This week, we worked on not whipping through the books that we are reading, but leaned to spend more time in the books. Students learned that they can reread books. Like seeing something new on the playground, rereading allows you to understand new things about the books you are reading. We talked about figuring out how all the pages of the book go together. Readers also learned to rethink what they have read and add some of their own ideas about the books they are reading. The best day of the week was when students studied the pictures and thought what letter starts what they see in the pictures. Students then searched the words on the page for a word that began with that letter. Reading books over and over makes you sound like an authority on the topic! What a great week of reading!
In writing, we learned to write some words (labels) to help tell our stories. To write a word, we began by saying what we wanted to write very slooowwllly. We listened for the first sound and then wrote the letter that matches. Students worked on figuring out how they could draw those hard to write about topics. By the middle of the week, we talked about how we can add more pages to our stories and keep the pages on topic. We learned that writers even plan out stories that can go over several pages even before the begin writing. Writers also learned the importance of having a partner. Partnerships got together to ask who, what, where, and why questions about their partners stories to get their partner to add more information to their stories.
Letters of the week:
B - bat - /b/
F - fun - /f/
Students learned the proper letter lower case formation of the letters as well as the sound those letters make. Please practice letter sounds at home!
Letters taught this year: T, b, f
Snap words introduced this week : I
Snap words taught this year: I
This week, we continued to review positional words. You can used these words at home when locating and pointing out things around the house or where you go.
Positional words: above, below, next to, by, beside, behind, between, and in front of. Students learned that objects can be heavier or lighter than others. We used simple balance scales to see which items were heavier (fall to ground) or lighter (stay in air). We continues to work on naming things that were taller and shorter as well as longer and shorter. We also learned to identify if a given group was larger or smaller than another group. Students played War with cards (up to ten). They could use the pictures on the cards or the digits
to help identify which card had more. Students were asked to tell how they knew a group was larger that another ie I stopped counting and this number came after.
Students have been working on being good classmates to each other. We continued to talk about our social contract and what it means to be good listeners. Students watched a fantastic assembly on how to be good citizens. Students were engaged in the topic by the hip hop dance moves that we learned as we learned new ways to be kinder and better.
We also talked about the Pledge of Allegiance and why it is so important.
9/20- PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m.
9/22- Early Dismissal for Students; Staff PD
9/27- Picture Day