Thank you for all your support with Halfway Day. The students had some very fun outfits that day! In 1-Bu, the students learned a little bit about symmetry and made some fun faces/monsters that were symmetrical in shape. The students also got a chance to go to Ms. Boucher's room and travel 'halfway' across the world to China. I'm sure you've seen the Chinese lanterns that your child made.
Valentine Projects went home last week. I realize that this can be a quite labor-intensive and time consuming project. Please help your child pace him/herself so that it does not become overwhelming.
Reading : After the students learned about the difference between 'real reading' and 'fake reading' (see my last blog post if you don't know what I'm talking about), we moved on to learning about ways that the students can do deeper level thinking about books. So far, we've talked about schema and text-to-self connections. In the classroom, we say that schema is 'what you know' about something. Before reading, it's always a good idea to activate your schema, or prior knowledge, about the topic of what you're going to read. Doing this will set you up for having a much deeper understanding about what you're going to read. It also allows for your mind to take in, and learn, new information much more readily.
We also have been talking about making text-to-self connections. A text-to-self connection is when a text reminds you about something that has happened to you. Meaningful text-to-self connections will help you have a much deeper understanding about the text you are reading. For example, if I am reading a book about a character getting his/her name made fun of in school, it could remind me of when my classmates made fun of my name when I was growing up. When it happened to me, I was very hurt and didn't want to come to school, so it could help me understand how the character in the book felt. When you're reading with your child at home, ask if he/she has any text-to-self connections.
Writing : The students have been spending time getting their how to books ready to publish. Hopefully, we will start our next writing unit, which is opinion writing, this week.
Math : In the past couple of weeks, we've spent a lot of time investigating place value and comparisons. The students have been doing a great job representing numbers with base-ten blocks, which means that they are beginning to develop an understanding of place value and digits. We've also had a lot of fun learning about greater than, less than, and equal to.
Science : We went to the Discovery Lab a couple of weeks ago and starting talking about, and finding, constellations in the night sky.
Social Studies : We're back on track with our geography unit after taking a short break to learn about MLK Jr. Last week, the students learned about the seven continents and which continent we lived on. They're still not quite sure how we live in North America AND The United States... but we'll get to that this week.
Computers : Last week, we investigated a new Google App called Google Drawing. Since we were in the computer lab on Halfway Day, we practiced using lines to divide various shapes in half.
I hope you have a great week!