This week we continued our focus on "trickster" tales. We read several books that included Anansi the spider from the West African folktales. Anansi usually is a trickster character and he appears in several different folktales. After reading several different text he was in we were able to practice the comprehension skill of compare and contrast when it came to how his character traits were similar in some books but some were different in other books. Students were also able to practice making text to text connections by comparing and contrasting other trickster characters like in the story "Borreguita and the Coyote".
Students also focused on a new cafe goal under the "E" for "expand vocabulary". Students learned that the context surrounding an word that they don't know the meaning of can help them to determine what the word might mean. Context clues are the words, phrases, and sentences surrounding an unfamiliar word that give clues or hints to its meaning. Although not all words can be figured out this way, it is important for readers to know this strategy as one way to gain meaning from a word. Here are some ways you can help your child with this reading strategy at home:
Students were able to "fancy up" their writing and added a cover to publish their best piece from our opinion writing unit. Our class celebrated our writing progress by sharing our piece on the document camera for the rest of the class to see and listen to.
This week our class continued to learn about fractions with shapes. We worked on the following common core standard:
1.G.A.3 Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.
Student Friendly Objective: I can split circles and rectangles into halves and fourths and compare the sizes of those pieces.
This week we continued our study on sound. We focused on what causes sounds to be quite or loud by practicing and observing a one string table guitar and a handmade xylophones. Students also made observations on how the sound/pitch changed when the string was pulled tighter and when the tubes for the xylophone were short or long.
Wednesday, March 21st: Ice Cream Day, students can purchase ice cream during lunch for $3.00.
Wednesday, March 28th: Early dismissal, 1:00pm.
Wednesday, March 28th: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, March 29th: Parent/teacher conferences 8:00am-noon
Friday, March 30th: No school
Saturday, March 31- Sunday, April 8th: Spring Break, no school
Monday April, 9th: School resumes