Here's what we've been up to this week!
Reading- We've been working really hard on story elements this week. Students are learning to read a story and talk about its parts. We are talking about main characters, setting and plot. We are also using the stories that we read to discover theme. This is a hard concept for us, because theme can overlap. So far we have read books with the following themes: friendship, confronting fears, family and overcoming obstacles. We've also finished up learning and training with our reading centers. Next week students will start small guided reading groups and independent work centers.
AR- Reports are being sent home today. Just a reminder that every Friday you should be expecting one. Please take a look, sign and return on Monday.
Writing- This week in writing, we're still working on launching our workshop. Students have been working on labeling parts of or mentor sentences. This week we learned and reviewed about many parts of speech. We talked and used prepositions, adverbs, pronouns and articles. We are also working on building sentences in our writing. Each sentence we write must contain a subject and a predicate/verb. Ask your child to tell you why this is a sentence: "She Sobbed." We've also done a lot of work using specific verbs and making lists of them to add to our writing.
Math- This week in math we learned about variables. Variables are letters that are put into equations to stand for an unknown number. Students now can write an equation with a variable in it. They will look like this: 4 x N = 20; N= 5
We've also worked on 9's patterns and spent a lot of time building fluency with the patterns we have already learned (2s, 5s, and 10s). You may have noticed that this week answer keys started coming home with homework. For all practice homework I will send this home as a resource to you. Students have been taught to use them to either check their work, or if they are stuck. We talked about the importance of not just copying the answers, because then we don't know how to do the thinking independently. There will from time to time be items sent home without an answer key so I can assess student progress. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. Also, Mr. Rindo will be doing several parent math nights. We had 4 families from our classroom show to the last one..YAY US!!!! If you're interested in coming and getting some more information, I will be sure to pass along any information for upcoming nights in the future.
Spelling- Our first monthly spelling contract is due next week Tuesday. Students need to complete enough activities to earn 20 points. They will get the October spelling contract sent home on Wendesday, October 1st. The points will be slightly higher as they will have the whole month to work on them. Now that we have spelling folders established, you can use any words from the folder to also practice on spelling contracts. You can also keep all work in the back of the folder until it is time to hand it in. Due to trying to stay organized and have students practice independence with long term assignments I will not be collecting the contract until the due date. Once again, if you have any questions please let me know.