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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.




Thursday, September 9, 2021

September 10th

Reading:

This week we continued to work on improving our independent and class reading stamina while I conducted reading interviews. During this time, I enjoyed meeting with each student one on one to learn more about their likes and dislikes as a reader. As a class, we enjoyed several read alouds including: Spaghetti on a Hotdog Bun and We Are Family. We have also been reading our One School, One Book story: The One and Only Ivan.


Writing:

We are working on writing personal narratives, and this week we learned about good topic choice. We learned about the difference between “watermelon” ideas or ideas that are too big and “seed” ideas which are much better. We planned out our first personal narrative, and I’m excited to see those stories develop.



Math:

We are continuing our study of different strategies that can be used to solve addition problems. A few of the strategies that we have been working on are: make a ten, counting on, doubles, and doubles plus one.


Science:

This week we sketched the dinosaur bones that we uncovered last week in our science notebooks. Then we measured them and compared them to the bones our classmates found. After that, we assembled our dinosaur skeletons. We also learned about the process that takes place once dinosaur bones are discovered. We enjoyed hearing about all of the steps that take place to get the dinosaur bones from the ground into museums.





Thursday, September 2, 2021

September 3rd

Reading:
This week we practiced selecting just right books, and we worked on building our independent reading stamina. Each day we set a class goal for how long we wanted to read without breaking our stamina. Once we met our goal we rewarded ourselves with the option to switch from our paper books to online books. As a class, we enjoyed several read alouds including: The Crayon Box That Talked, Ruby the Copycat, and All Are Welcome. We also enjoyed our first class trip to the school library!



Writing:

Our main focus was writing complete sentences. We learned about using the acronym of C.O.P.S. Now we know to check each sentence for Capitalization, Overall spacing, Punctuation, and Spelling. We also learned how to use our personal dictionaries to help with tricky words. 


Math:

The first few math lessons were all about a review of different addition strategies. Some of the strategies we reviewed were: using ten frames, number bonds, and related facts. 



Science:

This science unit is called Tools of the Trade. We began by using our senses to make observations about everyday objects. Then we recorded our findings in our science journals. Next, we transformed into paleontologists. We conducted a dinosaur bone dig, and the students were very excited! We will learn more about tools and recording our scientific findings next week.