Here is a brief update of what is currently happening in Room 111
In Reading and Writing we continue to 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. This has helped their writing as they have been creating books and demonstrating their knowledge on a lot of different topics.
On Monday we will begin Unit 6 in Fundations. The children will learn about the vowel consonant e syllable. They will also learn that when consonant s is in between two vowels it can makes the /s/ or /z/ sound - ie rose, base. Lastly they will learn that in English language words do not end in v. Often they end in ve. They are considered exceptions and do not have a long vowel sound.
In Math we have been working on comparing numbers, mentally adding and subtracting 10 and 100 to or from a number, mentally adding and subtracting two two-digit numbers, making change, and solving word problems. Please continue to practice math facts daily. I assure you this will help when we add two and three digit numbers soon.
In Social Studies we worked on some Thanksgiving activities last week. The children got in groups and learned about an aspect of pilgrim life: the voyage, Squanto’s help, children, etc. They shared their findings. We also built Wampanoag and Pilgrim villages out of card stock grids. See the post for some pictures of the work the children created.
On Monday will begin an Economics Unit. We will explore goods, services, wants needs, etc. We will also begin our quest to raise money for World Vision. The children will be involved in all facets of the project. They will raise money, use money skills to count the money, and determine the allocation of the money. It really is a fun and rewarding activity. For more information see the note in backpacks on Monday and/or visit the web site.
I look forward to seeing you all at conferences and appreciate the time you take to come in and discuss your child’s progress. I understand how difficult it can be to juggle schedules.