Word wall homework starts this week! You will receive a yellow information packet that explains the homework, along with completed samples of what each homework should look like. Please hang on to this packet for a little while and refer to it when helping your child with his/her homework. If anything is unclear, please contact me. For this week, the word wall homework will come home each day in your child's home folder and is expected to be returned to school the next day. Starting next week, the entire week's worth of homework will be in your child's binder.
Here is what's going on in the classroom:
Reading : The students have become pros at working with their reading partners. Not only do they know how to effectively read books with their partners, but they also know how to help when a partner is stuck on a tricky word, and how to talk about books with a partner.
Last week we started talking about how to get our minds ready for a book. We related it to how people warm up their bodies before doing a sport, and that we need to warm out our minds about a book before we start reading it. We will continue talking about various ways to do that this week.
Writing : We started the publishing process last week. Ask your child what writing piece he/she has chosen to publish. The students have read over their work to make sure their writing makes sense, colored their pictures, and created covers. We'll work on a few more finishing touches this week and then we'll (hopefully) have our publishing party on Thursday.
Math : Have your child sing The Complements of Ten Song to you. (It is located in the poetry section of the binder.) This is a great way for the students to learn the complements of ten.
This week, we're going to continue discussing time for a little bit, and then we'll move on to talking about pennies and nickels.
Science : As I mentioned above, the butterflies emerged on Tuesday. The students were very excited and we had a lot of fun observing and releasing them. Ask your child about the butterfly that was stuck in the sugar water. This week we'll wrap up our butterfly unit, and then move on to starting a mini social studies unit.
Have a great week!