Mrs. Franklin's Fabulous Firsties
January 17, 2016
Happy New Year!
In phonics, we continued our work with the soft c and g sounds. We really focused on asking, "Does it look right?" as the sounds for each have two or three spellings. Also, students were able to figure out that the vowel before the -dge spelling is a short vowel, while the vowel before a -ge would be a long vowel. Also, students worked with the silent e again. This time, it was with the long vowels u, o, and e. They are really becoming experts at both reading and spelling words with the long vowel sound spelled with the "silent e".
In reading, we continued to work on our Folktale unit. Students listened to, read, and retold a variety of folktales. They are able to identify and describe both the characters and the setting, as well as state the central message and retell the beginning, middle and end events.
Students also wrote their own version of The Mitten, by creating their own characters, setting, and events which mimic the events in the original story. Please be on the lookout for a link to your child's Wixie project with their story.
In math, we continued to work on collecting data, displaying information and analyzing the data. Students created their own question to ask, collected data from their classmates and then represented the data. The trickiest question for students to answer is the "How many more" question. For example, "How many more people like ________ than _______?" Students can count up from the smaller number or subtract the smaller number from the larger amount. We will continue to work on this type of problem before our unit test on Friday.
We began our Social Studies unit, My State is a Community. Students have learned about some of the natural areas of our state as well as some of the man made changes to our state. We will continue to learn about the traditions, customs and laws in Maryland.
Carlos and Caleb reread a folktale.
Paula and Cammie work together to reread a familiar story.
Erin and Jackson listen to each other read. All students are great coaches. They wait if a friend is stuck on a word and then ask, "Do you want more time or help?"
We buddied up with Mrs. Bensen's kindergarten class to show them what we know about using our devices.
We worked with the kindergartners to show them how to carry, log on and use the laptop.
Modeling the Way
We showed them how to turn up the volume and where to find Wixie and Tumblebooks.
Sara asks Lat'Dior her question during Math Workshop.
More Math Questions
Lexi and Cheyenne discuss their results.
Jackson and Quade check out Lat'Dior's survey results.
Odds and Ends
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The 100th day of school will be here before we know it. More information on this day will be sent out this week.
As always, please email me if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say, "Hi!".
My mother-in-law's puppy. Terribly adorable!
Fabulous weather in December for our trip to Washington D.C.
Finally used my birthday gift card!! THANKS!! #timetorun