7:45-8:00 Announcements/Morning Work
8:00-8:30 Social Studies
8:30-9:00 PE (Every Day! )
What We Are Learning!
I am going to try to keep this page up to date so you will have an idea what we are doing in class. Please always feel free to call me or e-mail if you want to know how your child is doing, or what you can do to help them at home. I will be adding some helpful websites for each subject soon. Don't forget your child can access their student portal and get on Fastmath to practice math facts. Please do not get on iReady from home!
Time and Money
The very most important thing you can do to help your child become a better reader is to read to them and with them. Discuss the story with them as you would with a friend in a book club. Instead of recall questions like, "What is the name of the character?" ask them questions about how different characters responded to the problem or event in a story. Did anything surprise them in the story? If you make reading a special time your child will learn to look forward to reading. Pick up your own book and set an example. Visit the library together to check out all sorts of books, including "How to" books and cook books.
The standard we are working on at the moment is using the illustrations and words in a story to locate information. In other words we are practicing going back in to a story to find the proof you need when answering a question.
We are working on writing informational text this nine weeks. I am teaching them how to make a simple outline before they begin their story. Then they practice making and perfecting a great beginning paragraph. They share with the class and we discuss what is working and what might need to be tweaked. We do this paragraph by paragraph. In addition to this formal writing process, they write in every single subject usually in their subject area journals. They write to explain science experiments, math concepts and social studies research. I am a bit of a stickler for neat handwriting and using capitals and periods. After a few times of redoing their work to fix things they tend to improve their handwriting.
We are working on life cycles of plants and of course getting our gardens going! We are also studying evaporation and the water cycle. Soon we will be setting up a hydroponics system in our shade house.
We started off the school year learning and discussing rules and procedures. We also did some projects to explore how each person can make a difference in the world. Currently we are learning about maps!