December Happenings

December will fly by with holiday parties, field trips, and special activities! Here is what we’re working on and what we plan to work on in the upcoming weeks!

3rd Grade Reading:

Today we finished up our c vs k unit. The students learned that when we hear the /k/ sound at the beginning of the word we think about the vowel that follows the sounds. If it is an a, o, or u then the /k/ sound is a c. If it is an e or i then the /k/ sound is a k. We also spent just a couple lessons on ck coming at the end of a word after a short vowel is heard. We will spend the rest of the week working on a new rule. Y says i at the end of a one syllable word and y says e at the end of a two syllable word.

3rd Grade Math:

We have been working on using the distributive property to solve difficult multiplication facts. We focused on using manipulatives to create arrays and break them apart. Next we will work on writing out the equations.

3rd Grade Writing:

The children continue to use their research to draft their nonfiction pieces. The kids have worked really hard on putting the research into their own words rather than copying. Soon we will be editing and revising these pieces.

4th Grade Reading:

We have been working on nonfiction text structures. The students should be able to identify texts that show description, cause/effect, problem/solution, chronological order, and compare/contrast.

4th Grade Writing:

The students are working on gathering research for their colonies group project. They have to write a paragraph using one of the nonfiction text structures for their given topic.

What We’re Up To

3rd Grade Reading:

We have finally finished up our sneaky e or magic e unit. The kids enjoyed ending the unit by brainstorming words that fit this rule and writing them on turkey feathers to make magic e turkeys. Through our dictations I noticed that a lot of students have forgotten the rule for using c vs. k. That will be the next rule we work on.

3rd Grade Math:

We finished up division strategies and reviewed addition and subtraction through word problems. This week we worked on multiplying by multiples of 10.

3rd Grade Writing:

The students continue to work on their nonfiction pieces. This week we really concentrated on how to put an author’s words into our own words rather than copying. We continue to work on how to generate ideas and recognize where periods belong in their writing.

4th Grade Reading:

4th grade has been very busy recently with field trips, Adventures in Art, etc so I haven’t seen them as much as normal. We finished up our unit on magic e/sneaky e. We are starting to work on nonfiction text structures.

4th Grade Writing:

The students are working on informational pieces about being thankful. We worked on brainstorming ideas and developing those ideas with relevant details.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ending October

It was so nice to meet so many of you at conferences last week. Unfortunately, with the number of students I see it is impossible to coordinate the times of everyone’s schedules. If I didn’t make it to your conference, please always feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about your child’s progress.

Here’s what we’ve been working on and what we’re going to be working on next week:

3rd Grade Reading

We have been working on sneaky e and learning how it comes at the end of words and doesn’t make a sound. It steals the short vowel sounds from the words and makes the vowels shout A-E-I-O-U.

We are also working on our fluency using the Seesaw App! Soon I will send home information that includes how you can listen to your child practice their fluency via the app.

For comprehension, we have moved into nonfiction and are learning how to find the main idea of a text by looking for words that repeat. Then we find details to support the main idea. We show our main idea and details using boxes and bullets.

3rd Grade Math

We are deep into learning division strategies. This week we focused on making equal groups and next week we will work on using repeated subtraction.

3rd Grade Writing

The kids brainstormed chapter ideas for their nonfiction books. We worked on using different strategies to organize the information in our heads onto paper.

4th Grade Reading

We finally wrapped our phonics unit of ay vs ai. Next week we’ll work on ‘e’ at the end of words and how it changes vowel sounds. We are working in book clubs to determine fiction text structure. One of my groups has moved onto nonfiction.

4th Grade Writing

The kids are finishing up their drafts of realistic fiction stories. This week we worked on really developing the details and clearing up confusion of left out details in stories. I am seeing a lot of improvement in their writing from the last piece!

What We’re Up To

3rd  Grade Reading-

We have continued to work on long a vowel teams of ai and ay. The kids learned sail away to help them remember that ai usually comes at the beginning and middle of a word and ay comes at the end of words.

We also started working on comprehension by identifying characters, setting, problem, and solution in books we read together and independently.

3rd Grade Math

We have continued to work on solving one step word problems with only addition and subtraction. We will move into two step word problems soon.

We began learning about multiplication as repeated addition. We learned how to use arrays and equal groups to solve multiplication problems.

4th Grade Reading

We continue working on vowel teams.

We are also doing book clubs to begin delving into our reading comprehension. We are using graphic organizers to help us keep up with our chapter books.

Welcome Back from Fall Break!

I hope everyone had a great fall break! We are ready to get back into the swing of things in EIP. Here is what we will be working on in the upcoming weeks.

3rd Grade Reading– We will continue to work on vowel sounds in words. The students have done very well with distinguishing between long and short vowels when hearing words, and we are working on them applying the rules they know into reading and spelling words.

We will move into vowel teams this week starting with vowel teams that make the long a sound.

3rd Grade Math- We will review subtraction with the strategy of counting up on a number line. I find that counting up is easier and students make less mistakes than when counting back on a number line.

This week we will focus on word problems and using the CUBES strategy to help us understand what problems are asking us to do.

4th Grade Reading- We will be working on vowel teams and learning how to apply them when reading and writing. This week we are working on long a vowel teams.


Testing Schedules

Due to third grade testing this week and next (and my proctoring for first grade and fifth grade), I am unable to see my third graders for reading and writing. We will pick back up after testing has finished! I’m excited to get into a routine and get going on implementing Orton Gillingham.