7:45-8:00 Announcements/Morning Work
8:00-8:30 Social Studies
8:30-9:00 PE (Every Day! )
11:45-12:15 Science continues
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!
Place Value: Students will be learning how to add and subtract using their knowledge of place value. They will learn that their are only 10 digits (0-9) that make up all numbers. The value of the digit totally depends on its place in a number hence the term Place Value. They should easily and quickly be able to explain what is ten, hundred, and even thousands more than a given number simply by going to that place and changing its value. For example, in the number 342 , if asked what is 100 more they would know to go to the hundreds place and change it by 1 so it would become 442. When they have mastered this standard they will be able to do this completely in their head. They will also learn new terminology such as expanded form (345=300 + 40 + 5), standard form (345) and quick draw in which they would draw 3 squares, 4 ten sticks and 5 circles to represent the number 345. As complicated as this sounds, the students pick up on it very quickly. They are then very successful in using these skills to add and subtract. Why not just teach them the standard way we learned how to add and subtract you may be asking right about now. We do eventually! Please be patient with us you will soon be amazed what they can do in their head!
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 how do different characters respond to a problem in a story and how does that help the reader understand the story.
We are working on writing narratives 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 the human body for the next week or so. They have already started an experiment using their five senses. They keep their own Science Notebook to record the steps in the experiment as well as some formative assessments. We have started using out Science Lab as well.
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 American Symbols and immigration.