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Mrs. Coleman Biography

Mrs Coleman teaches third grade math, social studies, and SEL as well as fourth grade writing, social studies and SEL in Room 105.  Mrs. Coleman holds a BA in Business Administration from University of Mount Union, an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from DePaul University, and an endorsement in Gifted Education. During her 12 years at Decatur, she has enjoyed teaching several grade levels including first, second, third and fourth grades. She enjoys working with each student to nurture their love of learning. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Coleman enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son, reading, and spending time with friends.
 
 

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Week of January 7, 2019

 
3rd Grade Math:

In math, students worked on the last 3 lessons of chapter 4 which included placing the first digit when dividing, checking division answers, and problem solving. Students had opportunities to work on other math activities including problem of the month, error analysis, math comic, and review activities. I would suggest asking your child how to solve problems using long division as well as how they can interpret remainders. There are many examples and activities that they can use on thinkcentral.com.


Next week, 3rd graders will take the NWEA math test on Tuesday, January 15 during their regular math period.

 
3rd Grade Social Studies:
This week in social Studies, the students starting doing research on Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable. Du Sable is known as the founder of Chicago. We will continue to find out more about this his important contributions to Chicago’s history next week.
 
 
3rd Grade SEL:
This week students learned about managing anger. They learned why calming down is an important step when angry. They also learned about being assertive as a respectful way to get what they need or want.
 
 
4th Grade Writing:
This week, students worked on their opinion writing rough draft. They used all of the information from their planning pages to create their essays. We worked on making sure that all details and cited information worked on backing up each reason. Next week students will revise and edit their rough drafts.
 
 
4th Grade Social Studies:
In Social Studies, students continued to work on a variety of projects that had to do with culture, Native Americans prior to settlers, and Native American after settlers. Some of the options included creating a poem, comic, and brochure to explain what they have learned.
 

4th Grade Due dates:

Opinion Writing Rough Draft: Due Monday, January 14, 2019

Native American Choice Board Project (not on google classroom): Due Monday, January 14, 2019.

Students will have time to work on both of these assignments during class on Monday.

 
4th Grade SEL:
Students learned about Managing Anxiety. They learned that effectively managing your anxiety makes it easier to focus and succeed in social and academic situations.
 
Announcements:

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Decatur Winter Show:

Arts@Decatur is excited to announce the ticket information for the Winter Show "2019: A Space Odyssey!" Please click here to reserve tickets from Eventbrite. Tickets are free. You can find more information about performers and costume requirements here.

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Cell Phone & Technology Policy

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Step 1: Please click here to apply. You choose which level volunteer you would like to apply for. If you are already a level 2 and would like to be level one, enter new volunteer as the option. For the majority of parents, level 2 is the most appropriate level to choose.


Step 2: After you complete your application please submit and email Ms. Regalado and attach a photocopy of your ID or come to the main office with your ID so we can keep a photocopy on record.


Step 3: You will receive an email from CPS with next steps.

  • Level 1 volunteers will receive instructions on how to move forward with fingerprinting and TB testing (this can take a several weeks).
  • Level 2 volunteers will receive an email when they are eligible to volunteer (approx 48 hours from submitting ID).

Week of December 17, 2018

New Website & Weekly Communication

Decatur is excited to announce that our new site went live this week! Thank you for your patience during this re-design process. Soon our teacher's weekly updates will be sent through the website instead of teacher's emails. Please be sure to hit the "subscribe" button on your teacher's homepage to keep getting their weekly updates. Subscribe to the Essential teachers' pages to see what's going on in their classrooms as well. Each page update will be sent directly to your email and you can adjust the settings to how often you would like to receive them.
 
3rd Grade Math - This week students worked on dividing using repeated subtraction, dividing using partial products, and division with regrouping. Students now know a variety of strategies to help solve division problems. Students were able to use their knowledge of estimation, division, and multiplication to solve problems “Buddy’s Bakery Extravaganza”. They had to help solve problems in the bakery and then create a flyer using math concepts.
 
3rd Grade Social Studies - This week students learned what agriculture is and then used a variety of websites to find examples of agriculture in Illinois. They wrote 5 important facts about agriculture.
 
3rd Grade SEL - This week students learned about managing disappointment. They learned that negative self talk can make strong feelings even stronger, they can calm down using positive self talk, and they can make a plan to help meet a goal.
 
4th Grade Writing - This week, students worked on their opinion writing planning page. They worked on creating reasons to support their opinion. They then came up with details on their own as well as citing information from various websites. They then had to explain how the evidence that they found helped support their reasons. After break, students will take that information and start working on their rough draft.
 
4th Grade Social Studies - In Social Studies, students worked on a variety of projects that had to do with culture, Native Americans prior to settlers, and Native American after settlers. Some of the options included creating a poem, comic, and brochure to explain what they have learned. Students will finish these projects when we return after break.
 
4th Grade SEL - This week students learned how to calm down anger. They were able to identify situations in which they might need to calm down and demonstrate techniques for deep breathing. 
 
Have a wonderful winter break!

Week of December 10, 2018 - 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

Math - 3rd Grade: This week in math, students learned how to divide tens, ,hundreds, and thousands by whole numbers to 10, use compatible numbers to estimate quotients and use the Distributive Property to find quotients. We worked on these concepts together and students had time to work on a variety of activities that used division to solve, including “problem of the month”.

The lessons we covered were 4.4, 4.5, and 4.6. More information about these lessons can be found on thinkcentral.

Next week, we will cover lessons 4.7, 4.8 and 4.9.

 SEL- 3rd Grade: This week students learned about “handling accusations” They demonstrated correct belly-breathing technique and learned how to use belly breathing to calm down in response to scenarios.

Social Studies - 3rd Grade: This week, students read books about the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan. Students compared and contrasted these bodies of water.

Writing & Social Studies- 4th Grade:

This week, Students started brainstorming and working on pre-writing activities for their opinion essay. They worked on looking up websites that might be useful in supporting their opinion. We spent time making sure that their reasons could be supported and adding details to their reasons.

In Social Studies, students investigated culture of Native American.  We worked on understanding what culture is as well as discovering how Native Americans identified themselves through cultural aspects.

Assignments:

Due Monday, December 17: Week of December 10 - Social Studies Assignment

Due Monday, December 17: Week of December 10 - Opinion Writing

Due Friday, December 21: Weeks of December 10 and 17 - Opinion Writing Planning Page (students will have time to work on this in class next week)

SEL - 4th Grade

Students learned about calming down anger. They learned how to identify situations in which they might need to calm down and demonstrate the techniques for deep, centered breathing.