This week in our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question of: How can we classify and categorize things? We sort and classify daily when we use criteria to move around the classroom. For example: If you are wearing the color blue...If you have shoe laces that are tied...If your first name starts with a vowel. We will connect the concept of classifying with animals, as we continue our love of this subject matter. Our phonics focus is “r-controlled vowels” with the spelling pattern of “ar”:
cart, barn, arm, art, yarn, harm
Our sight words are: four, none – with exposure to: large, only, put, round
Our grammar focus will be joining sentences with “and, but, or”, which will tie in perfectly with our writing focus of: Sentence Fluency. We will also focus on Character Traits and Point of View.
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will work more with clocks (digital and analog). We will continue practicing addition/subtraction, place value (a favorite activity), and learn about fractions.
Has your child shared “biomimicry” with you? Last Friday during Science we had to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Using a turtle as a model, we had to design something to protect our head when riding a bicycle. Your children were very clever! This week, based on what we learned about the burdock plant, we need to design something to help us keep our shoes on if we don’t know how to tie the laces. Stay tuned for this challenge!