We just started Unit 6 in reading. This unit focuses on summarizing text. We'll learn and practice the strategy "Somebody..wanted..but..so..then" to help us summarize a fictional story that has a problem and a solution. You should see a sample of this in today's Tuesday Folder. Then, throughout the unit, we'll also practice summarizing information in the following ways:
• summarize information by stating the big ideas
• make generalizations, judgments, and opinions
• distinguish between more important ideas and less important ideas
• stop to collect their thoughts about a topic before, during, and after reading
Unit 5 reading assessment came home today and it was difficult for many of the children. In Unit 5, children have to infer or look for clues the author gives to understand what's going on, but is not directly stated. This is a standard they'll be expected to master in 3rd grade.
We just finished Unit 5 in math, Geometry. Today, we started Unit 6. In this unit, students will focus on:
• strategies for solving addition and subtraction story problems
• introduce and practice array models
• develop procedures for multiplication/division problems
Mid-Year Fact Fluency Update
Today, your child is bringing home a blue letter showing their current level of proficiency on addition and subtraction facts. Each child reviewed their scores and decided on a goal to work on for Spring Conferences. As a class, we've focused on strategies for addition, and will now work on subtraction, too. Many children brought home flashcards for at home practice.
READ OUT: Tonight from 5:30-6:30 at Kennedy, bring a flashlight.
We're almost out of snack, thanks!
Have a great week!
Valentine's Day 2018
We're currently on Unit 5 in reading. Our reading focus has been making connections and inferences as we read.
Students have been introduced and enrolled in Google Classroom. This is a way for me to assign work digitally to each child. You can have your child show you what they're working on by having them sign into their OmniID Portal on our classroom website or click this icon.
This week, we started Unit 5, Geometry.
The main areas of focus are:
- develop the concepts of point and line segments
- identify, name, and classify polygons
- observe similarities and differences among 3-dimensional shapes, and
- explore symmetry
We'll be exchanging Valentines in school on February 14th. We'll also make our valentine boxes at school. You do NOT need to send a box.
We need: Dixie cups to distribute snack and we'll need more snack by next week.
Just a reminder, children can bring water to school, but please only water. We have spills every week, sometimes daily, so water is only allowed. Thanks!
WEDNESDAY: Reading logs due
FRIDAY: Library day, please encourage your child to check out books each week. If they finish their book and want to check one out earlier, they just need to inform me and I can send them to the library earlier.
Have an awesome week!
We completed the DIBELS assessment last week. This is a tool we use to gauge if your child is making adequate growth in their reading fluency and retell (comprehension). I'll share the results at Spring Conferences, but if you want to know now, please email me or send me a message in Remind.
Thanks to those who've sent snack to school. We're still in need. Thanks!!
We've been introduced to Google Docs. This is a digital format for writing. Your child will use Google Docs all throughout their schooling here in Mankato. We learned how to create a document, name it, type, change the font and size, and return to the next line. Your child can access their Google Docs by logging into their OmnID Portal on the Mankato Area Public Schools link, found on our class website and then enter their user name and password.
Look for fun digital writing projects in the future!
We've been very busy learning how to add and subtract 2-digit numbers. These are the strategies we've recently learned...
Next week, we'll focus on rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. Our next Unit of Geometry will begin on Monday, January 29th.
Have a wonderful week!
Friday, December 15th at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
5th Grade Mentor
Today, we each met our 5th grade mentor. We first started with a get to know you activity using a Venn diagram. After that, the 5th grader taught us a new game focusing on fact fluency. It was a great experience and we plan to meet again once or twice a month throughout the year.
Our class is beginning to learn about double digit addition, which will lead to multi-digit addition. There will be many "strategies" taught, and your child will be encouraged to use the strategy that works best for him/her. These strategies are not like the traditional method that you or I learned when adding multiple digits. Studies show that the traditional methods increase errors and takes away from the value of each digit (i.e. in a problem like: 54+23 we would say 4+3 and then 5+2 instead of 50+20). Plus, with these new strategies you will notice your child attempting to solve problems mentally which will be the ultimate goal. You may be tempted to "teach" your child the traditional method and some only want to do that already, but I ask that you allow your child to teach YOU these new strategies. Keep in mind that not all strategies are a good fit for all students. I encourage the student to stick with the strategy that they can connect with and are most comfortable with. When students become more fluent in their adding, they will begin to realize that some strategies work best for certain problems and some for others. Last week, we learned the skip strategy and this week we're focusing on the jump strategy. Have your child show you how to add 62+39 using each strategy.
children's Museum 12-1-17
PAWS to Read reading logs due tomorrow.
We're in our second week of Unit 2 in reading. Our reading focus has been the standards:
RL.2.3 Analyze Characters-
As a reader, we use clues and evidence in the text—character descriptions, dialogue, actions, thoughts—to make inferences about the characters in a text.
