I've entered the Weebly World! A few teachers at LaPerche absolutely love how easy it is to post weekly updates, classroom photos, important dates, and information about what is going on in their classrooms--I'm excited to say that I'm joining them!
This past week, we spent a lot of time getting ready to showcase what we have been working on for open house. If you came, the highlight was definitely their Dandelion Wishes. In Writer's Workshop, we read the book, "I Wish you More" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I'm sure many of you have read it (through teary eyes) to your children. It is all about wanting the world and more for your baby. Students were then asked to come up with three wishes of their own. Not all of them were as moving as the ones from the story (Cough cough...party yacht) but they were definitely interesting to read and fully supported by reasons! September's focus is paragraph writing. It is clear that this was not new to them--They were pro's at topic sentences, 3 supporting details and a closing sentence. I hope you enjoyed reading them! If you were not able to make it to open house, they are coming home!
In Math, we are finishing up Chapter 1, Place Value. We have been working on memorizing our place value to the thousands, writing numbers in standard form (4,321), expanded form ( 4,000+300+20+1) and word form (Four Thousand, Three Hundred, Twenty One). This week we finished up ordering numbers and moved on to rounding numbers. Ask your child if they remember our Rounding Rap!
We are almost done with the launching unit of Reader's Workshop. During this time, we go over the routine of Reader's Workshop, how to bookshop (finding the correct level books and books that interest them), building reading stamina (reading for longer chunks of time) and more! The first day we went off to do independent reading, we lasted about 5 minutes before they got restless or chatty; today, we read for 20 minutes straight!
The first investigation of Science is is happening Monday! We are focusing on Water and Climate in Trimester 1. Our scientists will be observing What happens when water falls on different objects? Words like absorb, bead up, water proof, beads, and repel were defined and discussed. Each child made a prediction (I think.....will happen....because....) of what would happen if water fell on paper towel, tin foil, wax paper and writing paper. We can't wait to make observations and discuss our findings!
I hope this was informative enough, but not too wordy! For now, the rest of the site is under construction, but I will be sure to update it as soon as my children go the...I mean, go to sleep ;)