This upcoming week marks the 100th day of school! Can you believe that we are already half way though the year?! It’s hard to accept that, but also at the same time there has been so much growth that it totally makes sense that we’ve been in school for 100 fabulous days!
Here’s a look at what we did this week at school!
-We finished Crenshaw!! Ask your child how they enjoyed it, what they learned from it and who else they think would enjoy it. Next week we will write a book recommendation for Crenshaw!
-Our Subtraction Action books have been finished and corrected!! We also did a little review assessment to make sure all that we’ve learned has been transferred over. Most of the students did okay on that. Common errors were: not copying the question from the whiteboard accurately, not lining the question up according to the place values in the question, not paint attention to the operation symbol (adding when it asked them to subtract and vice versa) and questions that require a lot of regrouping when there are zeros present (example: 10000-3458). This is something that you can easily do at home if you would like to check in with your child!
-We’ve started some work on fractions! Ask your child what a fraction is! If they need a refresher feel free to watch this Mathantics video
-The targeted lessons on basic facts and writing crafts have been going really well! We have completed one rotation with the writing. Your child has either completed 3 lessons on a) Introductions b) Paragraphs or c) Conclusions. The students have been hard at work putting this knowledge into practice with their Ancient Civilization writing!
-The Ask Me question this week tells you about the basic facts we are working on and provides you with a few ideas to try out at home
-We’ve done an assessment on the first 100 words on the Fry’s word list. Earlier in the week I sent home words students needed to practice and will send the next note home on Monday. These are now part of our “No Excuse” words and will be expected to be spelled correctly each time they are used. If anyone would like a copy of the words to use at home, please let me know
-We FINALLY got to go outside for recess on Friday afternoon! Let’s hope the weather will cooperate this week so we can get outside more regularly!!
What’s happening next week?!
-Book orders are due!
-We are doing some Valentine’s Day writing combined with I Love to Read month…called “A Love Letter to My Favourite Book!” This is a spinoff of what we did last year (A Love Letter to My Favourite Food). Look for the finished product on Seesaw later in the week!
-Speaking of Valentine’s Day…On Thursday we will be making card holders in the morning, then exchanging cards (for those who want to) in the afternoon. It is also our day to have learning buddies and Mrs. Au and I thought it might be nice to exchange a card with each other! So please have your child make or write out a card for the grade 1/2 buddy. If your child is going to exchange cards with others we ask that they have a card for each student, if they do not want to participate in a card exchange that is fine too. Reminder: there are 22 students in the class. If you would like to send in a small treat to share with the class please let me know (reminder about the peanut allergy in the class). We are nothing a “party” per se, but will make time for a snack if someone wants to send something in. *Please send in any materials required for the Valentine holder that we don’t have at the school. The only stipulations for the holders are 1) Name must be clearly visible and 2) There needs to be an opening for the cards. If you have extra boxes at home and want to send one for someone who may not have one please feel free!
-We will do another rotation with our writing crafts and 3 more targeted lessons for basic facts
-We will start our next read aloud book….another Natalie Lloyd selection! This one is called “A Snicker of Magic”
-Hopefully by the end of Monday our final drafts of the Ancient Civilization writing will be complete. If your child hadn’t finished their first draft(s) at school it has been sent home for them to finish. We worked on this for many hours this week and I think it’s fair to have the first draft ready to edit together.
-Once we are done with that we will move into making some structures! Students will look for structures from their Ancient Civilization and start to recreate!! This is always a crowd pleaser!!
-You have a few more days to drop of peanut butter, other nut butter or “WoW” butter for the Destination Imagination group’s food drive for Winnipeg Harvest. We are competing with 122 and 126 for top prize, but in the end those in need of food in our city are the real winners 🙂 If you are inspired by a good competition though…we are in need of more donations to ‘catch up’ to the frontrunner….Room 122!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Until next time,