This week in the Wonders program we will investigate the question, “What excites us about nature?” Students will have the chance to read multiple poems about nature, and even try their hand at creating one! As well, we will continue to study the bossy r spelling pattern; with ar spellings as our focus this week. We will continue to focus on the plot and sequence of the story.
In Math this week, we are focusing our efforts on a mathematical method called partial sums. This builds the foundational understanding for solving mathematical problems in a traditional way. It is sometimes referred to as column addition. Students will first add the tens, and then the ones before combining the two. In this way, we can have many conversations about the concept we know as carrying. Forgetting to carry is common when children this age are learning the traditional algorithm, so building the concept up using partial sums often eliminates these mistakes once students begin using the traditional algorithm for addition.
Because partial sums is new to most parents, I have provided two links. One is an online pdf style introduction, and the other is a short informational video.
In writing this week, we will continue our realistic fiction writing. Students have developed their characters, thinking about both their internal (how they act, feel, and think) and external traits (what they look like, their age, etc.). We will brainstorm lessons we want to teach our readers, and then come up with problems and solutions that support these lessons. I am impressed by their planning so far, and we are well on our way to fantastic stories!