October 1 - Digger Dash (9:45 - 10:05)
October 5 & 7 – Parent Teacher Conferences
October 11 - 15 - No School (Fall Break)
October 29 - Halloween Parade & Party
We wrapped up our first Lucy Calkins Reading Unit, Growth Spurt, and are currently in a small Mini Unit Called: Readers Get to Know the Characters. We are studying characters and story elements closely.
During Reader’s Workshop students will be working on the following:
Studying characters actions, thoughts, feelings and personality traits
Identifying story elements - setting, problem & solution, theme
We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words
Recording our thinking while reading
Scooping our words together to read fluently
During our Mini Unit focusing on getting to know characters, students will pretend they are characters to become character experts. Students will perform readers theater and work on bringing the Fox characters and story to life for their peers. We look forward to presenting our Fox Readers Theater and sharing with you on Seesaw!
We are continuing Narrative Writing. During this unit students have written several short stories based on true events from their lives.
Students are continuing to:
Discover small moments that matter-generating ideas
Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing
Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
Writing a good beginning, middle and end
Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment
Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
Setting goals and making plans for writing time
Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts
Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it
Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
Revising and editing rough drafts
In Topic 3, students are learning various strategies to add within 100.
These strategies include:
Add tens and ones on a hundreds chart
Add tens and ones on an Open number line
Break apart numbers to add
Add using compensation
Practice adding using strategies
In Topic 4 , students will build upon previously taught addition strategies to fluently add within 100.
During Topic 4 students will focus on the following:
· Using place value (tens and ones) to add and subtract
· Using an open number line to add tens and ones within 100.
· Adding 2 digit numbers using models
· Adding and breaking apart numbers using mental math and partial sums
· Modeling one and two step problems
o Selecting the most efficient strategy to solve a math problem
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH
In Fundations Unit 2 students continue to review:
In Unit 2 students will learn:
· Glued sounds:
o am, an, ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk
· Bonus letters:
o After a short vowel, the letters f, l and s get a bonus, or extra letter (ff, ll, ss). This happens in one-syllable words like brass, puff and spill.
· R Controlled Vowels
o Ar says /ar/ as in car
o Er says /er/ as in her
o Ir says /ir/ as in bird
o Or says /or/ as in horn
o Ur says /ur/ as in burn
· Trick words: words students should memorize because most of them cannot be sounded out.
Pull, shall, full, walk, both, talk