In Math, this week, we are working on place value and composing and decomposing numbers. It is important that the children understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. We have written our numbers in standard form, expanded form, using lines and dots from the Orton Gillingham math training. We are also building our numbers using our OG blocks and identifying numbers that are ten more, ten less, one more and one less than a given target number.
This week, in Reader’s Workshop, we continued learning how to get super smart about non-fiction topics. We are becoming experts on many topics. We know that if we activate our background knowledge about a topic we are able to connect to and better understand what we read. We do this by exploring the cover of a book to determine the genre, to predict vocabulary we might encounter and to think about how prior knowledge may help in our understanding. After reading the book Pumpkin Jack, we predicted vocabulary we might find in other pumpkin books. We found most of our predictions to be accurate. We also realized the prior knowledge we gained from Pumpkin Jack better prepared us to understand the other pumpkin non-fiction books we read. We made many text to text connections between these books. Our focus right now is on comparing fiction to non-fiction texts. We realize that fiction books need to be read from beginning to end. Non-fiction texts we can scan and skim and learn through the many non-fiction text features without reading the entire book. We will continue to learn about important non-fiction text features.
During conferences, I discussed with many parents, the importance of finding just-right books for your child to grow as a reader. By using the letter grade (C-J) on your child’s report card and the wonderful website below, you will find many great options on your child’s reading level. You can search by reading level, grade level equivalent and so much more.
Here is the website that lists books by level.
Also, don’t forget RAZ-KIDS. You received your child’s log-in earlier in the year. They can start in their lettered book-room. This is a great option to include in your monthly reading log.
In Writer’s Workshop, we are working on writing teaching books. The children are learning about the importance of informational writing and how this differs from our personal narratives. We are realizing how we are experts and can become teachers by thinking of a topic we know and understand, saying it across our fingers, sketching it across pages and finally writing our words. We are working on an informational piece on “How to Carve a Pumpkin.” We will continue to work on “small moment” stories through our Weekend News each week.
In Phonics, we learned the Floss Rule: When /f/, /l/, /s/, or /z/ is heard after a short vowel, one syllable word, the /f/, /l/, /s/, /z/ are doubled at the end of the word.
Examples: bluff, thrill, less and buzz
We were also introduced to a new group of our trick words. Last week’s words were one, very, ask, came and your. This week’s words were help, than, last, next and going. We used these words in sentences, wrote them in rainbow colors and played games. Please practice reading, writing and spelling trick words throughout the year. Trick words are expected to be read, spelled and applied in writing correctly.
I would like to officially welcome our 20th student Virginia and her family to our class and Mt. Bethel. We are looking forward to sharing the rest of this year together!
Congratulations to our wonderful classroom scientists who participated in the STEM Fair. Hats off to Carter, Dev, Ryan and Salar. I am very proud of each of you and your hard work. Dev did a wonderful job of presenting his project to the class. We would love for the others to do the same if they so desire.
Thank you so much to all of the families who have already given so generously to our wonderful Mt. Bethel Patron Drive. We, are so appreciative of all of the support and wonderful programs made possible because of this important drive. Please don’t forget to support this drive as your children are the fortunate ones to receive the many, many benefits!!!
I am looking forward to our Scarecrow Day celebration on Thursday, October 31st. Please dress your child as a scarecrow and come help us celebrate from 9:30-10:30. Thank you to our wonderful room moms for coordinating this day and thank you to all of the parents who are donating supplies, participating and organizing the centers. If you haven’t signed up, there is still time.