Friday, January 11, 2019

A Peek At The Week




Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers used all of their strategies for decoding and comprehending to unlock tricky words. Once they knew the word, they practiced rereading it like an expert. Partners read big books together and learned how to effectively share their learning with each other. The class also identified different text features in their books. During technology time, Mrs. Wolinsky introduced the new app Tumblebooks to the class. A session of TFK rounded out the week. In Writing Workshop, authors used what they’d learned about Native Americans to write a story. They focused on describing the setting, character, problem and solution. 
Handwriting: Writers focused on the correct formation of the letter “q”.  They also wrote words with Latin and Greek prefixes and roots like submarine, tricycle, and microscope.         
Math: Mathematicians worked on various money tasks.  They reviewed coin value equivalencies, played Spinning for Money, and learned how to make change. 
Theme: The class made Native American mind maps.
Miscellaneous: Mrs. Thomson came in and did a hand washing workshop with us on Thursday.  
Looking Ahead:  
January 18th: Winter Reading Celebration at HMS with our 6th grade friends. (We’ll walk to the middle school in the morning, participate in various reading activities, and return by snack time.) 
January 21st: No School














Friday, January 4, 2019

A Peek At The Week





Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers rolled up their sleeves and learned more strategies for decoding and comprehending the tricky words they encounter in nonfiction texts. In Writing Workshop, authors continued to draft informational pieces. They came up with writing goals based on our informational check list. Writers also worked some more on their All About Me books. Finally, the class wrote New Year’s resolutions. 
Handwriting: Writers focused on the correct formation of the letter “f”.            
Math: Mathematicians worked on gathering more math fact power and played “Beat the Calculator”. They also made arrays and reviewed measurement skills. 
Theme: The class continued to learn about Native Americans this week.  They created wigwams and a Native American village.
Looking Ahead:  
January 21st: No School

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 21, 2018

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers learned more about their world and what’s in it by reading nonfiction.  They realized that nonfiction books contain a gift…the gift of knowledge.  They also used text features to help them comprehend a text.  Additionally, they worked on using the whole page to figure out what key words mean. The class worked hard to put finishing touches to their readers’ theater plays, too.  A session of TFK rounded out the week. During Word Work, the children sorted short “a”, long “a” with a silent “e”, and “ai” words.  In Writing Workshop, authors continued to draft informational pieces. They worked hard to add relevant details to their pieces.  Writers also worked on their All About Me books using the Book Creator app.  Finally, we had our final mindfulness session with Erica Marcus, so the children wrote her thank you notes. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing while paying close attention to sizing and spacing. 
Math: Mathematicians continued to practice measuring to the nearest inch and centimeter. They also took their Unit 4 assessment.  Finally, the children worked on understanding and visualizing the magnitude of numbers. They also enjoyed completing a pajama day graph. 
Theme: The class continued to learn about Native Americans this week.  They have been comparing and contrasting the different tribes from the different geographical regions in our country.
Miscellaneous: Thank you so much for coming in on Thursday morning! The children loved sharing their learning and plays with a supportive audience.
The kids also really enjoyed our pajama day/read-a-thon.  It was a fun way to spend our last day of 2018 together. I hope you all have a wonderful winter vacation.  See you next year!
Looking Ahead:  
January 2nd: First day back to school after winter break.

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers learned more about their world and what’s in it by reading nonfiction.  They did sneak peeks and discovered how a book would go, before reading it. They also predicted key words that they would find in the book prior to reading.  Additionally, they worked on writing more detailed stop and jots to show their thinking. The class continues to do a great job reading their readers’ theater parts fluently.  This week they focused on monitoring their rate and attending to punctuation.  A session of TFK rounded out the week. During Word Work, the children sorted and spelled short and long vowel words.  They also learned how to know when to use “a” or “an” before a noun. In Writing Workshop, authors continued to write informational pieces.  They learned how to write a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details. Being sure they used appropriate transition words was also practiced. Finally, the class learned how to sum everything up with a conclusion. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing “diving” letters like “h” and “b”. 
Math: Mathematicians learned more about place value.  They built numbers using base ten blocks.  The class learned base ten shorthand to record their thinking. They also wrote and read numbers in standard form and expanded form. Finally, they started to learn about standard units of measurement like the foot. 
Theme: The class continued to learn about Native Americans this week. 
Miscellaneous: We had a great time doing our measurement project today. The projects will be taken home by parents at the Learning Celebration. Thank you so much for contributing ingredients, it was a huge help.
Looking Ahead:  
December 20: Family Learning Celebration @ 9:15
December 21: Pajama Day, Read-a-Thon, and Final Day for World of Change 





Friday, December 7, 2018

A Peek At The Week


 Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers have been learning about their world and what’s in it by reading nonfiction.  They’ve learned how to pay close attention to details, put the parts of the book together, and notice different text features such as captions, bold print words, and glossaries. They are soaking in facts and information like sponges!  This week the class also did a great job reading their readers’ theater parts fluently.  They focused specifically on accuracy and expression after getting to know the characters they will portray on the 20th.  A session of TFK rounded out the week. During  Word Work, the children learned a lot about words with short and long vowel “e”. In Writing Workshop, authors wrote “About the Author” pieces, illustrated their personal narratives, created covers for their published writing, and started a new unit on informational writing. They’ve chosen topics and have begun to create a table of contents and introduction. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing “diving” letters like “n” and “m”. 
Math: Mathematicians learned more about place value and telling time which included learning the difference between A.M. and P.M.
Theme: The class has been learning about Native Americans this week. 
Miscellaneous: We had our "Caring for our Animal Friends” Community Meeting today.  We added a class picture with our beloved Peter the Fish to the hallway pet display.  Also, I’ll be putting the Book  Order in tonight.  Our class code is J6YBZ if you’d like to order some books.
Looking Ahead:  
December 14th: Measurement Project (Having the ingredients by the 13th would be super helpful.)
December 20: Family Learning Celebration @ 9:15 
December 21: Pajama Day, Read-a-Thon,  and Final Day for World of Change