Valentine Projects came home last Friday. This project can be a quite labor-intensive and time consuming if left until the last minute. Please help your child pace him/herself so that it does not become overwhelming. Completed projects should be returned to school by February 10th.
Last week, Officer Sanches visited to teach the students another lesson about how to stay safe in the community. While she was here, she gave the students a homework assignment - to memorize their addresses and phone numbers. Please keep practicing these at home with your child until he/she has them memorized.
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 have also learned how to track their thinking by using post-its and reading journals. They've been doing some great thinking about books in school. Make sure to keep having conversations about books at home!
Writing : We're deep in the middle of our opinion unit now. The students have been using graphic organizers to organize their thinking and reasoning. Then, they've been using their graphic organizers to write organized, complete paragraphs. They've come such a long way as writers since the beginning of the year.
While we're working on opinion writing, we have also been focusing on some writing mechanics, like capital letters and ending punctuation. Please support proper capitalization and punctuation use at home when your child is working on his/her sentences word wall homework.
Math : Last week, we focused on using greater than, less than, and equal to signs. We also learned about measuring paths.
Science : We're in the middle of our weather unit. Last week, we spoke about the three main aspects of weather - temperature, clouds/precipitation, and wind. Then, we started to go over the water cycle. We'll continue learning all about evaporation, condensation, and precipitation this week, too.
Have a great week!