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Saturday, October 16, 2021

October 16th

 Writing:

Everyone worked hard throughout the week to write a third personal narrative story independently, applying all they have learned this quarter. I am proud of all of their growth and hard work! Next week, students will choose one of their stories to publish in preparation for our end of unit celebration.


Social Studies:

We learned about ways citizens can help their communities. Students filled out graphic organizers showing how they can be good citizens at school, at home, and in the community. We also learned that citizens have both rights and responsibilities. The children have now started a project to show what they have learned in our government unit about identifying and solving community problems. Projects include, Q & A Books, Posters, and Commercials.





Math:

This week we learned about solving two-step word problems. Students used many strategies, including writing equations, using bar models, and using number lines. The children are becoming more skilled at reading word problems carefully to identify key words and information that can help them find the answer.



Reading:

We enjoyed some fun books this week including, Pinduli and Shark Detective. Students have continued to practice asking “thick” questions (those that require more thinking or inferring) while they read, as well as after they finish books. We have also started to learn about story elements, with our first focus being on naming the setting of the story.


Friday, October 8, 2021

October 8th

Reading:

We have enjoyed many great books while focusing on generating questions while we read. Some of the books we enjoyed included: Baloney, What Can We Do?, and Pinduli. We learned that good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading.




Social Studies:

We have been learning about how positive changes can be made by local governments. Town Hall meetings, bills, and laws were a few of the topics we took a closer look at. We also learned about how Rosa Parks helped to make a change to a law. Lastly, we learned about how the federal government is organized into three branches.







Math:

Lesson 4 has been all about solving reading and interpreting graphs. Bar graphs, picture graphs, and tally charts are what we focused on. Our class learned to look for key phrases like: How many more, How many fewer, and How many altogether. Then we used our strategies to create equations to find the answers. 



Writing:

Our class has been working hard on writing our personal narratives. The students have become familiar with the process, and now they have been creating their own narratives independently while I conference with them about how to make their writing longer and stronger. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

October 1st

 Reading:

We have continued to work on ways to decode tricky words this week, including looking closely at the middle vowel sound and using context clues. Students are also practicing making predictions based on text and picture clues both before and during reading. We enjoyed the stories Shortcut and The Class Picture this week, along with the picture book version of The One and Only Ivan.


Writing:

Students started fresh this week with a new personal narrative draft. They brainstormed ideas for a new story and worked on the planning stages of the writing process. They are using all we have learned during our first draft to help them, including talking out the beginning, middle, and end of their stories with a partner, doing quick sketches, using planning notes, and webbing out sensory details related to their stories. Now students are using their plans to write their drafts.


Math:

This week we finished Lesson 3 on one-step word problems. Students have been working hard to write equations that match the words in the problem. We have covered word problems that ask students to combine amounts, take amounts apart, and to compare amounts. Fact fluency in both addition and subtraction facts is another area of focus for us. If your child is unsure of their facts, practicing for a few minutes each night at home may be helpful. If students have access to a device, they can also use the XtraMath app via Clever at home.



 

Social Studies:

We have finished our science unit, and have now switched over to a social studies unit about government. Students are learning that people in communities vote to elect leaders to help them make decisions.


Other: We enjoyed watching The One and Only Ivan as a cumulative activity to our One School One Book activity. Our class also had a lot of fun celebrating the fact that we filled our warm fuzzy jar! Our pajama and stuffed animal day was a hit!




Saturday, September 25, 2021

September 25th

Reading:

Our class has enjoyed several great books this week including: The One and Only Ivan, Dex The Heart of a Hero, and Beautiful. Our focus for this week has been using Stop n' Jots to help recall important information while reading and using strategies to help with solving tricky words. Our class reading stamina was wonderful this week and so we were able to celebrate with a Flashlight Friday reading time.

Writing:

We are working on writing our second personal narrative, and we have been focusing on adding sensory details to help the reader visualize our stories. Next week we will begin revising and editing our two narratives to make them longer and stronger.

Math:

This week we worked on practicing subtraction strategies, and we practiced solving one step word problems. Everyone has also been working on using math talk to explain their mathematical thinking.


Science:

We built prototypes of our tools and tested them to see how many “bones" we could recover from a tray of sand in 3 minutes. The students were challenged with leaving as much sand in the bin while retrieving the various shaped bones. I was very impressed with the creativity that was shown while they created their new tools!








 


 

Friday, September 17, 2021

September 17th

Reading:

This week we practiced scooping up words to help improve our reading fluency. We also enjoyed several great books including: Katie Woo Has the Flu,  A Color of His Own, and The Dot. After reading the book The Dot, our class completed several “Dot Day” activities. We created a picture beginning with just one dot, we discussed growth mindset, and we used a program on our iPads called Quiver to create a three dimensional dot. That was very cool!

     

Writing:

We are working on writing personal narratives, and this week we zoomed in to fill our stories full of sensory details. The students’ stories are coming along nicely! 

 

Math:

Different strategies that can be used to solve subtraction problems is our current focus. A few of the strategies that we have been working on are: make a ten, counting on, related facts, and fact families.

Science:

This week we compared old and new tools. We also learned about how improvements were made to make better tools. Then the students began designing their prototypes of a tool that a paleontologist could use to help uncover fossils. Each student created a scientific drawing, and next week they will construct and test their prototype. 


 


  


Social Studies:

Friday was Constitution Day, and we learned about the importance of the Constitution. The students learned that the Constitution is a plan for how our government should work, and it makes sure that Americans have rights.