Sunday, June 14, 2020

Day 59

Day 59

We made it!!  Today is the last day…and noon dismissal.
I am SO proud of all of you! 

Morning Motivation…..I have two for you today

and…here’s to hoping that sooner, rather than later, we feel like this:

ok….here’s a bonus one…some things never change…like your strong friendships and our wonderful school community and God’s love for you, and how much I miss you…and when I see you again, you will be older, wiser and taller!!!

Morning Work:  You know the drill….write about your weekend!   We will share at Zoom

9:30 Our final zoom

11:00 Prayer service 

12:00 SUMMER!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Day 58

Day 58!!!!

Happy Friday my friends!!!!
I cannot believe it’s the second to last day of school already!!

Morning Motivation:

Morning Work:  Father’s Day craft!  Let’s finish up the craft we are doing for Dad!  I sent you the final page.  Please complete sentences 6-10, cut them out and glue them to another piece of construction paper.  Then, on a piece of paper, write a letter to dad ( much like you did for mom) and glue that to construction paper.  Then staple the entire thing together and save it for NEXT Sunday ( June 21) to give to your dad!

9:30 Zoom– We will read two books (Mrs. Potter is whipping out her own personal favorites to share with you!)  You will do a fun craft with one of the books.  Both books are about having a bad day….Have you ever had a bad day?  Think about it…what happened that made it bad?  Could you do anything to improve your day?  You can share during Zoom if you want to!  After reading we will do the 10s times tables and then some flash card freeze dance!  This Zoom will probably be a good 45 minutes ( for parents….planning purposes)

Writing:  Work on the ice cream craft….I will post them to the blog…TEXT me an individual picture. 
Here’s the directions:
Cut out the bowl.  If possible glue to construction paper  vertically.
Then write ways to have a GOOD day on the scoops.  Color them in and glue them in the bowl to make a Sundae.  You can use as many scoops as you like.
Color them nicely!!! Have fun

Spanish:  Check the blog

Religion:  Chapter 26 We Show Love and Respect Please read and complete pages 296-299

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Day 57

Day 57

HALF Day today!!

Today’s Game Plan:

Zoom at 10 am for Reading AND Math

Morning Motivation:  

Morning Work:  Grammar today!  Let’s think about root words.  Yesterday we did suffixes.  The video you watched also discussed root words.  Today you will do work with root words.  Please complete pages 176-177 in your grammar book.

Reading:  Add one more thing to your Animal Report.  Here’s what the final report should have:

Two paragraphs
Two of the following: glossary, map, diagram, or another feature of non fiction ( bold text might be a good one)

** If you have all of that staple it together and you are done.  If you have extra time you could either add another feature from the list above, or write a third paragraph with new facts- but that is optional

10:00 Zoom for Math and Reading– we will share our reports and then do freeze dance math facts

Computers– check blog

Father’s Day Activity:  I am sending you a Father’s Day activity.  Here’s how you put it together.  Color/decorate and write your name on the cover page.  Then either draw or paste a picture of you and your dad. Then glue or staple this to a piece of construction paper. (  In school, we would use large construction paper and make a card by folding it in half. The cover would be the cover page and then we would cut out the strips/sentences 1-10 and glue them inside the card.  I doubt most of you have large construction paper, so just use regular construction paper and make more of a book) Next, complete sentences 1-5 for “Reasons you’re a great dad”  This is the second page of your card/book.  Cut them out and glue them to the second page of your book.

Religion:  Complete Chapter 25.  Please read and complete pages 292-294  You do NOT have to do the “take Home” section.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Day 56

Day 56

Here’s the game plans:

9:30 Zoom for Reading
11:30 Zoom with Mrs. Quigley/Math Facts

Morning Motivation:  Do the penguin polka!!

Gym:  Check the gym blog

Morning Work:  Math today! Let’s practice our multiplication. Do page 162 in your skinny math book.

Reading and Writing :  Today we will continue to work on our animal projects.  I want you to add some nonfiction elements to your writing.   Think about what you can add.  You can add any of the following:  a labeled diagram of your animal, a map of where your animal lives, a glossary with a few words you used ( mammal, reptile, herd, tusks, mane, - these are some examples of words you might use)

This is a video about reading nonfiction – but you can use it to help you write nonfiction too:

During our Zoom we will share the covers of our projects.  We will also share what nonfiction you added/will add.  You MAY use photographs to help you ( print a map of China for example)  

We will Zoom at 11:30.  Mrs. Quigley will be there to chat about third grade!  Afterwards, be ready for math facts freeze dance!

