We had an exciting week last week. On Tuesday, we went to the computer lab for the first time and learned about how to log in to the computers, on Thursday, the students had Big Buddies for the first time, and on Friday, we went to a cool assembly where we learned some interesting information about space and astronauts.
Here's what we were working on in the classroom last week:
Reading : We learned the last of our decoding strategies (for now) last week. Ask your child to tell you how each of our animal strategies help readers decode tricky words - Spoon the Raccoon Detective, Hugo the Huge Mouth Hippo, Slither the Sound It Out Snake, and Skippy the Skip It Frog.
Writing : Last week, we started to learn about ways that writers can add details to their writing. Now that we're working on small moment stories, we are emphasizing using description to make our stories interesting. So far, we've talked about including the names of people and places and using color words.
Phonics : We spent a lot of time last week breaking apart words and changing the endings to make new words. The students had fun doing this and it's great for developing their phonemic awareness. Try it at home! (For example, tell your child that you are going to start with the word pig, but you want him/her to change the last sound of pig to a /n/ sound to make a new word.) You can also work on changing beginning on middle sounds as well.
Math : We continued learning about nickels and pennies last week, as we weaved money into them to number stories. We also worked on adding three digit numbers and patterns.
Social Studies : We continued learning about map skills last week by learning about the differences and similarities between maps and globes.
Here are pictures of 1-Bu in the classroom last week: