Friday, November 9, 2018

Classroom Happenings

Upcoming Dates:
  • November 6- No school, Election Day Professional Learning for Teachers
  • November 12th-16th Book Fair (you can also shop online).
  • November 14th- Celebrations of Learning/Thanksgiving Feast
  • November 19-23- No school, Thanksgiving brea

Curriculum Update:
Your child has had several weeks of getting into our routine of Word Work and Spelling. Please continue to do the daily practice activities with your child. The important thing is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) and transfer the pattern into their daily writing.

We are currently in Unit 2: Attributes of Shapes and Parts of a Whole
During this unit students will be focusing on the following:
  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing and drawing 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes.
  • Understanding equal parts of a whole.
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary.
  • Continuing with fluency within 20.
  • Describing a rectangular array of tiles in terms of the number of rows, the number of tiles in each row and column and the total number of tiles in the array.
Some math vocabulary we use in Unit 2:
Polygon, Vertex, Angle, Quadrilateral, Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon, Angle, Right angle, Arrays - rows, columns, Congruent, Fraction - and fraction related vocabulary (halves, thirds, fourths)

Resources to help your child with math:
Helping your child with math: Click Here 
Math Words and Ideas: Click Here 
Investigations Game Center: Math Games
Children are growing knowledge as they read non-fiction text. The following are skills that students are learning and practicing in this unit of study:

Students are learning to write like a scientist as we learn about FORCE AND MOTION:
Students are using the scientific lab report writing strategies where they work to create the following:
  • Question
  • Hypothesize
  • Experiment (writing procedures and steps to test the hypothesis)
  • Collect data
  • Make conclusions
We are conducting some experiments and building our background knowledge about friction, gravity, force and motion.