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.
  • The words we’ve studied so far are: the, I, to, a, is, my, go, me, like, on, in, so, we, it, and, up, at, see, he, do, you, an, can, no, am

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
      • Students also learned how to memorize a word (look at the work, read it, spell it, write it, look at the word again and reread it)
      • 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 Writing for Readers unit, shifting our focus to narrative writing. They’ve thought about their topics, planned across their pages and sketched their drawings. Students are learning to include who was there, where the story takes place and what they did. We have discussed what makes writing hard to read and what makes our reading easy to read.  The students came up with the following lists:
    • What makes reading hard to read:
      • writing the wrong letters in a word
      • when you don’t put a space between words
      • when you don’t put down enough letters
      • when you confuse the letters and write down the wrong one
    • What makes reading easy to read:
      • When words are not so close together
      • When the writing is neat
      • When the pictures help you read the words
      • When you use a lot of letters to spell the words
      • When you use snap words

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 that is similar to the familiar 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 is 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?”

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 Fluffy, a guinea pig named Reese, and a gerbil named Eloise!

We learned that all mammals have lungs, fur or hair, bones in their bodies, and drink milk as babies.