The excitement for the Holiday Season is building. I love hearing all of the student’s stories about Elf adventures around their home. Here at school we have been so busy trying to find a natural pause point before the Holiday Break. Next week the students will take the Unit 3 Wonders Assessment. This will assess the same skills we have been practicing over the last 5 weeks. They will have questions about Main Idea/Detail, suffixes, nouns, and vocabulary. I will break the assessment up into small manageable pieces throughout the week.
As there is no new material this week, I am shifting our normal homework routine. Instead of sending home review spelling words, I would like the students to have additional practice with telling time. Students will have four review pages that are a good fit for the progress they are showing with this skill. Continue to encourage your child to tell time to the hour, half hour (half-past) and five minute mark. Many students are ready to tell time to the minute, and begin to think about elapsed time (what time will it be in two hours, what time will it be in 15 minutes).
Next week in math we will continue to review time, and will also review base 10. Base 10 blocks are cubes (worth 1), longs (a strip of 10), and flats (a flat 10 X 10 square). We will begin exploring how to add large numbers while using these manipulatives. This is a concrete, hands-on way to introduce double digit addition. In this format, students exchange single blocks when they have enough for a strip of 10 (think carry the ones) or exchange strips of ten for a flat of 100 when they have enough. I look forward to sharing this learning with them.
We have been hard at work creating holiday poems. The students have learned about rhyming and rhythm in poetry and are producing quite creative work. These pieces will adorn our bulletin board until after the new year, and then will come home to you.
As a reminder, in lieu of a holiday party this year we are surprising the students with a Polar Express Event. The students will know that they can come in pajamas and carol to the school, but we are keeping the movie and treats a surprise! Dr. Stokes has even agree to play the role of the train conductor and punch the student’s tickets as they enter the Polar Express!
This week in the Wonders Program we will answer the question, “What do we love about animals?” We continue to search for meaningful details this week as we read two new selections in our anthology. We will also learn about compound words and continue to practice suffixes.