This week we have been talking about what a scientist does. The book we read: 11 Failed Experiments to help us brainstorm. Scientist ask questions, make hypothesis, observe, take notes and use their 5 senses.
We used our 5 senses to make predictions about fruit using our sense of smell and taste! They had a lot of fun doing this! We used our sense of sight to observe and record temperatures of water. Scientists also use tools like thermometers so we took the temperature of hot, cold and room water. We also went on a Fall walk to observe and use our senses (all 5) outside! We recorded and drew some pretty pictures of all the colorful changes happening outside!
Next week we will use our scientific inquiry skills to observe, weigh and make predictions about apple
We will continue to talk about what constitutes a personal narrative and start working on the conventions that help our readers read and understand our personal narratives. We will start with using capitals appropriately (names, proper nouns, titles of books, beginning of a sentence). We will read more great books that help tell stories in sequence about their life.
This week we are going to build on our reading strategies: Readers use the pictures to determine if what they read makes sense? We will use our pictures to help us read but also look back to see if what we read makes sense. Does it fit? Does the word match what I said? We will continue to use all sorts of leveled books as well as Fly Guy to help us learn and practice these strategies. Keep reading at home! Word work along with reading will help build accuracy and sight word recognition. We read 20 min. this week!!! They did such an awesome job reading and make good reading choices!
We will start Reading to Someone next week and what that looks like! We will talk about EEKK (elbow to elbow and knee to knee) and how to alternate reading, make sure both readers can see the book and the sound of our reading with a partner.
This upcoming week we will start looking at strategies we can use to help us become better readers. We will start with the strategy "Look at the Pictures". Using pictures in books can help you figure out a word or the meaning of the story. Some great books to help us with this strategy our our leveled books in the classroom and Fly Guy! books by Tedd Arnold! They love these books so it'll be a fun way to incorporate a favorite character and story line into our strategy and learning! They also have chapters (even though they aren't really chapter books-and the kids love that! For early readers, it gives them some confidence! Don't forget to keep reading at home! We are working on reading in the classroom and recording our min. We are reading around 13 minutes right now!! We record our minutes on a tracker online (for Pizza Hut). We have a class time goal of 3,500 minutes (which I KNOW they'll reach by the end of October!) If they reach it, I'll be sending home a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! After November I'll be using their minutes from their logs to track and earn their pizza! Thanks for all your support reading with them at home!
Next week in writing workshop, we'll start the beginning of a considerable amount of time talking about personal narratives. As a class, we will define what a personal narrative is and what to include when we write persona narrative. The common core strand is: narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure. Lots of great picture books are out there to help us teach this. We will read Sumi's First Day of School, Canoe Days, My Father's Hands, Do Like Kyla to name a few. I think this will be both an exciting and informative piece of learning for the students! We will also begin sharing out at the end of writer's workshop too!
Math has focused on being able to write both subtraction and addition number sentences. Cubes and pictures helped us visualize what was happening whether we were putting things together or taking them apart.
The example of the left is an example. We started with our whole 8 and took away a part. Then rewrote another subtraction sentence using 8 and taking away the other part. Then putting both parts together to equal the whole. This is something you could practice at home! They could use paper, dry erase or just orally saying it! This is a difficult concept and we will revisit this throughout the year.
Some tips with subtraction: We always start with the WHOLE (that we can't change until we take away parts). The parts when put together equal the whole. Whole's can have different ways to make them (ie. 8= 4 +4 or 3+5 or 6+2 or 1+7).
This week in writing workshop, spelling was the focus! Our mini lessons included different resources and ways to help us spell out both words we know and unknown words. We have many resources in our room like our "Words I Use When I Write" and our Word Wall. We can also use name tags and books to help us!
This afternoon things got fun when we each chewed some bubble gum. Then stretched it out to help us spell words! (I gave the keep it away from your hair lecture before we got started! No worries! :) After a few fun tries with the gum, we used our hands to help us stretch out the words. This led us to talking about how we write for the people who read our stories and if we can stretch things out to help them better read and understand what we are writing! We had a lot of fun!
We finished our respect, friendship and citizenship this week. We read Enemy PIe and then discussed what makes a good friend/neighbor and citizen and made our own "friendship pie".
Below you will see what we said and how we decorated! I told them NOT to eat the candy-so hopefully it's still on the pie when they get home : )