Social Emotional Learning:
During our class meetings we discuss how mindset is such an intricate part of our learning. One quote I have hanging in our classroom follows:
The children continue to work on their multi-digit addition and subtraction skills to solve problems involving elapsed time, picture graphs and bar graphs, and perimeter.
Problems the children are currently working on involve real-life situations where they need to find the beginning time, the end time, or the elapsed time. These problems are complicated because the children are expected to set up the problem and then solve it based on the information given. Also, the problems involve computation of both hours and minutes. Next week, the children continue to work on multi-digit addition and subtraction as they analyze different graphs. They will solve one and two step problems involving picture graphs and bar graphs.
Our Native American Unit kicks off this week with a look at the different Biomes the Native Americans lived in throughout the USA. The first few days the children will look at the different environments across our country to determine how they believe the Native Americans lived/survived. Later in the week, they will begin studying specific Native American Regions. They will be investigating their food, shelter, transportation, clothing, and location.
Wednesday 9/27/2017: The Spirit of the Eagle Presentation:
During this presentation students will learn how the Western Sioux people lived in their nomadic style of life. They will learn tipi etiquette, gender roles, decoration, the education of children and more.
Writing: The children started brainstorming “seed” ideas for their personal narratives. First, they brainstormed important people in their lives, along with stories about how they were impacted by them. Next, they will be brainstorming significant places in their lives. The purpose of these brainstorms is to help the children hollow out “seed” stories from their lives.
Words Their Way: Tomorrow is the beginning of the second week of study. Each night the children have homework to review their sorts. Please check out the homework tutorials linked here. Please make sure they are physically maneuvering their words as they do the activities when applicable. They also need to be saying the words as they move them into different categories. The words need to sound the same and look the same in order for them to meet the criteria of the category.
Reading: I have been reading with each individual child to learn about them as a reader. I just started pulling different flexible groups last week.
At my daughter’s open house, her teacher gave us this research about how much daily reading affects reading achievement. Although, we all know the importance of daily reading, I thought these numbers were very impactful. I require children to read every night for 30 minutes. However, it is difficult to hold them accountable at school because I’m not there to see them read or read with them. The reading lottery tickets are a way to encourage children to read each night but this is not a full-proof system. I know some nights get so busy and reading can slide right off the plate (like it does in my house with my own children) but it’s important to make sure your children are reading on the weekends and maybe a little extra on the quieter nights. Our partnership in this area is so important!