I am SO glad to see most of the students healthy and back at school this week! We continue to promote lots of hand washing/sanitizing, wiping surfaces, covering coughs/sneezes, etc. through this flu season. Thank you for your support at home, too! Here’s a peek at what’s been going on in room 53 these past few weeks:
Reading: This week’s sight words were “one” and “see,” and next week’s are “what” and “two.” We have also been practicing the short u sound and will move next to long vowel sounds. I continue to be amazed by these students’ reading skills…they have really come a long way since the fall. I will be giving you a more up-to-date reading level for your child during conferences in a few weeks!
Writing: Writer’s Workshop has been going wonderfully. Students are working on creating books with pages that tie the same subject together (some examples in our class include favorite foods, all about my family, etc.) They are also working on adding on to previous writing pages. As a class, we are learning how to give feedback to writing partners aside from, “it looks good”. Students are encouraging their partners to add more color or detail to their drawings and writing.
Social Studies: We are concluding our study of maps. The students have drawn their own map versions of our classroom, their homes, and their communities. It was really fun to see their take on what the world around them looks like. They also learned where Illinois is located on a map of our country. Our next unit will involve learning about different careers and we will be looking for some parent volunteers to come in and speak to the class about their career!
Math: We continue to practice addition and subtraction. Based on their readiness level, students are practicing adding and subtracting either within 5, 10, or 20. Students are practicing showing their work on white boards in whatever mode they choose (some prefer pictures, some like to use the number line jumps, and others enjoy writing number sentences). Our next unit will explore teen numbers a bit deeper.
Other: Thank you to Eira’s mom, Erica’s mom and brother, Connor’s mom and brother, and some 2nd grade friends for coming in to be mystery readers these past few weeks. We always love having surprise readers! Thank you to Benjamin and Harrison’s mom for coming in to run a creation station where students got to create their own valentine holders. We also celebrated our 100th day of school this past week–what a great accomplishment!
*Next week’s Fun Thursday theme: Dr. Seuss
*AM field trip to the theater next Friday, March 2nd. Please pack your child a nut-free home lunch with a drink since we will be eating in our classroom upon returning to school. Thank you!