Learning Fractions

We have been learning fractions during our time on Study Island this week.  During break time today, these students were teaching each other fractions and practicing on the board.  I love seeing this enthusiasm for learning.

Mrs. Totten’s Award Nomination

Mrs. Totten, our incredible STEAM STUDIO teacher, has been selected as one of the Air Zoo’s Science Innovation Hall of Fame Educator Excellence Awardees!

Mrs. Totten excels as a teacher who implements curriculum that grows passionate learners.  Students in her classroom utilize Project Lead the Way materials  — and their K-5 participation grows each student into an innovative, creative designer and problem solver.

We feel honored to work with Mrs. Totten every day — and as a staff, we are thrilled that she is being recognized!

If you would like a sneak peak into the Mrs. Totten’s classroom, check out her STEAM STUDIO BLOG.

New PE Equipment

Dear Parents,
We are SO CLOSE to meeting our needed sign up to get $500 worth of PE EQUIPMENT!
We just need 26 more kids…that is one student per class.
This does not involve money — it simply involves registering and committing to taking care of your heart through exercise and diet.
Here is a link to the BLOG POST about the challenge.
Our School Page for registration can be found here.
WE CAN DO IT!  Just 26 more kids and we have $500 worth of new PE equipment for everyone to use!

Readers are Leaders

Check out the careers these students wish to have!!  We have many different aspirations from athletes to hair stylists to doctors .

The students are excited and nervous about the mystery caller at night.  Please remind them that this is for fun – they WILL NOT be in trouble if they aren’t reading when I call! 🙂

**One side note about the homework.  I encouraged the students to wait until at least Wednesday to do their homework.  This unit is heavy on the vocabulary and we need to go over some things first.

Updates from Room 201

We are beginning many new units this week, which I will explain below.  Conference times went out on Friday via email.  A sheet will come home this week for you to share if there is anything specific you want to discuss at conferences.  If you cannot make your conference time, please let me know as soon as possible.

March is Reading Month and we have some fun reading activities planned.  If you would like to be a mystery reader, please let me know by Thursday.  Details of our month will come home this week.


We are beginning a new unit on two step word problems!  These can be tricky.  The biggest advice I give to the kids is to understand the situation of the problem.  They can no longer just look at the numbers and guess what to do.  They need to understand what is happening and decide what to do from there.


We will have an On Demand personal narrative writing assignment this week.  It will be our last personal narrative of the year.  I am looking forward to reading how far the students have progressed since our first On Demand in September.


We are finishing up book clubs.  Students have been placed in groups, reading a book together, and participating in discussion groups.  They have done a fantastic job at sharing their thoughts and using some deeper thinking to answer the questions.  Before we start our next reading unit, we are going to pause and do some lessons on characterization and inferring.

Social Studies

We are in the middle of our Michigan history unit.  Students have just learned about the war between the French and the British in which the British took over Michigan. This week we will be learning about the pioneer settlers come in and developing the land.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you soon at conferences.  As always email or call me if you have any concerns or questions.

Snow Day Fun

I was able to get a few pictures of the students playing on the snow hill this week before it became too icy.