Word Study

  • We’ve been studying “snap words”, also known as high-frequency words (i.e. words that appear frequently in the texts). Students learn new snap words by looking at the written word (visual), spelling the word (auditory rhythmic), and writing the word (kinesthetic). We encourage you to practice these words at home.
  • Some of the words we’ve studied are: a, at, and, an, blue, brown, black, cat, can, dad, dog, green, gray, house, here, I, is, in, it, like, look, me, my, mom, orange, park, purple, pink, red, see, the, this, to, white, yellow

 

Reading Workshop

Students are learning to activate more super reading powers!

  • Picture Power: Students use the pictures to help each other figure out tricky words.
  • Snap Word Power: They hunt for snap words with partners and read the words
  • Sound power: super readers look at the first letter and say the first sound to help them predict and read tricky words.
  • We also played the “I spy” game using letter sounds ☺ For example, “I spy something that starts with the /m/ sound”
    • Feel free to play this at home!
  • Persistence power: when one power doesn’t work, we don’t give up, instead we try to activate other powers!

 

Writing Workshop

  • We launched our Show and Tell unit, shifting our focus to informational writing. The students are writing about:
    • Things that are important to them, things they know a lot about, and places they love.
    • They’ve thought about their topics, planned across pages, sketched their drawings, and added lots of labels.
  • Don’t forget… Our publishing party will be Tuesday, December 18, 2018  🙂

 

Math

  • Students continued to compare numbers this week, determining which number is greater than, less than, and equal to. We have been playing a card game called Compare and Double Compare (similar to the card game, War.)
    • Feel free to play at home with a deck of cards. If you are not familiar with the game, encourage your child to teach you how to play.

 

  • Another major focus of this unit was comparing objects to see which is longer. We encourage you to find opportunities to ask your child about the length of different objects; for example, ‘What do you think the longest part of the cereal box is? Do you think the cereal box is longer than the milk carton? How could we find out?”

 

  • We started learning about addition and subtraction (within 10) and utilizing notations (1 + 8 = 9 and 5 – 2 = 3)

 

Social Studies

  • We wrapped up our first unit:  My school and school community.
  • We started our second unit: Self and Others: Individual Development and cultural Identity
    • We are sharing our Star of the Day projects! Students are learning a lot of new facts about their classmates, which highlights the fact that people in a community share similarities and differences.
    • We continue to learn about different holidays and traditions
  • We read books and talked about our core value GRATITUDE and what it means (looks like/sounds like) to be grateful/thankful

 

Science

  •  This month, we had Art Farm come and we learned about mammals!  We felt antelope skin, a bone from a cow, and looked at hair from a porcupine.  We also met and pet 3 types of mammals: a chinchilla named Mini, a guinea pig named Reese, and a hamster named Patty!  We learned that all mammals have lungs, fur or hair, bones in their bodies, and drink milk as babies.