• Week of 4/22/19

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 4/22/2019

    Fifth Grade is beginning their Wax Museum project. They will choose a person to study this week. The person they choose must have faced some type of adversity. 

    Fourth Grade is starting a Make-A-Movie project on any topic in Brainpop.

    Third Grade is finishing establishing a goal for their videogame this week. They will work on drawing a setting for the entire world of their videogame or several background pictures for the different levels in their game. Next week, the start recreating their ideas in Scratch!

    Second Grade is working on their habitat projects.

    First Grade is continuing to practice retelling with our puppet theater.

    Kindergarten is continuing to practice their usernames and passwords.

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  • Week of 4/15/19

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 4/14/2019

    Fifth Grade is investigating the difference between real news and fake news.

    Fourth Grade is enjoying the free time they earned this semester.

    Third Grade is finishing their character designs for their videogame. They will start establishing a goal for their game this week.

    Second Grade is working on their habitat projects.

    First Grade is continuing to practice retelling with our puppet theater.

    Kindergarten is continuing to practice their usernames and passwords.

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  • Week of 4/8/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 4/10/2019

    4th and 5th Grade practiced online safety with the website Interland. Students who volunteered to make video book reviews finished their recordings on Flipgrid and received a login code from Ms. Huizinga.

    3rd Grade began designing their own videogame! This week we started by creating a strong main character for our game. Over the next weeks the students will choose a goal for their character, pick a setting for their game. In three weeks, we will use the Scratch program to draw and animate our videogames.

    2nd Grade will finish typing their Diversity Book Reviews. Each student had an option to take a book from the cart or listen to one of the books through the Epic website.

    1st Grade practiced retelling a story with the puppet Theater made by Mrs. Bussan's fourth grade art classes! Students will take turns over the next few weeks so that everyone has an opportunity to use the puppet theater.

    Kindergarten continued learning their usernames and passwords so they will be ready for 1st grade!

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  • Week of 4/1/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 4/1/2019

    No fooling. We are back from Spring Break!

    3rd-5th Grade: Finishing up our Diversity Book Reviews. If you made a review video or want to watch a friend's video you can go to Flipgrid. You will need to get the login code from Ms. Huizinga.

    2nd Grade: Started their Diversity Book Reviews. Each student had an option to take a book from the cart or listen to one of the books through the Epic website.

    Kindergarten and 1st Grade listened to the book The Good Egg. 1st Grade practiced their typing with Dance Mat Typing Lesson 4. Kindergarten started learning their usernames and passwords so they will be ready for 1st grade!

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  • 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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