1000 in different ways and they will work on basic math facts and mental math strategies.  Students will have an addition quiz on Friday.  They will have 1 minute to answer as many addition facts that they can.  There will be 15 facts.  They will also have a numbers quiz from 0-1000.Bonne semaine!  

Posted: November 4, 2013

We are now beginning a mathematics unit on Numbers to 1000.  In this unit, your child will: ·         Show a 3-digit number in different ways, using concrete materials, pictures, words, and numbers. ·         Compare and order 2-digit and 3-digit numbers. ·         Skip count by 5s, 10s, and 100s forward and backward to 1000. ·         Skip count by 3s, 4s, and 25s forward and backward to 1000. ·         Estimate how many items are in a large collection by comparing it to a known  quantity.   Example: Show ten buttons - If this is 10 buttons, how many are in this big pile of   buttons?   Here are some activities you can do at home to support this learning:               -  Use play money to model numbers and to develop understanding of trading or                  grouping. For example, show that $34 can be modeled as $300 + $40 + $2. Using                   play bills for $1, $10, and $100 helps to reinforce place value.                - Play a number comparison game: Remove the tens and face cards from a deck of                  regular playing cards.  Deal 3 cards to each player.  Each player uses the cards                  to make the greatest possible 3-digit number. The person with the greater number                  gets a point. Repeat. The first player to get 10 points is the winner. Play the                   game again, this time making the least number possible.      Students will also work on basic facts. They will be using various mental math   strategies to help them recall the facts quickly. They will learn to apply mental math      strategies such as :            -  Doubles (Ex: If I know that 6+6=12, then 7+6 is one more, so it would be 13).            -  Commutative Property (For 3+9, think 9+3. They give the same answer).            -  Making 10 (Ex: 8+6 – Think 8 + 2 + 4; 8 + 2 = 10, then 10 + 4 = 14).  

Posted: October 30, 2013

Our math test that I planned on giving tomorrow will be postponed until next Tuesday as we had students abssent  from class yesterday and today.  I would like to continue to review concepts with ALL students before giving the "Patterns" test.  There will be no homework tomorrow as it is Halloween! I will send a final "Patterns" practice sheet for homework on Monday.  Joyeuses Halloween! Stay tuned for Halloween pictures.....

Posted: October 28, 2013

Starting this week, students will read the same books for 2 nights instead of reading new books each night. I encourage rereading books to increase accuracy and fluency each time the book is read.  Each Monday and Wednesday, I will send home one leveled book seen during a Guided Reading session and one "Good Fit" book based on their interests. Happy reading!

Posted: October 27, 2013

This week in French, we will continue to talk about our families.  For example: How many people are in our family, who are our family members, what do they look like, what kind of personality do they have, what they like to do, etc.  Students can bring in photots of their family to present to their classmates. (Some students have already done so). Students will also create a Halloween monster and write about their monster in their writing journals.  This activity is a great way for students to practice all of the French structures they have been learning since September.   In Math, we will work on numbers 0-100 and also complete our unit on Patterns.  Students will have a test on Patterns on Thursday.  I will send home a practice sheet on Patterns this week.  Students should be able to: • Identify, extend, create, and compare increasing patterns.• Identify, extend, create, and compare decreasing patterns.• Find pattern rules.• Display number patterns on hundred charts.

Posted: October 21, 2013

We have a busy week ahead of us! Students will continue to describe their families and we will work on Halloween vocabulary/activities. A video about  our "Animaux de compagnie" (Our Pets) will be uploaded to our website tomorrow. They did an awesome job writing about their pets and presenting them!  We will be writing a class book on "L'Halloween" tomorow. We can't wait to spook you!In Math, we will work on numbers 0-90 and we will complete our unit on Patterns by the end of the week.  Students will have a test on Patterns next week.  A practice sheet on Patterns will be sent home next week in order to help students prepare  for the test. Bonne semaine les amis! Mme Lockerbie

Posted: October 15, 2013

You probably heard your child talking about “The Daily Five.”  I will fill you in on what The Daily Five is all about. The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students. This is done on a daily basis.     When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily Five, which are comprised of:  Read to Self Work on Writing Read to Someone Listen to Reading Word Work    So far, we are doing the Daily 3. Read to Self  Read to Someone Listen to ReadingMost often, I will do Guided Reading sessions with small groups of students during this time.  I  will spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction.  From now on, students will be bringing home a book read in class during a Guided Reading session (leveled book). Please ask your child to read the book 3 times each night. This will help with fluency and comprehension.                       

Posted: October 15, 2013

We are now in our second month of school! Students are using vocabulary/oral structures taught in class with more ease and accuracy. I am pleased with their efforts in class!  In French, we continue to explore our unit: “What makes me unique?” We will be reviewing previously learned structures as well as adding some new vocabulary /structures about  " Family "(Ma famille) and Halloween.    In Math, we continue to work on patterns and numbers up to 80.  Bonne semaine les amis!