Friday, November 17, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Reading Tip: Inferences

Parents, kids today spend a significant time in front of a screen. Here is a great way to support reading while watching with your child!
"Making inferences is especially hard when reading fiction because authors don’t always write how a character feels. They simply write what’s happening. Readers need to think like the character and understand the plot to guess what the character thinks and feels.
To make an inference, a student must make a logical connection between two or more ideas in a text. She needs to “read between the lines.” And research shows if a student can make inferences with pictures, comics or videos, she can make them with words.
So here’s a tip. Use an animated video to help your child develop these skills."

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Writer's Workshop

Room 4 is filled with real writers. A writer writes to tell a story, share an opinion, or give information. We write daily in Writer's Workshop. This is a time set aside to;
  1. Think of an idea
  2. Plan it across your pages- "touch it, tell it, sketch it"
  3. Write it
  4. Revise it



Meow! Meow!

Room 4 artists made some little black cats. 
They wrote a poem to go with it! Look at those green eyes!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Box Reading!

Room 4 has started our "Book Boxes"! Every child has a reading mat, box, 5 books, and high frequency word cards to practice. What a great day in room 4!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mural Art Class

First graders used primary colors to mix new secondary paint colors! I saw some beautiful color wheels completed today.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Ridgeview Mural Project

Room 4 started learning "All About Color" Friday from our mural artist. This week we will attend class on Tuesday, October 3rd. Wear old clothes TUESDAY!

October Book Orders!

It is FALL! October books may be selected ANYTIME online! Please enter our class code- LK8K9.
Book Club orders are due every month by the 15th. I electronically complete the orders that evening.
Remember, you may purchase books from any catalogue, any level, for any of your children.
Happy BOO-OOO-OOO-K shopping!
PS- Anytime you wish your book choices to be a SECRET- ie. holiday gifts- send me an email and I will make sure they are wrapped separately and held for you to pick-up after school, or in the office.

Friday, September 29, 2017

STEM in Room 4

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math =STEM
Room 4 explored tower building today. We had 2 materials, clothespins and tongue depressors! Small groups collaborated on design and configuration. This was our first day to explore. First graders are comfortable making their "own" tower. The big idea today was to "talk" to your group and "share" and "collaborate" on the best way to build the base of the tower. This will be an ongoing project, and I am excited to see how each group tried to solve the problem, "How can I build UP with these materials?" You are welcome to experiment at home!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mural Art Project

Our PTO is supporting a new mural project. In the next 2 weeks room 4 will learn about color, painting, and mural art. Room 4 has our first class FRIDAY! Please dress your child in old clothes- we may get paint on them.

iPads in Room 4

Room 4 started iPad use this week. We are reviewing how to select the HMH reading app (over 500 books), swiping across the screen, choosing functions to enlarge or shrink pages from the menu bar, and returning to a site to make another choice. As we become more proficient- screen time will become a center choice for; reading e books, and specific math skills targeted on the iReady diagnostic test.


The devices are used daily. In addition, room 4 will continue to use the library Mac lab to stay familiar with a mouse.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Math Games!

First graders have been doing a mini-unit on color review. Today we rolled die to play a color math game. Teams of 2-4 students filled in a color bar graph to decide a winner. A great day in math!

Thunder Cake!

Wednesday Ridgeview experienced an enormous BOOOOOM! CRASSSSHHHH! We had a great amount of thunder. The noise shook the building and caused some excitement. The intermediate grades had to leave their recess and go indoors. In room 4 we read Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco. We learned to start counting the seconds after you see a lightning flash, 1...2...3...4...5... and that is how many miles away the storm is! We don't need to be afraid, we can be happy knowing we have time to walk inside to wait out the storm. I reminded my students that Ms. Polacco is the little girl in the book, and her grandmother really did make her a "Thunder Cake"! Happy baking!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Homework Begins

First graders are starting homework this week. Rooms 4 and 5 are starting the first unit in our reading program. There are small, 1/4 sheets, of high frequency and vocabulary words to practice. You may keep these at home. Every week I will include paperback stories that go with the program, and later, additional books for practice. We are starting small. This week just words and stories to practice daily. PLEASE return the YELLOW folder, with BOOKS, back to room 4 THURSDAY.

This Friday (with your Weekly Report) I will be sending home a Reading Log.  You may begin filling it out over the weekend. They are due back on Thursday with the Yellow Homework folder!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Springfield School District TAG

This is a message from the Springfield School District TAG newsletter. Stephanie Lovdokken is our building TAG coordinator, and the district TAG coordinator. She can answer any questions you may have concerning TAG at Ridgeview.

District Wide TAG (Talented and Gifted) Testing ~ Springfield Public Schools
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Springfield Public Schools will hold their district wide Spring  TAG Testing at Ridgeview Elementary School. The TAG test assesses whether or not your child is at the 97%ile or above in the areas of Reading, Math, or Intellectual giftedness. The 97%ile means that if your child was in a line of 100 students, they would know more than the first 97 students in line. These children are at the top of their class, and typically above most students at their entire grade level at school.  If you feel your child may fit into this category, please talk to your child’s teacher and your school’s TAG contact  to refer your child for the spring testing. After you refer them for testing, you will receive a packet from your school with a parent questionnaire and more information about times of testing for your individual child.
If your child is already qualified as TAG, and you feel that your child may need to be accelerated a grade level, you would also speak to your child’s teacher and the TAG contact to refer your child for acceleration. The testing for acceleration will take place Saturday, October 14, 2017, for the above grade level test in Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Reference & Research and/or Social Studies. After testing, we will meet as a team with your school to discuss the next steps and fill out the Iowa Acceleration Scale.
Questions?  Contact your child's teacher and the school TAG Contact

Ridgeview TAG Contact: Mrs.  Lovdokken

Phone Number: 744-6308

Ridgeview PTO

Ridgeview PTO General Meeting 
Thursday Sept. 14th
at 6:00 pm. 

Ridgeview parents volunteer their precious time to pop and distribute popcorn, fund-raise, prep materials, and work in our classrooms. In addition they support field trips, and reimburse or purchase classroom, playground, music, and library materials. Our school is a busy building, with kids, parents, and teachers doing our best every day. When you walk down our halls the rooms are focused on learning. Parents sign-in at the office, and freely walk about the building, in and out of rooms. They are a part of our school team. You frequently see adults working 1:1, and in small groups at tables in the halls. Our PTO is an active participant in our school culture. Please consider attending a meeting this fall and joining a great group of leaders. 

This year our popcorn parent volunteers are offering an opportunity to pay for popcorn 1x- $6.50 for the entire year. We sell a bag for .25 on popcorn Friday's. By paying ahead, you never have to worry about losing or forgetting that quarter! The PTO newsletter and popcorn order form came home Monday in backpacks. It is a great idea!