On Monday, students wrote about one interesting thing that happened on their weekend. Keeping their writing focused and exploding a small moment (who, what, where, why, when) are skills that we will continue to reinforce this year. We also read several books written by Mo Willems, our featured author. Thursday afternoon was exciting! Ms.Huber came to join us and we read an Elephant and Piggie story together. Eventually students will be able to work on their own Mo Willems story. This week they learned how to draw Gerald!
We practiced two reading strategies this week. Ask someone to define a word is a reading strategy where students can expand their vocabulary by asking someone (usually an adult) to define words that they may not have seen before. As you read with your child at home, when reading books that are above their independent reading level, try to point out words that your child can use naturally in their writing or oral speech. The second strategy is called “Flippy the dolphin”. Since each vowel has two sounds (long and short) I encouraged them to change the vowel sound if they read it one way and the word sounds wrong.
I am very proud of the way our students have picked up the routines for Literacy Rotations this week. Students are participating more actively in their focused group. The small grouping also allowed students to ask more questions to clarify or extend their knowledge and skills. I am beginning to see the skills being transferred to their reading and writing. The jail words we have talked about so far are: to, was, the and you.
Our school’s book fair is scheduled for Oct 28 to Nov 1. If you are interested in buying books for your child, you can visit the fair at these times:
Tuesday 12:00am-8:00pm (Closed between 5-6pm)
In Math, students continued to work on different number sense games. Next week we will be talking about number lines. Being able to see and work with a number line enhances their mental math strategies for adding and subtracting numbers. We will be referring to this tool throughout the school year. Students also filled in and decorated their own November calendar with dates that are important to them. We will be completing a monthly calendar each month going forward. Some suggested that they would like to tape it to their doors, inside their room or on the refrigerator door. We discussed how the calendar can help us organize our routines.
In Bible, we continued to review the stories of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Esau. We discussed the way Jacob stole Esau’s birthright and blessings was unkind and unpleasing to God. We also learned how God is faithful and merciful, even when we sin and have made poor choices. Below are two of the songs we sang this week.
In our Inquiry unit of Me to We, we talked about how students contribute to their families. Students suggested that they help their families by doing the laundry, unloading the dishwasher, washing the dishes, making their bed and keeping their room clean.
As there is no school today, we are not going to have library this week. Students can keep their books for an extra week to enjoy!