Over the past two weeks we focused on Place Value and adding and subtracting within 20 using Base-Ten Blocks and a Number Line. This week our focus will shift to solving one-step word problems using the Base-Ten and/or Number Line Strategies.
Inquiry into English/Language Arts
Our focus has been on learning the spelling patterns ai and ay for the long a sound and the spelling patterns ee and ea for the long e sound. We have also been learning about Common Nouns and Proper Nouns. This week we are continuing the Spelling Patterns ee and ea. We are also learning about Collective Nouns this week.
Our focus in Reading is asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading to deepen our understanding of what we read. We are learning to retell a story by making sure we we include certain information in each part of our story: Beginning: characters and setting are introduced, and sometimes a challenge or problem, Middle: events take place where the main character is trying to solve a problem or meet a challenge, and the Ending: tells how the problems was solved or how the character has changed from the way they were or felt at the beginning of the story.
Narrative Writing continues to be our focus. We are working to make sure we include certain information in each part of our story that answers the questions: Who is the story about? When does the story take place? Where does the story take place? What is happening? Why did the story take place? How did the character feel? We are also working on writing a strong beginning that grabs readers’ attention and makes them want to keep reading.
Inquiry into Science
Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works- An inquiry into the natural world and its laws
Central Idea: Changing physical properties may affect classification.
We have been exploring the three states of matter and their properties. We have classified objects and substances contained inside objects as: solid, liquid, or gas. We have investigated how a substance can change states and possibly, classification when heat is applied or taken away. The children have really enjoyed the hands-on experiences they have had during this line of study.
Please remember to send checks or money in a sealed envelope with this information written on the front: child’s full name, my name, grade level, amount of money enclosed, and the purpose of the money. I am not allowed to handle any money.
Please check your child’s Take Home Folder for information that might have been sent home and remove any papers from the back pocket. Check their Behavior Chart in their Agenda and initial that you have seen it and discussed their color with them.
Encourage your child to READ, READ, READ! Read to them, too, so they can hear what fluent reading sounds like and work to emulate it. Let them use Raz-Kids to strengthen their reading skills. The login information is on the front of their agendas.
Thursday, September 6th – WellStar In-house Field trip
Friday, September 7th – Back to Football Friday…..wear a shirt or jersey supporting your favorite team!
Friday, September 7th – Family Fun Night – 5:00 – 7:00 PM