Monday, October 15, 2018

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, October 4th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 8-12th- Fall Break
  • October 15 or 16th- Vision & Hearing Screening
  • October 25th- Legend Family Trunk or Treat 5:00-6:00
  • October 31st- Halloween Breakfast Parties 8:45-9:30 and Costume Parade 9:30-10:00

Curriculum Update:

READING:
We will wrap up our first Lucy Calkins Writing Unit Reading Growth Spurt after fall Break and begin a new Unit called Becoming Experts. This unit is devoted to reading Nonfiction.  During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
  • Notice and learn about the difference between fiction and nonfiction
  • Notice, learn and question
  • Identify “What is this book teaching me?”
  • Characteristics of Nonfiction (text features)
  • Building knowledge of unknown words
  • Strategies for solving unknown words
  • Adding info across books
  • Retell topics not just books
  • Lifting your level of thinking

WRITING:
We will be wrapping up our Narrative/Small Moment Writing Unit after fall break. Student have written several stories up to this point. We will choose a piece to edit, revise and publish. We will:
  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
  • Word choice- make our readers be able to visualize our story
  • Revising and editing rough drafts
  • Fix conventions
  • Use word wall to fix spelling
  • Fix and Fancy up our writing
It has been absolutely delightful to hear the narrative stories students are writing about their special memories!

MATH:
We will be wrapping up our first Investigations Unit right after Fall Break.  We will then begin Unit 2 Attributes of shapes and Parts of a Whole.
During this unit students will be focusing on the following:
  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing  and drawing 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes.
  • Understanding equal parts of  a whole.
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary.
  • Continuing with fluency within 20.

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH


SOCIAL STUDIES:
We are completing our unit on Civics this week. Students identified what our Roles, Rights and Responsibilities are in various parts of the school and playground. During our Technology Time with Mrs. Fleet we learned about an App called Adobe Spark. Students then collaborated with a partner to create a  video describing one pace in our school. Please look at your child’s Seesaw account for the video.

WORD WORK/SPELLING:Your child has had several weeks of getting into our routine of Word Work and Spelling. Please continue to practice these words with your child (see orange word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well. So far, the children are making good progress!

Monday, September 3, 2018

September 2018



Upcoming Dates:

Monday, September 3 - No School (Labor Day)
Monday, September 18th- Conference Sign Up Opens
Thursday, September 20th- Digger Dash
Friday, September 21st- No School (Professional Learning for Teachers)
Thursday, September 27th- Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, October 4th- Parent Teacher Conferences
October 8-12th- Fall Break

Curriculum Update:

READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
Learning the routines and rituals that will make Reader’s Workshop successful
Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words
Building our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time
Recording our thinking while reading
Stopping, thinking, and retelling a story to check for comprehension
Reading more and more to continue growing
Strategies to use when words are tricky

WRITING:
Our first writing unit is Narrative Writing. During this unit students will write short stories based on true events from their lives. By the end of the unit students will be able to:
Discovering small moments that matter-generating ideas
Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing
Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
Writing a good beginning, middle and end
Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment
Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
Setting goals and making plans for writing time
Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts
Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it
Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
Word choice
Revising and editing rough drafts
Conventions are a big emphasis:
Capital at the beginning of each sentence, for the word ‘I’, and proper nouns
Punctuation at the end of each sentence
Quotation marks when using dialogue

MATH:
Our first Investigations Unit is called: Coins, Number Strings and Story Problems. During this unit students will focus on the following:
Introduce Math Tools and classroom routines-using Number Lines and The 100 Chart
Understand if order matters when adding two or more numbers together
Adding and subtracting within 20 using known facts to solve problems
Begin to develop fact fluency within 20
Compare two quantities
Coins
Time
Solve addition and subtraction story problems, share strategies for solving and ways to record


SOCIAL STUDIES:
Civics- Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of responsible community members.
During this unit we described important characteristics of a responsible community member.
We learned that people can express their ideas respectfully within a community. We also explored the idea
that responsible community members influence the rules, policies, and laws in their communities
(including classrooms).
Communities - We are exploring how communities change, reasons for living in a specific community,
and the different types of communities.


WORD WORK/SPELLING:
Each student was given a spelling inventory to identify areas of strength and areas to work on.
Students were then divided into groups based on their unique needs. Each week your child will come
home with a list of words based on a spelling pattern. Please practice these words with your child
(see orange word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the
pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Welcome back to school!

Here is our schedule for this year:

Upcoming Dates: Thursday, October 4th- Parent Teacher Conferences October 8-12th- Fall Break October 15 or 16th- Vision & Hear...