I hope that you and your family had a wonderful holiday weekend. As a reminder there will not be school this Friday, December 4th. This week in the Wonders program we will focus on the question, “How are offspring like their parents?” We will review plural nouns, continue our practice with topic and details, and focus on blends for our spelling patterns.
We will complete our Math assessment this week, as we spent a great deal of time wrapping up and reviewing our concepts from this unit. The students will have a chance to review math games, and apply their learning in some fun problem solving scenarios.
We continue to write, and write, and write. We are working to publish our last piece of narrative writing before we move on to non-fiction writing. Students will practice writing informational pieces focused around “How-To” pieces. We will tie some holiday learning in as we write how to decorate a tree, how to make cookies, and how to build a snowman.
Happy Thanksgiving week, although it is hard to believe it is already here! The students did such a good job presenting their animal research projects to their buddies on Friday. I think it was a strong start for our first project-based learning work, and they were quite proud of what they accomplished!
This week we will review our learning in the Wonders Reading Program. There will not be a spelling list this week. We will wrap up our work with subtraction strategies, and we may have a chance to complete our math assessment. I want to ensure the students have a solid understanding of such an important concept before we move forward.
We will also have a lot of fun this week creating and writing about our disguised turkeys, reflecting on what we are thankful for, and completing a 2D to 3D Turkey STEAM challenge.
I want to take a moment during this special holiday to thank you for sharing your children with me this year. They are a dynamic, bright, and spirited group of children. I look forward to everyday I spend with them, and feel lucky to guide their learning this year. Thank you for all of your encouragement and support of our classroom, you truly make the difference!
Thank you for all of your support at home with your child. It is obvious the amount of encouragement and academic support they are receiving at home. Encouragement, reading with your child, telling stories, cooking, and playing games are all important ways you can nourish your child’s self-esteem and teach them important life lessons. At this age, students are more aware of other people’s viewpoints about them and often experiment with how to work through problems with friends. As well, they establish learning perceptions about things such as homework, about school in general, and their image of themselves as a learner. All of the support you are giving them is so important!
This week in the Wonders Program we will discuss, “What are features of different animal habitats?” ! We will work on making meaningful predictions, and revisit the main topic and details. In addition, we will continue to learn about prefixes and suffixes. Our spelling pattern this week will be soft c /s/ and soft g /j/. Most times when the letter c or g is followed by the vowel i, e, or y the sound changes to /s/ or /j/. Some examples of these words are
Soft C Soft G
*However there are always exceptions to the rule, as in the word gift.
We will continue to learn Subtraction Strategies the week in Everyday Math. I am impressed with how flexible the students are in their math thinking, and how quickly they are able to use their addition knowledge to solve subtraction problems. A wonderful game we learned this week is Salute. I have included the directions for the game here:
Materials: deck of cards or number cards
How to Play:
1. One person starts out as the Dealer and gives each player a card. The players place their card on their forehead without looking at it (number facing out).
2. The Dealer looks at the two cards and says the sum of the cards.
3. The players try to determine what number is on their card based on the sum and the other player's card. Each player says their number out loud.
4. Players take turns being the Dealer.
This week in the Wonders Program we will discuss, “What can animals in stories teach us?” We will continue to work on making and revising our predictions, and discuss character, setting, and plot. In addition, we will build upon our noun learning, looking at singular and plural nouns. Our spelling pattern this week will be long /u/ and short /u/.