Report cards are coming home. Please remove your child’s report card to keep for your records. Then sign and return the envelop it came in in your child’s folder. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Yesterday, a packet of sight word homework was sent home. This is not homework that needs to be sent back to school. These are suggested practice activities for you to use at home! The ability to read sight words at 'flash speed' (typically considered less than three seconds without decoding) is key to building fluency and strong comprehension skills. We will work on these words at school, but need the practice at home as well. Thank you for your support!
We will also continue to work with counting, sorting, set building, numeral formation and identification. We are measuring with non-standard units such as bears and paperclips to gain a basic understanding of the concept. Your children have also really enjoyed Number Talks. During number talks, we have conversations about what numbers look like in various forms, how to write them, and how we compose and decompose them. (4 and 2 more make 6. 7 take 1 away makes 6.) Ask your child what they’ve learned today!
We are working a lot on subitizing dot images on tens frames as well! We are using the structure of a tens frame as a familiar reference tool for this skill! Students are given 2-3 seconds to look at a tens frame and then to identify how many dots were on it. It is important to ask how they saw it so that the can start to understand and verbalize their thinking. For instance, 6 dots on a tens frame as shown here would be described as, "I saw 5 on top and 1 on the bottom." (We are also encouraging students to set items up in the tens frame format when they are counting quantities of objects.)
Below is a link to a video that shows practice with subitizing the tens frames. There are many more examples you can watch!
We have been working with our new science unit Wood and Paper. In our investigations, we have introduced five different types of wood: redwood, basswood, pine, plywood, and particle board. We have begun to examine their properties, and experimented with putting water on different types of wood and sanding others. As a culminating activity, we will be building small structures.
Next, we will begin work with paper and will make connections between wood, paper, and trees.