Week of March 14
We also had our second week of family tradition shares. Here are some of the family traditions we learned about:
- Singing a special song before eating: 1-2-3 eet smakeligk (Jagger's family)
- Camping at Indian Lake and making s'mores (Patrick's family)
- Eating baked apples for bed night snack (Rowen's family)
- Playing the bass and eating Marmite toast (Nadia's family)
- Learning and speaking Spanish (Guillermo's family)
- Playing Monopoly Junior (Josie's family)
Filling buckets with an elevated funnel connected to a tube!
Ronnie makes a gift for Jojo. Habel makes an alien.
This week we launched a new nonfiction reading unit! First, students sorted our classroom library into fiction and nonfiction books. Then students spent the week exploring non-fiction literature. They practiced noticing all of the details on the page and pointing to interesting pictures and text. They also pretended to be TV news anchors and reported on what they learned from their books. They used the phrase, "This just in...!" to share with partners and the class.
At home: Talk about non-fiction books. What is going in the pictures? What can you learn/report on from the books?
Children are getting better and better at taking notes during family interviews. Students continue to use pictures and/or words to take notes they can read back! We have 8 interviews to go!
We also introduced a tricky story problem about some boxes of apples. Students learned that Madeleine and Rasha want to make an applesauce recipe that calls for five apples. They need a combination of red apples and green apples. Right now students are trying to figure out how many different ways they could fill a box with five apples while mixing red and green together. So far they have come up with:
- 2 green and 3 red
- 3 red and 2 green
- 1 red and 4 green
- For closing circle, the class now gathers to share Wishes and Thankfuls. Ronnie's family introduced this tradition to us last week. Students share one thing in school that they are thankful for and one wish that they have for their classmates or the world.