Dear Parents,

Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to in Mrs. Kidd’s EIP Classes! I hope everyone has a wonderful February Break! 🙂

**First Grade Math**:

We’ve been working on addition and subtraction strategies and how to add 2-digit and 1-digit numbers together. We’ve been using an Orton-Gillingham Math approach for this standard. We start by building a model of each problem, then draw the problem, and finally, we solve. This hands-on approach to math has helped students solidify their understanding of the skill!

**Second Grade Reading:**

In second grade, we’ve been working on syllable division rules, to help us spell and read multi-syllabic words. We are working on VCCV words–with 2 different patterns: **rabbit words **and **reptile words**. Rabbit words have two closed syllables and reptile words have one closed syllable and one magic e syllable. For homework, students should be coding and dividing their list of reptile words this week, before they practice reading the list of words three times each. This week we’re working on an “Unlock” or “Breakout” Valentine’s Phonics challenge. Students are working on dividing words into syllable, sorting words, and reading fluency passages with rabbit and reptile words in them!

**Second Grade Math**:

In second grade math, we finished working on money word problems last week. We are working on **adding three-digit numbers** using the Orton-Gillingham Math approach. The steps include: 1.) Build a model of the problem with blocks. 2.) Draw a picture of the problem. 3.) Solve! We’re also working on reviewing problem solving strategies as a warm-up each day.

**Fourth Grade Math:**

In fourth grade, we’ve been learning all about fractions. We’ve learned different ways to show **equivalent fractions**, how to **compare and order fractions**, and we’re just starting to learn all about **mixed numbers **and** improper fractions**. The fourth graders are having so much fun with fractions!

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and February Break!

Love,

Mrs. Kidd