Students completed the super powers reading unit! Some of the new reading strategies that we learned last month were:
- Pattern Power: When we figure out the pattern in a book, it can help us read almost every page and help us know what our book is about.
- Echo Reading: One person reads a sentence/page and their partner reads it back (by repeating the same sentence and reading it aloud).
- Book Talk power: Super readers don’t just read books; we talk about books too! We can activate our book talk power by introducing our book to our partner, by telling our partners what it is about, by retelling the story in order of events, by discussing our favorite parts, and by talking about how the book makes us feel.
Last month, we discussed in great detail about what makes our writing easy to read:
- What makes reading easy to read:
- Leave spaces between words.
- Make pictures that help with the words.
- Write a letter for each sound.
- Use capital letters to start sentences.
- Put a period at the end of every sentence.
We also talked about tools we can utilize to help with our writing. For example, using the word wall to spell snap words correctly, including vowels in words, and using a checklist to make sure our story has a beginning, middle, and end. The checklist also helps us remember to include important details like who we were with, where we were, and what we were doing.
In preparation for our next writing unit: Writing How-To Books to teach others. It would be great if students could come up with a list of things they know how to do really well (e.g., brushing my teeth, getting ready for school, making a sandwich, being a good friend/sibling, planting a seed, making a snowman, setting up a chess board for a match etc.) and bring them into class.
- The simpler/least amount of steps the better. More open-ended topics like “being a good friend” are also suggested as there won’t be an exact number of steps students need to remember.
- Please practice going over the steps with them orally.
We started a new unit in math called Make a Shape, Fill a Hexagon. This geometry unit focuses on two-dimensional shapes. In this unit, students look for and identify two-dimensional shapes in their environment and create pictures using geometric shapes to depict the objects they see. They look carefully at the attributes of shapes as they describe, identify, compare, construct, and represent 2-D shapes. Students also combine shapes to make new shapes (e.g. 2 trapezoids make a hexagon).
- We discussed the December holidays and read wonderful books about different cultures and traditions.
- We finished our Star of the Day presentations! Students learned a lot of new facts about their classmates, which highlights the fact that people in a community share similarities and differences.
Last month, we had Art Farm come and we learned all about reptiles! We learned that all reptiles are covered in scales. We learned that tortoise’s live on land but turtles can live in the river and on land. We met and pet Davinci, a wood turtle with webbed feet, Hank, a tortoise with long claws, and Marylin, a blue tongued skink (lizard) who lives in the forest.