This week our Essential Question is: How does your body move? We will be reading and talking about ways that our bodies and some animals’ bodies move. We will connect this week’s learning to our daily exercises.
Our phonics study will be “r” and “s” blends. Our spelling words are: spill, spin, grab, grass, drop, drip. Our sight words are: two, move
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will continue to work with Number Stories, with a focus on subtraction. Last week your children discovered some interesting things about the 100’s grid. We will continue to look at ways to add and subtract on the 100’s grid and our Number Lines.
A reminder about Tuesday’s Halloween Parade... as per the school policy: your child must be able to see clearly if there is a mast, they must be able to walk easily, and their costumes cannot contain blood, guts, or weapons.
Did your child tell you that we will be finishing up Charlotte’s Web? We will be watching the movie on Tuesday. Such a great book!
This week our Essential Question is: What do friends to together? We will be reading and writing about friendships all week long. Friends and friendships are an important part of our day. Working with friends, getting along with friends, and learning how to make good choices when we are with our friends are daily conversations in the classroom. Our conversations will lead us to exploring what to do when you want to do one thing…and your friend wants to do something else. Hmmm….This will be a great follow-up to our weekly discussions with Ms. Brown and Mrs. Dana with our Social Thinking/Second Step programs.
We are back to short vowels with our phonics focus. Our spelling words are: hop, top, log, hog, hot, lot. Our sight words are: they, too. We will be reviewing flip and black from last week.
We have finished up Unit 2 in our Everyday Mathematics program. I will be sending their assessments home over the next few days. Unit 3 will involve solving Number Stories using diagrams and number models to guide us.
In Science we will continue our weather watching as we track the weather over several days and learn how to get ready for a possible big storm.
This is Fire Safety week. We will be heading out to the Safety Trailer on Monday afternoon.
Warm applesauce is the best! Last week we finished up our apple investigation with a yummy treat – crockpot applesauce. All morning long our classroom smelled so wonderful and we just couldn’t wait to taste our treat. Has your child told you about this delicious treat yet? Going home on Monday will be their apple prints. Who knew that such interesting pictures could be created using an apple core!
Our school has only three rules to follow: Be Safe...Be Respectful...Be Responsible. Last Friday all the children in the school earned an outside picnic in our school garden for good behavior in the Cafeteria. The weather was perfect for this special and fun activity.
We were able to use our school I-Pads on Friday and play some sight word games. We will be using technology more and more in the classroom as well as when we head to Library on Monday’s with Mrs. Charles.
This week our Essential Question is: What makes a pet special? Can you imagine a dog or a dinosaur coming to school? We will be reading two great stories that will help us to figure out if this is a good or bad decision. Our phonics focus is “L” blends. This can be a challenging sound combination – as such, we will practice all week. Our spelling words are: clip, flip, slip, flag, black. Our sight words are: plan, be. We will be reviewing win and sit from last week.
We are finishing up Unit 2 this week in our Everyday Mathematics program. We will be practicing more with “Start-Change-End” diagrams and then turning these numbers into Number Sentences.
This week we will be investigating the weather. We will focus on what the weather is like outside our classroom windows and on the playground as well as how to get ready for a big storm.
Are you able to volunteer in our classroom? We would love your help from 9:45 – 10:30 daily. Let me know if you are available. I have copied and pasted below the volunteer requirement information directly from our School Website.
“All volunteers need to watch the Bullying Video on the SAU #19 website under Special Projects and then Anti- Bullying Project. In addition you will need to sign the Verification of Bullying Training Form also found on the website.
SAU 19 will host fingerprinting opportunities for Designated Volunteers throughout the school year on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. There will also be fingerprinting in New Boston from 5:30-6:45 pm on November 15th before the PTA Meeting in the library.”
We have already been in school for 25 days! Wow, this sure is going by quickly. We have noticed a comfort level that has settled in with everyone. Friends are reaching out to one another – but that also means friends are comfortable with “tattling” on one another. We read Julia Cook’s book, A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue and then brainstormed rules that we could follow to help us determine if something was “tattling” or information that needed to be shared. Using this great book to guide us, we came up with the following rules - - ask your child to explain these to you. We had such a great classroom discussion.
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on: What is it like where you live? We will be reading and writing about this all week long. Our phonics focus is the short vowel Ii. We have new sight words and new spelling words. Be on the lookout in your child’s folder on Tuesday for these practice sheets:
pin, win, hit, sit, miss, kiss, out, up
Although your child will only be responsible for the sight words: out, up - - they will be exposed to two other words: down, very. We will practice them all week long.
Speaking of Spelling – what a great job everyone did on their first Spelling Test. Thank you for working with your child to help them master these words.
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will be exploring combinations to 10, working with ten frames again (such a great visual tool to help us with number sense), learning about unit boxes as a way to label objects as we count, using calculators, and learning about change-to-more number stories. We will also learn some more math games that you can practice with your child.
This week we will finish up our Apple Study. Ask your child to tell you about the life cycle of an apple. We will be conducting some apple experiments this week, graphing our favorite type of apple, and best of all...tasting homemade applesauce.
This week our Essential Question in our Wonders program is: What do you do at your school? We will be talking and reading about things that happen at school. Our phonics focus will be the short vowel “Aa”. We have four new high-frequency words: does, not, school, what. This week begins our first week of “Spelling Words”. This week’s words follow short “a” spelling patterns:
man, can, nap, tap, cat, hat - - not, does (from our high-frequency list)
Your child will be taking their spelling list home on Tuesday. Included with these words will be suggestions to help your child practice these words. On Friday we will have our first Spelling Test.
With our writing this week we will focus on developing Ideas as we continue to make sure that our sentences begin with a capital letter and have ending punctuation.
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will work on strategies to help us count-on, turn-around facts, decomposing numbers within 10, and subtraction. I will be sending home several Homelinks this week. Just a reminder – these Homelinks will only need to be returned to school if there is a notation at the top of the page. The purpose of these Homelinks is to keep you informed of what is happening at school, to share directions to play games that we have learned at school, and to give suggestions for helping your child with the concepts that they are learning. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.
The last of our Painted Lady Butterflies appeared Friday while we were at our Harvest Festival. They were released into our playground garden after school. Seven Painted Lady Butterflies are now flying around our school playground.
Over the next couple of weeks our Science investigation will focus on Apples. We will read about apples, make predictions about apples, graph apples, paint with apples and (best of all) taste apples. Stay tuned!