Students are having a great time getting ready for Halloween. They wrote a descriptive paragraph focusing on adjectives and details about their pumpkin's appearance and personality.
We are also reading a variety of Halloween stories and learning about story structure and elements including: Setting, Characters, Problem and Solution. This will help students with their story structure when they write their own stories.
In Math, we have been working on Fact Families and learning how addition and subtraction facts are related. Students are now seeing the value of learning their addition facts and how it can help them solve subtraction more easily.
We continue to work on addition and subtraction story problems and how to identify key words like "altogether", "in all", "How many more?" and "What's the difference". Room 8 had fun making Halloween story problems.
After observing the moon for the month of October, students have learned how to identify the different patterns in the sky - or "moon phases". They can now identify a new moon, crescent moon, quarter moon, gibbous moon and full moon. Students are also learning the difference between "waxing" and "waning". They had a fun time making Moon Phase mobiles and added them to our classroom decorations.
Our reading is growing by leaps and bounds! Room 8 is doing a great job applying reading strategies like stretching out the sounds (Stretchy the Snake), chunking the words – i.e. covering the endings “ed” and “ing” to sound out the root/base word (Chunky Monkey) and flipping the vowel sound from short vowel to long vowel sound (Flippy the Dolphin). Students have also pointed out that sometimes consonants flip sounds (hard g – to soft g like /j/ or hard c – to soft c like /s/.
We are having fun reading non-fiction pieces about Moon facts...
...or fiction during Reader's Workshop. We are concentrating on “thinking while we read” and using sticky notes to log our feelings, thoughts, and connections.
We have wrapped up our unit on Insects and Adaptations. Students did such a great job researching an insect with a partner and presenting their information with classmates.
We also added their information on a class Adaptations Chart.
As a culminating activity the Insect Discovery Lab visited Edna and brought some beautiful and amazing insects to share with us! Students were able to apply what they know about adaptations that allow insects to survive and make connections with the insects that visited us.