1st Quarter Awards

Congratulations to these students in Ms. Masters’s Class!

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Honor Roll (3s & 4s):HonorRollOct2014
Lanier A.
Luke D.
Jada H.
Stephen K.
Colter L.
Tori N.
Lexis R.

Merit Roll (4s, 3s, & 2s):
Andrew D.
Deacon F.
Mark J.
Ken S.

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Perfect Attendance:
Lanier A.
Brison B.
Colter L.
Lexis R.
Anastasia S.
Ken S.
Tim S.

NBA Award
(Never Been Absent – no absences, tardies, or check-outs):

Lanier A.
Colter L.
Ken S.
Tim S.

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Happy HAWK Award (“Helping All With Kindness”):
Wyatt D. and Elise H.

Hardest Worker:
Brison B.

Heroic Historian:
Tori N.

Super Scientist:
Andrew D.

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Math Masters Awards

6 Minute Addition: Lanier, Brison, Andrew, Luke, Wyatt, Deacon, Elise, Jada, Mark, Stephen, Colter, Tori, Lexis, Ken, and Tim
4 Minute Addition: Lanier, Brison, Luke, Jada, Stephen, Colter, Tori, and Ken
3 Minute Addition & Math Master Ribbon Award: Luke, Jada, Colter, Tori, and Ken

6 Minute Subtraction: Luke, Jada, Colter, Tori, and Ken
4 Minute Subtraction: Luke, Jada, Colter, Tori, and Ken
3 Minute Subtraction & Math Mentor Medal Award: Luke, Colter, Tori, and Ken

6 Minute Multiplication: Ken
4 Minute Multiplication: Ken
3 Minute Multiplication & Math Wizard Trophy Award: Ken


The Book Box is Here!


It’s here!  We’ve been waiting since September so the students and I were so excited when it came! The art teacher saw our smiles and asked why we were excited.  I told him it was because of this:

IMG_4392-10.14.1426 FREE books for our classroom!

Thank you so much to the families who ordered! It wouldn’t have been possible without you.  I know the students are going to enjoy their books!


What a Great Group of Kids!

I just have to take a moment to brag on my students.  The students in my class are so respectful and hard working!  They’ve also made significant progress this year. As we end the first grading period, I just wanted to highlight a few impressive statistics.

AR is the Accelerated Reader program.  It awards points to students based on how well they do on reading comprehension tests.  Students select their own books, read them, and then take the tests to show that they comprehended what they read.  As a class, my students have passed 218 quizzes altogether!  They also have a class total of more than 500 points!  That is amazing!

Reflex is an online math facts fluency program.  Unlike AR, students can use Reflex at school or at home.  Students LOVE using the program.

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So far this year, my students have solved more than 72,000 total facts on Reflex!  Our class average for the percentage of facts that are fluent is currently 70%!  This is especially impressive considering the starting fluency average was 24%–that’s amazing growth! Additionally, four students are already 100% fluent with their addition and subtraction facts and are now working on multiplication and division.  Way to go Ken, Luke, Tori, and Colter!

I’m so proud of all of my students and the amazing progress they have made so far! I can’t wait to see how much more they grow during the rest of the year!

Narrative Writing

Our first writing unit was personal narratives.  We read examples of personal narratives and students learned about writing “seed stories.”  This strategy teaches writers to zoom in on a small moment within a broader topic.  Here’s one of the anchor charts we made in class about seed stories:

Seed Stories Anchor Chart

Here are some examples of student pre-writing (or brainstorming) to plan ideas for seed stories:












Another skill students learned was how to organize their ideas into paragraphs.  We looked at example’s in the books we read and then students learned the rules for paragraphs.  Here’s the anchor chart we made in class:

Paragraph Rules Anchor Chart














Here’s examples of students using paragraphs and editing their writing with paragraph proofreading marks:

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Additionally, students learned about how to write a great beginning to hook their reader, how to organize their writing by telling the story bit by bit, and how to make their writing more interesting by including sensory details and dialogue between characters (“write the character’s exact words”).

We also learned about similes and wrote “Fall is…” Poems using similes.  Those poems are now displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway outside our classroom.

Fall Poems Bulletin Board