Religion:  We will continue in Chapter 25 – Honoring Mary and the Saints.  Please read and complete pages 288 – 291.

Grammar:  Yesterday we worked on Prefixes.  Today we will do Suffixes – they come at the END of a word.  Here’s a brainpopjr video for you:

Then complete pages 173-175 in your grammar book

Day 55

Day 55

Happy Tuesday!!!!

Here’s the game plan for today:

8:55 zoom with First grade – we will Zoom with first grade, be ready to tell them about your favorite things about second grade – this zoom is optional
9:30 Reading and Writing Zoom – please have your animal facts ready
11:30 Math Zoom

Morning Motivation:  Here you go, my favorite from Lion King!

Morning Work:  Grammar today!  We are learning about prefixes today,  Watch this first.

Please complete pages 170-172 in grammar book.

8:55 Optional Zoom with first gradeJ

Reading and Writing:  Today we will do two things.  During the Zoom meeting (9:30), we will share all of our facts one by one.   I will also share mine.  When we finish., you will use your work from yesterday to write at least two paragraphs about your animal.  I will give the specific instructions during Zoom

Math:  Zoom at 11:30.  Please be ready to play multiplication musical chairs.  Then you will  need your fat math book.

Art:  Check the blog

Religion:  We are going back to our regular religion book.  We will be on Chapter 25 We Honor Mary and the Saints.  Please read and complete pages 284 – 287

Science:  Scholastic News –“The Volcano that Never Stopped”  Please read the article and then go to the website and watch the “Wild Weather” video

Then complete the pages I sent you to go with this 

** Have your seeds sprouted? Go observe them. Let me know (just a sentence or two on paper) have they sprouted yet?  What does the pant look like?

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Day 54

Day 54

Happy Monday my friends!!!!
I have some really fun things planned for our last week together!!  Today is going to be a blast!!!

Morning Work:  You know the drill!  Tell me about your weekend.  Write at least 5 complete sentences and draw a picture to match your words.

Reading and Writing:  We will Zoom at 9:30.  Before we zoom, I want you to go to this website:

Now, there are SOOOOOO many options here.  You can take the virtual tour, which I suggest.  But you can also look animals up individually – there are about a hundred or more animals. They have information on all animals and on their animals.  You can also go to the webcams ( holy moly there’s baby cheetahs!!!)  There are also recorded videos of some of the animals- including the baby cheetahs.  We are going to use this site, in conjunction with getepic, for a couple of days. Today, before we zoom go on the website and just explore it.  Try to watch some of the webcams.  Read a little about an animal or two.  Be ready to talk about what you saw and read.

Parents:  To get to the virtual tour, go to the home page (link above)  Click on visit.  Click on tours.  Click on English ( lol )  When you get to the introduction page, go to the three little lines in the left corner – that’s the menu)  you can pick animals one at a time…the page loads as you read, so first there’s a picture then some info, then a new picture with the parts labeled- it’s really cool)

PLEASE do not start the worksheet before we Zoom. I want everyone to have a different animal.  So, some people may have to change the animal they talk about in the zoom.  Also, please choose an animal that is different from the one you picked when we worked on animals in March. (So if you already did panda, don’t do panda again, etc.)

After we Zoom, you are going to:

·     Pick an animal
·     Read the “fact sheet” page
·     If you choose an animal that is in the virtual tour or has a webcam ( and I would prefer you do so, but am not requiring) read that page/watch the cam
·     Go on epic and read a book about that animal –I will put some books in your mailbox, but you can read any you find – all of the animals on the tour/webcams have books on epic EXCEPT the naked role mole-rat

Complete the page of questions I sent.

I am giving you extra time to do this.  There is no spelling this week, so please take your time and really check out the website.  It’s so cool.

Music:  Go to the blog

11:30 – Math Zoom– We are going to start with math facts. But we are playing a game!!!  You will need one of the following : if you have a blackboard, white board or even one of those etch a sketch boards, that will work.  If not have some paper (small like the size of an index card) ready – you’ll need about 15 pieces.  We will be playing musical chairs math facts!! J
Have your 5 x table flashcards cut and ready
Have your fat math book and a pencil.

