Reading: In Reading this week, we talked about how characters' character traits can change throughout the story and how sometimes the authors wants us to learn a lesson from the story. We read Mela and The Elephant as a read-aloud, and students were able to figure out difficult words using context clues, make inferences about Mela's character traits and keep track of the lesson or moral of the story. Students practiced these strategies during literacy centers as well.
Math: In Math, students learned many strategies for the addition of multi-digit numbers. Students explored place value by modeling addition with base ten blocks. There also saw how place value can also be seen with the partial sums method for addition. Lastly, students were able to explain how the standard method of addition works.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our nonfiction writing unit. Students started revising and editing their books with peers and a teacher using a rubric. Students understood that this stage in writing is important because it gives authors an opportunity to have their books read by different sets of eyes.
Science:In social studies we reviewed needs and wants and how they apply to Pheonixville, but also real life. We talked about pros and cons of living in certain areas of our map. Students added their houses to our Pheonixville map after choosing which side they would live on. Students were a ble to explain why they chose the side they chose.
Reading: In Reading this week, we continued to work on character traits and making inferences about character traits based off of what characters say and do. We finished Houndsley and Catina and learned how to retell the story using big character emotions.
Math: In Math, we started working with two digit addition problems. Students shared strategies they already have for solving two digit addition problems. We related the math to shopping where students had a chance to work with money and pretend being the clerk and the cashier. We also learned a new term, ballpark estimate. Students enjoyed figuring out whether their answers were reasonable using a ballpark estimate.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our nonfiction writing unit. Students started looking for pictures to add to their nonfiction stories. While many students were still working on their rough drafts, some started looking over each other's work to revise and edit.
Science:In science, students finished their seed dispersal models. We had a discussion on the challenges and benefits of working collaboratively with a group. Students were able to identify things that went well and things they will do differently next time we have an engineering design challenge. Students happily presented their models to their classmates!
Reading: In Reading this week we learned about character traits we could use to describe characters. Students were able to make inferences about traits that describe characters and provide evidence for their inference. We started a new book for read aloud titled Houndsley and Catina. During Literacy Centers, students practiced the comprehension skills of using context to solve tricky words and making inferences.
Math: In Math, we continued working with number stories, especially those dealing with money. Students also learned strategies for adding two digit numbers mentally.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our nonfiction writing unit. Students added a conclusion and a glossary to their writing and used strategies to add more details.
Science: In science, students started their first enginnering design challenge of the year. They took what they learned from last week about seed dispersion to brainstorm, plan, design, and create a seed dispersing design of their own. We had to talk about collaboration before students got to work, and they did an amazing job for it being their first design challenge!
Reading: In Reading this week we talked about using pictures and text to make inferences. We finished reading Days With Frog and Toad and talked about the similiarities and differences with Frog and Toad All Year. Students practiced their reading fluency and making inferences during literacy centers.
Math: In Math, we started our new unit on addition and subtraction. Our focus this week was on "change to more" number stories and "part-part-total" number stories. Toward the end of the week we talked about temperature and practicing "change to more" number stories with changes in temperature.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our nonfiction writing unit. Students started writing the middle of their books. We talked about adding adjectives, comparisons, adverbs, and transition words to their writing.
Science : Our focus question in science this week was "How are seeds dispersed in nature?" Students learned about the different ways seeds are dispersed such as through wind, water, animal fur and digestion, gravity, explosion, and many more. Students worked with a group to create a poster that displays the methods we discussed in class.
Reading: In Reading, started Days With Frog and Toad as our read aloud. Students learned they can make great predictions with books that have familiar characters. We learned the skill of having evidence for predictions and students practiced the skill during literacy centers/teacher time. Lastly, students worked on their reading fluency and making sure it matches what is going on in the story.
Math: In Math, we finished off the unit with coin combinations and learning how to make change. Students learned strategies for making change such as the "Add up" strategy. Students finished off the week with the Unit 3 test. Tests will be given to the students next week after uploading results to Seesaw.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our nonfiction writing unit. Students have learned ways to organize their writing using a table of contents. Students also wrote the introduction to their nonfiction books. Some students also started writing the middle of their books.
