A Peek at Our Week
Our Spectacular 1st-3rd Grade Class
February 26, 2016
Mindful listening also lays the groundwork for social awareness and effective communication. Being able to really focus on what others say and to hone in on important words, phrases and tone gives young listeners more context for understanding what is being said and a better idea of how to respond. This helps prepare children for following directions, resolving conflicts through discussions, building friendships and listening for important details in texts read aloud.
One exercise we did was carefully listening while I read a phrase of dialogue from a book we read using different tones of voices. The children then interpreted how the character was feeling and how the message changed with the tone I used. This connects also with our reading and writing and how to distinguish different voices and enjoying texts at a deeper level. They are building skills for understanding nuances of interaction among characters and, by extension, among people in real life.
100th Day of School!
I was really touched by what the children shared in the hopes for themselves in the next 100 years. Along with personal hopes for themselves they all, on their own, wrote about wanting to make a difference in the world in some way. Such heroes!
Some of us are working on our single-digit facts while others are working on subtracting double-digits or double-digits with borrowing. Those who were ready to borrow (we also say regrouping) used our tens and ones pieces to help us manipulate the numbers and see what happens when we take a ten and bring it into the ones. This helps us understand the concept of regrouping in subtraction and how to eventually use the standard subtraction algorithm. Some will continues to use the tens and ones pieces as they practice subtracting in this way while others have the concept and are ready to move onto more algorithm practice.
We are working on spelling more words conventionally. To help us, we now have access in our writing folders of many high frequency words. We will edit our writing for these common words during our editing process. We also each have a personal word bank that we will add to as important words come up in writing. Those who are ready to edit for more complex spelling will have the ability to do so.
In handwriting, Magic C had us practice "u." Down, travel, up, back down!
We are beginning our practice of spelling high-frequency words! There are some oddball that refuse to follow our phonics rules!
We are looking deeper into our stories and analyzing our characters. What traits do they have? What is the evidence? Where in the book is an example (actions, descriptions, words they said) that really illustrates the traits of our character?
In January and February, our focus was everyday community heroes who help people, animals and the earth, locally and globally, current and historically, and how we can help others through service. In the weeks ahead, we are taking a scientific perspective and looking at problems that can be addressed through an invention. What are some problems in the world? What are problems people have in their daily life? What would make something easier or less harmful to the environment? What would make something easier to use? What would make an item even better? We will investigate how inventions develop and what it takes to be an inventor. We will learn about a couple of well-know historical inventors as well as a few up-and-coming inventions. We will also explore the engineering design process through many activities and challenges and even develop our own invention!!! So fun!!
- March 4th - Laurel, Stella
- March 11th - Addy, Sam
- March 18th - Gillian, Kaitlyn
- March 25th - Oliver, Ethan
- April 1st - Stella, Olivia
March 2 - Parent Meeting
March 16 - Board Meeting
March 28-April 1st - 1/2 Days for Teacher Conferences
March 30 - Science Fair
April 4-8 - Spring Break, No School
April 20 - Board Meeting
April 22/23 - Arts Walk