Also, our class was able to fill up our "Gear Reward Jar" with gears and was able to celebrate with some free choice STEM time. Gears are added to the jar when the class is displaying positive behavior.
Students were eager to work on their Daily 5 this week and to participate in Read to Self due to the new books in our classroom library! I received several points and "Scholastic Dollars" to spend because of the purchases that many parents from our class made. Thank you! Our classroom library is a lot more interesting. If you are interested in purchasing books from Scholastic, another book order was sent home with your child last week.
This week we added another CAFE strategy to help us with our reading "accuracy" under the letter "A". Students learned that when they come to an unfamiliar word that they are unable to sound out correctly sometimes it helps to "skip the word and then come back". This is a useful strategy for readers because often times the context clues surrounding word is helpful enough for readers to figure out the unfamiliar word. This strategy teaches readers to skip over the unfamiliar word and read to the end of the sentence/passage and then return to the word and use context clues to help decode the word. Here are some ways you can help your child with this strategy at home:
1. When listening to your child read, help him/her realize it is okay to skip over a word and then come back to it. If, when reading, your child gets stuck on a word, encourage the use of this strategy.
2. Model this strategy for your child. Read aloud and stop at a word they may find difficult. Think out loud to model how your child should use this strategy. Say, "I'm not sure what this word says. I will read the rest of the sentence and then come back to it to see if I can figure it out.
3. Play a game of "Guess my word" with your child. Write a sentence and cover up one word. Have your child read the sentence and guess what the word might be. Then, uncover the first letter of the word and help them use the first letter and context clues from the rest of the sentence to figure it out. You may also want to reverse roles and have your child write a sentence and cover a word for you to guess. This will allow you another opportunity to model this strategy for your child. Thank you for your continued support at home!
This week students were introduced to our new computation math unit! It was introduced through a game called Top It where students used a set of dominos to practice counting on to add two numbers together. After students had the exposure of the game to activate transferable skills and to clear up confusion students took a pre-test to show their computation strengths and needs. Next week they will be flexibly grouped for our Guided Math structure to ensure they are learning at their individual instructional level.
Additionally, we continued to focus on the Standards of Mathematical practice this week. A growth mindset is extremely helpful when approaching the Standards of Mathematical Practice as students are learning new math strategies. We watched the following Growth Mindset Video called, "The Incredible Power of Yet". To help reinforce these skills try asking these questions at home with your child:
2. How can you improve the phrase "I can't do this?”
3. Think of a time where you just didn't get “it.” What could you do in that situation?
What a great time of year to be learning about weather! The weather can change from day to day or sometimes hour to hour! Students are going to begin tracking different kinds of weather using the following key vocabulary: overcast, sunny, partly cloudy, rainy and snowy. Students used their "Science Notebook" for the first time to answer our focus question: "What is the weather today?" We will be incorporating graphing and other types of weather as we progress in our weather unit.
Tuesday, October 24th: Picture Day
Tuesday, October 31st: Halloween- The all school parade will be at 1:50pm.
Costume information: Students’ costumes should be safely designed and age appropriate to allow for adequate vision, mobility and warmth. Masks cannot be worn. NO TOY WEAPONS of any type will be allowed at school.