Religion:  We will finish the Family Life book today!  Please complete the reviews on pages 57 – 60.  Then read the summary on page 61.  YAY you did it!!!!!  Family Life is complete!

Science:  Go back to the Smithsonian  Zoo . Complete the scavenger hunt  form I sent you – find animals that meet the requirement – you only have to find one animal for each box – write the name of the animal and draw a picture of it.  Have fun!!!!

Day 53

Day 53

TGIF my friends J

Game plan:

Zoom at 9:30 – we will do reading and we will compare the two versions of Charlotte’s Web.  How are they the same?  How are they different?
11:00 Mass – I sent the link

Morning Motivation: Make a pattern!

Morning Work:  Religion today.  We will continue in Family Life- please read and complete pages 53-56

Math:  Please practice your math fact flash cards.  When you finish, please do the math/ multiplication worksheet I sent.

9:30 Zoom for Reading and Writing– have the Venn Diagram ready – we will do it together

Charlottes Web Work: I am sending along some “extra” Charlotte’s Web work.  It includes art crafts for Wilbur and Charlotte, a word search and roman numeral work.  You do not have to do them all – but I ask that you choose at least one.  If you want to do the crafts and don’t have colored paper, just use white paper and color it in.  Have fun J  You can carry this into the weekend if you prefer.

11:00 Mass– please join via Zoom

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Day 52

Day 52

Happy Thursday!!!

Today’s game plan:

9:30 - We will Zoom for MATH – change is plans because of Charlotte’s Web party

12:30 – We will Zoom for READING.  Please be prepared to discuss these two topics ( and be able to give examples from the book )  Would you recommend this book? Why or Why not?  What are some of your favorite parts of the book and why?  We will have a book discussion.

Morning Motivation– Enjoy this one!!  It’s a little peek into what you’ll see later…and one of my favorites!!!

Morning Work:  Grammar today!  Today we are learning about context clues.  These are clues in the rest of the writing (or the pictures) that help you figure out the meaning of a word.  This is a really great video that explains it

After you watch, please do pages 168-169 in your grammar book.

9:30 MATH Zoom– We will continue with multiplication. First we will practice facts then we will work in the skinny math book.  

***Have your cursive books with you too.

Computers– check the blog

Religion:  We continue in Family Life.  Please complete the review pages 47 and48.  Then start Unit 5.  Read and complete pages 49-52

12:30  Reading Zoom!  Charlotte’s Web party!!!!  Please be ready to discuss the book with the questions I posed at the top of the page. Have a a snack ready on your “farm plates and napkins” ready!!  Also, if you have brothers and/or sisters…or parents…who want to join our party – GREAT! The more the merrier J  The party will take up the remainder of the school day!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Day 51

Day 51

Happy Wednesday!

Two Zooms today:

9:30 for reading – if you have a picture of Vermont, please have ready to share
11:30 Math

Morning Motivation–it’s going to be in the upper 80s for the rest of the week, so why not sing about the snow? 

Morning Work:  Spelling today!  Please use your spelling words in a  paragraph. Make sure you use at least 5 of the words, but see if you can use more J

Gym– check blog

Reading and Writing:  Today we will be reading about a man named Wilson Bentley.  Watch the reading of the book before we Zoom:

There will be an independent writing assignment which I will discuss with you during Zoom.

**Have your cursive books – we will work on a new letter- I will give you time later

At some point today please watch this brainpop video about biographies:

Math:  We will Zoom at 11:30.  Have the 2 times table flashcards cut up and ready.  You will also need the papers I sent (multiplication) and your fat math book. 

Here’s a brainpop video about multiplication – this is what we did Monday:

Watch this one too:

Religion:  We will continue in Family Life.  We will continue learning about showing love.  Please read and complete pages43-46

Grammar:  We will do two things today – review synonyms and antonyms and also talk about word categories.  First do the review page in your grammar book – p165
Next, we will do word categories.  This means putting words that belong to the same group together.  For example:

Apple, banana, orange, pear ……  they are all fruit

Soccer, baseball, football, golf …….. they are all sports

This is a great song about it:

Complete pages 166 and 167

Cursive:  Take some time to complete cursive from this morning

Monday, June 1, 2020

Day 50

Day 50

Happy Tuesday!

