Welcome to the first week of the blog updates! Each week, you will be able to come back to this site and find out what we will be working on throughout the week. Each week, I will break down each subject to let you know what we are going to cover, based on the schedule. So, without further ado, let’s get on with what we’re learning this week.
Math – This week we will begin working with place value, which is probably the most important skill in all of math. Without a strong foundation in place value, everything else is more difficult. This week, we will be focusing on recognizing that in any multi-digit whole number, a digit in any one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to it’s right. For example, in the number 777, the value of the 7 in the “tens place” is ten times greater than the 7 in the ones place. Therefore, as you are moving left in a number, each place in is increasing by a value of 10. We will also begin to compare multi digit numbers and read and write the various forms (standard, expanded, and word forms) of the numbers.
Reading – We will be working to introduce “Reader’s Workshop” – the process in which we will be reading for stamina, as well as increasing our reading ability by thinking more about our reading and responding more to the text. These first couple of weeks are getting used to routines and building on what we’ve learned in the previous years. We will continue to work on building our stamina and responding to text every day.
Writing – we will be introducing Writer’s Workshop. We will be talking about how well known writers don’t just sit down and begin writing. They have to go through some of the same process that we go through to get our ideas down on paper. We will be working on getting our ideas down, as well as doing some quick writes. We will also do some sketching and writing stories to go along with our sketches from our memories. We will also be writing about people who are important to us. These first few days are all about routines and procedures, but we will be working on improving our skills throughout the year.
Social Studies – this week we will be launching our new social studies curriculum and each student will be receiving their own copy of “Georgia Studies Weekly.” Each week, we will be incorporating some of the same skills/standards from social studies into our reading standards. However, this first week, as we begin to get our feet wet, we will be focusing on map skills. We are going to be talking about various maps and observing those maps. Hopefully the students will pick up on what all maps have. We will also be working on creating our own map that encompasses all the same things that we talk about in class.
Study Guide information – If we are going to have a test, the students will receive a study guide a week in advance. The students will be expected to complete some of the study guides in class, but there will always be a completed study guide posted to the blog. Typically, for science and social studies tests, the study guides will be located on the Science / Social Studies Page.