We had a fun week in 1-Bu last week. On Monday, we went to a Firefighter Phil assembly and learned some fire safety tips. On Friday, we attended International Day and learned a little bit about Guyana, Brazil, India, Germany, and France. Look for some pictures from International Day below.
Here's what we were working on inside the classroom:
Reading : We're almost done investigating the various kind of nonfiction conventions. Last week, we talked about closeups, different types of print, and table of contents. The students are really enjoying keeping track of some of the facts they learn in their reading journals.
Writing : We started the publishing process for the students' opinion/persuasive writing pieces last week. This week, we'll publish them and start a new writing unit, which is All About Books (non fiction).
Math : Last week, we spent some time talking about shapes and their attributes. Then, we talked about defining attributes for certain shapes (or 'must haves,' like we call them in the classroom). For example, triangles must have three sides and three corners. They can be blue and they can be small, but those attributes are not what make it a triangle.
Phonics : By now, we have gone over all of the short and long vowel sounds. While I don't expect your child to have mastered the intricacies of exactly which spelling pattern to use when a vowel is long, I do expect the students to be recognizing long vowels and trying to put a silent e at the end, or use a vowel team when writing those words. Please encourage your child to do this at home when he/she is working on homework.
Please click on "read more" to see pictures of the students playing Shaker Addition Top-It and at International Day. Sorry for the format, I've been having technical issues.