Classroom Information
Bookworm.pngWe 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.

Math.pngWe 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.

Stacked Books.pngLiteracy 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 and National Geographic.  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,  and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

Notepad.pngDuring 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.

Earth Search.pngWe 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.