Elephant Classroom News
January 11, 2016
SPECIALIST SCHEDULE IS CHANGING!
To remedy the issue of classes continuing to miss the same specialist due to Mondays/Fridays off due to holidays, the specialist schedule has rotated, Our new specialist schedule begins today and is as follows:
*P.E. 2 will stay the same on Tuesday afternoons after Lunch.
Monday 1/18: MLK Holiday: NO SCHOOL
Friday 1/22: Early Release Day for Staff Training. Students dismissed at 12:15PM.
Monday 1/25: Staff Work Day: NO SCHOOL
What Are We Learning in 9-103?
Grammar/Language Arts: We are working on identifying pronouns. We have been practicing reading sentences and deciding what pronouns could take the place of a particular noun. We are also beginning to study prefixes and suffixes and how they change the meaning of a base word.
Math: We are hard at work learning about addition with re-grouping. What is re-grouping? Most of us know re-grouping as carrying in addition and borrowing in subtraction. Common Core uses the term re-grouping to refer to the grouping of ones when they add up to ten or more and moving them over to the tens place. We have learned a variety of strategies to use to add two and three-digit numbers with regrouping. Your child should use the one that works best for them! A little poem we learned that has been helpful for the students to know whether or not a problem needs re-grouping is : "Ten or more? Carry next door! Nine or less? Let it rest!" **See poster pictured below**
Thematic Unit/ Writing: We are jumping into our Cinderella Unit beginning with the study of the fairy tale genre and revisiting what elements make up a story. This exciting and diverse unit includes the exploration of a variety of "Cinderella stories" from around the world including versions from China, Egypt, France, Ireland and many other cultures.
Additionally, we will discover the story from a variety of view points and even read versions where the Cinderella character is a man! This unit is intended to dive in deep to a Second Grade standard that requires students to be able to compare and contrast stories from different cultures.
Students will work on narrative writing within this unit. We will culminate the unit with students planning, drafting, editing, and illustrating their very own Cinderella Story!