Math: We learned how to complete a new page in our number of the day binder. We have been exploring different addition and subtraction strategies. We learned how to “make a 10 to add”, addition strategies and patterns on an addition chart, and how to count up and count back on a number line. We also started playing some of our math card games. Ask your child about how to play Snap Plus and Magic 10! We utilize our mental math skills while playing these card games. They will help us become more efficient in math. We will be learning more card games next week.
Language Arts: We read some more fairy tales this week. We loved listening to Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and we even read an Italian folktale, Strega Nona. We continued to add the different fairy tale story elements (character, setting, problem, solution, moral, magic) to our fairy tale journals for each of these stories. We then worked in our table groups to create a graphic organizer to compare and contrast two of our favorite fairy tales. Our reading strategy that we focused on this week was making predictions. We made predictions as we read the fairy tales. When reading Strega Nona, we were prediction experts. After reading a few pages of the story, we wrote about our predictions. We know that we always start with “I predict that ______ because __________.” At the end of the book, we wrote about whether our prediction turned out to be true or false.
Quarter 1’s concept is all about morals. I introduced two of our essential questions for this quarter. We referred back to these questions daily as we read and completed our fairy tale activities.
-Why do fairy tales teach us morals?
-How can we teach our community about morals?
*All are student responses
We are all very excited to get the opportunity to teach our community, OTA, about everything that we are learning at the end of the quarter.
Vocabulary- Take a look below to see our weekly vocabulary routine in action:
Monday- Make predictions and learn the meaning. Read a story and decide which word makes sense in the story:
Our predictions were very close to the actual meanings!
Tuesday- Read a digital story together, find the word, determine the meaning.
Wednesday: Students need to determine if their word card is a synonym or antonym of the vocabulary word.
Thursday: Guess the word charades.
We noticed some of our vocabulary words in our read alouds this week!
Next Week’s Vocabulary Words:
reflect, conclusion, retell, disturb, fascinating
Writing- We have learned the different stages of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). We used two different graphic organizers to plan one of our first stories! Students were able to choose any small moment in their life to write about. First, we planned a beginning, middle, and end in a graphic organizer. Then, we took that graphic organizer and expanded on each portion. We added a topic sentence, used transition words to organize our thoughts and added a concluding sentence. We are in the process of drafting our stories in our notebooks. We are learning different strategies to use for spelling tricky words and have added sight words to our word wall to reference when writing. Everyone is excited to illustrate and publish their first piece of work. Ask your child what they decided to write about. All student’s writing pieces will be stored in their writing portfolio in the classroom. We will have a publishing party at the end of the year to celebrate our writing growth.
Reader’s Workshop- Ask your child about the 3 finger rule when choosing “just right” books. Everyone is doing an excellent job reading silently during independent reading time. We will soon learn how to respond in our reading notebooks with journal prompts about the different stories that we are reading. Guided reading groups will also begin shortly! Ask your child about their favorite author or book bin that they discovered in our library.
Social Studies- We learned more about the 5 oceans and maps this week. We read the story, Our World, and are now able to locate and define the equator on our maps and define latitude and longitude lines. We had so much fun completing a salt water experiment! We put an egg in salt water and regular tap water and talked about how the egg floated in the salt water and sank in the regular tap water. Next week we will learn about cardinal directions and complete a mapping fairytale activity.
Art: We finished our abstract portraits and began our warm vs cool hand design sketch book. Please check the art tab to see some pictures from art! Most art projects will be kept at school to be put in their art portfolio for the end of the year!
Morning Meeting: We have learned how to greet each other in many different ways. Ask your child about their favorite morning meeting greeting and morning meeting question.
Fun Friday: We participated in our first Fun Friday! The class was split into 2 different groups. Half of the class got to work with our STEM bins and half the class explored our learning apps on the Ipads. Then, we switched! Our STEM bins are filled with various materials (pipe cleaners, cups, straws, index cards, tape, wooden planks, legos, magnetic tiles) and students are encouraged to build and create what they want. We all had a lot of fun! Thank you for all of the donated supplies for these bins!!
Mystery Reader: Our first mystery reader was a success! Thank You! We will be keeping track of all our mystery readers throughout the year in a class book. The pages will include the reader’s clues and a group picture with the reader. Please sign up on the blog if you would like to read! I will email you about a week before to ask for your clues.
- If you have not brought in your Emergency Kit bag please due so by Monday! We need a gallon sized Ziploc bag filled with a water bottle, a snack, and emergency contact info.
- Please respond to your child’s Friday Letter on the back and return to school on Monday.
- September reading log and reading response questions are due: October 1st. Remember, your child is choosing one book to write about. They are picking a question from each category. An example of what a completed response should look like is posted under the extended learning tab. We did this as a class together, so I am encouraging your child to complete this as independently as possible. A rubric of how these will be scored is also under the extended learning tab. I encourage phonetic spelling as we are learning different spelling strategies in the classroom.
- Math extended learning– please have your child complete this as independently as possible. Credit will be given for completion, not for correct answers. If answers are incorrect, it will help me see what skills I need to still work on when I am in small group with your child. If it seems like your child is speeding through it with no problems- then that shows they need no review on these previous skills. If your child comes to a problem and is completely stuck, please encourage them to try their best and then circle or highlight the problem. I will go over that skill with them during small group math time.
- Headphones for I pads– I found the bin that stored your child’s headphones from last year. If you would like to bring in a new pair, please bring in a labeled pair on Monday. Every child should have a headphone to use for independent Ipad time. I will notify you if I do not find a headphone in that bin with your child’s name on it.
- Scholastic Book Orders– due September 30th.
Enjoy your weekend! 🙂