Friday, December 4, 2015

Dec. 4th

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.

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.

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!


  • 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

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