Readers have worked on strengthening their reading muscles! We have been working on retelling the stories we read from the beginning and telling the events in order that they happened. We are also working on making connections to the books we read. For example when we finish a story, we think “What did that book remind me of? Something else I read, something I watch, or something that happened to me?” Readers have been thinking about the characters in the books that they are reading and matching their voices to what is happening in the story. We are getting ready to begin a new reading unit.
Writers have finished another writing unit! Our true stories will be coming home today. Students worked on publishing their favorite story. They will be on display in school for a few weeks. They will come home after that.
Next week, we will begin a new writing unit about writing “How to” books. Students will write directions on how to do tasks they know how to do. Examples: make chocolate milk, hot cocoa, a sandwich, make a bed, get ready for school, carve a pumpkin, make a sand castle, etc. You can prep for this unit by talking and thinking about all the things your child knows how to do! Oral rehearsal of how to do these tasks will help with writing.
Letters of the week:
Students learned the proper letter uppercase formation of all the letters as well as the sound those letters make. Please practice letter sounds at home!
Snap words introduced this week : here, they, come
Snap words taught this year: I, a, the, is, my, on, we, see, and, by, like, it, look, you, me, we, you, has, he, she, went, to, go, here, come, they
We are also working on listening to the ending sounds of words, blending onset rhyme ie /b/ - /at/ make bat, segmenting sounds ie say bat now tell all the sounds you hear /b/ /a/ /t/, and blending sounds to make words ie /b/ /a/ /t/ makes the word bat. You can practice these skills at home as well as use the following websites for fun.
We practiced counting and writing numbers 9, 10, and 0. We worked on breaking those numbers apart to find different combinations. We are reviewing how to draw and show our thinking for addition and subtraction stories. We are working on using the vocabulary greater than, less than, and equal to describe two numbers.
Things to do at home:
Play War - winner can have greater or less than number. Before winner takes the cards, they need to say 8 is greater than 6.
Counting to 100
Counting backward from 20
Count by tens to 100
Count on or backward from a given number not 1 or 10. Example count on starting at 7 or count backward from 13.
Social Studies and Science
1/12 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day