Friday morning we will have our Holiday Brunch. We will be doing a STEM problem based our pre-holiday activities with Santa being stuck in your chimney.
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on the Essential Question: How do plants change as they grow? Interesting question with snow on the ground and below freezing temperatures outside!! We will be reading several books about plants and how plants grow. Our phonics focus will be Long Vowel Ii, with the spelling pattern of i_e.
I sent home a letter last Friday (bright pink paper) explaining the spelling change for this week. The words are getting more difficult with the introduction of long vowels. All of the time away from the classroom (due to snow days and delayed openings) has meant that we have not had as many review opportunities during the course of the week. This week’s spelling words will contain three long vowel Aa words and three long vowel Ii words:
made, game, late
ride, bike, mine
We will be reviewing all of the long vowel words that our Wonders program has suggested, but your child will only be held responsible for the above words.
Beginning on Tuesday night, your child will be taking home their Reading Group book to share with you. Be on the lookout for a note in your child’s folder on Tuesday explaining the homework.
In Science we will investigate shadows, focusing on these three questions:
Could a statue’s shadow move?
What does your shadow do when you’re not looking?
How can the sun help you if you are lost?
Your children are amazing with understanding place value. We have been doing lots of activities in the classroom and, wow, has it paid off. Not only can your children solve an equation when presented with Longs and Cubes/Units (place value manipulatives) they are beginning to break a number down into Expanded Notation. What does this look like? The number 56 has five Longs and six Cubes. It also means: 50 + 6. Why is this important? This week we will apply this place value knowledge to the understanding of coins and their values. A Long and a Dime are the same, a Cube and a Penny are the same. Your children will be building numbers to represent coin amounts.
In Social Studies we will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr., culminating our study with our Reading Buddies on Friday.