Werner's Weekly News
Week of February 1st
We started learning about polar animals at the end of last week and we are continuing with polar animals this week. We will be learning about animal habitats in these cold-weather regions and animal adaptations.
In math we are working on doubles facts and doubles plus one to help build our math fact knowledge. We are also working on making 10 to solve equations with sums more than 10. The kids practiced using dots, fingers, tally marks, ten frames and math facts to help them with this strategy. We emphasized using ten frames.
In reading we began learning about r-controlled vowels such as ar, er, ir, ur and or. We call this "rockstar r" in our class as a tool to help them remember it. I explained that it is like the vowels are going to a concert. A is up in the front row yelling the letter name "r" because it likes "rockstar r". E, I, and U didn't really want to be at the concert because they don't like "rockstar r's" music so they make the er, ir, ur sound (like in turn, shirt and buzzer) because they are grumpy. Finally, I explained that o is a musician like "rockstar r" so it sings along with r to make the combined "or" sound that we hear in short. If you hear your child talk about "rockstar r" now you know the story that goes with it. I find that the stories help the kids remember. :)
In writing we are still working on teaching books and using text features from non-fiction books in our own writing. We went over adding table of contents, page numbers and chapters yesterday.