• The Book Fair is here!!!

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 3/12/2019

    The Book Fair is here! This year's theme is Dino-mite: Stomp, Chomp and Read! Read more about it on our Book Fair website.

    All classes will watch the book fair video and make a wishlist this week during library class. We hope to see you at our Reading Night and Chili Supper this Thursday from 5-7 pm.

    Come to our Scholastic Book Fair

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  • Week of 2/18/19

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 2/18/2019

    Kindergartners and First Graders are voting for their favorite Monarch Award nominated book this week! We have listened to 16 out of the 20 books on the 2019 Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers Choice Award list. Before the students vote they will play a Jeopardy-style game to help them remember the books.

    Second Graders will do their SLO Type 2 Post-test. The goal of this SLO is to test how much they have learned this year about being a responsible digital citizen.

    Third and Fourth Graders will take the research they did on a topic of their choice and put it in a Word Document. They will learn how to put information in a bulleted list and insert a "creative commons" photo.

    Fifth Graders will review their understanding of copyright using BrainPop and its "Make-A-Map" feature.

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  • The Book Fair is coming!

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 2/13/2019

    Get ready!!! The book fair is on its way. This year's theme is Dino-mite: Stomp, Chomp and Read! Read more about it on our Book Fair website.

    Come to our Scholastic Book Fair

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  • Week of 2/12/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 2/11/2019

    Kindergartners and First Graders are continuing to listen to books from the 2019 Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers Choice Award list. This week's book is John Deere, That's Who! by Tracy Nelson Maurer. So far we have listened to 16 out of the 20 nominated books. Next week, kindergarten and first grade will vote for their favorite book!

     

    Second Graders will review the parts of a non-fiction text including: title, heading, bold print, italics, table of contents, glossary and index.

     

    Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders are continuing to become research experts on the topics they chose! They are also learning how to develop a keyword search using Kiddle, how to skim and scan a website for information, recognize what makes a website trustworthy and how to properly cite our sources with the help of Citation Generator. 

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  • Week of 2/4/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 2/5/2019

    Brrr! It was cold last week. Due to our unexpected school cancelations some classes are a little ahead of others.

    Kindergartners are listening to One by Kathryn Otoshi. In the computer lab, the kindergartners will continue practicing how to type in a Word document. We will focus on color words from the book.

     

    First Graders are continuing to listen to books from the 2019 Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers Choice Award list. This week's book is A Different Pond by Bao Phi.  We will compare this fiction story to a non-fiction text about ponds. Some non-fiction text features we will focus on are content page, bold words, glossary and index.

     

    Second Graders will do their SLO Type 3 assessment. The goal of the SLO is to show how much they have learned about doing research, identifying key details in an informational text, inserting and formating images and changing text size and color. The students do all of this to create a document that expresses their knowledge and creativity.

     

    Third Graders are using the research topic they chose last week to further their understanding of search engines and the importance of citing their sources. Our prefered search engine is Kiddle, because it is easy and safe to use. Feel free to practice at home!

     

    Fourth and Fifth Graders will begin doing research with WorldBook Online. They will each chose their own topic, read an article, record 3-5 facts using their own words, write an "I wonder" question about their topic and create a citation.

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  • Week of 1/22/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 1/23/2019

    Kindergartners and First Graders are continuing to listen to books from the 2019 Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers Choice Award list. This week's book is If you Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson. In the computer lab, the kindergartners are putting their mouse and keyboard skills together by typing words from the book. The first graders, are practicing finding the main message of a text using Education City. This program can be accessed from home. Please email me if you would like information on how your child can use his or her login and password.

     

    Second Graders are continuing to learn about MS Word. In the computer lab, we will practice inserting an image and how to change text size and color.

     

    Third Graders are working on doing research with WorldBook Online. They will each chose their own topic, read an article, record 3 facts using their own words and writing an "I wonder" question about their topic.

     

    Fourth and Fifth Graders are using part of the their library time to take the 5 Essentials Survey for Illinois. This is the student version of the survey. All teachers at Irving also took the survey and we encourage all parents to do it as well. Here is a link to the parent survey: 

    https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/  

     

     

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  • Week of 1/14/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 1/17/2019

    Kindergartners and First Graders are continuing to listen to books from the 2019 Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers Choice Award list. This week's book is Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jennifer Bryant. In February, students will vote for their favorite book from the list of 20 nominated books. In the computer lab, we will continue to practice our typing skills. We are focusing on the home row.

     

    Second Graders are continuing to learn about biographies. This week we will learn more about Louis Braille in the biography Six Dots. In the computer lab, we will practice online research, typing information AND inserting an image into a Word Document.

     

    Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders are practicing their typing skills with a D87 program called Type to Learn. If you would like your kids to practice typing at home some websites you can use are:

    Dance Mat Typing

     

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  • Week of 1/7/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 1/8/2019

    Kindergartners and First Graders are continuing to listen to books from the 2019 Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers Choice Award list. This week's book is Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson. In February, students will vote for their favorite book from the list of 20 nominated books. In the computer lab, we will continue to practice our typing skills. We are focusing on the home row.

     

    Second Graders are continuing to learn about biographies. This week we will learn more about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah in the biography Emmanuel's Dream. In the computer lab, we will practice online research and typing information into a Word Document.

     

    Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders are gaining more experience using Word Online through their Office 365 school login. Students can use their login at home or anywhere they have access to the internet. We are focused this week on writing about 1 wish we have for the new year. Students are also learning how to fix spelling errors and search for school appropriate images to include in their documents.

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  • Week of 12/17/2018

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 12/17/2018

    Kindergartners are using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to build a shovel to scoop up as much "snow" as they can in 30 seconds. 

    Books we've read together:

    Recess at 20 Below

     

    First Graders are using STEM to build a bridge for the Gingerbread Man to use to cross a river and avoid being caught by the fox and everyone else chasing him. Take a look at some of our creations!

    First Grade STEM project

    Books we've read together:

    The Gingerbread Cowboy

    The Gingerbread Girl

    The Gingerbread Baby

     

    Second Graders are continuing to learn about biographies. So far we've learned about Helen Keller and this week we will learn about Malala Yousafzai.

     

    Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders are learning about coding with different coding activities from https://studio.code.org/home

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