Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Update on Curriculum

Well, we have come to the end of Topic 2 in math, and tomorrow we start in on Topic 3. Topic 3 is all about subtraction. Since I like to have students share their thinking in class, I was hoping I could give you readers a homework assignment with your kids!

Do some real world subtraction with your kids! If you bake some muffins and eat a few, have your student figure out the math that went with it. Include them in kitchen, shopping, or other chores where you have to use every day math. Talk about it too. Ask them what they did to figure out the problem. Did they count up? Did they count down? Did they break numbers apart? It's fascinating to listen to a child think about their math. I'm also finding that students are beginning to understand how all this number stuff relates to the real world, and it would be a great activity to apply that knowledge at home.

Reading is also going well in here. Our Daily 5 rotations have been going well, except for a bit of chit chat here and there. We are now up to 3 activities: Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Work on Writing. I plan to formally launch Word Work tomorrow, and then the only piece that will be left is Listen to Reading. Soon students will have so many choices for how to work on their reading that they will be even more excited to do it!

Our poetry writing has slowed down a bit as we have been taking more time on some concepts in reading. We will pick that back up soon though. In read aloud we are reading Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech. We just finished Love That Dog. Ask your student about these books!

Our focus in reading this week has been plot. The plot is what happens in a story. We have talked about beginning, middle, and end. We read a great story called Mr. Putter and Tabby. Have your student tell you about it!

Also, we have started our science kit! We are talking about changes in matter. Solids, liquids, gasses, and chemical and physical changes are some of the topics. Yesterday we dropped some Alka-Seltzer into a cup of water and investigated what happened. We still aren't sure where that tablet went!

Alright, I think that about covers it. Here are some upcoming dates for you to remember:

Oct. 4th- Jog-a-thon. Get those pledges and come prepared on Friday!

Oct. 18th- Field Trip to Northern Lights Tree Farm's pumpkin patch. Please get that $5 to me, or write a note if you need assistance.

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