Moving on to this week, things are finally quieting down and getting back to normal. The only slight change is that Monday is a half day, so the students will be dismissed at 12:45pm. If you wish, you may pack your child a larger snack than normal on this day, as I will give the students a little extra time to eat it.
Here is what's going on in the classroom:
Reading : The students got reading partners last week! Now, after reading independently, the students will always meet with their reading partners to extend their reading time. It's a great way for the students to stretch their reading stamina and learn to read for longer periods of time. Ask your child who his/her reading partner is. I have posted photos below of most of the students with their reading partners. For some reason, I missed a partnership. Sorry!
This week, we'll continue working on partnerships a little bit and then we'll move on to talking about how readers get their minds ready for books before they even begin reading them.
Writing : Last week, the students moved their writing pieces from their temporary writing folders to the folders that they decorated at home. The students are very proud of their folders and are using them to come up with writing topics.
This week, the students will select a piece of writing to publish. Most of the students have at least three or four stories that they have written since the beginning of writing workshop. Each student will select one of these pieces to take through the publishing process (i.e. making sure the story makes sense, coloring the pictures, creating a cover, etc).
Math : We'll start off the week by discussing complements of ten a little bit further. Then, we'll move on to telling time using analog clocks. For now, we're just going to focus on telling time with the hour hand.
Science : Nothing much changed with our chrysalises last week. I'm hoping that the butterflies didn't emerge over the weekend, but we'll find out on Monday morning! The students have a pretty good grasp on the butterfly life cycle by now. Ask your child to tell you about it. (egg --> caterpillar --> chrysalis --> butterfly)
Have a great week!
Here are some pictures of us partner reading on Friday: