We are working on perfecting our reading skills by becoming avid readers. Students are brushing up on old skills while learning new and important reading behaviors. During partner reading, we are making playdates to keep our reading fun and exciting.
We have moved into our final unit of study. We are going back to writing true stories. Students are learning how to put all their good writing skills that they have learned over the year to make their stories even better. You can talk about what things you have done as a family to help come up with new and exciting story ideas.
Students are continuing to work on blending sounds together to make words as well as segmenting the sounds we hear in words. We have begun to play with deleting the initial sounds of words to hear just the ending. example take away the first sound in can. What are you left with? An We will also begin working on substituting sounds in words as well. Example change the first sound in sick to a p. What new word did you get? pick
We are working on addition and subtraction. Students are concentrating on taking one away from a number and adding one. They have discovered that adding one means you go to the next counting number and when you take away one, you go to the number that came before. Keep working on practicing these facts as home to build fluency.
Things to do at home:
Practice number combinations to 5. Ex. 1 and 4, 3 and 2.
Practice number combinations to 10. Ex. 8 and 2, 7 and 3.
To practice number combinations, use beads, cereal, pasta etc, pen and paper, flash cards, memory recall.
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.
Students have just finished up learning about pushes and pulls. We used these science concepts to complete a design challenge. Students had to work together in a group to solve a problem. Then they had to build a model to solve that problem. After the models were built, students tested their models to see if they worked.