We had a great week before winter break, as we were lucky to have a lot of special activities. On Tuesday, someone's mom came in and taught us a little about Hanukkah, and we got a chance to have some latkes and make a craft to put in the window. On Wednesday, after studying a little about collages, we created our own, which will be hanging up in the classroom. Then, Mrs. Crawford came down to our room for a special lesson to teach us about constellations. On Friday, the class parents came in and threw a fun winter holiday party! Thank you to all the parents who pitched in to help last week. The kids really enjoyed themselves. There are a couple of picture slideshows below this post to give you a glimpse into the fun we had.
Reading : The students did a great job with fluency before we left for winter break. Please continue to remind your child to read 'like a story-teller' at home.
We'll start off this week by getting back into the rhythm of reading, and then we'll start our new reading unit. The next unit is all about using our schema (or what we know about a topic) to make connections to books. Don't worry if you have no idea what I'm talking about, I'll give you more information as we go along. This week, we're going to learn about the difference between 'real reading' and 'fake reading.' By Thursday or Friday, your child should know the difference between the two - ask him/her! (I don't want to give it away on the website.)
Writing : This week we'll be starting a fun writing unit. We'll be learning about how to create 'how-to' books. These are books that teach others how to do something (i.e. how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or how to tie a shoe). If you happen to come across examples of 'how-to' writing at home, please send them in to school. It's great to be able to show examples of 'how-to' texts from the real world. (Some examples we've had in the past are directions about how to put together lego sets, how to cook macaroni and cheese, how to make a bracelet, etc.)
Math : This week, we're going to devote ourselves to learning more about time. We'll talk about telling time to the quarter hour (which I DON'T expect the students to master at this point) and timelines.
Science : We'll be starting our unit on weather this week. Hopefully we'll start experiencing some real winter weather so that the students don't think winter is supposed to be 50 degrees in New Jersey!
Here are some pictures of 1-Bu the week before break. The first slideshow includes pictures of the students learning about Hanukkah and creating collages. The second slideshow includes pictures of the students reading in their pajamas on the Friday before break.