A RECAP OF OUR WEEK & A GLIMPSE AT NEXT WEEK
As always, we continue to work on Daily 5. The Daily 5 consists of Work Work, Writing, Listening, Read to Someone, and Read to Self.
This week’s Spelling words contained short u and ending blends. We used Phonics skills to understand that the two consonant letters at the end of words such as bump or must “blend” together. Comprehension focused on Cause & Effect. Grammar was all about Questions (or Asking Sentences). Our High-Frequency Words included home, into, many, & them. We also learned out Antonyms.
This wraps up Unit 1 in our reading series. Next week, we will review and take the Unit 1 Benchmark Assessments.
Next Week’s Review will include:
Spelling/Phonics – Short a, Final ck, Short i, Final x, Short o, Plural -s (more than 1), Inflected Ending -s (does not mean more than 1 even though the word ends in s), Inflected Ending -ing, Short e, Initial Blends, Short u, and Final Blends
Comprehension – Sequence, Character, Setting, Main Idea, Realism & Fantasy, Cause & Effect
Grammar – Naming Parts & Action Parts of Sentences, Telling Sentences (statements that begin with a capital letter/end with a period), & Asking Sentences (Questions that end with a ?)
High-Frequency Words – on, way, in, and, take, up, get, help, use, eat, her, this, too, saw, small, tree, your, home, into, many, them
Vocabulary – Synonyms (words that mean the same thing) & Antonyms (words that mean the opposite)
We continued working on Subtraction in Math. Unlike Addition Concepts that require putting two parts together to find the whole, Subtraction starts with the whole and then takes a part away. (This is where the Part-Part-Whole diagrams really come in handy for many children! When underlying addition skills are strong, understanding the concept of subtraction comes more naturally and can be more easily conceptualized.) Sometimes students are asked to start with the whole and take away a part to find the difference. Other times students are asked to start with the whole, are given the difference, and then asked to figure out the part that was taken away. This can be especially tricky when working on word problems.
Important Math Vocabulary: subtract, minus sign, subtraction number sentence, difference
We will continue working on subtraction concepts and subtraction vocabulary (compare, more, fewer, how many more, less than, ).
We’ve focused on the moon during Science this week. We know that the sun does not move. Planets orbit around stars (in our case, the sun) while moons orbit around planets. We learned that, although the moon looks different on any given night, it doesn’t actually change. What changes is how much light from the sun we see shining on it/how much of it is being illuminated!
A more in-depth exploration of the moon…
Rules and being a Good Citizen were the topics of Social Studies this week. We had a discussion about the fact that some rules are designed to keep us safe while others aim at helping us learn. Rules also play an important part in being a good citizen. The seeds of good citizenship are planted and nurtured in the basic interactions of our everyday lives with one another at home as well as in our classroom community and our school-wide community.
During Religion, we’ve been talking about God’s Word and how we can put it into action in our own lives. Our class also hosted K, 1, 2, 3 Prayer Service on Friday morning. The students were very excited about teaching the other classes a song inspired by the Bible (Matthew 18:20, to be specific).
Next Week: Friday, October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We will learn more about the Blessed Mother and the Rosary. Our class will also host Prayer Service for grades K,1,2,and 3 once again on Friday morning and share some of what we learned over the course of the week.