Friday, November 17, 2017

Week of 11/13 - 11/17

The Circus Ship Kinderkonzert
We were treated to a special concert presented by the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Please visit this link to learn more about the performance (scroll down to the "Brass Kinderkonzerts" section). The students really enjoyed learning about brass instruments including the trumpet, tuba, trombone and french horn.

Turkey Trouble
We read this humorous story about a turkey dressing up in various disguises to avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner. Students brainstormed and created their own turkey disguises to go along with this fun book. They created "Wanted" posters for their turkeys, too.


Math
Students worked with story problems with multiple addends and explored the math concept of commutative property of addition. They realized that the order of addends does not affect the sum. They did well writing equations to represent the story problems, too (for example: 3 + 4 + 3 = 10). We had great discussions about addition strategies. Students used connecting cubes, number lines, dot cards and illustrations to solve their stories.

Winter Clothing Reminder
It looks like cold weather is here to stay! Please help your children dress warmly with winter coats, hats and mittens. Once there is snow on the ground, boots and snowpants will be necessary, too.

Important Info
  • Early release is on Tuesday, Nov. 21st - children will be dismissed at 12:35pm. There is no school the rest of the week!
  • Parent-teacher conference sign-up sheets went home in red totes this week. I am working on a final schedule and will send home confirmation notices on Tuesday!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Bradstreet

Thursday, November 9, 2017

11/6 - 11/9

Reading
All reading groups have moved forward a level in their guided reading texts. It is very important that your children get additional reading practice at home with their book bags. Thank you for taking the time to have your child read to you each weekend.
This week, we focused on two more reading strategies - Flippy Dolphin (change the vowel sound) and Skippy Frog (skip the tricky word and then go back and try again). Students also continued to self-monitor reading strategies.


Writing
After reading Growing Vegetable Soup, we brainstormed activities we enjoy doing with our families. Students wrote their own family activity stories, making sure to begin each sentence with an uppercase letter and end it with a period. We also explored the use of labels in pictures. Lois Elhert uses labels in Growing Vegetable Soup so many students used them in their own pictures.

Math
We spent lots of time decomposing numbers in math. Students engaged in different scenarios where they were given a total and had to think of all of the combinations to make that total. For example, one scenario was that I had 9 vegetables - some of them were peas and some of them were carrots. How many of each could I have? Students were able to come up with all of the possible combinations of peas and carrots I could have, as well as the equations to match the combinations.



















Reminder: There is no school tomorrow as we observe Veteran's Day. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Bradstreet

Friday, November 3, 2017

Week of 10/31-11/3

Reading
Our focus reading strategies this week were Tryin' Lion (think about what makes sense) and Chunky Monkey (look for a small chunk in the word that you know). Students began to self-monitor as they read. First, I listened to them read and checked off the strategies I observed. Then, I asked them to name the strategies they used and compared it with my observations. They did an excellent job thinking about their own reading strategies. You can try this at home, too. As your child reads their book, ask them to name the strategies they used. This will support your child in meeting the learning target I can use strategies to decode words when I'm reading.


Writing
We read the story Daddy Calls Me Man to explore stories about family. After enjoying this beautifully illustrated story, students brainstormed a family member to write a story about. Our target was to write sentences with an uppercase letter at the beginning and a period at the end.

Math
We revisited familiar math games from Unit 1 to practice counting back as a subtraction strategy. Children played Roll & Record Subtraction and Five in a Row Subtraction to practice this important skill. They had flexibility to use a math tool (such as a number line or connecting cubes) to assist them in subtracting. At the end of the week, we explored story problems and games with unknown and/or missing addends. Students were given the total (i.e. 7 cubes) and had to generate combinations to make the total. They could see that different combinations can add up to the same sum.

Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, Nov. 10th - no school (Veteran's Day)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14th - KinderKonzert at the high school. We leave right at 9:10!

Thank you,
Mrs. Bradstreet

Friday, October 27, 2017

Week of 10/23-10/27

Reading
We focused on the Stretchy Snake decoding strategy this week. Students also engaged in various word work and comprehension activities to follow up with their leveled texts. Some groups worked on sequencing major events in their stories while other groups sequenced words from a favorite sentence in their books. There was also lots of work with phonemic awareness including segmenting syllables, identifying letter sounds and building consonant-vowel-consonant words such as sit and beg.

Writing
We read the book Chinatown by William Low and used it to inspire our own stories about special places. Students brainstormed, wrote and illustrated about a place special for their own families. They worked on beginning each sentence with an uppercase letter and ending with a period.