Here’s your morning motivation:

Morning Work:  Math review today!  Please do the “Popsicle Math” three digit addition page I sent you.

Reading and Writing:  We will continue with our study of biography.  Today we will read about Celia Cruz.  Please watch the book before we meet.

After you hear the story – you can check this video out.  This is the real woman – Celia Cruz- singing on Sesame Street.  She even ends with her famous word Azucar (sugar)

I will give you the writing assignment when we Zoom.

Math:  We will Zoom at 11:30.  Please have your fat math book and a ruler.  You will also need the two math pages I sent you.

Art:  Check the blog

Religion:  We will continue in Family Life.  Please complete the Review pages 37-38.  Then start Unit 4:  God’s Gift of Love. Read pages 39-42.  Complete the box on page 42.  

Science:  Back to plants we go!  Today you will have two jobs.
First, plant a seed in some soil.  You can use seeds from me or ANY seed you have in your house- try a seed from a fruit or a vegetable.  Or maybe an acorn!  Put the seed in a pot or a cup or a bucket. Make sure it has plenty of soil.  Water it and put it in a sunny place.
Second, start your plant journal.  The first thing you should do is create and decorate the cover.  Then write about what you did today.  What are your observations ( just a seed being planted)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Day 49

Day 49

Happy Monday!!  Today is June 1!

Here’s the game plan:

Reading and writing Zoom at 9:30 – we are starting a new unit on biographies!  Today we will read one about a man I greatly admire and whom I found truly fascinating  as a child.
Math Zoom at 11:30

Here’s you morning motivation- it’s JUNE!!!!

Morning Work:  It’s Monday! You know the drill!  Write about your weekend!  What did you do?  The weather was SO beautiful!  Did you see the space launch?  Incredible! Write at least 5 sentences and draw a picture to match your words.

Reading and Writing:  This week we will start to read a new genre of books – biography.  A biography is a book about a person and his or her life. Today we will read about one of my favorite people – a famous explorer.  We spent a lopt of time learning about space- today we will learn about a man who explored the oceans:  Jacques Cousteau.  We will Zoom at 9:30.  Before we Zoom please listen to this book:

*This version does not have the words shown – but the pictures are displayed so beautifully, which is why I chose it.  If you would prefer to see the words there are other versions available on Youtube

* Have the timeline page for when we meet

Spelling:  This is the last spelling list of the year and there will be no test.  The words are all “summer” related and can be found on the word search page.  Please write the words in your notebook 3x each.

Music:  Check the blog

Math:  We will Zoom at 11:30 for math.  Please have your fat math book.  We are starting multiplication.  Please have the flashcards I sent you – ideally precut and separated by “fact family” ( 0s, 1s, 2s)

Please watch this before we meet:

Religion:  We will continue in Family Life.  Today we will read about Caring for God’s Gift of Life.  Please read and complete pages 34-36

Science:  We are working on plants.  First listen to this story about seeds:

Then listen to this song about what seeds need:

When you finish, complete the “what seeds need” worksheet that I sent.  I sent a picture of what the final product should look like.

**  I would like to plant a seed tomorrow.  ANY seed you have would be great.  You can use a seed from any fruit or vegetable.  If you want – I have packets of seeds – I can leave that outside my house or in the breadbox at school – just let me know.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Day 48

Day 48

Happy Friday!!!!  We made it through another week!!  Today is a half day 12:00 dismissal

Today’s game plan…

Math Test first thing today
9:30 Reading Zoom – have the “book jacket page”
11:30 prayer partners Zoom- have a rosary please ( and your sign for the 8thgraders)

Parents:  Next week in math we will be starting measurement. Please have a ruler available. Also, in the effort of exposing everyone to multiplication as well, we will touch on chapter 12 over the next two weeks too…it might mean doubling up on math some days.

No Morning Work today. 

Math:  Please take your math test and send me a picture when you have finished.  If you have time before our reading Zoom, work on your sign for 8thgrade or go to get epic and read.

Reading and Writing:  We will Zoom at 9:30.  Please have the Who am I pages- we will do them together.  Please have your book jacket page ready.  I will give the directions at the Zoom lesson then you will work on this independently.

Science:  Next week we will start to learn about plants.  Here’s what I would like you to do today.  

