Week of December 9th

Reading: For the next three weeks in reading we are going to take a step back from our reading units. This will give us the opportunity to build and further explore all the reading skills we have been acquiring this year. Our focus for the next few weeks is going to be on reading with partners in different ways, reasons for rereading, and self monitoring as we read. This week we will be focusing on re-reading. Ask your student for some reasons why we re-read!

Writing: We completed our opinion pieces on the best part about Christmas. A picture of our completed bulletin board will be post on Class Dojo! For the next two weeks we are going to be working on writing our own Christmas stories. We will be deciding on characters, setting, a problem, and a solution.

Phonics: This week we are continue to be Silent E detectives! We will also be working on making some new words Snap words. Snap words are words you know in a snap; sight words.

Math: In math this week we will be focusing on setting goals for ourselves to begin memorizing addition facts within 10. Students are not yet expected to have them memorized. We are going to set goals and begin working towards them. Encourage your student to practice their facts at home! We will also be finishing up the last few lessons in our current chapter. The test will be next week.

Social Studies: We are still discovering and learning about the symbols and monuments that are most important and iconic in the United States.

Religion: We finished up Chapter 5 last week and students did great, showing that they understand that God creates all things and that he wants us to care for all things. Chapter 6 now focuses on understanding the sacrament of baptism.

Week of December 2nd

Reading: For the next three weeks in reading we are going to take a step back from our reading units. This will give us the opportunity to build and further explore all the reading skills we have been acquiring this year. Our focus for the next few weeks is going to be on reading with partners in different ways, reasons for rereading, and self monitoring as we read.

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you read:

  • Does what I am reading sound right?
  • Does what I am reading match the picture?
  • Could I make my voice sound smoother?

Writing: We recently began our next unit in reading which is opinion writing. This week we will be working on an opinion piece that talks about our favorite part about Christmas! When we finish, I will add a picture of our finished bulletin board that will be displaying all of our hard work.

Phonics: This week we are starting our next phonics unit that focuses on silent E. Students will become word detectives as we discover the rules and patterns of the silent E.

Math: In math this week our main focuses will be on representing data using bar graphs. We have collected and analyzed data using tallies. Now we will apply what we know about tallies to making bar graphs. We will also be setting goals for ourselves to begin memorizing addition facts within 10. Students are not yet expected to have them memorized. We are going to set goals and begin working towards them. Encourage your student to practice their facts at home!

Social Studies: As we dive into Trimester 2, we will be switching topics for Social Studies. For the next few weeks students will be discovering and leaning about the symbols and monuments that are most important and iconic in the United States.

Religion: Students are wrapping up in Chapter 5 of religion, which focused on understanding that God created all things and that he wants us to care for all things.

Week of November 4th

Reading: We will be working on thinking more about what we are reading by identifying key ideas, making connections, and asking questions.

Writing: This week we will begin working on our final teaching book! Students will be using a graphic organizer to get their ideas together, completing a rough draft of their illustrations and text, and then begin transferring their work into small blank books.

Phonics: Students will be studying snap words by sorting them in different ways. We will also be exploring them through different games such as I Spy.

Math: As we near the end of Unit 3 in math, we will be focusing on introducing and using frames-and-arrows diagrams to fill in missing numbers and identify patterns.

Religion: We will finishing up Chapter 4 in religion, By the end of the week, we will be able to sign, say, and sing praise to God.

Social Studies: This week we will begin a Social Studies unit on Responsible Citizenship. Here are some of the important things we will learn about: – Rules and laws in our home, school, and community – How we can be responsible citizens, including: following our rules and laws, respect and responsibility, how we can be a good friend, why truthfulness is important, cooperation and sportsmanship, and perseverance.

Week of October 28th

Reading: This week we will be revisiting some of the reading strategies we have been learning. We will work on bringing our stories to life by reading them with an animated voice and work on identifying key words in our books.

Writing: We will be focusing on making our teaching books stronger by creating strong beginnings and endings, as well as using checklists to polish our writing!

Phonics: We recently wrapped up studying names and our now working on studying snap words!

Math: In math we are still working on addition and subtraction strategies with a focus on using a number line and number grid.

Religion: We are stating chapter 4! Chapter 4 focuses on understanding the different ways we praise God. This week we will be working to understand that we can praise God by praying.

Social Studies: Before diving into our first full social studies unit, we are going to be working on some Halloween themed activities in celebration of Halloween.

Week of October 14th

Reading: This week in reading we are focusing on picking out key information in our non-fiction books. We are also continuing on re-reading to smooth out our voices and notice more about what we are reading. When we read something for the first time, our voices can be choppy which takes away from what we can learn. By re-reading and smoothing out our voices, we can learn even more from our books!

Writing: In writing we are moving forward with writing teaching books. our main focus will be on being brave when trying to spell difficult words, rereading what we have written to make sure it makes sense, and setting writing goals for ourselves.

Phonics: In phonics we are going to begin studying other words, not just names, very closely. We will learn that they ways in which we study a name are the same ways in which we study words!

Math: For math students are still using counting and addition strategies. This week we will be exploring different ways in which we can use those strategies. For example, students will be counting a large number of objects that will require them to think about how they will make sure thy count all of the objects without missing any.

What is the most effective way to count all the pennies in the jar?

Religion: Students rocked our Chapter 2 religion assessment last week! This week we will continue to understand that when we listen to the Scripture readings at Mass we are listening to God’s word.

Science: For science this week, we will be revisiting and exploring concepts about light and sound.

Week of October 7th

Reading: We are continuing with our nonfiction reading unit. This week are focus will still be on more strategies for solving tricky words. We will also be working on identifying and thinking about key words in our books.

Writing: Starting this week students will begin to really dive into writing informative pieces. This week will focus primarily on planning out our books before we write them which includes; thinking about a topics, teaching about a topic on our fingers, and sketching across the pages.

Phonics: This week in phonics students will be learning a lot about blends and digraphs. Encourage your students to identify them in the books they are reading, signs when driving home, or even on various products while shopping. They will be excited to show you how many blends and digraphs they can identify!

Examples: Pickles, cheese, dressing

Math: Unit 2 in math will be coming to a close. We will spend Monday reviewing. The unit test will then take place over two days, Tuesday and Wednesday. Beginning on Thursday we will begin getting into Unit 3 of math in which students continue to learn and apply different models to solve number stories.

Religion: Students will be taking their Chapter 2 test on Monday, in which we will play a review game before hand to refresh our memories. The rest of the week, students will dive into Chapter 3. The focus of Chapter 3 is on understanding that when we listen to the Scripture readings at Mass we are listening to God’s word.

Week of September 30th

What is happening in…

Reading: In reading we are continuing with our non-fiction unit. Our biggest focus is reading smoothly and with expression as well as using strategies to solve hard words. Encourage your students to pretend they are a reporter or teacher as they read to you as this will help them read with feeling!

Writing: Our stories will be completed this week and added to our classroom library! Pictures will be added to the blog post for September 23rd. We will be moving into writing informational pieces by exploring the similarities and differences between narrative writing and informative writing. The biggest take away is that our writing process stays the same!

Math: We are still going strong in Unit 2 for math. This week students we will be using the skills they have been building to write number sentences.

6 + 4 = 10

Phonics: This week in phonics we will be look at short vowel sounds, blends, and digraphs.

Spelling: This weeks spelling words will all be L-blends. Look for the list in your students folder on Monday! I will also but a digital list on ClassDojo for easy access.

Other News:

This week students personal mission statements will be sent home along with a note that explains why they are being sent home. As students enter the classroom each morning they are to recite their personal mission statements. To help students, their personal mission statements will be sent home for them to practice.

Students will also be coming home with their own prayer books to help practice our prayers at home. A note will also be sent home with the prayer books.

Week of September 23rd

What is happening in…

Reading: We are beginning our second reading unit that focuses on non-fiction text. Encourage your child to share a new fact they learned from their books!

Writing: Students are finishing up their narratives for our first writing unit. By the end of the week your child will be a published author in our classroom and their book will be added to our classroom library for their classmates to read. Pictures to come!

Math: We are continuing with Unit 2 in math, focusing on addition. This will include various math games that allow students to practice addition strategies in an engaging way. It also involves solving number stories and building understanding of how we use them. For example, in one lesson later this week students will discover the importance of using units when solving number stories.

Phonics: Last week we began to get really involved in our phonics lessons. Every morning we come together as a class and study a different name from our class. Included below is a picture of an anchor chart we use.

Spelling: This week, students will have their first official spelling list and quiz. The quiz will take place on the following Monday, September 30th. I will be sending home the list of words. Students will practice reading and writing these words everyday in class. If students are also practicing at home, encourage them to do rainbow writing! They get to use different colors while writing the word several times, its a win-win!