School is definitely in session! Our short week began with a vocabulary lesson to help your child navigate the higher-level texts they will be facing this year. I will alternate spelling and word study (vocabulary) weekly. During our word study week, we will look at prefixes, suffixes, synonyms and antonyms of our key words. This week, your child’s key words to learn and use were fragile, defend (as in defending an idea with evidence), pledge, research, and specific. Be sure to ask your child to give you their working definition for these words and applaud them if they randomly use them.
In math, we reviewed telling time to the nearest 5 and 1-minute increment and practiced calculating elapsed time. Several mornings a week I will provide the kids with practice and review as an entry task; some of these worksheets will come home corrected by your child. I feel that if the kids correct their own papers, they will see the mistakes and can ask for clarification right away. Don’t worry though, I will still be monitoring their work on “non-practice” days.
We finished My Father’s Dragon, so I read out loud Thank you, Mr. Falker, a sweet (and sometimes sad) story about a young girl who is bullied because she can’t read. We cheered for her and the dedicated teacher who helps her. The surprise ending is that this is a true story about a young girl who grew up to become the beloved children’s author Patricia Palacco! After reading the story, I used a tube of toothpaste to demonstrate how mean words can hurt, and how incredibly difficult it is to fix things after. Confused? Be sure to ask your child about this and why we have an empty tube of toothpaste hanging in our room as a reminder.
In social studies, we watched a movie about landforms and created a flip book with definitions of major landforms (peninsula, desert, mountains, valley, plateau, island, canyon, etc). Your child worked with a partner to look up these definitions using an iPad. A lot of effort went into this project and I am proud of the work ethic I saw in this classroom this week.
Your child took an adaptive reading test and I will share results with you at our November conference. I will administer this test 3 times this year as it provides all sorts of wonderful data for you and me; reading level, comprehension, and areas of strength and those that need support. I am also in the process of administering one-on-one reading assessments over the next few weeks.
BUT it’s not all work and no play in Room 8! Your child finished their Signature Bugs and poems…they are absolutely adorable! Another visual/writing project is in the works, and this week we almost wrapped up our “me bag” sharing. Our Star Jar celebration was a big hit, too.
The Friday all school assembly featured the San Jose Taiko ensemble. It was a BLAST and our own Nash was even selected to play in front of the school!