A quick reminder with the grading:
2 = an area of growth. This is just an area that we will continue to work on this year.
3 = everything is meeting expectations
4= above and beyond
5th Grade lawyers at work!
Using facts from a case to build arguments
Typing our expositories, 4th grade
3rd Grade is working on finding facts, "treasure"
We have just begun the introduction to our geography unit “World of Wonder”. With the month of December here it was the perfect time to discss the different ways we celebrate the month, how different cultures have different practices, yet we’re all alike in that it’s a time for families to gather together, share experiences, create news ones. In talking about the world we read a story called The Nesting Doll, a Russion tale. Many were familiar with the dolls, but not the story. We had a few good problem solvers who applied what they knew from other tales to figure out the ending to this one. We then did a nesting activity about where we live – starting from our home to our world. Happy to say most knew their house number, but not all. They then worked alone or with partners to assemble a variety of U.S. puzzles from 50 pieces to 150 pieces. It’s always interesting to see how they approach the activity – corners and edges, or using the picture to guide. Many did an excellent job and were successful, others teamed up to complete the tasks.
The first semester is coming to an end. I’ve really enjoyed working with my first and second graders here at Mathews. Thursdays and Fridays are busy days for us.
This month as we approached the winter season, the first graders and I discussed the possibility of snow in TX. Consensus: not too good for December. Yet that’s what winter’s about.
I decided to introduce them to a gentleman from Vermont known as Snowflake Bentley. We read about his life, explored some “snow” activities, and are ending the month creating our own snow! Can’t wait for Mother Nature to step in. I hope they’ve shared with you some of his very unusual life, his discoveries and gifts to the world.