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Today a bunch of math papers are going home; skip counting by 5's, 10's, and 100's and Addition through 20 facts. Please review these math concepts with your child. They can easily be embedded into your nightly homework routine by asking 5 addition, 5 subtraction facts, etc.
Today we also worked on reading a story and going back into the text to find the text evidence. We did this 100% together. We found the answers and formed the sentences together. I am teaching them how to find text evidence by modeling every step along the way. We will do several together before they are expected to complete on their own. Today's story was about the desert. I am going to look them over and will send them home this week.
We have started our pumpkin exploration and will be continuing throughout the week. We have also been comparing and contrasting and writing about our pumpkins. Tomorrow we will tie in math and be estimating with lengths, weights and counting seeds. We will also be making scientific predictions...do they sink or float, etc.? As soon as we are done, we will be placing our work on the bulletin board outside of our classroom. I will take a photo and share when this is complete!
If your child is not going to be here on Friday, please let me know and I can give them their spelling test of Thursday instead of waiting over the 3 days until Monday.
Have a great week!
This week is Fire Safety week. Today students got to chat with the New Boston Fire Department and sit in the fire trailer, where they discussed a variety of fire safety scenarios. They crawled out of the trailer when the simulated smoke came through the doors. Students will write about their escape plan and the fire department will choose their favorite one. The winner will be picked up at their house and driven to school in the fire truck. More details on that to come. Please enjoy some of the fire safety photos below.
There is NO spelling homework this week. Students will still have a reading log and will be assessed on their Name, Address, phone number and birthday. Students have been given practice pages in their homework packet. Their assessment will happen on Friday. A copy of the rubric used to score their assessment is also attached to their homework for your viewing.
Today we began the Unit 1 Wonders Assessment. We are doing this as a whole class. I am using Unit 1 as a teaching tool. I am teaching the students how to read the questions, highlight, look for specific words in the questions, use text evidence, etc. We are reading it together and going over the questions together. I have them answer the questions first, but then we correct them in red colored pencil, so you can see how your child did on their own. Please review their results so you can see where they are at.
*I will send home the Unit 1 assessment when we are done so you can see how your child did on their own, for your information. This is not taken as a grade or assessment but more for practice. Unit 2 will be completely independent.
Every Day Math Unit 1 Math journal pages will be sent home today for you to see how your child is did in Unit 1 Math. If there were errors, they needed to fix. Please go over these concepts with your child.
If a paper has TS written on it, it means that your child needed TEACHER SUPPORT to complete the lesson.
Walking Field Trip is Thursday
Michaelmas is Friday *Students are responsible for handling their own money
Thank you for the 7 parents who ordered from Scholastic under our class name. We earned 28 FREE BOOKS for our classroom library!!! (See photos below). I asked the students what books they wanted to see in our classroom library and they chose these 3 sets of books! So, thank you parents! I will place another order the first week of December, if you wanted to place an order for Christmas...
We are wrapping up Unit 1 Week 5 this week with Long i/Short i sounds. Next week will be 100% review and taking our Unit 1 Wonders Assessment. This will be done together as a class. I will walk students through each section, teaching them how to take the test. (ie. reading a passage, looking for text evidence, highlighting key words, etc.) This will take up our Wonders block each day.
On Friday, we completed our Unit 1 Math Assessment. I will use this data to drive my small math group instruction and centers. Keep working on coins at home!!! That seems to be tricky for most. Students should be able to identify all coins and know the value of each coin. We have Mrs. Elliott, our Math Interventionist visiting our classroom everyday from 10:00-10:30am! Yay! She is a HUGE asset to our classroom!
Today, a yellow packet came home explaining our Unit 2 Everyday Math Unit. Please review and keep to check in with your student. This will also help when Home Links come home for Homework.
Tomorrow going home you will see the Leaf Rubbing reports we did with our reading buddies on Friday. We took a nature walk outside and found a leaf that was laying on the ground. Each student chose 1 leaf and they measured it in Centimeters, drew a life like picture of their leaf and make a prediction about what would happen when they rubbed their leaf with a crayon. Lastly, on the back page is their leaf rubbing. Enjoy!
Yellow Fire Safety forms are DUE back this THURSDAY.
We are touching base on Christopher Columbus this week and Fire Safety next week so ask your children questions about what they are leaning in school! :)
We have filled our bucket of fuzzies once again! I am SO incredibly proud of how hard all of my students are working. We will be voting for a reward tomorrow.
Have a great week!
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