Read on to find out what else we've been working on:
Reading : We started our nonfiction unit! So far the students have really enjoyed reading nonfiction books and learning all sorts of interesting facts. In school, we did a Venn diagram comparing fiction and nonfiction texts. We also learned about how you can you can extract facts from nonfiction texts just by looking closely at the pictures and photographs. Next week, we're going to take a more in-depth look at various nonfiction conventions like labels, captions, and comparisons.
Writing : We've continued working in our Writing for Readers unit by studying (and hopefully implementing in our own writing) things that make one's writing easy-to-read. So far the students have worked on using neat handwriting, leaving spaces between words, using punctuation marks, and capitalizing the first word of a sentence. Next, we'll start focusing on ways to make our writing easy-to-understand.
Math : We wrapped up unit 5 by learning about function machines. We also took a few different assessments so that we're all ready to start unit 6 after break.
Phonics : We've done a thorough investigation of each long vowel sound now. Your child should be trying to use some sort of long vowel pattern when he/she is spelling words with long vowel sounds. At this point I'm not concerned that your child is using the correct long vowel pattern, rather that he/she is making an attempt at differentiating a long vowel spelling pattern from a short vowel spelling pattern.
Social Studies : We have spent some time learning about geography. We've looked at seven continents, the countries that make up North America, and the states in the USA.
Here are some pictures of 1-Bu in the classroom: