Some updates from Week 7:
ELA: We started reading some books by Doreen Cronin! If your child is enjoying these books, they are available at the library, at most book stores, or on Scholastic!
We will also be reading some nonfiction books about bats and spiders. I find this to be a fun and educational activity to engage in around Halloween. Students have enjoyed this so far!
We have finished adding words to the word wall for quarter 1. Our quarter one words include the list from our last post:
- am, an, and, are, all, ate, be, but, because, can, come, came, do, dear, eat, from, for, go, good, he, here, his, her, I (always capital!), in, is, it, like, love, little, look, me, my, not, no, on, our, play, put, see, so, she, said, say, saw, the, to, then, up, will, with, want, we, went, was, when, you, yes
and also these new words from this week:
- coming, day, does, doing, friend, family, four, five, going, house, happy, have, having, made, make, making, of, one, school, two, three, this, they, there, use, using, your, what
These words will be on a cumulative spelling test at the end of the quarter. It is a good idea to begin practicing these words now. We also practice these words in class frequently. These quarter 1 words should mostly be considered review.
Math: We completed a practice test this week for Unit 1. I will send this practice test home tomorrow to inform you of what you could practice with your child. I would suggest creating other problems for your child based on the problems on the practice test. Our real math test (which will count toward their final math grade) will be on Monday, October 30th.
Here is the practice test, completed by me, as an example of what student work might look like. Student work may look different in some cases. If I have marked a question wrong and you are unsure as to why, please contact me. If a student has added something to the math test in blue pen, that was done as a correction after meeting with me and their original answer is still shown in pencil.
Social Studies: We didn’t get to start our new unit yet, but we will start The Constitution next week!
Science: We have concluded our focus on the cycles of daytime and nighttime and also the seasonal cycle. I hope your child found the Extended Learning project really solidified their understanding of these topics! Our next topic will continue on with Cycles in Nature and will focus on plant cycles.
Seminar: We will start Seminar in Q2! Seminar is scheduled for Fridays from 1:30 – 2:15 and is designed to allow time for parents to plan and execute a lesson that supplements what we have already learned in class, or a topic we are currently working on. If you are interested in trying seminar, please email me with two or three dates that would work for you and a brief description of what you are planning. We can be a flexible if you can’t make it on a Friday at 1:30, but that time is easiest. Your lesson can take up to 45 minutes. Please plan to bring any materials you need with you, and know that while I am in the classroom during this time I try to stay as behind the scenes as possible to allow the focus to be on you and your lesson!
November and December topics will be:
- Science: seasonal cycle, daytime and night time cycle, plant cycle
- Social Studies: The Constitution, New England States
- ELA: letter writing, fractured folktales of The Gingerbread Man, cumulative tales, Porquoi stories
- Math: logic problems
- Seasonal: apples, pumpkins, bats, spiders, Thanksgiving, Holidays around the World, OTA words of the month for Sept – Dec: respect, responsibility, self control, self discipline, wonder, charity.
Reminders: Next week the Extended Learning assignments will return to ELA and Math.
For Q2 we will need some recess volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:45 – 10:05. If you are interested please email me and let me know!