# Ms. Collodora's News

## Spelling

This week we practiced short /e/ words.

This week we had a lot of fun with our “Shark in the Park” story. We did 2 writing activities around the story. We did an Outside My Window writing piece where we described what we see, hear, taste, smell and feel outside our window, then draw a picture to match and then book some black strips of paper to make it look like we were looking out a window! We also created our own Shark in the Park mini books about what we saw through our own telescope in the park! The kids were so creative and had a lot of fun making them and trying to decide what the "shark fin" would actually be!

## Math

We finished Topic 6 this week about addition sentences to 12 and started Topic 7: subtraction sentences to 12! We will be taking a lot of our strategies and finding ones that work for us as individuals, as well as learning new strategies for subtraction. We have talked a lot about the pounding strategy: student pound the first number in their fist and the either count up (addition) or count backwards (subtraction). I think they just like pounding their fist in their hand :) Whatever works!

## Author Study

We started an Author’s Study this week on Jan Brett. We read “The Hat,” “The Mitten,” and “The 3 Snow Bears” and talked about cause and effect, sequencing, characters, settings and beginning/middle/end with each story! Find out which story your child liked best!

## Friendly Reminders and Fun News

Everett was our Star Student this week.

Congratulations to Gabbi, Owen and Braxton for being our Star and Academic students for the month of November!

We had a lot of fun celebrating our school wide reading goal of filling our fish last month with Game Day on Friday!

Below, I have added a link to my Donor's Choose Project. I would like to get 6 Bee Bots for our classroom to work on our 4 C's and to teach the kids more about coding! If you are interested in donating, or know someone who would be willing to donate, please do! It is a great cause and will teach the kids a lot of great skills for the future!