Dear Parents and Students,
I began seeing your amazing EIP students a few weeks ago, and we are all getting into the swing of things. Here’s what we have been working on in each grade level:
- First Grade with Mrs. Becker: We have been working on writing complete sentences with capital letters, finger spaces, and ending punctuation. We have also started writing small moment stories that tell one snapshot of a memory across the pages of a book. Our writers are LOVING getting to write books in first grade! In phonics time, we’ve been working on open and closed syllables, digraphs, and now glued sounds!
- Second Grade Phonics: I am lucky to push-in to several second grade classes for phonics this year. This means, that I may help co-teach a lesson to a whole class and then pull small groups within the classroom, or I may work with a small group and then a student individually. In Ms. Taylor and Ms. Brown’s classrooms we have been working on the /k/ spelling rule and the FLOSS rule! In Ms. Brown’s room this week we are working on glued sounds (ang, ank, ong, onk, ung, unk, ing, ink) and in Ms. Taylor’s room we are working on the /ch/ rule! In Mrs. Edmondson’s room we have worked on open and closed syllables and the /k/ and FLOSS rules!
- Second Grade Writing: I work with Mrs. Edmondson’s class for EIP writing. In her class we’ve been working on writing personal narratives, or small moment stories, and reviewing grammar like collective nouns, irregular plural nouns, and proper nouns.
- Second Grade Math: In second grade math we have been working on basic addition and subtraction facts and solving single step word problems. We use the CUBES strategy for problem solving. C-Circle the numbers U-Underline the question B-Box in key words E-Evaluate and make a plan S-Solve. With repeated practice, the CUBES strategy is a great method for solving complicated word problems!
- Third Grade Reading: In third grade reading we have been talking about the AU and AW vowel teams. AU is often found in the beginning or middle of a word or syllable and AW is found at the end of a word or syllable, except when followed by a single l, n, or k. We have been decoding words with these vowel patterns, reading sentences and stories with AU/AW words and retelling the story structure of the stories!
I have enjoyed getting to know your students over the past few weeks, and I’m sure we’re going to have a GREAT year in EIP. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me!