It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of October. Tonight you will receive an email inviting you to sign up for a parent-teacher conference. I have done my best to accommodate schedules, but please let me now if you cannot make on the listed times. I would like to meet with 100% of all families for the fall conference.
This week in reading we will continue to learn about pets and animals with special adaptations. We will refine our work with questioning; ask your child to tell you the difference between a thin question (it is right there in the story) and a thick question (open ended questions that require you to think, give your opinion, and prove your answer). The students have made great progress with this strategy.
We will focus on the spellings for long and short a, and continue to work on identifying the subject of a sentence. Students continue to attend WIN groups every day, supporting the skills that are just right for them. They are quite excited to work with new friends, and some even travel to a new classroom for the block!
The students performed beautifully on their first Math assessment, really impressing me with their determination and effort. I will continue to support students with any areas that were challenging for them. For the next two weeks we will learn multiple fact strategies that help us build our fluency with addition and subtraction facts. There is a wonderful website link on our class website that helps students practice their addition and subtraction facts in a fun and engaging way.
We began our next STEAM challenge on Friday. The students are working to build a device that can rescue a pet (stuffed animal) out of a pipe (tube made of Clorox wipes). It is amazing to see the children’s growth in terms of teamwork, creativity, and perseverance in only a few short weeks! These first four challenges have acquainted the students with the design process and have helped the students become more comfortable taking risks. Over the next three weeks, we will build our understanding of animal adaptations in preparation for our first science standards aligned STEAM challenge.
To begin our build on Friday we are looking for donations of:
Paper towel tubes
If you are able to send in any of these items, I thank you in advance!