Hello 3M Families!
It was so nice having a long weekend, but really great to be able to get back into the swing of things with the kids. We had a busy few days this week, and are looking forward to some exciting things happening in the next few weeks!
We decided to set our first personal narratives aside and begin applying all of our skills to a new piece of writing. It's amazing to see these writers' skills improving in such a short amount of time. We are able to create seed ideas for stories, write fast and furious, and use different tools to revise our writing to make it the best it can be. We are learning from some other great writers such as Karen Hesse, Cynthia Rylant, and even a ballerina, Misty Copeland. I can't wait to see how our final drafts come out!
In Reading, we have been working hard while using clues from the text in order to make predictions. We have also been learning about how providing evidence helps to make our ideas stronger. We discussed our progress on our reading logs, and we all agreed that we could try a little harder on them. Now that they have the skills to provide evidence, I'm challenging them to do it as much as they can, especially when they're filling out their reading logs!
In Math, we have been rehearsing our multiplication facts. At some point next week, I will be giving an assessment on facts containing a factor of 1,2,5, or 10, so students know to be rehearsing these facts extra! I've added a new math game to help with this to the "Important Information" page; here is the link: Count & Compare. We have even begun to think about division and how it is related to multiplication. Stay tuned for our class-created book filled with story problems using both operations!
Finally, we are finishing up our first Social Studies unit on Massachusetts with a special focus on Arlington landmarks. Some of you may even be lucky enough to receive a postcard telling you all about these landmarks! Next week, we will begin our first Science unit of the year, kicking off our studies on Cycles of Life.
That's it for now! Have a great weekend,