Friday, October 19, 2012

Peek At The Week

October is one of my favorite months. I love to watch the changing colors of the leaves and the kids have been enjoying the mild weather.

In Math, we have finished Unit 1 and have started Unit 2 called Shapes, Blocks, and Symmetry. We began by working on fact families and how we can build addition and subtraction equations using just 3 numbers. We also started learning about 2-D shapes. We will look more at 2D and 3D shapes next week and as we continue in Unit 2.

In Science, we read about different kinds of trees around the world. We also made a cool pop-up paper and read information comparing deciduous and evergreen trees. It was fun! We also read a poem about the changing season of an apple tree. We will go over the special tree parts next week.

*Remember to help your child with their Family Tree Project due on Tuesday, October 30th.

In Writing, we learned about 4 different types of sentences. We talked about statements, questions, commands, and exclamatory sentences.
We watched a cool Brain Pop Jr. video to help us learn more too!

Today the students wrote narrative stories about their best friends. They had to include details about what their best friend looks like, what they like to do together, and why they are best friends. They also created a picture of their best friend. They did a great job.

In FUNdations, we finished Unit 3 on closed syllable exceptions and have started Unit 4 which reviews plural words and explains rules for when to use different suffix endings such as s, es, ing, ed, er, and est.

The class is doing a great job earning “spots” on their dogs in order to get rewarded for great behavior. We also are continuing to earn class compliments to earn another class reward when we reach 50! I’m so proud!

The kids were so excited to begin reading buddies. We met with our 5th grade reading buddies today. The 5th graders interviewed their buddy or buddies and then they read books together. *Check out the pictures of our new buddies in fun photos!

Have a great weekend!

-Mrs. Farrand J