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Learning Update!!!

Math:

We are off to a great start with our wonderful math program.  During the first two weeks of school, we’ve been visualizing, representing, and breaking apart numbers using a variety of math tools: counters, stair steppers, and number cards.  When we break apart a number, we take a larger number and split it into two smaller numbers.  We call the two smaller numbers partners because when we add them together they equal the larger number.  So far, we’ve discovered the partners (and switch partners) for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. (Check out the chart below!)  We have also used our knowledge about partners and patterns to solve addition (+0, +1, +2) and subtraction problems (-0, -1, -2).

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During our math routine, we have been hard at work practicing with our 120 number grid, money flip chart, number path (<–link), and secret code cards.  This routine involves a series of math activities that we will continue building on each day for the rest of the year to strengthen our students’ flexible with numbers.

Finally, thank you for helping your child complete the math homework that came home on Monday. We will continue to send home packets of work on Mondays and will give you a whole week to have your child complete them and return them to school the following Monday.

Reading:

This week, we began readers’ workshop.  This is such a wonderful time in our classroom.  We have enjoyed reading some great stories together and we have started building the foundation of our independent reading time.  Readers get better at reading by practicing, so we focused this week on building their independence for reading by themselves (read to self time).  We are working together to figure out the best routines that will help us be successful during this time.  So far we have the following:

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Just like great readers do, the kids have learned how to pick books that interest them and is  ‘Just Right’ for them.  We used the three strikes approach.  The students pick a book and then open to any page.  They read one page and every time they come to a word they don’t know, they would put one of their fingers up.  If they get to three fingers up, then that’s three strikes and that book is too tricky.  If they have fewer than three fingers up, then the book is ‘Just Right!’  It has also been fun to see their confidence and enthusiasm build with their independent reading time as we practice picking out and reading books each day.

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Writing:

During Writer’s Workshop, we have been writing small moment stories.  A small moment story is a true story about you!  So far, we’ve learned that good small moment stories have a beginning, middle, and end. So, we’ve been writing across three page booklets and the kids have been doing a great job of stretching out their stories.

We also learned that good writers always keep working! We used the phrase “When you’re done – you’ve only just begun!”.  Good writers add details to their pictures and words, or they can start a new story.

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Remind your child that anything they do (soccer practice, reading a book together, play a game, visiting grandma and grandpa) can become a small moment story!!!

Learning Update

Reading

This week, we began readers’ workshop.  This is such a wonderful time in our classroom.  We have enjoyed reading some great stories together and we have started building the foundation of our independent reading time.  Readers get better at reading by practicing, so we focused this week on building their independence for reading by themselves (read to self time).  We are working together to figure out the best routines that will help us be successful during this time.  So far we have the following:

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Writing

During Writer’s Workshop, we have been writing small moment stories. A small moment story is a true story about you!

To write a small moment story we follow three steps:

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We also learned that good writers always keep working! We used the phrase “When you’re done – you’ve only just begun!”.  Good writers add details to their pictures and words, or they can start a new story.

Remind your child that anything they do (soccer practice, reading a book together, play a game, visiting grandma and grandpa) can become a small moment story!!!

Math

 During the first two weeks of school, we’ve been visualizing, representing, and breaking apart numbers using a variety of math tools: counters, stair steppers, and number cards.  When we break apart a number, we take a larger number and split it into two smaller numbers.  We call the two smaller numbers partners because when we add them together they equal the larger number.  So far, we’ve discovered the partners (and switch partners) for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. (Check out the chart below!)  We have also used our knowledge about partners and patterns to solve addition (+0, +1, +2) and subtraction problems (-0, -1, -2).

Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 10.07.39 PM

During our math routine, we have been hard at work practicing with our 120 number grid, money flip chart, number path, and secret code cards.  This routine involves a series of math activities that we will continue building on each day for the rest of the year to strengthen our students’ flexible with numbers.

Finally, thank you for helping your child complete the math homework that has come home almost every night.  This important practice helps to reinforce what is taught in the classroom each day!

Reading Update

Our Daily Five is growing!  Last week, we introduced Listen To Reading.  The kids LOVE this activity.  We discussed how listening to reading is important because it helps us read books that might be too tricky on our own, it can teach us new words, we get to listen to a fluent reader, and it is fun!!  We have a few MP3 players that have books on them and the kids get to spend time listening to different stories being read aloud to them.  We are putting those headphones to great use and the kids have gotten very skilled at independently solving issues that arise with the MP3 players.

We have introduced another aspect of our Daily Five reading block: Word Work.  We discussed with the students how working with words will make them better readers, writers, and spellers.  Plus, they will learn new words to build their vocabulary and…it’s fun!  We introduced the kids first word work activity with sight words.  The kids get to use some fun tools to build their sight words this year, this week we tried stringable letters and Wiki Stixs.  You should have seen the kids!  They were so excited and completely silent when working, they were entranced by these new tools.

We also began working in our guided reading groups.  In our small groups, we read a book just above your child’s independent reading level, retold the story using the Shape Go! Map and also worked on a decoding or fluency skill.  When your child wasn’t working their guided reading group, he or she had the choice to spend the time working with words, listening to reading, and reading to themselves.

Mrs. Stadt :)