It is almost spring! We have had a crazy winter! It was great to have a couple snow days.
At the beginning of March, we finished up all of our ACCESS testing. The testing materials have been sent off for scoring. It takes awhile for scoring, so we send the results home at the end of the year.
We are continuing to build skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our learning activities integrate science and social studies so we can build academic vocabulary.
Please encourage students to read at home every day and practice math facts! Thanks for your support!
January 3, 2017
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Winter Break!
We are gearing up for some great winter learning in January! This week we will discuss our learning goals for the new year. First grade will learn to identify facts and opinions and will read/write informational text. Third grade will be working on a research project and writing informational text. Fourth and fifth graders will be reading nonfiction text and learning about text structures, include cause and effect, compare and contrast, and sequence writing. Fifth graders will also be working on their science fair projects!
We will also be preparing for the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. ACCESS for ELLs assesses students' skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The testing window is January 9 - March 4. Students do not need to study or prepare for the assessment. They just need to take their time and do their best on each section. Their scores on the assessment determine their ESOL level for the 2017-18 academic year. The assessments are sent to an outside scoring facility and we will not receive the scores until early June. You will receive results in your students' end of year report card. We'll keep you posted as we finalize our testing schedule. Although we create a calendar, the schedule is subject to change due to student absences and possible snow days.
Thank you for supporting your students as we continue our academic learning and language development!
November 21, 2016
It's hard to believe that we are already in the second quarter! All of the students have been quite busy. First graders have been reading and discussing fairy tales, working with word families, and writing about the stories they read. Third graders have analyzed primary source materials from the Library of Congress and have learned about nonfiction text structures. We have also been discussing what it means to have a growth mindset -- Keep trying! Never give up! -- and have designed (and written about) a magnificent flying machine. This week, Mrs. Bevans and Mr. Erickson visited our class and the students impressed them with their knowledge and hard work! Fifth graders are working on a web quest about the oceans and are creating a PowerPoint presentation about how we can all protect our oceans.
This Thanksgiving, I am very thankful for all of you! I am thrilled to be able to work with such dedicated, hard-working students and supportive families.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
October 20, 2016
We have had a great beginning of the school year! Students have completed a variety of reading, writing, and math assessments and have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Each grade level is working on units that integrate language skills and content learning. First graders are learning sight words, word families, and are using the new words in writing. In third grade, we are integrating nonfiction reading, children's engineering, and writing. Fifth graders have been reading both fiction and nonfiction while learning science vocabulary and getting some experience using a microscope and describing what they see! It is exciting to work with students who are enthusiastic about learning and developing their language and literacy skills!
Mrs. Jacobsmeyer's Daily Schedule:
9:05 - 9:45 First Grade
9:45 - 10:30 Third Grade (Oria)
10:30 - 11:15 Planning
11:15 - 12:00 Third Grade Group
12:00 - 12:45 Third Grade Group
12:45 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 Fifth Grade
2:00 - 2:45 Fourth Grade (M/T); Third Grade Science (W/Th/F)
2: 45 - 3:30 Fourth Grade (Oria)