This Friday is STEM day where we will be taking half the day to engineer and design wigwams and native summer homes using our "natural" resources. I will be sending home a gallon sized Ziploc bag to collect items found outside (pine-straw, twigs, small sticks, leaves, acorns, etc.). The only rule is it must come naturally from outside and it must fit inside the bag, when the bag is closed. This will be in addition to their homework this week.
Please continue to send in cardboard (boxes of all kinds: tissue, cereal, moving, shoe and also toilet/paper towel rolls would be great as well). We have some liquid glue but I'm not sure if its enough for our entire class to make their paper mache roofs and siding for all of their houses. I am requesting a HALF GALLON bottle of liquid glue. Please email me if you are able to purchase this item. It would be a huge help!
Here is our week at a glance:
Writing: We will be focusing on being bold in our writing and practicing new strategies over and over. We are going see how writer's can help one another in our writing and how we edit before we publish our writing.
Math: Our focus this week is on money: pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters, and dollars and how to solve word problems using money. Example: Ms. Poolos has 2 quarters, 1 dime, 3 nickles, and 2 pennies. How much money does Ms. Poolos have?
Reading: We are continuing to analyze characters, but this week looking closely at how our main character changes, experiences challenges/problems, and what they do to solve it. Questions to ask you student at home while they read: What are some character traits and feelings of our main character in the beginning?, Do you see a problem that the character is facing? What is that problem?, Do you see our character changing? How? (this can be their feelings, character traits, or appearance) How did our character solve their problem? How were they different at the end of the story?
Phonics: We are learning about long "o" digraphs this week. Our spelling words are: float, doe, grown, boat, shown, toe, below, yellow, toenail.
Grammar: We are looking at context clues. We will look at surrounding sentences to give us clues of unknown words and try to figure out their meaning.
Content: We are finishing up nutrition and healthy verses unhealthy foods. We will be doing an observation of the changes in season and how it relates to our trees. We will begin our matter unit on Wednesday and doing some fun experiences and observations with solids, liquids, and gases.
A few reminders: