Saturday, October 31, 2020

October 30th

Writing: This week we learned about how to write a friendly letter complete with a date, greeting, body, closing, and a signature. We also practiced writing a 5 sentence descriptive paragraph to describe our pumpkins. 

 Reading: We reviewed strategies that good readers use to help build their reading comprehension. We also reviewed the importance of working to improve our independent reading stamina.

Math: During math, we reviewed skip counting (by 2, 5, and 10), number patterns, and problem solving involving repeated addition. Our next chapter will focus on place value.

Social Studies: This week we learned about the importance of rules, responsibilities of good citizens, and voting. Also, our class created voter identification cards and participated in Kids Voting.


STEM Activity Fun:



Friday, October 23, 2020

October 23rd

 Reading & Writing: This week our main focus was looking at how authors make the whole story stick together. We enjoyed several great books including Spookley the Square Pumpkin. We thought about how all of the parts came together to make a great story. We also discussed the importance of thinking about what lesson the author was trying to teach the reader.

This week we worked on a “kindness” writing to celebrate Unity Week. We wrote about ways we can show kindness to others. We also practiced writing a 5 sentence paragraph that included a topic sentence, 3 detail sentences, and a concluding sentence.

Social Studies: This week we discussed characteristics of good citizens. We also talked about the importance of rules while reading a book called What If Everyone. Learning about these topics will help us get ready for our Kids Voting activities which will take place next week.

Math: We have been working on skip counting, identifying arrays, repeated addition, and odd and even numbers. Next week we will take a test over chapter 2.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

October 17th

 Reading: This week our main focus was readers notice how authors make them react when they read. We also learned about how to generate questions before, during, and after reading. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home.

Science: We built our prototypes and then we turned them into working tools. Our class had a lot of fun testing them to see how well they dug up “dinosaur bones.” The students really enjoyed building and testing their tools. We had many successful tools.

Writing: This week we wrote an entire personal narrative from introduction to conclusion using the skills we have learned about this quarter. Making sure we stayed on topic had a powerful introduction, a few body pages, and a strong conclusion were just a few things we tried to remember while working on our stories.

Math: This week we took our first math test over chapter one and started chapter 2. We have learned about skip counting on a hundreds chart and skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.


Friday, October 9, 2020

October 9th

Reading: This week our main focus was learning that good readers don't just read the words, but they also figure out what the words mean. We also talked about how readers check themselves. They stop as soon as something doesn’t seem right and fix it up. Below you can see an example from a lesson we did. The children were shown the word fixing and then asked to draw a picture of what it meant. Many drew pictures of working on broken items. Then they saw the word fixing in this sentence: Mom was fixing lunch. It was fun to see their thinking change. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home. 

Science: This week we looked at how tools have changed over the years with new technology. We took a closer look at the properties of different tools, and then we used our knowledge to complete a note card challenge. The challenge was to try and find a way to change the properties of a note card to make it strong enough to hold a book.


Math: Throughout chapter one we have been learning all about strategies to help solve addition and subtraction problems using numbers 1-20. This week we reviewed our addition and subtraction strategies for our upcoming test that will be early next week. Our next chapter will cover number patterns.

WritingThis week we edited our personal narrative pieces using our personal dictionaries. We also focused on checking for capitals and end marks in our writing.

Outdoor Fun!