Thursday, September 18, 2014

Week of September 22nd

Thanks for visiting our class blog!  This will be a great resource so you can hear about the things we're learning in Room 12!  I will always update curriculum on the blog so you don't have to hold onto old emails.  It can be quickly at your fingertips!  Every Friday (or every other), I'll put out a quick email letting you know that the blog is updated and give you any reminders, if need be.  Today, I unveiled the blog to the students and to learn a little more about how the blog works, they completed a Webquest.  They navigated around as they searched for answers to my questions! 

Language Arts:  This week, we focused on a few things in Language Arts.  First, I introduced a fun fluency activity called Fluency 1,000.  It's a neat way for kids to work on word accuracy while reading.   It only takes 5 minutes out of our day too!!  We get a lot of bang for our buck with this!  The kids love it!  I will be doing more fluency lessons as the weeks go on and incorporating that into my Reader's Workshop every week.  We also started working a bit with a few important reading strategies...inferring and making connections.  We're doing this with our new read aloud book, Rules.  Making meaningful connections are important because they help us understand the story better.  When we make connections to our own life, we're able to understand how characters feel and ultimately comprehend the story better.  We'll be working more with inferences later next week as well.  In the next week or so, I'll begin dividing the class into reading groups so I can work more closely on specific skills kids might need. 

In Writing, we have been working to add more ideas to our writing pieces.  A few weeks ago, I asked the students to write me a letter about themselves.  We talked about the importance of having introductions, paragraphs, conclusions, and good conventions.  This week, I gave them an editing and revising checklist and they used that while they went back through their piece.  We also met with partners to give us some feedback about our writing.  Next week, we'll publish and then move into our Personal Narratives unit. 

Math:   Addition/Subtraction tests were sent home in Friday folders this week.  Next week, we'll continue working through our Place Value unit.  The kids seem to have a solid grasp on the concept.  We've used the interactive board this week to work through some cool Place Value lessons.  Next week, we'll continue working through our Place Value unit and explore rounding numbers.  I'll also introduce a new multiplication strategy as well. 

Social Studies: In Social Studies, we're just getting our feet wet with Geography. We started by reviewing the Continents and Oceans but will getting a bit more in detail next week. 

Science:  In Science, we have been focusing on our first unit, Magnetism and Electricity.  We have been working on the first investigation called The Force.  There will be a lot of fun stuff to be learned in this unit!! 

That's it for now!  Let me know if  you have any questions!  Thanks for your support.  :)