We have fixed the problems with the on-line resources for Wonders and Everyday Math. You should now be able to access both programs. Have fun!
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 gross motor exercises.
Our phonics study will be “r” and “s” blends. Another tricky week! Our spelling words are:
spill, spin, grab, grass, drop, drip.
Our sight words are: two, move
We will have our first Wonders assessment this week. It will be exciting to see how we can put all our new learning together to sound out and stretch words, respond to stories, and read for details. We will also have our Unit 2 assessment with our Everyday Mathematics program.
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will continue to work with Number Stories, with a focus on subtraction. Using Fact Triangles to guide us, your children are discovering that sometimes instead of subtracting down from a number...they can add up. (Example: 10 – 7 = ? We can add up instead: 8, 9, 10. That’s three jumps.) 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 as well as counting on from any number.
A reminder about Wednesday’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. We will have lots of learning going on all day long. Please do not send your child to school with their costume on. We will get dressed right before the parade at 1:00. We will return to the classroom for some yummy snacks and a Mystery Science video on spiders!
his 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.
Speaking of friendships within our classroom and within the NBCS community.... 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.
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.
This is Fire Safety week. We will be heading out to the Safety Trailer on Monday morning.
Volunteers – check your child’s folder for information about volunteering in the classroom!
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.
Our spelling words are: clip, flip, slip, flag, black. Our sight words are: plan, be.
We had a great investigation last week with weather and how quickly it can change. We headed out to the garden and observed the weather. We noticed that it was cloudy, cool, and breezy. We all decided that the best way to stay warm on a day like this was long sleeves or a light jacket. We head back in to complete our investigation and guess what....the weather changed. We noticed that the sun was coming out, the temperature got a little warmer, but it was still breezy. Did your child share their weather chart with you? We are hoping that over the weekend everyone did some weather investigating and completed their own weather charts for us to share this week at school.
On Friday we will look at another life cycle: pumpkins. Using some wonderful books, informative videos, and hands-on experiences we will learn about how pumpkins go from seed to Jack-O-Lanterns. If you have any extra pumpkins we’d love to add them to our pumpkin collection in the classroom.
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 Monday 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 and Rekenreks (great visual tools to help us with number sense), and more work with Tally Marks.
Did you hear about our six butterflies? Last Tuesday, between raindrops, we let all six of our Painted Lady Butterflies out. They seemed to like their new home...although one of the butterflies did not want to leave our butterfly cage. It seemed to enjoy the company of our classmates.
We were not able to get our weather investigation in last week. So this Mystery Science adventure will happen this week. Your child will be bringing home a chart to track the weather over the weekend.
Be on the lookout for your child’s first reading homework on Tuesday night. You child will be sharing their Reading Group book with you. Every Tuesday (unless there is no school on Monday...then the homework will be Wednesday) your child will be bringing home a book to share with you. They are very proud of the progress they have been making - - get ready to enjoy another wonderful moment with your child.