It’s been a fun fall week. The fall weather has been welcome and we’ve enjoyed seeing the signs of a new season. This next week, we will have some “Apple Fun”. Please see the note that came home yesterday requesting that your child bring in their favorite type of apple on Monday. We will create several graphs to record information about apples. We’ll be sorting by colors, graphing, and counting the apples brought in from home. Each student will write their “Apple News” by using descriptive words to tell about their apple. At the end of the week we’ll have an “Apple Tasting” time to graph our favorite form of apple (juice, apple sauce, apple slice, or apple chips). We’ll read about Johnny Appleseed and then make Apple Pizzas.
This week included an important introduction to map and globe skills with our study of Christopher Columbus. We are also working on the concept of “history” as events that happened long ago. Ask your child to tell you what they learned about this important person in American history. Between now and January, we will continue to learn how to locate continents, countries, and states on a map and globe. This will help your child to develop an understanding of where they live. Please keep reviewing your child’s home address, the name of their country and state.
We have also been having some fun with scarecrows. Students have read about some scarecrow characters in stories and then created individual scarecrows to describe and write about. In cooperative groups today, they made large scarecrows as they learn to plan together, share the work, and cooperate in working as a team.
In Phonics, we have been working on making words with “m, a, s, t, n, I,& f”. They are learning to make consonant-vowel-consonant words. Next week we’ll be adding another the vowel “o” which allows us to create many new words to blend. We’ve introduced all of the red, orange, and some yellow rainbow words. In Math, we have also started working with number words. Please continue to work daily with your child at home.
In Math, students are doing well making combinations of 3, 4, & 5. They can show many different ways to make a number. They should be able to count orally to 50, recognize numbers to 20 and correctly write numerals 0-9 this first quarter. We are using number lines and “tens frames” to help establish an understanding of “ten”. This is a very important prerequisite to understanding place value. In Geometry, they should be able to name basic 2D & 3D shapes and analyze their characteristics to tell how shapes are similar and different. For example: A square has 4 equal straight sides, but a triangle only has 3 sides and they don’t have to be the same.
I have been busy doing a lot of one on one assessment with each child so that I can share progress with during our Conference Week. Thank you for returning your conference rsvp slip.
Class t-shirts went home Wednesday. They can wear them anytime they wish, especially on school spirit days.
Please make a decision about purchasing from your child’s Square One Art project and return the order form this next week. See the additional info below from Ms. Lopez.
Have a great weekend.
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