In math, we reviewed multiplication arrays, turn around facts, division arrays, and repeated addition by creating small array books. We also reviewed bar and picture graphs, rounding to estimate and column addition and subtraction. Whew! We will explore area and perimeter and multiplication squares (4x4, 5x5, etc.) next week.
Our class had the opportunity to board a real time-machine and travel back 500 years. Your child saw local wildlife, giant shell mounds, clean air land, and Miwoks. When we returned, your child drew a detailed picture of what they saw on their trip and included what they’ve learned over the last 6 weeks. I handed back pictures they drew before we began our Miwok unit and it was fun to compare and note how much we’ve learned!
We watched a 10-minute video about Julia Parker, a well-known Miwok who is a skilled and renowned basket maker. Next, your child embarked on their own weaving project in which we are repurposing old cd’s and scrap yarn. It was fun to watch the kids settle into this initially challenging project. We will combine our individual pieces of art to create a community piece that will hang in the hall for the rest of the year. In June, we will split it up and your child will bring theirs home.
As we wind down our social studies unit about our local indigenous people, I want the kids to get a global perspective by investigating indigenous people around the world. In pairs, kids are reading and researching to learn a bit about the Sami, Bedouin, Aztecs, Masai and others.
What are you an expert in? That was the question that kicked off our informational text unit. Your child has chosen a subject they know a lot about and will be writing a book. I love this unit because it’s an incredibly engaging way for kids to learn how to write strong paragraphs, use text features, keyboarding and layout skills. You are welcome to help your child find some information at home to print to bring in, but all of our work will be done in class.
Our read aloud this month is The One and Only Ivan, based on a true story. I will be pairing it with some fantastic informational texts about gorillas. This will complement our informational writing unit. Thank you Annika and family for purchasing the read aloud book for our classroom!