Due to the early release and snow day from last week – just a reminder that our spelling test for last week will be on Monday morning.
This week with our Wonders program we will focus on insects. Our Essential Question is: What insects do you know about? How are they alike and different? Our phonics focus will be the Long Vowel Ii with the spelling patterns of: i, y, igh, ie. The spelling words are:
find, night, by, kind, right, pie
Our sight words are: caught, listen - - with exposure to: flew, know, laugh, were.
Because of the snow issues last week we were not able to get to our science exploration of: Why are polar bears white? What is camouflage and how is it important? One of the mysteries we will solve involves an insect: a moth. How does camouflage help a moth? We will solve this mystery on Friday.
We have loved discovering so many interesting facts about animals with Wonders and Mystery Science. Even our discoveries about vultures was fascinating! I must admit I have never used “fascinating” and “vultures” in the same sentence...until now. After reading our Wonders story, Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre, we discovered the importance of this bird to our ecosystem. We found out that Vultures do not hunt live prey. Instead, they act as scavengers feeding on the carcasses of dead animals. They play an important role in nature, helping to prevent the spread of disease. Ask your child to tell you how the warming air in the morning helps the vulture to soar.
Within the next several weeks our Wonders program will focus on service animals. We have the unique opportunity of a visit from service dogs in training. A permission slip went home last Friday – please sign and return this as soon as possible.
Our writing will continue to focus on the organization of our stories. We have been discovering different ways to start our stories – to grab our reader’s interest right away. Once we have grabbed their interest, we are learning to put some great word choice into our stories. Come on Rain by Karen Hesse, When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, The Listening Walk by Paul Showers, and Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud by Lynne Plourde will help us with sensory words and organization.
With the Everyday Mathematics program we will be exploring the attributes of shapes: color, size, number of sides, and number of corners.