We've been hard at work finishing up reading, writing, science, and math units! This week, we will move into working on nonfiction reading and writing units, addition and subtraction, and we will begin our Wampanoag unit!
We worked hard these past few weeks to collect data by asking questions and counting/categorizing responses and by measuring. Students worked in pairs to measure how far they can do a standing long jump, how far they can blow a pattern block, the length of their foot, and the distance between two walls in our classroom. We then practiced representing data on line plots, bar graphs, and pictographs. Everyone has been doing a great job noticing interesting trends in our representations by using useful phrases such as: "more than half", "the mode", "most people", and "very few".
We've been getting ready for our nonfiction reading unit by reading all kinds of articles! We've read about the origin of haunted houses, scary sounding animals, and female superheroes. We've been practicing using symbols such as stars, exclamation points, and question marks to note when things are important, interesting, or confusing. We received a big box of brand new nonfiction books that the kids can't wait to get their noses into!
If you're interested in accessing some articles at home, Newsela.com is a great resource filled with current-event and high-interest articles that are kid-friendly!
It was so great to see so many of you at our writing celebration on Friday! I've attached some pictures from our morning together!
We've been observing growing bush beans in our class! Students have been recognizing and identifying different structures of a seed, describing properties of plants and their seeds, and even learning about inherited traits. We will be pausing science while we wait for our plants to grow more. In the meantime, we will get to learn all about the seasonal life of the Wampanoag. Stay tuned for an invitation to help us complete one of our biggest art projects of the year!
I've been impressed to see students becoming more independent with completing and passing in homework on time. This week, students will receive a double sided math practice page that will review multiplication and division skills as well as interpreting graphs. We took our first word study assessment of the year on Friday, and I noted some students who need additional review with adding suffixes to closed and v-e syllable words. Students who need this review will receive a word study practice page which should be completed and returned by Friday.
I will be emailing out conference sign-ups today at 3 PM! I look forward to seeing you then!
Have a great day!