I hope everyone enjoyed their 3 day weekend!
Since it is a new month, I have sent home the September homework writing calendar, spelling choices, and the challenge board. These are all on blue paper this month. The August calendars can be recycled.
We have also started our sight word spelling homework. On Fridays, we give a pretest of 3 sight words to determine the spelling list (suns or stars) your child will use for the week. Your child could stay on the same list all the time, or they could be alternating between the two lists throughout the year. To practice these words at home you can use the speller’s choice sheet or the S.O.S. spelling strategy. They should be ready to be tested on these words by the end of the week. Pay attention to the list that is highlighted each week.
I have sent home the RAZ Kids (Kids A-Z) login information today. It should be taped to the folder inside your child’s SUN binder. Feel free to remove it from the folder and keep it in a safe place at home. I just wanted to be sure it made it home and didn’t fall out. 🙂 This is a website that your child can work on reading “just right” books for them. There are also comprehension questions to go along with the books.
Friday is going to be Team Spirit Day! Your child can wear their favorite team’s shirt!
If I was missing a Performing Arts permission slip for your child, I sent a new copy home today. Please be sure to check the appropriate boxes and sign the form. This is for our field trip to the ballet later in the year.
What are we learning about this week?
Reading: We are focusing on the characters in our books this week. We are paying attention to how their emotions can change throughout a story.
Math: We are working on word problems again this week. The class has been doing quite well with these 3 different types of word problems, so I’m planning to assess them by the end of the week.
Science: We are focusing on the physical properties of matter. You should see a hand coming home today that helped us learn about some words to describe the texture of matter. We will hopefully get to talk a little bit about how matter changes this week too.
Writing: This week we are continuing with grammar. We are learning about irregular plural nouns. Most nouns just need an -s or -es added to the end to make them plural. Some words do not follow that rule though! Some words stay the same (deer). Some words change the vowels (goose-geese). Most words that end with -f change the -f to -v and add -es (shelf-shelves). Some words change almost completely (mouse-mice). These can be tricky to remember, but we talk about making sure the word looks right and sounds right when we use it.
Phonics: We are learning about the “k’ rule this week. Use ck to spell /k/ at the end of a 1 syllable word, immediately following 1 short vowel (stack, clock, deck, sick). Use k to spell /k/ at the end of a word following a consonant, a long vowel sound, or two vowels (tusk, bake, spook).