Math
We finished unit 2 on Geometry and began unit 3 at the end of the week. This unit revisits addition and subtraction by focusing on specific, more efficient strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems. Students worked on "counting on" to solve addition problems while playing Roll & Record and Five in a Row. Ask your child to give you a demonstration of counting on!

Upcoming Dates

  • No school on Friday, Nov. 10th (Veteran's Day)
  • KinderConzert at the high school on Tuesday, Nov. 14th (we leave promptly at 9:10)
Sincerely,
Mrs. Bradstreet


Friday, October 20, 2017

Week of 10/16 - 10/20

Reading Workshop
Reading groups began a new leveled text this week. We reviewed some of our decoding strategies and put them to work while reading. This week, we focused on Lips the Fish. It is important to remember that not all strategies work for all words. Good readers think about which strategy makes sense and sometimes tries multiple strategies to read a new word. They are bringing home books bags today so please encourage your child to read the book many times this weekend!




Writing
We read the book I Love Animals by Flora McDonnell and used the story to inspire our own writing. Students wrote about animals they love and gave reasons why. Good writers can think of an idea for a sentence and write a sentence with an uppercase letter at the beginning and a period at the end.

Math
We dug deeper into our geometry learning this week in a few ways. We began to discriminate between 2D shapes by telling how shapes were the same or different. We also played a game called "Guess My Rule" where there was a  mystery rule and the class had to guess the rule after looking at two groups of shapes - one group that fit the rule and one group that did not. Partners also worked together to sort shape cards and make posters describing how they were sorted. Ideas for sorting included sorting by number of sides and curved shapes vs. straight lined shapes.

Number writing rhymes were sent home in red totes this week. They are on a green sheet of paper. We use these to remind us how to write numbers properly. The students loved them so much that they asked me to send them home! Please use these to help your child write their numbers correctly.

Technology
Mrs. Hartley showed us how to use the Book Creator app to design a class book about Skillin teachers and staff. Each student chose an adult to draw and write about. These will be compiled into a class book. Students also used the RAZ kids reading app and geometry math apps during reading and math workshop.

Guidance
Mrs. Holt brought puppets to our classroom to teach us what happens to our facial muscles and voices when we experience different emotions. Children noticed how their cheeks and mouths moved up and down depending on whether they were smiling or not. They also heard how Mrs. Holt's voice changed when she used her puppet to show sadness.


Thank you,
Mrs. Bradstreet

Friday, October 13, 2017

Week of 10/10- 10/13

Book Bags
Children are bringing book bags home this weekend! Please give your child many chances to read (and reread) the book to you, other family members and even themselves.  There are reading strategies on the back if your child gets stuck on a word. Reading familiar books will help them build confidence and fluency. Book bags should be returned on Monday with the book inside of it!

Guidance
We began weekly guidance lessons with Mrs. Holt. She will visit us every Wednesday for the next few months to teach us all about empathy, problem-solving and other healthy social-emotional skills using the Second Step program. This week, the class worked on "reading" facial expressions and recognizing feelings that are associated with those facial expressions.


Math
We worked with 2D shapes in our new math unit. Children participated in activities to describe shapes and combine shapes to make new shapes and designs. In our technology class, they learned how to use the geometry apps Geoboard and Pattern Shapes to practice their new skills.


Thank you,
Mrs. Bradstreet

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Week of 10/2 - 10/5

Guided Reading
Reading groups began their first leveled texts of the year. We spent time "walking" through the pictures, making predictions and using the "Eagle Eye" decoding strategy when we got to an unknown word. We will continue to work with these same books next week. By Friday, children will be ready to bring their books home to share with you!












Writing Workshop

During Writing Workshop, we read a story titled When I Grow Up by Peter Horn. We used this story to inspire our own "I want to be ____. " stories of what we hope to be when we grow up. We brainstormed a class list of possible ideas and then students wrote and illustrated their own. We had everything from "I want to be a ballerina" to "I want to be a YouTuber!"


Math
We finished our first unit on addition and subtraction and began our second unit in math which focuses on geometry (2D shapes). Students spent much of the week playing subtraction games to reinforce appropriate subtraction strategies and tools. They should be comfortable with the strategy of counting backward (beginning with the bigger number) in a subtraction problem. At the end of the week, we reviewed several 2D shapes including triangle, rectangle, circle and square. Students filled in abstract designs with pattern blocks. They were able to observe how different shapes can be fit together to make new shapes.


Important Information:
  • There is no school tomorrow or Monday.
  • We will begin weekly guidance lessons with Mrs. Holt next Wednesday.


Thank you,
Mrs. Bradstreet