Next Week At A Glance:
It’s December, which is so hard to believe! The students are SO excited and come in every morning bustling to talk about the joys of this time of year! This week we kicked off this festive month with Mrs. Gordon, Olivia’s mom, coming in to teach us all about Hanukkah. The classs loved it! Thank you, Mrs. Gordon!
We are really getting into a nice groove and all the students are blossoming! Here’s what we will be learning this week:
Math: We will be focusing on solving word problems with our addition and subtraction facts to 20. This week we will be solving word problems involving comparisons. For example, “How many more did Joe have?,” and ” If Joe had 8 more that Kim, how many did Joe have?” Please continue to review all addition and subtraction problems to 20 at home using flashcards, or whichever way you prefer!
Reading: We will be reinforcing what good readers do when they read: Go back and reread, Make pictures in their minds, and Make Connections to their prior knowledge. In our small groups we will be focusing on answering higher level comprehension questions, after using these strategies while reading. Please make sure your children are reading 20 minutes a night and are using these strategies!
Writing: Students will be learning about common and proper nouns this week. We will continue our informational writing unit, this week writing about making hot cocoa. We’ll need some this weekend, for sure! Please continue reinforcing capitalization and ending punctuation at home with their homework!
Phonics: We will be learning about words that end with -ck. Please look for the complete list in their red Homework Folders. As always, there will be a spelling test on Friday on 10 of those words, plus a Bonus word.
Science: This week we will start learning about the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We will be learning them through songs, among many other ways! For example, sung to the tune of, “We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands,” “We’ve got North and South America, in our hands, We’ve got Europe, Asia, Africa, in our hands, We’ve got Australia and Antarctica in our hands, We’ve got the whole globe in our hands.” There will be an ocean’s song as well, that I’m sure you’ll be hearing at home.
Social Studies: We wrapped up our unti on Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea this week!The students loved learning about them and had a lot of fun doing so! One of my students said that she may cry when we’re not learning about them anymore. This is such a wonderful age to teach!
S.T.E.M. We kicked off our next S.T.E.M. project related to hibernation. We talked about how animal’s needs and people’s needs change as the weather gets colder and ways in which we all adapt. Students will be creating shelters, much like animals who hibernate do. A letter will be coming home Monday with what you will need to send in this week. Our S.T.E.M. showcase will be this Thursday, December 8th. All are welcome to come in!