This week in the Wonders program we will explore the question, “Why are rules important?” The students will have the chance to learn a bit more about the formation of our constitution, which is always of high interest for the students. We will move away from identifying the plot of the story (we are experts in this) and look again at cause and effect. As well, we will study short vowel digraphs that do not sound the way they are spelled. One example is the ea spelling for the short e sound in bread. As we finish out the year, we will encounter the most difficult spelling patterns. You may find that your child has fewer or less difficult words based on their pre-assessment. Please let me know if your child is feeling overwhelmed with the list that is sent home!
In Math this week, we will begin by wrapping up our focus on polygons before moving onto arrays. Students will learn that larger numbers can be organized into even sets of rows. For instance, 8 can be organized into 2 rows of 4, or 4 rows of 2. This lays the foundation for later understanding that 4 X 2 = 8. This is a critical concept of mathematical understanding, and we will continue to revisit and practice this skill throughout the remainder of the year.
We are wrapping up our informational writing as the students continue to practice their research. I have taught them a structure for organizing the information they gather, taught them how to write a lead and wrap up sentence, and we are working on rewriting the facts in our own words. They are quite excited to have the freedom to choose a topic, and are getting great keyboarding experience as they type up their work.
We continue with the artist in residence both today and Wednesday. So far we have explored our space, build insect homes and created a flag that will mark our larger builds. By the end of the day Wednesday, the space will be transformed into a story trail, with story boards that showcase student writing.
Class Campout Afternoon- Friday, May 12th
Jump Rope for Heart- Thursday, May 11th
Artist In Residence Celebration – Thursday, May 18th 5:30 (first 15 minutes are in the classroom)
Monday, June 12th- Squam Lake Field Trip - I
nformation will come home the last week of May