September & October Highlights
Building the Foundation
ReadingWe have been working really hard to get right into our learning. So far, we have completed 2 non-fiction in Storytown- "Ruby the Copycat" and "The Day Eddie Met the Author." In these stories, we have been practicing finding the characters, settings, and story events. Students can continue to share with you about books they read at home about these 3 topics.
Helpful conversation starters are:
- Who are the characters of your book? What are they like? How can you tell?
- What is the setting of the story? Include where and when.
- What are some of the important events at the beginning, middle, and end of the story?
Next, we are practicing how to find information in text. We will read 2 non-fiction texts to practice this skill. Students will complete a Continent report as a culminating project of our unit.
We have completed our initial study of multiplication and division strategies. These next 2-3 weeks, we will look at how to multiply each set of numbers. We will spend time practicing in school with sprints and in our textbooks. If you'd like students to have extra practice, feel free to use xtramath.org or firstinmath.com as resources. I have also given students a multiplication packet in which they can practice their math facts independently. When they complete that bonus packet, I can provide another multiplication packet.
We have been learning about the communities, continents and oceans. We will continue our study of map skills in the next few weeks with the types of maps and how to read maps. Students will demonstrate their understanding of research and map skills in a continent study, which we will start next week.
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Rockin Bus Challenge
Our second challenge today is to launch a pom-pom as far as possible. Students worked hard to collaborate, share ideas, and use their critical thinking skills to determine which ideas would work and which would not. Students got to create different sets of launchers with their group and learned to communicate their thoughts in a supportive way. Please stay tuned for upcoming pictures.
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