Thank you so much to those of you who volunteered to come in and share a little bit about your family's background(s). The students have really enjoyed all of the presentations that they've heard so far. Last week, we learned a little bit about Jewish culture, Canjun/French culture, and Greek culture.
Officer Diamond was a huge hit on Wednesday. After impressing the importance of the students knowing their phone numbers and addresses, he let the students use police walkie talkies to talk to one another in the classroom. The students absolutely loved it. Look for pictures below.
Other than all of that excitement, here's what we've been working on in the classroom:
Reading : We continued learning about different nonfiction conventions last week. (See the previous blog for a deeper explanation about what those are.) We went over comparisons, close ups, and maps. The students continue to enjoy learning new facts in their nonfiction books.
Writing : The students are working on publishing one of their opinion pieces. We've placed a lot of importance on capitalization and punctuation this unit. When doing homework with your child, please make sure that he/she has a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence and some form of punctuation at the end of each sentence.
Math : Last week in math, we built on the students' understanding of place value. Up last week, we had only really mentioned tens and ones, but we added in the hundreds place last week. We used base ten blocks and dollars, dimes, and pennies to practice.
Social Studies : In addition to the family culture presentations, the students have really enjoyed sharing their dolls that they made at home. Thanks for all of your help and support with that project. The students did a great job sharing what their dolls represent with the class.
Here are a few pictures from last week :