Mrs. Arce's Science and Social Studies Blog - Archive

Mrs. Arce's Theme, November 6th

posted Nov 6, 2017, 3:36 PM by   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 3:36 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families,

I'm so sad this is my last week with the kids.  Telling them on Friday that I have to step down as their teacher was the HARDEST thing I have ever done and this has been the hardest decision I've ever had to make.  I told them today that we have to keep learning but we'll have fun and make memories along the way, most likely cry a little too.  Thank you to all the parents who have said kind and encouraging words to me about this terribly difficult decision I've had to make.  

I am working on wrapping up our digestive system unit this week.  Today we had fun measuring the length of each part of the system and the kids should have brought this home.  Ask them to see it; it's HUGE! Tomorrow we'll do a fun experiment with bread and water to show each part of the process.  Should be fun!  Wednesday is Stargate Way.  Thursday we are going to enjoy our time together with lunch and recess in the classroom then sharing memories from the year.  I will most definitely cry....

Today the kids were given a homework assignment that is due on Thursday.  The kids will be part of an economics fair in December where they will create either a product to sell or a service to sell.  We haven't yet started economics but next week the kids will need these ideas to share, so please go over this with your child.  It's just supposed to be fun and something they care about to sell or serve.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  

Thank you again for all the kind words and support in this tough decision.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to love and teach your child. 

Mrs. Arce's Theme, October 23rd

posted Oct 23, 2017, 1:24 PM by   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 1:24 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families,

I'm not sure I want to be a Broncos fan after them not showing up to play for the past two weeks!  Blah!!  

We started the muscular system last week and we'll continue work with it this week.  Tomorrow or  Wednesday, time dependent, we'll do a fun craft that emphasizes the importance of muscles.  Should be fun!  

  • Celestial Seasonings field trip tomorrow!  Be sure to pack a lunch that does not need to be warmed. 
  • Monday folders went home today
  • Picture retakes tomorrow as well!
  • Passion projects were brought up during Stargate Way last week.  Just keep this in mind if your child starts talking about it! =)
Have a great week!

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posted Oct 16, 2017, 8:11 PM by   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 8:11 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families,

I hope you enjoyed the long break with your child.  We sadly did not get any time off!  Oh well!  I hope conferences went good for you as well!

We finished our unit on the skeletal system so this week we'll start the muscular system!  Woohoo!  Tomorrow the kids have CAP training so we'll really only have two days to start our new unit!  Wednesday is all about Passion Projects and 11th grade students will join us to being our work on this year's projects. 

  • October 24th; Celestial Seasonings field trip
  • Monday folders will go home tomorrow 
Update on late work policy: 

  • Absentee make up:  Students are given two days per excused absence  to make up assignments. However, if the student was absent on a date when an assignment was due, it is expected that when the student returns to school, the assignment will be turned in the first day the student is back in class. It is the responsibility of the STUDENT to ask the teacher for the make-up work.

  • Late work policy:  Late work, up to four days late, will have points taken from the responsibility portion of the grade. 

The following late work policy will be used:

    • 1 day late = responsibility grade drops by 1 letter grade (A to B)
    • 2 days late = responsibility grade drops by 2 letter grades (A to C)
    • 3 days late = responsibility grade drops by 3 letter grades (A to D)
    • 4 + days late = responsibility grade will be a zero (0)

  • Assignments turned in later than 2 weeks:

    • Assignments will receive 50% credit in the standard and a zero in the responsibility

    • Copies will not be given after that time

Also, this has been stressed to the students multiple times: Any graded assignment without a name is displayed for the kids to see then docked two points from the final grade. Any homework turned in without a name is kept for one week then recycled. If a student thinks they turned it in, they can look through the no-name homeworks to see if it is there or the late work policy applies to any copies made and the late homework that is turned in. I will not display or go through missing homework with the kids; this is available on IC. I have so many things on my plate, I hope you understand the need for this policy.

Have a great week! Let's hope the Broncos show up to play this weekend!

Mrs. Arce's Theme, October 2nd

posted Oct 1, 2017, 3:01 PM by   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 3:01 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families,

Hope you've been doing great!  I've been SO BUSY I can hardly sleep at night, so I'm sorry for the lack of blogs lately.  As I said at curriculum night, I also am very fluid with my teaching so things I write in my blogs hardly ever 100% happen because I teach based on what happens each day.  Anywho, here's the flexible plan for this week:

We started our human body unit last week and we began with the skeletal system.  This week the kids will label important bones on a skeleton they created last week, we'll hone in on the spinal cord, and talk about the different kinds of bones in our body.  Should be fun!

