# Ms. Collodora's News

## Spelling

This week we practiced the -old and -oad word families.

We read many stories this week including “Fox, Beware!,” “The Giving Tree,” “The Lorax” and "The Great Kapok Tree." We talked about how all the stories were about trees and what the trees can give and then we compared and contrasted them, using a TRIPLE double bubble. I won't lie; it wasn't pretty to look at, but it contained a lot of good information! It was very fun to see the kids comparing and contrasting the stories, and then to think critically about the stories and the deeper meaning to them! Would you believe we actually felt sad after reading "The Giving Tree?!?!"

## Math

WOW! There are so many different ways to make 2-digit numbers! We took a lot of time this week, showing numbers, drawing them out, writing them in expanded form and then learning how to "take" from the tens place, crumbling it down to ones, and using that information to make the same number! An extremely tricky concept (that we will continue to work on) and I encourage you to work on at home! This would look something like this:

32=30+2 (then you crumble a ten...)

32=20+12 (crumble another ten....)

32=10+22 (crumble that last ten...)

32=0+32 (yahoo, you are done!!)

One thing we did notice about this is the patterning that occurs: since we are borrowing a ten each time, it is decreasing by 10, and the ones place is increasing by 10!

## Bear Snores On Field Trip

..."And the bear snores on...." was a common sung line during our live show of the book "Bear Snores On." We had so much fun seeing this live version of the story! We laughed and enjoyed, then came back to school and made a double bubble map comparing and contrasting the book and the play. There were a lot of contrasts to the play, but we had a great time and thought the bear was pretty funny :)

## Friendly Reminders and Fun News

Mason was our Star Student this week.

Karly and Ben were our Engineers of the Week.

With February being I LOVE TO READ month, if anyone would like to come in and read some of your (or your kiddo's) favorite stories, WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU!! It is always fun to see mom or dad or even grandma or grandpa come to the class to read us a story! Let me know if you'd like to and we can figure out a day and time!!

Today, you will find a QR code for the app Seesaw in your kiddo's folder. I have been doing a lot of research and trainings for this app and I am planning on using in the classroom, starting Tuesday! I introduced all the kiddos to it this week and they really like it! Seesaw is basically an online journal of student's work. They can take a picture, video, draw a picture or write a note about anything that they are working on. They submit it and I approve the work to be put on their own personal "journal" page. Below is the link to their website with much more information, including how to use and download the app! Please let me know if you chose to download this and what you think! We are starting small to go big and my hope with this app is that you, as a parent, will be able to see daily things your child is working on at school!