This week, our class did a CLOSE read of the book Pumpkin Town by Katie McKy in Reader's Workshop. The essential question was: How do the actions of the characters affect others?
Basically, a CLOSE read is: taking a deeper look at a text, analyzing all of the events, and developing a deeper understanding in order to be able to write about the text and answer analytical questions.
Our students still have a couple of lessons left on this book, and it's a funny story. Ask them what happened in the book! They should be able to tell you a beginning, middle and end to the story.
Writer's Workshop has been full of learning how to revise and add details. For the last few weeks, we have been writing with a beginning, middle and end. This week we focused on adding details. It helps to model telling a story and having a talk about the story. The kids know that if I have a question about the story, they missed a detail. They go back, put a little "carrot" -- ^ -- and add in their details! I am impressed with some of the work I have seen so far!
Phonics has been, as you can tell, all about Magic E. This means we're practicing poems with Magic E, spending time doing dictations, and discussing the rules for Magic E. The kids have also been identifying these words in their reading.
We are JUST finishing up our Unit 2 in math! Please make sure to check your child's folder this weekend, as we will be having a test on Monday. The kids and I went through the test today, but just in case, I would definitely spend time with them on reviewing the skills presented. The big idea, as you can tell, was counting money for this unit. We have just begun learning about number models (__+__=__). The kids have to practice, practice, practice writing these! I suggest giving them number stories at home and having them write a matching number model! (ex: I had 5 cookies. Mommy ate 1. How many do I have left?)
Please talk to your scholars about the importance of following directions at school. Lately, we are having a hard time following directions in the cafeteria, and after lunch in the classroom. Following directions is a skill we work on EXTENSIVELY in the classroom. We act out scenarios, read books about it, write about it, and practice following directions with projects. I would love the reinforcement of this at home. Thank you!
If you have not sent a change of clothes for your child, please do so as soon as possible. We have had bathroom accidents (although the kids are allowed to go without even asking me, sometimes they forget)... and if there are no clothes for them to change into, we have to ask you to bring a set of clothing. We keep no spare clothing here.
Please take a look at the following pictures to see if these clothes belong to your child:
These were found in the cubby area of my classroom. I know they belong to our students, but no one knows whose they are. I really need all clothing that comes to school to be labeled for this reason. IF SOMEONE DOES NOT CLAIM THEM BY MONDAY, THESE WILL BE SENT TO THE LOST AND FOUND. Thank you for your help in identifying these!
In addition please send your child's money to school in a labeled baggie, envelope, or even with a post-it stating the child's name and what the money is for. Any money that comes in without a label on it, will be sent home until it does have a label ("Bob Smith, Lunch Money" would be fine). I received 5 different dollar amounts today from 5 different children... and when going through the folders, I cannot take the time to label each one. It really does throw us off schedule. I would really appreciate it if you would take the time to do this. It will make our day run smoother in the long run -- and at least this way, I will be sure the money is going to the right place. Again - thanks for your attention to this small detail!
I'll post some pictures in JUST a little bit for you to see what we're doing in the classroom!