This week in the Wonders reading program we will examine the essential question: How can people help out their community? As we read we will work on asking questions to clarify our thinking and review the difference between thick (meaningful, thoughtful) and thin (surface) questions. Our spelling focus for the week will be long /o/. We will learn about past tense verbs, and compare this to our work that we did last week with present tense verbs. As well, we will learn about using contractions with the word not.
This week in math, we will shift our focus toward mentally adding and subtracting 10 and 100. The students will revisit open number lines (a number line without set numbers on it) to concretely show their thinking when adding and subtracting 10 and 100. This is an important first step as students move to mental math. We are focused on understanding the concept, in order to apply it broadly to any number, and not memorizing a set group of numbers. We will wrap up the week using these strategies during change to more (addition) number stories.
We continue our writing work this week by discussing author’s voice. We will decide what it means when an author has voice, and how we can borrow this craft move in our own writing. This week we will start a two week STEM challenge that ties in with our reading and science curriculum. Students will be asked to reuse common materials to create an instrument. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!