We continued this week with our investigation of money, which ties in with our current unit, How We Organize Ourselves. We have been adding up coins to different values and some students are able to add coins to values over one dollar. Please help your child continue to count by/add in 5's, 10's, 20's and 50's, as this will benefit them when adding coins together. Next week we will explore rounding, in relation to money.
Students also worked together to create a system/rules to help our Swap Shop run smoothly and effectively. However, only 4-5 students have brought items in to swap. We will be opening our Swap Shop on Monday, so students are encouraged to bring in an old toy or book or something they don't need anymore, or something they've made (of course checking with parents first!). Please talk with your child about the Swap Shop. We have been discussing value, and it is interesting to hear what students value and are willing to swap.
We have been using the Chrome Books to record our understanding of the central idea throughout our unit. The students have each been working in Google Slides. This week we learned that information can be gathered in many different ways, and we listened to a Brain Pop video to help in our research of the Silk Road. Students recorded important information on sticky notes and then we worked together to answer these questions:
* What was the Silk Road?
* What things were exchanged on the Silk Road?
* How does exchange help communities?
* Is exchange always fair?
We also finished up recording information in a table from our book walk, taking note on what kinds of exchanges were taking place in different books, both fiction and non-fiction.
In writing, we have been exploring procedural writing (instructions). Students have examined their own writing, along with their peers', and created a list of essential elements when writing directions. Some of these include a title, putting steps in order, starting each step on a new line, using time order words and/or numbers. We will continue next week with mini lessons on adding detail and developing our ideas. Students picked their first Daily 5 Cafe goal this week as we have been working hard to use various strategies in our reading. Some students decided they needed to work on comprehension, while others thought they should work on accuracy, fluency or expanding their vocabulary.
Next week, 3 Way Conferences are on Wednesday. Please sign up for a time slot if you have not done this already. Remember, children do not come to school for a normal school day. They accompany you to the conferences where they will share their goals and we will look at the progress they have made so far this year.
A few reminders:
Please help your child in learning to be responsible! It is their job to bring their bag to school, hang it up, and put their lunch and folder away. Please do not do this for your child, as they know and understand the morning routines, and are fully capable of doing this themselves. Please also note that even though snack time is not an explicit learning time, it can be a disruption when parents are popping in and out.
Please send your child with healthy snacks to school. Candy, cookies and cake are not appropriate snack choices. Children benefit from healthy snacks such as meat, cheese, yogurt, crackers, fruit and vegetables. This type of food gives your child the energy they need and the ability to focus throughout the school day.
Please help your child remember to bring something for the Swap Shop, opening on Monday!
Thanks and have a great weekend,
We are 7 and 8 year old students who live in Singapore. Our teacher, Ms. Luttrell, will be helping us write blog posts throughout the year!
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