Hello, Families!  We are very excited about what we’ve been working on lately, and can’t wait to share it with you at our next Publishing Party, which will be held on Friday, March 2 at 8:30am.

Here’s what we’re working on now…

Reading:

We’re continuing our fairy tales unit.  We have been spending time noticing the literary language and vocabulary in this genre.  It’s important that we read like storytellers, and stop to notice and understand the beautiful language the authors include.  We’re going to wrap up the unit by studying the predictable roles of the characters in our fairy tales and the lessons we learn – noticing character types, making predictions, and thinking critically about varying viewpoints.

Writing:

After the children finished writing there initial opinion pieces, we moved on to writing about our reading.  We’re forming opinions about the books, characters, and settings, of the fairy tales we’ve read (based on the post-its we jotted during Reading Workshop).  The children are using the structure from our previous opinion pieces to help guide this writing.  We’re learning how to stretch out (elaborate on) our reasons this time by including a retell, quote, or description of a picture from the story.

Math:

We’ve just launched a unit on early multiplication and understanding equal groups.  This unit focuses on understanding the meaning of multiplication by representing and solving problems in context, using arrays and area as a model, learning multiplication facts, and developing strategies for division, based on the inverse relationship between multiplication and division.

Social Studies:

We’re continuing our study of the “Age of Exploration” and Henry Hudson’s life as an explorer.  The children have begun their in-class independent project, and we can’t wait to share our work with you at the Publishing Party.

We hope everyone enjoys the Winter Break and we look forward to seeing you when we get back.

All the best,

Allison and Robyn