# Ms. Collodora's News

## Spelling

This week we practiced short u words.

We finished our conversations about heat. We learned new vocabulary words including sign, freeze and fill. It was a lot of fun to see all the connections the kids made when they starting seeing our spelling patterns and vocabulary words pop up in the books we are reading!

We also spent a lot of time working on the comprehension strategy of determining importance. We read several stories, including "Little Polar Bear," "Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home!," and "Little Polar Bear and the Big Balloon," where we dissected the book, looking for all of the important details that help us understand that stories, but also recognizing that there are interesting, fun parts to the story, but they don't help us with the meaning of the story.

We also learned about asking questions this week and what makes a sentence an asking sentence. It ALWAYS has a question mark and it usually starts with a 'w' word! (who, what, where, when, why) We are really good at telling the difference now between telling sentence and asking sentences!

## Math

We finished Topic Five: 5 and 10 Relationships on Thursday. The kids are getting to be really good mathematicians and are beginning to gain that mental math skill we are aiming for! We still how multiple strategies on how to tackle a problem and give the kiddos whatever tools they need to be successful in solving them, whether that is their fingers, counters, blocks or even drawing a picture! Up next: Addition facts up to 12!

## Engineering

What is a mechanical engineer? What is a machine? These are some of the questions we took time to discuss this week to further our understanding of machines and how mechanical engineers work on machines. Our engineering problem that we will be tackling is this: we have a sailboat, but no sail! We need to engineer one that will move the entire boat between the length of two tables. Next week we will put our Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve) to the test while we create our sails!

## Friendly Reminders and Fun News

No school: 11/25, 11/26, 11/27 for Thanksgiving break.

Read-A-Thon continues through the weekend! We have almost mad our goal of \$10,000! If we do, Mr. Metzler will either 1.) Dye his hair, 2.) Wear a dress, or 3.) Kiss a pig! Keep reading over the weekend and if you or anyone you know would like to donate, they can! Cash or checks (made out to Tatanka PTO) will be collected MONDAY! Let's see Mr. Metzler kiss a pig! (well, that's my vote at least!)

Nolan and Kenley were our Engineers of the Week!

Speaking of Engineers of the Week...

I have a schedule! This is a very fun and creative take home project! The kiddos will come home with their Engineering Bag on Friday and will have one full week to complete the Engineering Task. There are optional Science, Technology and Math activities in each bag as well. Please be aware: The materials that are in the bag need to all be returned, and in good condition. We do ask that if something breaks, let us know, and please try to replace it. These bags were expense for us (the first grade team) to make, but we really value the learning that can come from them. If materials are not returned or are damaged, we will ask you to pay for them. Some of the books are no longer in publishing and are very expensive.

With that...we will also teach responsibility! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!