I hope you all had the chance to thank a veteran on Tuesday, know that your kiddos talked about what they would say to a veteran. We read the story America's White Table, and it always brings tears to my eyes. We shared a wonderful moment in class on Tuesday, when I could no longer read the story the kids volunteered to keep reading for me, what a wonderful group of kiddos. It truly warmed my heart.
On Friday we gave our unit 2 inquiry presentations. The kids did a great job with their skits. I hope to have them up on the website at some point this week. I will let you know when I get them there!
This week in reading we are reading chapter 3 of Living on the Land. We are exploring how geography shapes different communities such as coastal, mountain, desert, and plains. We will be discussing how based on each communities' geography jobs, hobbies, and much more could be different. The skills we will focus on this week include: questioning, using context clues, paraphrasing, and inflected endings (ed and ing). When we question with reading we can ask questions to clarify something or about something that makes us curious. This can be done before, during, and after reading. We will use our context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words. Last week we started paraphrasing and we used the STP strategy where after reading a passage we Stop and cover up the passage, Think about what we read, and Paraphrase it by putting the ideas into our own words.
In writing this week we will continue research for our report. Last week the kids chose a place or natural disaster that they wanted to research. This week we will research, organized our research, and begin to write our first draft.
In math this week we are briefly revisiting area and then moving into division. We will start by looking at division as sharing. For example if I have 12 erasers and I want to give the same amount to 3 friends, how many will each friend get? I have 3 friends, so 3 groups and I can share the erasers or divide them out to each of the groups. Each friend will get 4 erasers. We will then look at division as repeated subtraction: 12-3=9, 9-3=6, 6-3=3, 3-3=0. How many times did I subtract 3? 4 times, so 12 divided by 3 equals 4. By the end of the week we will start learning division by thinking of our multiplication opposites. For example I know that 3x4=12, so 12 divided by 3 must equal 4. Check out this learnzillion video to get an idea of what we will be doing with division this week.
In science we will investigate how the taste in drinking water can vary based on where it comes from and we will learn about how water gets to our homes. In social studies we will finish up our brochures and present them to small groups.
We are so excited to welcome a new student to our class on Monday! Hudson will be joining us and we are beyond excited! I met him on Friday and I think he will be a wonderful addition to our classroom and fit right into our small community!!
Homework: Reading log with a summary, multiplication practice page. If you have flash cards at home it would also be wonderful to start practicing those every night for a couple minutes!!
Friday is Cat/Griz spirit day (no money needed) just support your favorite team by wearing Cat or Griz gear!! We all know what I'll be wearing....GO CATS!!!! :)
Code Word: Cat/Griz