Swing Into Our Learning
Reading - Currently we are working on story structure. Telling the beginning, middle and end of the stories we read. We will be reading various fairy and folk tales over the next few weeks. The students will compare and contrast different versions of the same tale as well as continue to work on identifying story structures. Strategies we are working on are synthesizing and making connections. As a read aloud we are reading a chapter book called Escaping the Giant Wave the students are very interested in this book and may be asking you questions about Tsunamis as a result - just wanted you to know where that might be coming from!
Writing - The third marking period will begin with focusing on how to write a paragraph. We are looking for paragraphs that have a topic sentence, 3-4 supporting details and a concluding sentence. If your child would like to write at home this would be something good to work on. After covering our paragraph writing we will begin to work on informational writing and how to write an informative piece. Students should be able to introduce a topic, use facts to develop a point and write a concluding statement.
Math - for math we are starting off with subtraction strategies and how to solve subtraction problems using mental math strategies. A new math menu will be coming home shortly. Money skills will be increased to 75 cents this marking period and time will be to the quarter hour. We will also be working on problem solving with missing addends which tends to be a little tricky for the students - look for papers to come home in a few weeks and if you have any questions or notice your child is struggling with it and want additional work please just let me know!
Science - The students are very excited to be starting our new science unit on Balance and Motion. For this uni we have a kit that we will use for various investigations. I am sure they will come home talking about them as they are always a hit with the kids. We have completed one investigation called Crayfish. They had to balance a cardstock crayfish on their finger and then we experimented with adding counterweights to the object.
Social Studies - No Social Studies Currently
Practicing sequencing/retelling a story using cards with transitional words.
King of the Jungle
We have had some really fun visits for our king/queen of the jungle - thank you Connor for the awesome silly putty!
Starting our new science investigation on balance and motion - balancing paper crayfish on our fingers!
King of the Jungle
I hope everyone was able to spend quality time with family and friends this holiday. Hoping that 2016 is a wonderful year for all of you!
- Students will not have daily homework - they should be reading for 15-20 minutes daily, practicing the word study pattern and reviewing math concepts.
- A blue math menu was sent home for the second quarter (there was a typo at the top where it said first quarter - it is for second marking period!)
- Send one healthy snack each day