We have been busy! Sorry I forgot to post last Sunday. The week before was a short week with no school on that Friday and I was out Tuesday. We wrapped up another Religion Chapter and our Unit 1 in math. We were busy last week as well!
Last week, we started our new phonics program. Now our phonics time is tied directly into what we are doing in reading and writing too. We reviewed what we learned in 1st grade, noticing phonics in words and tricky “e” at the end of a word that makes a vowel say its long sounds. Here are students above working with their phonics buddies to find tricky “e”. This week, we will be talking about new snap words for the year and “r” controlled vowels. Like “e”, “r” change change the sound of a vowel, as in words that end in -ir, -er-, or -ar. We will also be starting handwriting now that our handwriting books have arrived.
In math, we learned about the $1 and how ten $1s is the same as $10 and ten $10 is the same as $100. We practiced addition number stories, combinations of 10, doubles, and the making 10 strategy. Students will need to start remembering quickly doubles and combinations of 10. This week, we will focus on the near double strategy to solve addition problems and the turn around pattern, which many students are already familiar with. We will be completing our second open response problem too.
In science we have been discussing animals. Animals can be in different groups. They live in habitats. Animals grow through a life cycle and what they eat and what eats them is part of a food chain. We will be having a test on this Wednesday, October 2nd.
We have been busy in religion too. We have been learning about how saints are heroes and prayers we sing or speak at Church. We will have our chapter 4 test on Tuesday, October 1st and our unit 1 test on Thursday, October 3rd.
Reading has been picking up pace. We have learned strategies for solving tricky words in our reading so we can solve the words and grow as readers. This includes taking a word part by part, using phonics in a word, or using the picture/context of the story to help you solve the word. We will continue to build our toolbox with these strategies this week before moving on to nonfiction reading next week.
We officially wrapped and celebrated unit 1 of writing last week, celebrating by reading our stories to our 8th grade prayer buddies. Students edited and thought about our mentor texts to help write their small moment stories these past couple of weeks. This week, we will be starting to focus on nonfiction writing, writing a book on a topic we are experts in!
Students loved reading their stories to the 8th graders. It was so nice to spend time with them and have them give us tips to make our stories even better!