During our literacy time, students continue to work daily with their word sorts and in their guided reading groups. They receive their new sort words on Monday and then practice sorting, reading, and writing these words all week. Students have also recently learned about -ed and -ing endings, r-controlled vowels, and silent e. We will soon start working on long vowel sounds and many long vowel combinations. In guided reading groups we are beginning to work on writing book reviews. Students always have a lot to say about the books we read! This book review writing goes hand in hand with our current opinion writing unit in writing workshop. In writing, students have learned the difference between fact and opinion and will soon start writing a variety of opinion pieces. They will learn how to state their opinion, as well as write several supporting reasons for this opinion. Along with book reviews, they will also practice writing reviews on movies, toys and restaurants and many other persuasive pieces. At the end of the unit, students will be choosing one piece to revise, edit, illustrate, and publish. Students have also been spending time improving their handwriting. They are focusing on the proper formation and placement of both uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers.
In math students have been learning to use a variety of mathematical models to help them solve addition and subtraction problems. Students used both ten frames and number racks to help them see number combinations, find the sum of two numbers, and compare two numbers to find the difference between them. In our next unit, students will be using another mathematical model-the number line. Students will use both open and closed number lines and will be exploring both both addition and subtraction. They will also be using the number line to practice skip counting in multiples of 5 and 10, write inequality statements, and find the difference between two numbers.
In social studies, students will be learning about everyday heroes. They will read about several different real life heroes and how they have helped others. Students will also learn about how they can help to make a difference in the lives of others.