Monday, December 22, 2014

Classroom Economy News

Our Classroom Economy
quick information about what this is about!

December 22, 2014

Dear Families:

Our class will implement a classroom economy system during the second half of the school year. It’s an excellent tool for teaching financial responsibility and many other things, and I think the students will enjoy it.

I want to let you know how it works. Using classroom “currency,” students earn money for jobs and pay rent for their desks. They can earn bonus cash by helping others, earning table points, bringing in homework, being punctual and more. On the other hand, students who don’t meet classroom expectations will be fined some of their classroom dollars. That could happen, for example, if they don’t complete assignments or don’t listen when other students are speaking. The could also be fined if they don’t have homework without a note or are missing their name on a paper. The classroom economy helps children to learn valuable life skills such as organization, the value of saving, and delayed gratification. Rather than being told about the importance of these skills, they actually experience them. In addition, the system fits in well with the other parts of our curriculum.

We’ll also have a little fun with it! After paying rent, students can save money to spend at weekly auctions where they get to bid on items everybody likes. These items will be tickets such as, work in the hallway, chew gum in the classroom, have lunch with Mrs. Fier.  The children will certainly enjoy themselves, and I know you will appreciate the skills and knowledge they learn along the way. Our system is based on the “My Classroom Economy” program developed as a volunteer project by employees of Vanguard.

Don’t be surprised if your child comes home one day with questions about paying rent, or regrets about overbidding for an auction item. You might find it a great opportunity to have a thoughtful discussion about financial responsibility. I’m really excited to begin and learn more about this process and I think the kids are too.

If you have any questions about the classroom economy, please feel free to contact me.



Sincerely,
Mrs. Fier

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Partial Quotients

Hi Families,

We worked SUPER hard with partial quotients today as we learned how to more efficiently solve division problems.  The fruit loops were definitely motivating (a big thanks to the girls who helped me count this morning)!  We will continue our work with this algorithm on Friday.  As your child does their homework tonight, please help them with this method and use the family letter that went home to help you.  It is a cool way to think about division!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Giving Back

Dear Families, 

On December 12th we will be having a school wide community meeting on giving back. During this event, it is our hope  that we will be able to support our local food pantry in Yarmouth. Students are welcome to donate nonperishable food items. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Socratic Seminar

As we learned about Maine's regions and created torn paper landscapes and also advertisements persuading tourists to visit certain regions, we looked at why Maine is considered vacationland.  We also had an opportunity to discuss why tourism is such an important industry for Maine.  To conclude this work, we had a socratic seminar today to really share and discuss these things.  I was so proud of the conversations they were able to have about these topics!



 A socratic seminar has an inner circle (the talkers) and an outer circle (the listeners)

Read-a-thon!!

We did it!!!  

We have been working hard to earn class points and we reached 50!!  We will have our read-a-thon on Thursday, December 11.  Wear pajamas, be cozy, and bring along a blanket and stuffed animal if you'd like!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Maine's Landscape

Over the past few weeks in social studies, we have been learning about what covers Maine's landscapes.  This includes different tourist regions we have throughout Maine and the three major regions found here: coastal lowlands, eastern New England uplands, and the White Mountains.  Before break we began creating our own version of how we see Maine and are working on finishing it up this week.  Here are some photos!