# 1st Week of November

## November 3rd-November 7th

We dug deep into a bat theme last week, with the help of Stellauna. Students got to explore the different characteristics of bats, compare/contrast bats and birds, and describe all the elements of a story. This week we took everything that we know about setting, plot and characters and put them together to see the overall picture of a story. To help, we did something called story mapping. This is simply breakdown the story, identifying the characters (finding the main character), the main events (problems/solution) to show the author's flow of the story. This was the first time most of the students heard the story Stellauna, and they loved it!

Math

We have now worked on all the numbers up to 10, building the values in every way possible. Students have been matching, naming, ordering and comparing these numbers. They have been working very hard, check out all the different ways we represent numbers!

A big thank you to Mrs. Pemberton for gracing us with your presence and wonderful stories! We heard all about dophins, cupcakes, and Frozen!

## November 10th- November 14th

We are continuing with our informational text unit. This week are focusing through the theme of Spiders! They are creepy and crawly and do really interesting things! Students are creating diagrams to help explain their knowledge.

Our skill focus is on comparing and contrasting. Students will be able and have the opportunity to describe the similarities and differences among many of God's creatures this week. Please have similar conversations at home about different objects or people in your surroundings at home.

Phonetically, we are continue to practice and fine tune the ability to breakdown words. Students should first be able to state the syllables of a word or picture prompt provided and then the sounds. Our goal is to be a step further and state the different sounds in a particular word. For example- "game" is 1 syllable, however has 3 sounds (g/a/m) similarly "box" is 1 syllable but becasue of the "x" box has 4 sounds (b/o/c/s). Please practice words that can fall into these patterns- you don't need to go beyond 4 sounds to a word.

Math

We are wrapping up Unit 3 this week :) and moving onto Unit 4 which is the same focus as the past units just expanding our numbers to 20!

## Parent-Teacher Conferences 11/18-11/20

Report cards will be send out Friday, November 14th. I will be offereing Parent-Teacher conferences the following Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (11/18-11/20). I have scheduled 15 minute conferences on those days to discuss any questions you may have about the report cards and your child's progress in the classroom.

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