This week, we are learning about the rainforest habitat. We will be reading nonfiction texts to learn interesting facts and visiting the rainforest in another Jan Brett book, The Umbrella. This will allow us to compare and contrast the two texts from this week as well as make connections to other texts we have previously read. Learning about another habitat also gives us a lot of opportunities to compare and contrast with a nonfiction focus.
We begin constructing our animal dioramas this week by including details about their habitat(s). It is always a treat to watch these develop throughout this project.
In math, we continue to explore comparing larger amounts and take a closer look at finding differences between sets, and combining sets.
The students voted on a special activity for next week… and reading won! We will be having this special reading time Tuesday afternoon (February 25th). For this special reading time, students are welcome to bring in a small blanket and stuffed animal to have a super comfy reading session! To keep this manageable, the blanket and stuffed animal must fit into a large brown paper bag (Winco style). If you do not have a paper bag, their items need to be in some sort of similar type bag (a plastic grocery bag would work too, but they are not as large). They really need to be in bags so we can easily store them while not in use. Thanks for helping us with this special activity!
Please make sure that your child is bringing a water bottle to school each week. We use them at least twice daily in the classroom. These are stored separately from lunches, so please make sure an additional drink (it can be another water bottle) is provided for your child.
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10 minutes each night.
Reading should include a variety of the following activities
– reading stories (your child should at times be the reader and at other times be the listener)
– reading the poems in the binder
– working on alphabet sounds and letter names (students have mastered sounds and names should be shifting this practice time to noticing these within their own reading and writing)
– sight word games/practice.
10 minutes each night.
IXL does not have objectives for comparing items within 20 so this is a great skill to practice and reinforce with real world objects. Collections of items from around the house can come in handy. If your child seems pretty solid with comparing within 10, move on to comparing groups of real items up to 20. Using terms, such as “more”, “less”, “fewer”, “the same”, and “equal”. It is also great to practice “how many more/fewer”. For example, if I have 12 crayons and 10 pencils, I could talk about how I have 2 more crayons or 2 fewer pencils. When making such comparisons, noting groups of 10 or how far away from a group of 10 is valuable too (I have 7 gummy bears- that’s just 3 away from a whole group of 10). When using real items you can physically group them into 10s. You can also physically line them up item to item to see how many more/fewer there are.
Your child can explore any other objectives they are interested in. Reviewing and increasing fluency in any previous skill sections is also a good use of their time. Remember, real world practice of these skills is also great for building up their foundational skills.