Literacy: Recently in reading workshop, the class learned that authors have intentions when writing. They plan out endings and seek to illicit strong emotions from their readers. Lessons on increasing reading stamina and the benefit of having a few “break” books in their bins were done, too. The children also worked on monitoring their comprehension through retelling stick puppetry. A session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, the class learned about editing and revising. They learned how to conduct a peer conference and used whisper phones to “fix up” their favorite personal narratives. All of this was done to get a piece ready for publication. New free choice writing journals were started, as well.
Handwriting: Writers focused on correctly forming singular and plural words and the letter ‘p’.
Math: Mathematicians learned a variety of subtraction fact strategies. They are becoming more fluent, which is evident in their recent subtraction fact assessment. The children also looked for patterns as they worked with function machines.
Theme: Last week, the class gained a greater understanding about our community through a program called Junior Achievement. Check out: http://jamaine.org/programs/elementary-school/ and your child’s Seesaw JA movie for more information about this program. The class also became cartographers (AKA: map makers) and began creating their own island country maps.
November 22-24: No School