Our Week Together
Miss Blackwell's Class
* We have started our school-wide fundraiser to grow our classroom libraries. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! (Please see the yellow paper in your child's green Take Home Folder)
* Please continue to send in Boxtops! Thank you to all of our families who continue to collect and donate Boxtops - 2nd Grade won last month - which means a tasty treat is coming our way! Also, a huge thank you to one of our own classroom moms, Mrs. Christena Hill, for organizing the Boxtop collections for ALL of us!!!!
If your child would like to bring in Valentine's Day cards for the class, that would be lovely! We simply ask that if your child chooses to hand out Valentines, that they give one to every student in the class and that they do not bring any candy (Per our district's healthy eating initiative)
Zaria, Sofia, King, Eva Grace, Azaria, Cedric, Alex, Emmanuel, Heath, Abigail, Sheldon, Gabby, Makenzie, Zack, Micah, Christian, Jackson, Tyler, Mario
We have also begun our word study! You may have noticed weekly slips stapled into your child's agenda that say " If I can spell ___, I can spell ___, ___, etc. We have taken a route with our spelling that helps us to notice patterns versus memorization. Our hope is to explore word families like we do fact families in math. For example: If I know 3+4 = 7, then I also know 4+3=7, 7-3=4, and 7-4=3. We are now taking this strategy and applying it to words. On Mondays, we choose a family (currently the ____est family) and we brainstorm a list of words together that incorporate the ____est (Ex. Best, Rest, West, Invest, Suggest, Etc.) Students are asked to choose any 5 words that they would like off of our big list to complete the slip stapled into agendas. Throughout the week we work together investigating the makeup of the words on our list and are then tested on Friday.
We have also been sharing out a lot of different strategies we can try as readers when we come to a word that we do not know. Now we are asking you! Please send me a quick email or comment in the section below with your answer to the following question: When you are reading and come to a word that you do not know, what do you do?
As Social Scientists...
Next up, we will work together as a class to complete an Expert Project on China. Afterwards, we will have students self-select cultures of interest for individual study.
We will be digging deep into informational text to help us through this unit, but we would LOVE the opportunity to learn from primary sources! If you or any family members self-identify with a culture or group and would like to come talk as a classroom guest, please send me an email!