Important Upcoming Dates:
Our Winter Party will be Thursday, December 21st from 8:30 - 9:30
More information to come!
Electronic Progress Reports (EPRs)
EPRs will be released to parents on Saturday, December 23rd, through Parent Portal
No School Friday, December 22nd - January 7th!
We will see you on Monday, January 8th!
We've continued to practice that Reading is Thinking by practicing the comprehension strategies we've discussed so far, Making Connections and Asking Questions. Last week we started discussing Story Elements - setting, characters, plot, problem, solution. This can be a little confusing for the kids! They often start telling me the plot of the story - telling me what happened, instead of describing where and when the story takes place. We will continue to discuss story elements after Winter Break.
What can you do to help your child?
· Ask your child to listen to their inner voice and to think out loud, sharing what their inner voice is saying as they read!
· Ask your child to describe the setting in the story you are reading. You can also discuss the characters, plot, problem & solution.
· Of course, we continue to work on decoding strategies too! I can't stress how important it is for your child to read every day! The best way to become a better reader is to read a lot... at least 20 minutes each day!
We’ve been continuing with our small moment unit, writing stories from our lives. We discuss how writers use various strategies to help our readers understand our writing.
Strategies we’ve been using:
· Bring our stories to life - making people talk, move, think, and feel.
· Writing what happened first, then next, then next and using lots of detail.
· Using things like "pop out words" (bold face words), ellipses (...), and onomatopoeia (words that show sound, like "ding" "whoosh" or "clickety clack."
· Editing our work, correcting spelling and adding punctuation.
We will be moving onto our information pieces about topics we are “experts” on before Winter Break.
We just finished up our unit on geometry. We are moving onto our new 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 will also begin to work with place value as we represent the teen numbers as a group of ten plus a group of ones.
Math Information for Parents:
Dr. Brown shared some information about math homework in her blog. When you have a moment, please click on the link below and look this over.
Additional information you can look over to help your kiddos!
What is Number Sense?
Parents' Beliefs About Math Change Their Children's Achievement:
We finished up our discussion about the First Thanksgiving and how it compares to Thanksgiving today. The kids created a folder where they synthesized all of the information we discussed about the First Thanksgiving.
After Winter Break we will begin a 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.
This week we will begin our unit on rocks called Pebbles, Sand, and Silt. The kids really love working with the rocks and feel like real Geologists! This unit is designed to introduce concepts in earth science while practicing the process of inquiry. The activities provide experiences that heighten students' awareness of rocks as earth materials and natural resources. They will come to know rocks by many names and in a variety of sizes. Pebbles and sand are the same material, just different in size.
We will continue this study after our Winter Break.