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It was so wonderful to be back with the kids after the Thanksgiving break. I certainly focused on the things I’m thankful for and the Lewis community comes as one of the top things on my list. Last week, we worked with our buddy class to create our watercolor turkeys and worked with our buddies to write about what we are all thankful for. It was a lot of fun. The kids were very proud of their art!
This week, we are back to our daily routines. We started a new writing unit. We are going to start writing informational books, specifically “How To” books. Stay tuned. This is a very fun unit. In Reader’s Workshop, we are continuing our unit “Word Detectives”. As we enter the holiday season, I will be reading books and we will be learning about the many ways different cultures celebrate holidays around the world. The focus will be on the celebration of light. The holiday season is a good time to reflect on our own beliefs and to learn about the beliefs of others and to learn about the many different cultures around the world.
I would like to thank the parents who have been helping in Room 3. The volunteer sign up sheet is posted on the outside of the classroom along with the things parents can do to volunteer. I also always have busy jobs out of the classroom like hanging art, copying, cutting, assembling books etc. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful it is to have the help of parent volunteers. Thank you!
This week we began our unit about how water shapes the earth’s surface. Our first lesson was called, “If you floated down a river, where would you end up?” We learned how water flows from high to low, and how many rivers start up in mountains or hilly areas, and ultimately flow out towards the sea.
You can encourage your child’s curiosity at home! If you know where your nearest stream or creek is, plan a trip to go visit it! If you’re not sure, look on a map. Once you get there, ask your child if they can figure out which direction it’s flowing. Use a map to see if you can figure out where the water’s headed.
We had a lot of fun this week! We did several creative activities including, Leaf Collages, Monster Collages, and a Fall Mural with our buddies just to name a few. Be sure to check the class blog for photos. In Readers Workshop, we go a top secret letter from the SSDA (secret service detective agency). Our Mission is to do everything it takes to read tricky words. Mission #1 Stay on the lookout, Mission #2 Look closely at clues, Mission #3 Use good habits to solve hard words, Mission #4 Read tricky words slowly. We will be getting more missions this week. Stay tuned! In math, we are beginning to do a lot more addition and subtraction problems with pencil and paper. This is new for 1st graders. We have learning several fun games that practice this skill.
Did you know the skin of the pumpkin is called the rind? Did you know the lines are called the ribs and the inside is called the flesh? We have learned many pumpkin facts this week. We had so much fun making our pumpkin sculptures on Friday. This Friday, we will have a Fall celebration with our buddy class. We will do a fun art activity together.
Thank you for sending your children prepared for rainy weather! I like to get outside unless it is a real downpour. Fresh air and running around are so important for nurturing learning.
In math, we are moving right along. Today, we learned a new math game focusing on odd and even numbers. We have also been working really hard on writing our numbers correctly. I am seeing a LOT of reversals. The longer kids write the numbers, (and letters) incorrectly, the longer it takes to break the habit. Please notice and assist at home if your child is writing reversals.
We have begun our Word Work groups in Room 3. We are learning sound spelling patterns and focusing on a skill for a week at a time. We are in different skill groups depending on students needs. You will see a list of words come home at the end of the week. Please have your child read the words to you at home. It would be great if those lists were kept together in a folder at home, and you could revisit and practice sets from previous weeks.
Yet another busy and fun week in Room 3. The field trip to see The Cat in the Hat was so much fun. Thank you to the parents that chaperoned.
Yes, it has been very very rainy. We will be sure to get lots of body breaks so that we can get all of our wiggles out, so that we can then get back to the business of learning. In math this week, we learned 2 new addition games. One is call Bag of Buttons, and the other Insects in the Garden. Both are fun addition games using manipulatives. We are moving into more complex models for math. We are looking at number facts to 10 and seeing patterns and relationships. We have also been learning about doubles and neighbors in addition to learn that if you 4+4=8 , then you know 4+5=9.
In Reader’s Workshop, we have been setting goals and reading every day. I’m so impressed with how much the kids have improved since school started. We have been meeting each week with Kathleen for our Garden Time. It is a great time to learn about the changes in the seasons, and seeing it first hand in the garden.