Don't forget about the Valentine Projects that went home a couple weeks ago! This project can be a quite labor-intensive and time consuming if left until the last minute to do. Please help your child pace him/herself so that it does not become overwhelming. Completed projects should be returned to school by February 10th.
Here's what we were working on in the classroom last week:
Reading : We spent a lot of time talking about making meaningful text-to-self connections last week (see the previous post for more information). The students are getting really good at it! In school, when we talk about connections, we use these sentence starters to help structure our thinking. "When I read about ______, it reminded me about _______. So, it helps me understand _____." Try it out at home!
On Friday, the students also got new reading partners! Ask your child who his/her reading partner is now.
Writing : We've moved on to our next writing unit, which is an opinion unit. We started off by talking about the differences between facts and opinions. Then, we read a book about a boy and an ant. After that, the students wrote an opinion piece about whether or not they felt the boy should squish the ant. On Friday, the students typed up opinion pieces about why they thought 1-Bu was the best class.
Math : We wrapped up Unit 5 last week and will be moving on to Unit 6 this week. By now, your child should be able to successfully use a number grid and base-ten blocks to add double-digit numbers. I don't expect for your child to add double-digit numbers without these tools, however.
Social Studies : Last week, we focused on where we live in the world - which continent, country, state, and city. The students have been working on completing a book that shows where they live, called 'Me on the Map.'
Sorry, no pictures from last week. Have a great week!