Don't forget that Monday is a 12:45pm dismissal. As always, please let me know if there are any changes in your child's dismissal routine.
I want to remind you once again that School Visitation Day is Thursday, October 21st. (Please be sure you have the correct date, as it was changed.) I encourage you to visit 1-Bu that day, as students LOVE having their families see their classroom in 'real time.'
Reading : Last week the students got their reading partners and have done a great job reading and talking about books with their partners. From now on, during reading workshop, the students will meet/read with their partners after reading independently. This week we'll start talking about how readers 'get their minds ready' for a book. Even before reading the words, there are things that readers do to warm up their thinking about books.
Writing : At the end of last week, the students all chose a piece of writing that they've worked on in the last month to publish. This week, we'll be working on getting their pieces ready to publish, and we'll hopefully be having a publishing party on Friday. Publishing a story means that each student will 'fancy it up,' edit/revise, and add a cover to their piece.
Math : Last week we started to learn about the complements of ten [two numbers that go together to make ten (9 and 1, 8 and 2, etc)]. We learned a song to help us remember them. This song will be going in your child's binder this week. Please practice this at home so that these number pairings become more automatic for your child.
This week in math, we'll be discussing clocks and time. To start, we'll just focus on the hour hand. Once we become secure in that concept, we'll add in the minute hand.
Science : We're going to start a mini-unit on spiders this week. We'll compare them to insects and learn about a few different kinds of spiders.
Misc. Notes : On Thursday, we will be going to a fire prevention assembly. Please make sure that you have discussed a 'fire plan' with your family (what to do in case of a fire - an exit route and a family meeting spot).
Along the same vein, please make sure that your child knows his/her address and telephone number. We have been talking about the importance of knowing these two pieces of information during health over the last month.
Enjoy your week!