We've had a busy second week! To start the week, we focused on the attribute 'Appreciation'. We had a thoughtful discussion on what it means to appreciate things and students shared what they were thankful for and appreciated. We then spent time going around with sticky notes, writing compliments and things we appreciated about the different people in our class. These sticky notes were placed on self portraits, and will be hung up somewhere in the classroom or placed into portfolios. It was a great way to start the week!
We started in with our first unit of inquiry, Who we are. Our central idea is: Communication builds relationships. To help us start thinking about different types of communication, students were tasked with building a structure silently as a group. The video below shows students in action. There were many different responses when reflecting on the activity:
"I was excited because I love making and I like hard making more than just making." - Nayoung
"I felt excited because it was cool but I felt that way because it looks like so hard and it looks like it's going to fall down." - Emanie
"I felt happy, because I can work in peace and so that helps me focus."
"If I did this activity again, I would change it to a little bit bigger." - Teddy
"If I did this activity again, I would use more tape." - Kotaro
"I felt worried because I thought it would break easily." - Eniko
"If I did this activity again, I would change the no talking rule." - Rai
On Friday, students were able to complete the challenge again, but this time with talking. Ask your child how they felt the second time around!
Many students remembered Daily 5 from last year. We started reviewing three ways to read a book: Read the pictures, read the words and retell the story. We looked at IPICK when choosing books, making sure they are of interest, but also books students can read and understand. Some students found using the five finger rule helpful.
We reviewed Read to Self expectations and students read for a solid 10 minutes the first day. They were excited to work on their stamina and set a goal of 20 minutes. On day two, students read for 12 minutes and 9 seconds. We will continue to work on stamina in everything we do. Next week, we will introduce Word Work, Work on Writing and Read to Someone.
Students wrote about their summer and completed pictures in sunglasses to accompany their writing. This is displayed outside in the hallway. We will begin to look at the writing process in the next few weeks. So far, students are working on remembering capitals and full stops, and practicing sounding out their words. Next week we will also continue practice verbally retelling stories and eventually do so through writing.
We began our first math unit about number. Our central idea is: Whole numbers show patterns and relationships that an be observed and described. Students started out looking at the form and function of a number line, and then compared number lines to 100s charts. We recorded their observations and introduced a game called "Guess My Number". This was a great way to review greater than and less than and also practice using the symbols > and <. We spent Friday morning practicing on Mathletics. Some of the questions were review, and others allowed students to practice what we had just learned. We will continue to explore numbers next week and begin investigating place value in more depth.
In the next few weeks, students will bring home a card with their log in information for gmail, RazKids and Mathletics. We are waiting to have all passwords confirmed before making the take- home cards.
A few reminders:
* Students have a home/school folder they should bring back and forth each day. Next week, they will start to have their spelling words in a baggie which need to be brought back and forth for a week. Please help your child begin to establish this routine.
* Take home readers and spelling words will begin sometime next week
* Wednesday, 24 September - Meet the Teacher evening
* Magazine collection - If you have magazines that you are willing to part with, we would love to have some in the classroom for various projects. Just send them in with your child next week!
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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