Here's what else we've been working on in the classroom:
Reading : We finished up the last four nonfiction conventions that we're going to learn about in reading - how (and why) nonfiction authors use different types of print to make certain words stand out, the table of contents, the index, and the glossary. By now, your child should be fairly familiar with the majority of nonfiction conventions that he/she comes across in nonfiction books. (I wouldn't expect any of the students to be proficient users of an index, however.)
Writing : The students published their first opinion piece last week! They also worked on creating a letter trying to persuade someone to do something. After completing a graphic organizer in the classroom, the students went to the computer lab to type up their letters. Some 1-Bu family members may be getting letters next week asking for a dog (or a snake)! Mrs. Heitman also may get some letters requesting a school dance. Let's see what 1-Bu can get done!
Math : We started a new unit last week, which is focused on subtraction fact strategies and attributes of shapes. Last week, we discussed fact families and began to learn about how addition and subtraction are related to one another. Keep practicing those facts at home! The fact triangles that came home last week (and the ones that come home in the future) are a great way for the students to practice their facts.
Here are some pictures from last week. Have a great week!