This week in the Wonders reading program we will explore the question, “What do we love about animals?” We will focus our learning on animal poems, and even try our hand at some of our own poetry writing! Our spelling focus this week will be on three letter blends (scr, spr, etc.). As well, we will review compound words and identifying key details in a story.
Our focus this week in mathematics will be on subtraction strategies. Students will learn to use doubles to subtract. In this way, they remain focused on fact families, and build off of their knowledge of doubles addition. We will solve “what’s my rule” puzzles, which helps students look at the common pattern between addition and subtraction problems (9-4, 10-5, 6-1 all have the difference of 5 in common).
We have a special presentation called Lights Up this week. This is a brief introduction to the importance of conserving energy, introducing students to easy ways they can help at home (turning off lights when you leave a room) and teaches the idea that our resources are limited. As well, we will continue to build our mapping skills, focusing on the continents of Earth.
This week in writing we will learn how to write a good hook to begin our story. I have included a link below that outlines the most common hooks we will learn about. Students will generate multiple hooks for the stories they have been working on, and will they choose the one that is the best fit to launch their story. For more information, check out the link below: http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/index.php?threads/teaching-kids-to-write-fantastic-hooks.53699/
12/23 – Polar Express Day- the students are invited to wear their jammies and bring something cozy to school. We will watch the Polar Express Movie, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy popcorn. Feel free to send in blankets for them to sit on. We will talk with the students about this next week!
early release- 12:00, lunch in the classroom