Our young readers practiced identifying the central message of stories using both class read alouds and individual leveled books. Next week, we will move on to identifying details that are either relevant or irrelevant to the story's message.
We also practiced an important phonemic awareness skill - "playing" with consonant/vowel/consonant words such as top, cat and dog by tapping the sounds with our fingers and then either changing a sound or adding a sound to make a new word.
We learned about St. Lucia Day this week. Students read a mini-book, completed a fact chart and created their own special crowns. They also used their critical thinking skills to contrast this holiday with the holidays their families celebrate.
I introduced grammar books this week. These are a supplement to our Being a Writer program. We will work in these a few times per week to focus on important grammar skills. This week, we focused on writing complete sentences with a "who" (noun) and "what" (verb). When it was time to write their own stories, students were careful to include both of these important parts in their sentences. They spent some time writing stories about things that make them either sad or mad after listening to Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems.
We used a 120 chart to play a game called "Missing Numbers." Partners took turns covering 5 numbers on their chart. The other partner had to figure out the covered numbers. Strategies included counting forward and backward, counting by tens and using a known pattern from the chart (i.e. seeing all the numbers in a column having the same digit in the ones place). Students also worked on filling in missing numbers on 120 grids in their math books.
Mrs. Hartley showed us how to use the Number Frame app to compare numbers using greater than/less than. Students picked two numbers, showed the numbers using ten frames and then made a mathematical expression using the greater than, less than or equals sign. These were compiled into a collage and uploaded to Seesaw for you to see!
- Wednesday, December 13th - last night of parent-teacher conferences
- Monday December 25th - Monday January 1st - no school