Friday, December 18, 2015

Dec. 18th

Dear Families,
It is hard to believe that we are approaching our winter break. It is amazing how quickly the beginning of the year goes! Please be aware that there is no school from Wednesday 12/23 through Friday 1/1. All students will return to school on Monday, January 4th.

Here is a recap of what we've worked on these past couple of weeks:

Reading
Reading groups worked on a summative project - this is the "big learning" in which students can show their understanding and application of the essential learning targets. Readers showed us that they understand story elements and the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when and why) of fictional stories. We will move on to nonfiction texts in mid-January. Students will learn how to use text features (i.e. glossary, index, table of contents, etc.) to locate facts and information. You can give your children a head start on this learning goal by reading nonfiction texts at home.

Writing
Students spent an incredible amount of time writing and illustrating The Important Things About My Family. These books are designed to be gifts for you this holiday season. Students designed the front and back covers, wrote several pages of text and a poem for the book. They will bring these home to you next week. They truly did their best work for these books - I know you will enjoy them very much!

Math
Students continued to learn about grouping and skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. They looked for patterns and rules in these sequences. We used our knowledge of grouping to solve word problems about arms, legs, fingers and toes. Students had to decide what type of grouping would make sense to solve the problem efficiently. For example: "There were 34 ears at the lunch table. How many people were there?"

We revisited coins and coin equivalencies with a game called "Collect 50 cents." Partners had to roll two dice and collect coins to match the roll. They traded in coins as they went along. The game was over when both partners collected 50 cents. Students have a solid understanding of coin names and values. Our next goal is to understand coin equivalencies and counting coins to find the total.

Junior Achievement
Mr. McHugh visited Thursday to teach our final lesson. The students learned how money "moves" using a song and posters depicting different "stops" money makes as it travels through the community including businesses, banks and the U.S. Mint. We are very grateful to Mr. McHugh and the Junior Achievement program for a wonderful experience!

A Note About Homework
Students are not bringing home their homework folders today. Instead, they will bring them home on Tuesday with a special 100 Minute Reading Club recording sheet for vacation. There will be no spelling words or spelling homework sent home until after they return from vacation.


Enjoy your winter break!

Mrs. Bradstreet

Friday, December 4, 2015

Dec. 4th

Reading
Reading groups read new books and used these to retell major events in order and identify character and setting. These are learning targets that can be worked on at home, too. When your child finishes a book at home, ask them to tell or write what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story. They should be able to name the characters and setting as they are retelling.

Writing
Writers engaged in a special writing project that encompassed the full writing process. We used the story Someday to inspire our own stories of something wonderful we would like to do "someday." Students wrote a first draft, edited their drafts and rewrote a final copy. These are important skills that we will continue to practice as the year goes on.

Math
We continued our work with story problems this week. In addition, students began learning about even and odd numbers. By introducing the concept using a "Partners and Teams" analogy, students could see how even numbers meant everyone had a partner or groups could be divided into equal teams. We looked at even and odd numbers on the 100 grid and saw many patterns. The even numbers all had 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 in the ones place and the odd numbers had 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 in the ones place.

Social Studies 
We learned about goods and services in our community. We defined a "good" as something that somebody makes or prepares that you can buy. A "service" is something that somebody does for you. We looked at a community map and found different goods and services offered by various businesses. Some examples of goods include: jewelry, cupcakes, books and cat food. Examples of services in our community include: carwash, visit to the dentist, protection by police officers. The students have a solid understanding of these concepts!

Reminders

  • There is an Early Release on Wednesday, Dec. 9th.
  • Students are bringing home new spelling words today. There is a December spelling homework sheet for you to use with your child to practice the spelling words. Enjoy!


Thank you,
Mrs. Bradstreet