In literacy, we have continued with our word wall words… and yes, they are getting harder. Please be sure that your child is practicing reading them at home! Learning these words will help your child to become more successful in reading and writing. You can find the words on our blog page here: http://mrsdecristofaro.weebly.com/word-wall-words.html.
This week your child's "good fit" Words Their Way list was sent home. Every two weeks students will receive their Words Their Way sorts. Students are responsible for understanding the pattern and applying their knowledge when spelling similar words. Remember that word study practice sorts can be found on the blog page at this link: http://mrsdecristofaro.weebly.com/words-their-way.html. It is my goal for students to transition from developmental spelling to the standard spelling.
We also were introduced to our Vocabulary Words this week by reading A Porcupine Named Fluffy and adding the CAFE strategy of “tune into interesting words” to our CAFE menu under expand vocabulary. Our words were within the story and were: common, doubt, giggling, pleased, soggy, rough. First we learn the meaning of the words. Next, we draw a picture next to the word that would help us remember it. For the word giggling, students might draw a person who is laughing. These drawings are quick sketches with our pencil. Once students can understand the words, students are encouraged to use these words in everyday language or in their writing! I have challenged our class to try using their vocabulary words in their "small moment" stories. Once a student is “caught” using a vocabulary word, they are able to put their “autograph” next to the word in our Classroom Vocabulary Binder. Here is a link to the words so your child can practice using them or drawing pictures to help them remember them at home: A Porcupine Named Fluffy Vocab PDF
Our class continued to practice our reading strategies using our CAFE menu to help us. CAFE is an acronym and will assist students all year when making reading goals:
- C- Comprehension: I understand what I read.
- A- Accuracy: I can read the words.
- F- Fluency: I can read accurately and with expression.
- E- Expand Vocabulary: I know, find, and use interesting words.
In math we continued working on the following Common Core State Standard:
1.NBT.A.1 Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.
Student Friendly Objective: I can count up to 120 starting at any number. I can also write any number up to 120.
We worked on number patterns by utilizing The Learning Carpet to master this standard. The Learning Carpet is a permanently gridded, 100 square floor mat (6 feet square and bound on all sides), on which children are able to develop their understanding of mathematics through kinesthetic learning.
Additionally, we played a game using a hundreds chart called Race to 100. Students took turns rolling a 10 sided die and counting on the number they rolled. They then had to say the number they landed on without reading it backwards! (We learned that using our “math language” is one of the most important parts of this game to help us meet our math goal this week.) The first person to make it to 100 without going over was the winner. Many students were eager to race to higher numbers such as 200 to help them learn the patterns in the hundreds and to practice saying those numbers. If you are interested, I have attached a copy of this game to the right for you to print and play at home to reinforce skills. Click on this link to download the game to your computer: Race to 100/200 PDF
Students were introduced to our new science unit called "Air and Weather". We learned that weather is always changing and we need to check many different things (including the air) to determine the weather. Students were excited when we literally took science outside this week to make observations about the air, movement in trees, the sky, etc. We are going to be charting and graphing the weather in the upcoming dates to look for trends, changes, unexpected events, etc. some key vocabulary that we are using to "talk like scientists" for this unit are: observe, observation, meteorologist, weather, weather conditions, partly cloudy, overcast, sunny, rainy, temperature, thermometer, Celsius, Fahrenheit, and rain gauge.
Friday, October 6th - Early release, students dismissed at 1:00pm.
Monday, October 9th - No school, Fall Break
Tuesday, October 10th - No school, teacher institute day