This week we connected our facts we learned during Social Studies about Veteran's Day to a non-fiction literature. We read Nubs which is an amazing story about a Marine and a dog named Nubs. We discussed the characters and character traits after reading the story. We learned that character traits can change during a story and that a person’s (or animal’s in this case) character greatly impacts their relationship. We also learned the difference between an inside trait and an outside trait and that the character traits are focused on the inside traits. To the right is the flip chart we filled out after reading our book together. Students will be encouraged to become more independent in identifying “inside traits”. To reinforce this skill at home, help your child talk about or fill out this character traits sheets after reading at home: Character Traits Page PDF. Additionally, here is a link to the website to learn more about this amazing true story: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/storyofnubs/.
When meeting with the teacher, students practiced writing and solving number sentences to master the following CCSS math goal:
1.OA.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Student Friendly Objective: I can solve real life problems of all different sorts by adding or subtracting within 20. I might use objects, pictures, and I can represent missing amounts with a symbol (like a box or a question mark).
Memorizing math facts and mastering basic calculations will get students only so far. Word problems, or story problems, appear in everyday life. Students are learning how to differ between and solve three different kinds of word problems:
1. Result Unknown 5+3=___
- Example: You have 5 books to read. You get 3 more books from the library. How many books do you have now?
- Example: Sam had 5 apples. How many more apples will he need to have 14 apples all together?
- Example: The dog has some bones. Emily gave him 7 more bones. Now the dog has 15 bones. How many bones did the dog have to start with?
Additionally, we went to the computer lab to access two of our subscription websites. We first took our placement test for Xtramath. This website will help your child to improve both accuracy and fluency with the addition/subtraction facts. Having good math fact fluency will develop a good foundation for students to apply to more complex math problems. Here is a link: http://xtramath.org/. Students also logged into Dreambox which helps to build basic math skills and problem solving abilities. Here is a link: Dreambox Link. Your child should have brought home a sheet with login information for both of these subscription websites.
This week we wrapped up our personal narrative unit by having a writing celebration! Students choose one or more of their "small moment" stories to share with the class and to be added to our classroom library for other students to read and enjoy. Students are looking forward to learning about our next writing unit which will be informative writing.
Students learned about different ways to measure weather. We practiced using a thermometer to determine how hot or cold something is. We practice setting our cut-out paper thermometers to the temperature of different locations around the world by using the iPads and a weather app. We looked at the temperature in Highland Park, Illinois and compared it to locations around the world that were much hotter and others that were much colder. Students discovered that temperature around the world can be very different depending on where you are located and the time of year. Here are some of the places we searched and found the temperature:
Monday, November 20th & Tuesday, November 21st: Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School for students. Click here for your conference day/time: Conference Schedule Page
Wednesday, November 22nd- Friday, November 24th: Thanksgiving Break, no school.