Here's what we've been up to...
Reading- We've been working on both fiction and non-fiction stories and our focus is main idea and details. Some groups of students are learning about the Rainforest We've been focused on different animals of the Rainforest, the layers of the Rainforest and what animals do for protection. We will start to shift our focus slightly after Thanksgiving break to focus on retelling and text features.
Spelling- We're wrapping up unit 5 in spelling. This unit the focus was on or/ore patterns in words. Next month spelling contracts will be able to be worked on at school and at home. Students will have the choice if they want to try to get it done at school, at home or a combination of both. This way they are working on it a little bit each week so it's not so hard to complete it as the month goes on.
Writing- We've been working on personal narrative stories. We're still in the planning phases of these stories and discussing what makes a good personal narrative. We've read many examples and have also shared some ideas of what we could write about.
Math- We will continue to review and practice multiplication and division concepts for the whole school year. Our main units in math are over with those concepts though and we have not moved into a measurement unit. Students are using rulers to measure to the nearest 1/4 and 1/2 inch and also learning about liquid volume this week. If you're looking for was to help at home, having students help in the kitchen and measure things out for you would be a great way for them to practice using our measurement vocabulary. They can also find and measure things of various lengths around the house. We will be discussing both the customary and metric system. Making measurement estimations are a big part of this unit.
We've started using a great site at school to practice math facts. It's called Xtra Math. You can find it at xtramath.org. I am sending home a flyer with the log-in information because it can be accessed at home. If you have any questions please let me know!
Important Upcoming Dates:
• Tuesday, November 25 - Market Day and Fundraiser Pickup
• Thursday, November 27 & 28 No school