First – write and draw everything you know about plants
Next – listen to the book “From Seed to Plant” on getepic – I put it in your mailbox
Last – Go on a nature walk (with an adult) in your yard/around your house – draw all the different types of plants you see on the sheet provided

Religion:  Prayer Partners Zoom – have a roasry

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Day 47

Day 47

Happy Thursday!

Here’s the plan:

9:30 Zoom for Charlotte’s Web.  Please have your news article ready to share
11:30 Zoom for Math- please have page 608 completed and ready to share.  Also, if you have any questions let me know

If you haven’t done a sign for 8thgrade prayer partners tomorrow, please do one today

Here’s your morning motivation….can you march like a storm trooper?

Morning Work:  Math – fractions review.  Please complete page 140 in your skinny math book.  Then complete page 608 in your fat math book.   Have page 608 with you when we Zoom for math.  We will go over it.

Reading and Writing:  We will Zoom at 9:30.  Please be prepared to discuss the Charlotte’s Web.  We will also complete the second comprehension assessment.  I will send it to you and you can complete it before or after we Zoom.

When we Zoom -We will share our newspaper articles, so please have those with you ready to read

Grammar:  We will continue to work on antonyms – words that have the opposite meaning.  Please complete pages 162, 163 and 164 in your grammar book.

Computers- check the blog

Math:  We will zoom at 11:30 for math.  Please have page 608 from your fat math book with you when we Zoom- we will review this. Also, I sent the review for the Chapter 10 test already, so if you have any questions on anything let me know at this Zoom and we will review.  Test tomorrow.

Religion:  We are continuing in the Family Life book.  Today we are learning about how families grow.  Please read and complete Lesson 5 New Life pages 31-33

Science:  We will revisit the “Beach of Glass” Scholastic News Magazine.  Please go to the website:

You can also watch this brain pop one if you want…the last two minutes or so are about protecting the oceans:

Please watch the video about saving our seas.  It is SO very important that we take care of  our oceans for many reasons including protecting animals and keeping water clean and safe to swim in.  After you watch the video complete the worksheet I sent you.  

Then create a poster. You can call it anything you like- but the goal is to show how we can be a part of saving  or protecting the seas…you could write “Protect Our Oceans….Don’t Pollute” or  “Save Our Seas…When You’re There, Leave Things Be”  Have fun with it and then decorate it/color it I with illustrations that match your words.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Day 46

Day 46

Happy Wednesday everyone! My friends!!!  Today there will be the first space launch in quite some time…check this out!

Today will be the first launch from American ground in about ten years.  You can watch it on TV (weather permitting) My research has shown that it will definitely be available on the Science, Discovery and National Geographic channels…though my guess is that it will likely be on all channels. The launch is set for 4:33, coverage beginning at 2/3 pm (depending on the channel) with behind the scenes

Today’s plan….

We will Zoom at 9:30 – to FINISH Charlotte’s Web!  I can’t believe it!!
We will Zoom at 11:30 to finish Chapter 10 – test Friday

Morning Motivation….here you go!  I am with you J

Morning Work:  Math today – pages 138 and 139in your skinny math book.  These pages are a review of what we did last week and yesterday in our Zoom class.

Gym– check the blog

Reading and Writing:  Today we will Zoom at 9:30.  We will finish Charlotte’s Web.  When we finish, we will have a small discussion about our personal opinions. Then you will finish the news article we started yesterday.

Math:  We will Zoom at 11:30 and finish the chapter.  If we have time, we will start to review the chapter as well.  We will review tomorrow as well and have the test on Friday.

Religion:  We will continue in Family Life.  Please complete the Unit 2 Review- pages 27 and 28.  Afterwards, start Unit 3 by reading pages 29 and 30

Grammar:  We will begin to work on antonyms.  Remember, antonyms are words that mean the opposite – yes/no…on/off.  You did synonyms last week – they are words that mean the same.  Here’s an antonyms video to watch before you start your work:

When you finish you should complete pages 160 and 161 in your grammar/voyages book.

**If you finish and have time:

Work on the sign for an 8thgrader for Friday

Read books about plants on getepic – put some in you mailbox

Also on getepic – I have assigned a couple of INDIVIDUAL books for each of you.  By the end of the week please read one ( your choice – not a plant book)  I will send a book report form for you to fill out by Monday.