Valentine Projects went home last week. This is a big task for your child to complete. Please help your child organize his/her time so that the project is manageable. The project is due on Monday, February 10th. Please send me an email if you have any questions.
Here's what we were working on in the classroom last week:
Reading : Last week we started talking about text-to-self connections. A text-to-self connection is when a book reminds the reader about something that has happened in his/her life. When reading with your child, ask your child if the book reminds him/her about anything. This week, we'll start talking about making sure the students' connections are meaningful and lead to deeper understanding, but for right now, any connection is great!
Word Study : We learned all about our first long vowel last week - the long a. Since it was a short week, the students haven't completely mastered it yet, but they'll get a firmer grasp on long vowel patterns over the next few weeks.
Writing : The students' how-to books are done! Last week, the students worked on getting their pieces ready for publishing. They used a checklist to make sure that their piece included all of the important parts of a how to. Of course, they also edited their writing to make sure that it made sense and was easy to read. The students will be sharing their pieces with a kindergarten class this week!
Math : Last week we finished up unit 4. This week, we'll be started unit 5. Unit 5 will introduce the students to place value.
Science : We wrapped up our unit on space last week by talking about solar and lunar eclipses. Next, we're moving on to a social studies unit all about Mexico!
Here are some pictures of the students playing a new math game - The Digit Game :