Monday, February 26, 2018
Today we welcomed a new friend to our class! A class pet who's name will be announced tomorrow! Students will have an opportunity to feed our fishy friend throughout the month.
In Language, we are studying the Reading strategy of Predicting. We are reading the chapter book Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney and students will be practicing their predicting skills using hints from the text.
In addition, we are studying the use of commas in lists this week. Continuing with our animal research reports, students are learning to use the internet as a tool for research as well as books and will soon be having their research edited and prepped for their good copies.
In Science we will be studying the Growth and Change in Animals and we begin with mammals this week. We will be introduced to the term Animal Adaptations which they will be finding what animal adaptations their chosen animal has and include that in their report.
This week in Math, we are studying time, temperature and calendar. We are recording daily temperatures and weather. We will continue our study of time this week and so students are encouraged to continue using Mathletics to practice these tricky concepts at home.
Monday, February 19, 2018
I hope all families enjoyed their long weekend together.
Here is a look at our week ahead:
In Language, we continue to study non-fiction texts using text features such as the Table of Contents, Captions, Glossary, etc to help us read the information. In addition, students are learning how to gather information they read in a graphic organizer for their animal research report. Students are researching using texts as well as using the web. They are using the web search engine Kiddle to help find websites that are kid friendly and at their reading level.
In Math, we continue to study time. Please practice with your child telling time to the half and quarter hour. We will be having a quiz on time this Friday. If you click on the Math tab on this blog, you will find other games to help practice time. These can be used in addition to Mathletics.
In Science, we are beginning our study of Growth and Change in Animals this week. This ties in with our animal reports in Language.
Please note that there is an assembly this Friday. The time and spirit wear will be written in agendas once known.
Monday, February 5, 2018
This week in Language we are learning about the features of non-fiction texts. We have talked about Captions, Headings, Table of Contents pages and more and about how they help us read these books. Students will begin a research project on an animal by the end of this week. They will learn how to take information from the book and use it in their report.
We made Area Robot pictures in which students drew a robot on grid paper and then counted the squares inside their robot to report the Area of their robot in square units.
In Science, we are building boats to explore the interaction of liquids and solids. Students need to bring in any materials for their boats that we might not have here at school.
Monday, January 29, 2018
This week we continue to look at the series "Who Would Win", to help us learn how to gather facts from a non-fiction book to use in an answer or in writing.
This week's spelling words focus on the past tense and are tricky, so students will need to practice often.
Tuesday is our trip to Loblaws Cooking School for a lesson in making Healthier Comfort Foods. Students will have recipes they will be excited to share with you!
In Math, we are studying Measurement, with a focus on perimeter and area this week. Please use Mathletics as a tool for practicing at home.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
This week in Language we are reading non-fiction texts in our guided reading groups, discussing features of a non-fiction text. For example, identifying the Table of Contents, subheadings, index, glossary, etc. We will continue reading our series of books titled "If I had animal..." as well, in which students are finding important facts to use in their reading response. In writing we are working on an imaginative piece titled: "If I were trapped in a snow globe..." Students are writing of the adventures they would have if in a snow globe.
In math, we are beginning our study of Measurement. We begin with linear measurement, beginning with non-standard units of measuring, then into standard units of measurement (cm, mm, etc). After we will be calculating perimeter and area. Further into the unit we will study time and temperature but as a part of our daily calendar, we are discussing the current temperature outside. Please continue to use Mathletics as a means of practicing math at home.
Please note that there are a couple of items that are needed:
1- a 5 gallon bucket and sticks for music class. These are needed by Monday (day 2) but can be brought in early and stored in the classroom
2- an empty Kleenex box for social studies. This will be needed for tomorrow, Tuesday
Sunday, January 7, 2018
I hope everyone had a safe, healthy and fun holiday season. Welcome back to the students and I am looking forward to seeing everyone again!
A look ahead to what we are working on:
We are back to our regular spelling tests. This week's words focus is on 'er' words.
We will be completing our fairy tale good copies this week, look for their books to come home by the end of the week!
In Reading we will be starting our study of non-fiction texts by the end of this week and continuing for the next few weeks. Students will be learning how to use many of the features of non-fiction texts to help them study an animal of their choosing. Below is an example of one of the non-fiction texts we will be using. We will be learning how to select important and relevant facts and details from a non-fiction text.
In Math, we will have a test this Friday on adding and subtracting numbers to 20 using mental math strategies such as doubling, making tens, number lines, etc. Students will also need to be able to skip count forwards and backwards to 100 and starting at any number up to 100. For example, count backwards by 10s from 84. After our test this Friday, we will begin our study of Measurement.
In Science we continue our study of solids and liquids and will be exploring the impacts of changes of state of water on the environment and we will investigate the interactions among liquids and solids this week.
Also, Tuesday is Library day!