This week, we have a Social Studies focus on the President of the United States. We will read a nonfiction text that describes the roles and responsibilities of the position. We will also get to know Duck as a character who runs for office. We will be practicing the skills of sharing information, retelling, and comparing and contrasting. The students will be placing votes in a class ballot box to determine a fun activity for the following week.
We continue our PBL work on our desert animal as well. This week’s focus is on our animal’s habitats. We should be starting our dioramas next week on Monday. I am looking for a couple extra volunteers to come in during writing time to assist us in building our dioramas. We will most likely work on them Monday and Tuesday during writing block (8:30-9:15). If anyone is able to come in and help next week Monday 2/24 or Tuesday 2/25 from 8:30-9:15, please let me know!!
In math, our work with teen numbers continues now with an emphasis on comparing amounts.
Students have done a great job with using their 10s to skip count. Counting by 1s all the way to 100 has proven a bit more difficult for some so this is a skill we will continue to practice at school and you can reinforce it at home as well. Those jumps to the next set of 10 (like 19 to 20, 29 to 30, 39 to 40) can be so tricky! The students love counting out collections. (In fact, students will have the opportunity to bring in a collection of 100 small items to count out with classmates in a couple weeks) It can also be fun to do a variety of movements in sets of 10. For example, stomp your feet while counting 1-10, wiggle your fingers 11-20, tap your nose 21-30, and so on.
We have been conducting assessment interviews and I just wanted to take a moment to note that discussing what your child is reading (or being read to about) is oh-so-important. We want our young thinkers connecting and comparing to other texts and life experiences. We want them sharing details that they noticed, things they wonder about, and special words they hear. All students are able to do this, but their degree of confidence and use of details can vary. The more they share and discuss, the more they remember and the more reflecting on what they read becomes a strong reading habit.
Keep your eyes out for an email coming out later this week for conference sign ups. Most conferences will be held next Friday, 2/28. I will also provide some slots after school the following week.
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
– 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.