Reading groups worked on a variety of word work and comprehension skills to go along with their books. Some groups worked on making words with blends, digraphs and short vowel sounds (such as trash) while other groups built compound words (such as somewhere). In addition, groups worked on retelling the major story events in order and identifying the main idea and supporting details of their stories.
We revisited our narrative writing learning target this week. After reading and discussing the beginning, middle and ending of Blueberries for Sal, students thought of their own personal story to write about. They first planned their story by illustrating the major events in order, then they added sentences to match their illustrations. They were careful to write in complete sentences with appropriate punctuation.
We continued to look at patterns in two-digit numbers when we add or take away groups of ten. Students explored double digit addition by playing a new game called Adding within 100. In this game, students turned over two number cards and built each number with base ten blocks. They added the numbers together by grouping and counting the combined tens and ones and recorded the equations. We also spent time reviewing telling time to the half hour.
Our young scientists observed their "Biomes in a Baggie" at the beginning of the week. Many students noticed lots of growth in their biomes. We discussed how living things need water, food and air to survive. They recognized how their biomes received all of these necessities over the past week. At the end of the week, we read nonfiction books to learn about the characteristics of mammals, birds and fish. Students helped me record the unique features of these animal types. They also worked with Mrs. Hartley to create Pic Collages on the iPads to show their understanding of living and non-living things. Please take a look at your child's Seesaw portfolio to see and hear about it!
- Ecology Day is Tuesday, May 22nd. Please help your child dress appropriately for outdoor gardening activities on this day. Sunscreen and bug spray is recommended.
- Our field trip to Pineland Farms is Wednesday, May 23. We will leave Skillin at 9:15am and return by 1:00.
- There is no school Monday, May 28th as we observe Memorial Day.