Benton Elementary School
We are located in room 204 which is in the East Pod on the upper floor of Benton Elementary School. You will most often find us engaged in discussions about a current topic we are learning about or applying the knowlegde we have gained to solve problems and answer questions on that topic. Students spend time working with the whole group, in small groups, with partners, and individually throughout the day. I periodically send home newsletters to keep families updated about the happenings in the classroom.
We typically begin our day with Math. Some of the topics covered include multi-digit multiplication, long division (with a 1 digit divisor), place value to the millions, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers, and geometric figures, lines and angles. As students finish given assignments they have the opportunity to use their chrome books to extend their learning on websites such as Fastt Math and IXL.
All students are encouraged to learn their multiplication facts
Literacy Workshop tends to be one of our favorite parts of our day. Students take part in discussions of shared reads which include chapter books and articles from student magazines such as
Time for Kids
. They also may be involved in a small group/partner reading activity, or an individualized reading activity. Some of our favorite shared reads include
Phantom of the Opera
Lost On a Mountain in Maine
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
During Writer's Workshop the students spend time throughout the year creating narrative stories, personal persuasive essays, and informative texts. Poetry is also sprinkled throughout the four quarters.
We normally end our day with our Content Workshop which includes Science and Social Studies concepts. Highlights from the area of science include learning about plants and animals, energy and motion, natural disasters, and then creating a small engineering project at the end of the year. In Social Studies we introduce the students to "The Bill of Rights", we review the continents and oceans with an emphasis on Antarctica, we study the regions and land forms of the US, and we focus on tourism and the economy in the different regions of Maine.
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