This week in our wonders program we will explore the question, “What can animals in stories teach us?” Students will continue to work on making predictions before and during reading. As well, this week we will look at the skill of identifying the problem and solution within a story. This is like cause and effect, but in this text structure, our characters will take many steps to solve the problem. Some will be successful, and some will not. Keep an eye out for these story types as your read to your children. Ask them to:
1. Identify the problem
2. Tell you the steps the characters took to solve the problem
3. What the solution was
We will learn about the long u and short u sounds this week. Spelling work will return to normal this week. As well, we will begin to learn about open and closed syllable types. For more information about the six syllable types, check out the video below:
In Math this week, we will work to identify shape attributes (properties), and begin to explore multiple ways to build numbers. For instance, students may build the number 10 by adding 6+4, or they may add and subtract: 6+6-2. Students will work to add and subtract numbers as they play the game, Target Number. Directions to this game can be found here:
Most our learning in mathematics this week will be hands on, exploration based. We will review any challenging material before we take our end of the unit assessment next week.
We will continue our story writing this week, with a focus on showing how our characters feel, and not just telling how they feel. We will make our characters think, move, and feel this week during our writing block, staying focused on a small moment as we tell stories.
Finally, we will begin to explore heating and cooling this week. Students will work to learn about sources of heat, and will make predictions about what will happen to objects as they are heated and cooled. Specifically, students will learn that some objects when heated cannot be returned to their original state (think an egg), while others can (think ice being melted and refrozen).
It was wonderful to meet with all of you during our parent/teacher conferences this past week. We will meet again in the Spring, but feel free to reach out at any time! Report Cards will come home on Friday, November 18th. Please keep the copy of the report card, but sign and return the envelope to school.
11/16 – School Board Meeting, Library, 6:30
11/16 – PTA Meeting, Art Room, 7:00
11/18- Report Cards Go Home
11/23 – Early Release 12:00
11/24-11/25- Thanksgiving Recess, No School