Sunday, April 1, 2018

March Curriculum Update


In reading and writing we are finishing up our focus on nonfiction.  In reading, the children have learned about the importance of text features, text structures, and key words.  They have been busy making wonderings, asking questions, and taking key word notes on a country of their heritage.  They then wrote their own nonfiction book on their country.  They are excited to share their books on the 9th. 

In math, we just finished up a long unit on addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers.  The children learned many new strategies including open number lines, base ten blocks, and standard algorithm.  We will continue to practice these concepts daily as part of morning work.  We will also be practicing during our next unit which is word problems.  Please urge your children to practice math facts at home.  Mastery of math facts allows the children to concentrate on the strategies and not on the facts. 

In Social Studies we are finishing up our unit on heritage, maps, and globes.  Our shields, globes, and Atlas Maps are complete. Thank you to all who helped with the continent cutting and making of the globes.  Your time is greatly appreciated.  You helped make this worthwhile project possible.  All of our “heritage” work will be presented at our Heritage Performance on April 9th at 9:00AM.   We will be having an assessment the week of April 9th.  I will be sending home a study guide in the next couple of days. 


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hat Day

Many of our Memorial School Community students will be participating in  a five town Special Olympic Game Day at Medway Middle School on March 23rd.  We are incredibly proud of our athletes and would like to show our support.  On Wednesday, March 14th Memorial School students are invited to donate $1.00 to wear a hat in school.  Funds raised will be donated to the Special Olympics in honor of our student athletes.  

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Video and Jingle

Here are a couple of the videos that I am going to show this week to help with subtraction.  Check them out!!!!






The math jingle goes as follows:

Subtraction with Regrouping

1.  More on the top...no need to stop

2.  More on the floor... go next door and get some more

3.  Numbers the same...0 is the game.

February Curriculum News


In reading and writing we will switch gears and focus on nonfiction in the upcoming weeks.  In reading, the children will review the importance of text features, text structures, and key words.  They will make wonderings, ask questions, and take key word notes about a country of their heritage.  This new knowledge will help them create a nonfiction book about their country during writing that will be shared on "Heritage Day".   

In word work some children are working with r controlled vowels (when a vowel is followed by an r it makes a different sound or no sound at all).  There are no rules to help with the spelling of these words.  Words containing ir, er, and ur are particularly difficult because they all make the same sound. The children were taught a strategy(spelling option) to write the word several ways and choose the one that looks most correct.  A group of children have also begun to work on the long a double vowel combinations (ai, ay, a-e).  They learned that ay often is used when long a is the last sound.  They also learned that a-e and ai are often used as the middle sound.  When long a is the middle sound the spelling option must be utilized to help determine which is spelling is correct.   

In math, we will continue to work on Unit 7 that includes strategies to add and subtract two and three digit numbers.   I taught the partial sums and traditional ways to add.  This week we will learn another strategy, using a number line.  We will also begin to learn subtraction strategies.  One of the strategies I will teach will be the old fashioned regrouping way, using a jingle.  I found that thinking about the jingle every time really has helped.  We have had great success.  I will post the jingle so that you are familiar with it too.  Please urge your child to continue to practice math facts at home.  Mastery of math facts allows the children to concentrate on the concepts and not on the facts.  


In Social Studies we began our work with maps and globes.  By the end of the unit the children will be able to label the continents, oceans, mountains, rivers, and some important landmarks on a map.  We have studied North America and South America



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Curriculum Update - January

In reading we began the unit Bigger Books Mean Amping up Reading Power.  The unit focuses on the children determining the author’s intent and then using their voices, inflections, and gestures to illustrate this intent. The children are also practicing reading with a smooth, steady, and confident voice.  Finally we began investigating how authors use figurative language to establish nuance, mood, tone, and feeling. 

 We have begun our Opinion Unit in writing.  We spent a bit of time discussing the difference between facts and opinions. Then the children began to write letters about books. They are forming opinions and writing about characters, favorite parts, and illustrations in a persuasive manner. The intention is that they will be able to carry over this persuasive style of writing into all aspects of the curriculum and life.

In word work we are beginning our work with r controlled vowels (when a vowel is followed by an r it makes a different sound or no sound at all).  There are no rules to help with the spelling of these words.  Words containing ir, er, and ur are particularly difficult because they all make the same sound. The children will be taught a strategy to write the word several ways and choose the one that looks most correct.  Practice prompts familiarity.  

In math we have finished our unit on time and now are working with place value.  The children are reading, writing, expanding, and comparing numbers.  They recognize the difference between digits in a number and the place value of the digits.  Our next unit will include addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers.  Please urge your child to practice math facts at home.  Mastery of math facts allows the children to concentrate on the concepts of regrouping and “carrying over” and not on the facts.  

In Social Studies we began our work with maps and globes.  By the end of the unit the children will be able to label the continents, oceans, mountains, rivers, and some important landmarks on a map.   The unit will also include some research and writing about their heritage.  More information will be sent home soon. 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

December Curriculum Update

As we finished up conferences last week, please know that I appreciate the time you took to come in and discuss your child’s progress.  I understand how difficult it can be to juggle schedules.  You are welcome to contact me if you have any further questions. 

We will continue to work on Unit 4 in math this week and the week after vacation.  The unit focuses on time.  The children will be responsible for telling time to the five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.  They must also know relationships of time, including seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour, hours in a day, days in a week; days in a month and a year and approximate number of weeks in a month and weeks in a year. 

In Reading Workshop we are finishing up our nonfiction unit this week.  After vacation we will begin the unit Bigger Books Mean Amping up Reading Power.  The unit focuses on the children determining the author’s intent and then using their voices, inflections, and gestures to illustrate this intent. The children will also be practicing reading with a smooth, steady, and confident voice.

In writing we are publishing our informational pieces.  After vacation we will begin an opinion writing unit.  The children will begin the unit writing letters about books.  They will form opinions and write about characters, favorite parts, and illustrations in a persuasive manner.  The intention is that the children will be able to carry over this persuasive style of writing into all aspects of the curriculum and life.  They will then formulate real life   opinions about favorite seasons, favorite months, favorite foods, favorite video games, and a whole lot more.  


We will be using our money skills this week to count the amount raised for World Vision.  In my next update I'll let you know the amount raised and the choices the children made.  After vacation we will begin our Maps and Globes Unit.


         
Our PBIS team is hosting a SCHOOL-WIDE Pajama day on Friday, December 22nd. Students are invited to wear pajamas to school on Friday 12/22. For safety reasons students may not wear slippers or pajamas that cover feet.