Additionally, we were excited to welcome Mrs. Singer to our classroom as our mystery reader this week! We loved guessing who she was and reading the story she brought!
1. Have your child choose a different paragraph from the story they are reading each day. Have them reread that paragraph until they can read it smoothly, with expression, and read all the words correctly. This practice doesn’t take long, only five to eight minutes each day.
2. Remind your child that he/she must be reading from a good-fit book. If the book is too difficult, your child’s energy will be spent on decoding words and not on fluent reading.
3. Model what fluent reading sounds like by reading aloud to your child. Then, have your child reread a paragraph they have heard you read.
This week students continued their work on writing "How to..." papers. Students first wrote about how to build a snowman using their snowman they created at home. Now, students are working on writing about how to make their favorite ice cream sundae (or cookie sandwich, smoothie, milkshake, and so on.) Students have learned the importance of beginning with an opening that tells the reader what their "How to.." piece is about and then writing step by step how to do something in sequence. Using transition words has been a goal for many (such as first, next, then, finally and so on) to help their writing flow smoothly and sound less like a list. Try supporting this at home by having your child tell you how to do something orally, in sequence while using transition words.
This week we began our new Bridges Math unit that focuses on geometry and fractions! In this unit our class will work on the following:
- Identify, name, describe, and compare 2- and 3-D shapes based on their defining features
- Draw 2-D shapes and build 3-D shapes
- Use two or more geometric shapes to create a new composite shape or figure
- Split whole shapes into 2, 3, or 4 equal parts called halves, thirds, or fourths/quarters
This week we continued our study on famous Americans and learned about Rosa Parks. We will be adding a new page to our famous faces book next week.
Additionally students discussed the outcome of the Groundhog Day legend and his prediction. According to the Groundhog himself we should get ready to put our winter gear away, spring should be coming soon! (One can only hope, right?)
Monday, February 11th: 100's Day Homework Due
Thursday, February 14th: Valentine's Due for our class party
Thursday, February 14th: Early release, students dismissed at 1:00pm.
Friday, February 15th: No school
Monday, February 18th: No school
Tuesday, February 19th: No school for students, teacher institute day