Wednesday's Stargate Way is all about RESPECT.  We already talked about this in the first few weeks of school, so we'll just review it.  Then we'll continue bones! =)

Important Info:
  • Stargate kids raised over $3,000 for the Harvey Hurricane victims!!  WOOHOO!!  Oh, and 3/4 won!  Yessssssss.
  • Conferences are next week; unfortunately I will not meet with you unless your child is in my lit or math class.  Be looking for your date and time in your child's planner this week. 
  • Box Tops and Longmont Dairy caps are being collected!  If we collect the most, we earn a party!  Yay!  Please send them to school clearly labeled with Mrs. Arce 
  • We are in need of popcorn and candy again!  TIA!
Have a great week!  Go Broncos!

Mrs. Arce's Theme, September 11th

posted Sep 10, 2017, 7:31 PM by   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 2:40 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families!

What a great few weeks we've had together!  We laugh so much each day and the kids sure work great together!  I LOVE hearing them use compliments and encouraging words with each other. 

This week we'll wrap up our maps unit.  The kids designed and illustrated amusement park maps last week so tomorrow they'll be given another student's map and will need to create directions to and from places on the map.  This activity will allow me to see how much the kids learned about directions, symbols, and using a key.  We didn't get to scale, so that's what we'll do Tuesday.  Thursday will be all about the continents and oceans then Friday we'll go over latitude and longitude.  Depending on time, I may give a small assessment on Friday to see what they learned about scale, places, and latitude/longitude.  If all goes as planned, we'll start our human body unit next week!  Stargate Way is Wednesday and will focus on empathy and feelings. 

Important Dates:
  • Tuesday, September 12th - Picture day
  • Thursday, September 14th - Curriculum Night from 5pm - 6pm 
  • September 26 6:30 - 8pm - Elementary Talent Show
Other Cool Stuff:

Did you know that 4th graders can get free access into hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year?!  Well it's true!  WOW!  Thanks to Amy KIsh for finding this information.  Check out the link below to get your kiddo a pass and have fun!!

We're collecting Box Tops!!  We won last year which means we have a reputation to hold up! =)

1, 2, 3, 4...We Declare a Coin War!
Put your spare change towards a great cause!  All proceeds from our coin war fundraiser will be donated to United Way of Greater Houston to support those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Coin War Rules:
- Containers are located in the front office.
- The grade level teams are: Kindergarten/5th grade, 1st/2nd grade, and 3rd/4th grade.
- Any paper currency (dollar bills) are worth positive points for your grade level.  For example, a $1 bill will give your grade level 100 points.  A $20 bill is worth 2,000 points!
- All coins will be counted as NEGATIVE points.  This is where strategy counts!  You will want to put your coins into other grade level's containers.  In other words, dropping 4 dimes into another grade level's container takes 40 points away from their total. 3 quarters is NEGATIVE 75 points.
- At the end of the day on September 22, all donations will be tallied and the grade level with the most points will win a popsicle party!

Student Council Elections are this Friday, September 15th!  I'll mention this in class tomorrow.  Any student who wants to be our representative can give a speech on Friday and we'll elect the same day.  Yay!  Kids are encouraged the write meaningful speeches and no goodies can be given away as "bribes".  Ha.  I'll let you know who one next week. 

Have a fabulous week!  Don't forget the Broncos play tomorrow night!  Encourage your kiddo to wear their Broncos gear/colors!  Yay!!

Mrs. Arce's Theme, September 5th

posted Sep 4, 2017, 8:19 PM by   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 8:45 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families!

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend!  I had a great time in Wyoming with my parents, sister, brother in-law and Everly.  However, the smoke from the wildfires in California and Montana sure are making being outside hard! =/ Lots of tragedy happening in our country right now. =( 

Last week we wrapped up community building activities and had so much fun!!  The kids played in a football style game with four quarters of teamwork fun and opened a Breakout Box as a class!  I am SO impressed at how well they work together and the amount of encouragement they give to each other. =)  

We also started our first theme unit of geography.  The kids learned the compass rose, directions in our classroom, looked at some awesome atlas books, and designed and illustrated their own amusement park map.  They look awesome!  This week we'll continue the amusement parks and learn about map grids.  Also in theme, we'll start our first read aloud and begin Stargate Way on Wednesday.  

I sent home Monday folders last week on Wednesday; so sorry for the delay.  I have a generous parent volunteer that begins Monday folders on Fridays, but I am still in need of a volunteer to finish up on Mondays.  I do not have time during the day to get the kids' things ready and I don't want to waste classroom time doing them.  If you are able to help, please let me know as soon as possible.  

Thank you to the families that donated candy, gum, and popcorn!  We are set for awhile!  

  • It is SUPER hot on the playground so make sure your child has a water bottle to use in class and outside.  
  • September 12th is picture day 
  • September 14th is Curriculum Night; watch for more info to come
  • Monday folders went home today with picture day info and a letter about Lit and Math placements
Have a fabulous week!

