Spelling/Phonics focused on words with the long o sound created by oa and ow (coat, elbow, etc.) as well as words beginning with 3-letter blends (spring, throw, splash, etc.).
For Word Work, students cut out pictures of long o words then sorted them according to where the long o sound is heard (beginning, middle, or end). If the long o sound was in the middle of a word, such as throat, the picture was glued in the OA column. If long on was at the end of a word, as in pillow, the picture was glued in the OW column.
Word Sorts help students learn word patterns rather than memorizing unconnected words. Sorting Words allows children to make generalizations about words which they can then apply to new words as they read and write. Instead of being passive learners, students are active as they compare, contrast, and analyze.
We discussed author’s purpose to help with comprehension. Identifying the author’s purpose in an important part of reading comprehension. Knowing why an author wrote something is the key to knowing what to remember about what you’ve read. Once students understand what the author’s purpose is, they can begin to think about the story and figure out important takeaways. This week’s story, Mister Bones, was a biography. Biographies serve to tell us about a person and what s/he did.
We did a bit of science integration with our story this week. Students learned to appreciate the great effort and care taken by real paleontologists as they worked to excavate chocolate chips from their cookies all while trying to cause minimal damage to the fossils (or chocolate chips). Using toothpicks, toothbrushes, files, and small/large soft brushes as their tools, they carefully “unearthed” the chocolate chips and then feasted on the uncovered treasures as well as the excess debris left behind. (-;
Spelling/Phonics – long i sound created by ie vowel combination and/or igh; n-sound created by kn (knight), r-sound created by wr (wrist).
Comprehension – Realism & Fantasy
Grammar – Adjectives That Describe What Kind (Cold, for example, describes what kind of weather it is.)
High Frequency Words (One of these words will appear as the bonus word on our spelling test!) – about, eight, laugh, moon, touch
We continued to learn about collecting and organizing information during math. Students learned how to use the information found in a tally chart to complete a picture graph. Then they learned how to read (interpret the information in) picture graphs.
Next, we’ll learn about creating and reading bar graphs, review what we’ve covered in Chapter 7, and take the Chapter 7 test.
For Religion we discussed ways that we can follow Jesus versus choices that ultimately lead us away from Jesus.
Next, we will turn our attention to the Stations of the Cross. We’ll visit the church and spend some time locating/identifying some of the stations found around the perimeter of St. Giles.
April 7 – No Classes (Staff Development)
April 13 – Holy Thursday All School Prayer Service
April 14 – Good Friday No Classes
April 17 – April 21 Easter Break
May 5 – Grand People Day