November Curriculum Update:
We have been very busy in math! Our November Number Corner found us learning about time to the hour and fractions (whole, halves, and fourths). Over the course of the month, we collect hours and discussed what we were doing at each time of day. Every day we flipped over a new date card that represented a fraction. We found patterns with these fraction cards and recorded number sentences about the fractions and what they represented. We spent a great deal of time using dominoes and playing domino games (Domino Top Draw and Domino Equations) to help us learn and practice new addition strategies. Some of the strategies we’ve been practicing include learning how to accurately use the number line to add and subtract, counting on from the bigger number, adding by 10’s, and counting the dots. We are also practicing using standard notation ( <, >, +, -, =) to record expressions and compare quantities. Some of our workshop games this month had us recording numbers that were one more and one less, writing numbers from 1 to 120, becoming more confident adding and subtracting ten on the hundreds chart, practicing adding 2, 3 or 4 addends to different numbers, and using math talk to discuss what math strategies we were using to solve problems. We also learned about the relationship between numbers and how they can create a fact family! Over the next few weeks we will continue to build on these skills, as we solve addition and subtraction problems with larger numbers and develop fluency with doubles combinations.
Language Arts and Writing Workshop:
In the last few weeks, we have completed a review of all short vowels, learned about magic E, diagraphs (sh, ch, wh, th) and the difference between common and proper nouns. I hope you were able to play Race to 20 with your child and listen to them read their magic E words that came home earlier in the week!
In writing, we continue to work on writing nonfiction teaching books. There are so many topics the students are experts on and they are really enjoying teaching others through their writing. When writing, students have learned to keep their readers in mind and pretend that they know nothing. This is to help make sure that many written and visual details are included. In addition to writing words and facts about their topics, students have also learned to use pictures and diagrams with labels to teach others. Some of our mini lessons have included: using a Table of Contents to explain what the book is about, writing in twin sentences, and using expert words and specific vocabulary to enhance writing. As we finish up this unit, we will learn more about writing introductions, conclusions and what different types of writing are included in teaching books.
We have been learning about animals in science! We started this unit by identifying, sorting, and classifying different types of animals. We then moved on to learning about animal body parts. We read What Would You Do with a Tail Like This? and learned all sorts of fascinating ways animals use their body parts to move, see, eat, touch, hear, and protect themselves. We are currently learning about different animal habitats. We are creating animal habitat posters to show different animals that live in the air, in the water, on the land and underground. We are excited for our upcoming animal visit next week! Please remember to turn in money if you have not already done so.
New December and reading and homework calendars will be sent home today. Please return the November calendars if you haven’t done so already.
Notes about Dreambox, our new math app, are being sent home today as well. Included with the introductory letter is your child’s login information so that you can have access to this at home.
Mrs. Geidner has shared information about the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. Reading logs can be found in your child’s home folder tonight! If you have any questions, please let me know!
As the weather turns cooler, please make sure your child is dressed to enjoy morning PE and recess outside! Also, please make sure that the extra change of clothing your child has in their locker is seasonally appropriate.