PS - Check out the pictures below of the fun we had!

Mrs. Arce's Theme; August 21

posted Aug 21, 2017, 3:43 PM by   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 3:43 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families!

What a great few days we've had so far!  Last week we played a few games to remember each other's names, learned a few rules and routines, and had fun!  

This week is a lot of the same things.  Today we learned about, witnessed, and celebrated the Great Solar Eclipse!  The kids did a great job and I commended them on being the best behaved class outside!  They were so proud and so was I!  The rest of the week we'll continue team/community building, having fun, and learning what it's like to be in my class.  I'll also have to give a writing assessment and the Scholastic reading fun.  The team and I will look at math data on Wednesday to figure out the kids' math classes and we're hoping to start them next Monday.  I'll keep you updated on if that happens!

Thank you to the Archuletas who donated popcorn and Fruit Rollups for the class today!  We are still in need of candy, gum, small bags of popcorn, and small toys for our reward system.  Please consider donating.  Thank you and have a great week!!

PS - Check out the photos below!  The first two are the Cookie Face Off challenge we did last week and the last is our class in our sweet glasses! =)

Mrs. Arce's last theme post of the year

posted May 23, 2017, 7:46 PM by   [ updated May 23, 2017, 7:46 PM by Laura Karstens ]

So sorry for the late blog post, families!  My grading pile is sky high and never ending!?  

We spent the later part of last week and yesterday finishing up Colorado history.  I loved these days!  I was able to teach about the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and segregation in Denver's schools.  The kids also learned about the Denver's sports teams, airports, and Red Rocks.  It sure was a fun way to end our study of Colorado.  The kids have been working on a timeline since the beginning of the year so be looking for those when they bring home their things this week.  Today we did a character trait activity that I'll use to make end of the year gifts, cleaned the room (holy cow...) and tomorrow we'll finish our read aloud, Ivan the One and Only.  I have some special things planned for Thursday before we say our final goodbyes.  I am so not looking forward to that.  

Thank you for a fabulous year and have a great summer!!  Please don't forget to visit next year if your child is moving onto 5th grade... (wahhhh!)  

Mrs. Arce's Theme, May 15

posted May 15, 2017, 2:15 PM by   [ updated May 15, 2017, 2:15 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families!

Where has the year gone?!  Only eight more days left?!  I am sure going to miss the kids; I hate saying goodbye!  

Our Colorado Extravaganza Day was awesome, but what a long day!!  PHEW!  We had so much fun, learned a ton, and the chuck wagon lunch was delish!  Thanks for all of you that donated food or helped that day.

Our final days in theme will be covering the last parts of Colorado history starting with the hispanics and hopefully finishing with today's events.  I'm teaching each chapter that is left in our book in one day to keep it engaging and quick since the kids are so over history.  Haha!  Today we talked about the gold rush and tomorrow we'll focus on the early farmers and ranchers tomorrow.  Wednesday is field day so we'll pick back up on Thursday with the changing times from 1890-1941.  And don't worry, I'll make sure to get to 1960 when the Broncos came to Denver. =) 

  • May 17th - Field Day; we will sign yearbooks and have fun from 8:30-10am then field day from 10am-11:30am.  After that, we'll have lunch from 11:30-12:00pm and end the day with the staff soccer game!  This day sounds SO fun!
  • May 25th - Last Day of school!  Kids are released at 11:30am
Monday folders are done and sitting in the kids' files. =/ So sorry for forgetting to send them home.  It's always something for me these days!  You'll see them tomorrow.  Have a great week!!

Mrs. Arce's Theme, May 1st

posted Apr 30, 2017, 1:07 PM by   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 1:07 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hi families!

I can't believe we only have four weeks of school left?!  What happened?!  Fingers crossed for a great end to the year; beautiful weather, fun activities, and good kids.  Haha. ;)

We had a busier week last week than I expected so we only were able to finish Holes and watch the movie, which the kids love!  We'll finish the last 15 minutes of it tomorrow then the kids will discuss the similarities and differences of the movie and book.  I wasn't able to bust out the light bulbs and conductors last week so that's the fun we'll have this week!  The kids will work on different circuits to create electricity.  We have all day them on Tuesday, so I may do Chapter 8 of Colorado History, the Hispanics, some of that day too.  Wednesday is always a funky day so I'll start our new read aloud (haven't decided what book yet!).  

  • May 4th - Assessment Day: kids come from 8am-10am for Literacy assessments
  • May 5th - No School!
  • May 12th - Extended Day; please see below 
  • May 17th - Field Day 

Colorado History Extravaganza!
Please sign up to help at our Colorado History Extravaganza Extended Day or to bring an item in for our CHUCKWAGON style lunch this day! This will be a fun day for your child to show their knowledge of the history of this wonderful state!

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