January 18th: NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice Day)
January 21st: Martin LaterKing Jr. Day
February 14th: Valentine’s Day Party ~ Time TBD
We have been working all year on building our stamina during reader’s workshop and finding books that are just right for us. Since it is the new year, we are working on/setting personal goals to improve our decoding and comprehension. Reading is thinking and we have been using our thinking for new learning from all the nonfiction text features that authors use and thinking strategies to help us understand and interact with texts. Our thinking strategies include determining importance, paraphrasing, keeping track of our thinking and learnings we read.
*Make sure your kiddo is reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts*
The kiddos have published their narrative writing books and have become real authors! They are so excited and have worked so hard during their small moment writing unit. We have moved to our informational writing and have begun “teaching books”, where the students have become experts on a topic and will teach their readers about their topic. They have been flying through books and have really fostered a love for writing. This unit goes perfectly with our determining importance strategy, nonfiction texts that we are reading and our social studies unit with american heroes and symbols.
We have been working on our unit 3 and focusing on addition and subtraction. We will be working on developing strategies for adding and subtracting numbers by counting on or back, solving problems that involve adding more than two numbers, and finding many different combinations for the same number. We are focusing on explaining our thinking and solving problems in different ways. We will also begin to work with place value as we represent the teen numbers as a group of ten plus a group of ones. We will soon be introducing: telling time to the hour, measurement and fractions.
We have begun our unit on American Heroes and Symbols with a discussion about Martin Luther King Jr., as well as Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges. In February we will learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln for President's Day.