As we began 2019 students were reflective and brainstormed what they would like to work on this year. They thought about setting goals at school & outside of school and made a fun craft to go with their "goals".
During Readers Workshop we continue learning about non-fiction and how to be "smart readers" when we read non-fiction books.
Students are doing an amazing job learning how to identify non-fiction text features and take notes on their favorite facts.
During Phonics and Spelling we are learning all about "Super e" words. Students are learning how the "silent e" at the end of a word will "flip the vowel" to a long vowel sound.
In Math, we are learning about Place Value. We are using Base Ten blocks to build numbers, then counting them by 10s and then 1's. We made fun snowmen using any
2-digit number we wanted.
Students then challenged themselves and made another snowman using any 3-digit number they wanted.
Math Tub time is always a great way to learn how to apply what we learn during Math lessons. We have been using a variety of activities to reinforce our place value skills. Each table group has a different activity that we rotate throughout the week.
Activities are also chosen to "revisit" skills that we learned earlier in the year and use them in conjunction with newly acquired skills.
Tactile, hands-on activities in addition to pencil & paper activities always help reinforce what we are learning in a fun way.
Using the number 83 (for the 83rd day of school) students have shown different ways of "splitting" the number 83 into Number Bonds. Also showing +10/-10 in an Number Puzzle.
During the Number Talks portion of our Morning Meeting students share strategies and "prove how you know" the answer to a double-digit addition problem. Here you can see splitting numbers into tens and ones to add, drawing Base Ten blocks to add, and using a number line to add. Number Talks is a great way to differentiate and give the opportunity to students (who are at a variety of levels) to share strategies and teach each other how they arrive to their answer. There is never an expectation or pressure that they all use the same strategy.
Before the long weekend we spent time learning about who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and why we have a national holiday celebrating him. After learning about him students wrote about his dreams and our dreams.
Dates to Remember
- February 2nd - Edna's Variety Show
- February 6th - 10:15 -11:05 - Room 8 Interactive Art Show - parents invited to join
- February 14th - Valentine's Day celebration - students only
- February 18 - 22 - NO SCHOOL - Mid-Winter Break