Friday, October 8, 2010

The Weekend Is Here!

I think we are ALL looking forward to a nice, long, relaxing weekend - especially since students have been working so hard in the classroom this week!

Harvest Festival

As mentioned in the email sent earlier this week, I am planning a "Harvest Festival" for Wednesday, October 27 from 12:30-2:00pm.  All parents are invited and encouraged to come and play math games with their child! I hope to see you all there!

It's Back-to-Basics this week in writing - with a focus on capital letters and endmarks.  Students have been introduced to the visual of a sentence frame, along with a little chant/hand-motion;  Ask your child to demonstrate it for you!!

"All sentences start with a capital letter and end with an endmark."

I am hoping that this visual and kinesthetic motion with transfer to their writing!!

This week, students were responsible for 5 reading centers. They included:

1. Art:  Students create a story flag about Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea by identifying the characters, setting, and their favorite part. Students then illustrate/color their favorite part.

2. Games: With a partner, students play Spelling Go Fish. Matches are made with cards that have the same short vowel sound.

3. Grammar: In grammar, students have been learning about commands and exclamations. In this center, students write 1 command and 1 exclamation. They then draw/color a picture to go with each sentence.

4.  Listening:  Students listen to this week's story with a partner and then answer the following question: Why do you think Mr. Putter chose Tabby for a pet - instead of a younger cat?

5.  Phonics:  Students sort various pictures according to short vowel sound they contain - short e, short, o, or short u.

Choice - Buddy Reading:  Students choose another Cynthia Rylant book to read with a partner. 

How does your child think he/she did?

More work with doubles facts, turn-around facts, and fact families this week!!  I can't stress the importance of students knowing their math facts  - especially since later lessons and concepts will be dependent upon this knowledge and automaticity.  Keep practicing at home!!

Students were introduced to the three major states (types) of matter today – solids, liquids, and gases.  After watching our pals Annie and Moby (from BrainPop Jr.), we worked together as a class to come up with a web identifying different solids, liquids, and gases in our world.  Your child brought home his/her work today - take a look! :)

Mystery Reader
Mrs. White, Cassie's mom, was our Mystery Reader today! She read two stories:  Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann and A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon.  See the pictures below!

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