We did a mini lesson on there, their, and they’re today. Here are visuals that went with our lesson.
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Monday was Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and Read Across America Day. We had an amazing turnout in our classroom! A huge thank you to all of the family members who were able to make it for the afternoon. It was so packed I did not even get to say hello to all of you before it was time to leave! Paper-mache crafting went so smoothly with everyone there – I will post photos of the hot air balloons on the blog when they are finished.
Last week our class learned a new math game called Spiral which gives the players a fun way to practice multiplication facts. To play, you lay out a deck of cards (without the face cards) in a spiral shape. Then you roll a die and move your marker along the spiral, multiplying the number on the card by the number on the die as you go. We are working hard to achieve fluency with our facts to 10. Please keep working on your facts at home on IXL or with flashcards.
Your child should have brought home a handmade multiplication chart recently that lists all of the types of multiplication strategies we have covered. This week’s homework is a booklet that reviews all of the strategies and gives students a chance to do some problem solving. Please keep the booklet at home for future reference, but return the cover page with an adult’s signature, showing that the work was completed.
On Monday, our class started a week long course that will teach us the Japanese art of Taiko Drumming! We covered the 3 Principles of Taiko: Respect, Cooperation, and Perseverance, the stance required for good drumming, as well as some of the vocabulary that corresponds to the types of sounds you can make on the drum. Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to our next session. Check the blog for photo updates throughout the week!
Thank you for all of your support, both in school and out!
There is lots going on in our room this week! This is our first full week in about a month, Monday was the 100th day of school, Felix (Mickey’s service dog) started coming to school full time, and we did a reading marathon in addition to all of our regularly scheduled events. Whew!
We just started our first novel study of Class Clown by Johanna Hurwitz. It is a funny story about a boy who just can’t seem to be a good student no matter how hard he tries. Our class will complete this book together before students can move on into small group or partner book clubs at their level.
We are wrapping up our opinion pieces this week. Students had an opportunity to revise and edit their own work as well as participate in some peer editing to further improve their writing. Once our final drafts are complete, we will be hosting another publishing party to celebrate and let these guys share their strong feelings with you! Keep your eyes out for an invitation next week.
Speaking of invitations, next Monday (March 3rd) is Read Across America and Grandparents Day! We will be doing an exciting Dr. Seuss themed art project in our classroom from 2-3pm and if you have a grandparent or special friend who would like to join us, please let them know. The more, the merrier!
I need some egg cartons! If you have a few at home in your recycling, please bring them in. We will be using them for studying fractions in math in upcoming weeks. Additionally, our class will need some large pieces of cardboard for projects later in the year – feel free to bring by your cardboard collection too. Thank you!
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Have a wonderful week!