Social Studies : This week we returned to our classroom town project for social studies. We talked about wants vs. needs and how we will meet our needs as explorers in a new land. Students identified resources we have in our land and the uses we have for the resources. We also planned what our first homes will look like and voted for our classroom town name. After counting the votes, our classroom town will be named Pheonixville!
Reading: In Reading, we finished our first chapter book read aloud of Frog and Toad All Year Long. Students focused on keeping track of who is talking by following along with the dialogue. Students also learned some strategies for solving tricky words by looking for patterns.
Math: In Math, students learned how we organize data and how to read data. We learned about picture graphs, bar graphs, and tally charts. Students learned how to find the median in a set of data and what the median usually means.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our nonfiction writing unit. Students have chosen their topics for nonfiction writing and have started gathering facts about their topics. They have practiced looking for words to add to their writer's dictionary.
Social Studies : To introduce the difference in other cultures, we discussed Halloween and its cultural significance. Students were then introduced to Dia de Los Muertos, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and other countries in Central America. Students were able to identify the cultural components of Dia de Los Muertos and create a creativity related to the holiday.
Reading: In Reading, students continued their work with retelling. We explored 3 different ways of retelling and students practiced writing retelling sticky notes on their own. All students were encouraged to choose a chapter book of their choice to read during independent reading time.
Math: In Math, students reviewed telling time to the nearest 5 minutes. Students learned vocabulary such as "analog" and "digital" clocks. We challenged ourselves with a game called "I Have Who Has" that helped students practice saying, reading, and writing time.
Writing: In writing, we have started our nonfiction/informational writing unit. Students explored nonfiction books and have brainstormed ideas of what they will write about for their final piece.
Science: Students continued to explore the topic of Pollination and why pollinators are important. Students completed a Google slide presentation as well as a pollination poster.
Reading: In Reading, students learned strategies for retelling chapters in a longer book. Our read aloud for the week was Frog and Toad All Year Long. Students will be getting to know these two characters throughout our Character Unit.
Math: In Math, students reviewed place value and the value of coins. Students were introduced to the terms for the base ten blocks and got to explore using base ten blocks. Students also participated in an activity where they had to find two different ways of using coins to buy items.
Writing: In writing, we have been busy publishing our final drafts for our writing celebrations. Students had their first writing celebration of the year where they got to share their writing with their peers and accept positive feedback.
Science: Students continued to explore the topic of Pollination and why pollinators are important . Students participated in an interactive game where they got to act as the pollinators. Students also worked on a presentation in google slides on Pollination.
Reading: In Reading, students reviewed how to use their schema to make predictions and connections while reading. Students also learned strategies for solving tricky words by using the context of the reading and by chunking. The read aloud for the week was "Help!" by Holly Keller.
Math: In Math, students learned strategies to help them solve harder subtraction facts quickly. Students also reviewed the term "difference" and how it relates to subtraction. We finished off the week learning to problem solve a multi-step problem and students took their unit test.
Writing: In writing, we have been busy working on our revising and editing skills. Students learned how to self edit and peer edit. Some students have started publishing their personal narrative to get ready for our writing celebration next week.
Science: We have started a new unit in Science and this week students explored our focus question: What are pollinators and why are they important? We will continue to do more activities related to answering this question to gain a better understanding of this concept.
Reading: This week student's learned about schema and how they can activate their own schema to have better understanding of what they read. Literacy centers gave students the opportunity to practice this skill and other reading strategies.
Math: In Math, students reviewed their basic addition fact fluency. Students also practiced writing subtraction number stories. We talked about the frames and arrows routine as well as the in and out boxes routine. This helps students problem solve when it comes to basic addiction and subtraction.
Writing: In writing students learned ways to write a better ending to their personal narrative. They also learned how to edit and revise with a partner. This is a skill we will keep developing throughout the year.
Social Studies In Social Studies, we reviewed land and water forms of our town map. We also learned how to identify other landforms not found in our town map. Students were assessed on their understanding of the terms learned in class.