Weekly Updates from Room F7!
We loved meeting our Big Buddies in Mrs. Schulman's class this week! We will meet with them every other Friday to work on reading, writing and thematic work!
Thank you SO much to every parent who helped to make our Bear Bread successful! Students had such a fun time making the bear heads and shaping the ears and nose. We added raisins for the eyes and mouth and cinnamon sugar to make it sweet :)
Our class LOVED the Bear Breakfast! Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make it happen!
Family Math Night
Mystery Reader Sign Up
We need a volunteer to be our FIRST Mystery Reader THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd!
Scholastic Book Club!
Please make sure that you have placed your orders by Wednesday morning at the latest to receive the books with the rest of the class! If you would rather send me money with an order for to send in the mail to Scholastic, make sure these orders are in NO LATER than Tuesday, September 29th.
This Friday, I will be sending home our October issue of Scholastic Book Club catalog! I will be moving up our next deadline for book orders as I want the kiddos to have all the fun books (especially if they get fall themed ones) before the end of the month!
One-Time Class Activation Code: PBC6D
Weekly Curriculum Update
Math - This week, Ms. Otto will start to push in to help differentiate for math standards for kindergarten. Kindergarten will be focusing on number sense, building counting fluency, and working with tens frames. Working with tens frames is an important foundational skill for kindergarteners to have as our number system places heavy emphasis on place value.
My first graders will be reviewing what we learned about partners of numbers and we will be introducing the concept of place value. We will start with tens frames and expand to representing a range of numbers in base ten blocks. This will help to increase their understanding that every number has a special place in a our number system and will help them later on in the year!
Literature- We will be talking about concepts in both fictional and non-fictional texts. In our fictional texts, we will be discussing character, setting, problem/solution, and big events in the story. These are critical pieces of comprehension for fictional books that children need to have a deep understanding of. In non-fiction, we will be review what we learned about connections from last week, and we will also be discussing the importance of asking questions as we read.
Foundational Skills- For decoding (figuring out words), we will be reviewing the idea of tapping. We will also learn to get our mouths ready for the first letter of the word and look at the picture to confirm our thinking. We will be learning to look for a smaller part of a longer word that we know when we are stumped by a word. Kindergarteners will be continuing our work on CVC words and practicing our letter sounds. First graders will continue to study about digraphs. Last week, we introduced sh, th, and ch. This week, we will build on these with introducing wh and ck.
Writing- Narratives are such a critical piece of the writing process for beginning writers. We will be continuing to discuss characteristics of narratives and going through the writing process. Students will practice thinking of a moment to write about and expanding it to include details. They will also learn that writers go back over their work to make sure it makes sense and sounds the way they want it to sound.
Social Studies- We are wrapping up our study of the six character traits in our school wide character education program, Character Counts. Students have spent time with five out of the six traits, studying what they look like and sound like and how we can do our best to show them every day. Our last trait to discuss is Citizenship. This will go hand in hand with the study we will have about community and how we can be responsible citizens in our community and world. We will also be reviewing the word diversity and what it means to be different.
Science- Our themes this month REALLY lend themselves to science and I am SO excited about it!! This week, we will be continuing to build our scientific skills of observing, asking questions and creating a hypothesis. Throughout the month, we will have several experiments and studies into pumpkins, the pumpkin life cycle, and the needs of animals as depicted in our nocturnal animal studies.