At home, you can ask your child questions about the character, such as:
What does the character do? What does the character say? Why might the character be acting this way? What words describe the character?
Readers visualize when they form pictures in their minds to help them “see” and understand characters, settings, objects, and actions they are reading about.
At home you can ask your child, What do you see in your brain?
This weeks story is Why Do Spiders Have Small Waists. Ask your child to retell the story to you. Also, ask what words they added to their graphic organizer that describe Anansi.
I've recently introduced telling time with quarter-after, half-past, and quarter-to the hour. Along with after the hour, such as, 10 minutes after 2 and 25 minutes after the hour. This has been a difficult concept that we'll continue to work on throughout the year. You can work at home by practicing telling time this way.
Unit 4 in math starts Monday and explores multiple strategies for adding and subtracting two-digit numbers mentally. I will post each strategy as it's introduced. We do NOT teach a formal algorithum until these mental strategies are understood. Then, your child will pick the strategy that works best for them. We'll also be introduced to estimating and rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.
New website that was recently introduced to your child.
Most children have finished their first writing project, a personal narrative. Their writing is posted in the hallway and will be sent home in a couple weeks. We're currently working on parts of speech, with a focus on nouns. Our next writing project with be an opinion piece.
We do not have formal spelling tests, but these are the words and patterns we're working on this week...
The sounds of vowel team a:
ay, ey, ai, ei, eigh
Our field trip to the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is this Friday, December 1, from 9:15-11:45 with a focus on quarries.
Have a great week!
We have parent/teacher conferences this month. In your child's Tuesday Folder today is a purple form with a day and time for the scheduled conference. If this day or time doesn't work, please let me know. The children have been encouraged to bring this form back by Thursday. I'm giving a little treat to everyone who remembers.
School pictures are also coming home today. Picture retakes are this Friday, November 3.
The two standards we'll focus on mastering over the next two weeks are:
RL 2.1 & RI 2.1 - Ask Questions:
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RI 2.2 - Main Idea and Detail:
Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within a text.
We just wrapped up Unit 2 in math. We've learned multiple strategies for adding and subtracting one-digit numbers quickly. We've completed a timed test on both addition and subtraction. The end-of-year goal is 45 facts in three minutes. I will share your child's individual scores at conferences in November.
Our next unit is focused on place value, time, and money. The standard goals for Unit 3 are:
1. Read, write and represent whole numbers up to 1000. Representations may include numerals, addition, subtraction, multiplication, words, pictures, tally marks, number lines and manipulatives, such as bundles of sticks and base 10 blocks (184.108.40.206)
2. Use place value to describe whole numbers between 10 and 1000 in terms of hundreds, tens and ones. Know that 100 is 10 tens, and 1000 is 10 hundreds. (220.127.116.11)
3. Compare and order whole numbers up to 1000. (18.104.22.168)
4. Tell time to the quarter-hour and distinguish between a.m. and p.m. (22.214.171.124)
5. Identify pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Find the value of a group of coins and determine combinations of coins that equal a given amount. (126.96.36.199)
This week, we're learning different forms for numbers. We're learning standard form, written form and expanded form.
Written: Four hundred twenty-one
Expanded: 400+20+1 = 421
We're also working on representing the number with place value blocks.
The last day of each week for 20-30 minutes, we try to make time to catch up on work not completed throughout the week. The K in KMR, stands for catch up (Ketcup). The M stands for mustard minutes, or time owed for poor behavior choices. During mustard minutes, the child reflects on their behavior by writing a letter to me expressing what Kennedy rule they broke and what they'll do in the future to improve. Then R, relish, is free choice in the classroom as a reward.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
All School Read
Thank you all for encouraging and supporting your child in Kennedy's at home reading program PAWs to Read. If your child needs additional books for reading at home, I have book bags and books to send home with them at their "just right" reading level. Many children want to bring the books home, but I told them I needed to hear from one of their parents, either through email, Remind, or a note stating you want books sent home. Then, I will send books home in a small book bag and ask that you help ensure the books will be returned when done.
Unit 2's focus is on addition fact power. We’re learning different strategies to help us remember our facts.
We've been working on:
- doubles +1
- doubles +2
- plus 9 strategy
I've included two videos. The first explains the +9 strategy and the second is the Doubles Rap we sing.
Kennedy is in need of donated kids clothes for when children have accidents or spill at lunch. If you have clothes to donate, please bring them to the office. We can always use winter clothes too. Thanks!
Also, if you have any books you every want to donate to our classroom, I would love to add them to our library for kids to read and take home.
Rollerskating is coming in November for Kennedy Cubs in grades 1-5 during Phy. Ed. class. Students must return permission slips in order to participate. These slips were sent home on 10-10-17 in your child's Tuesday Folder.
Have a great week!
Last week, we began learning the six syllable types. We refer to them as, CLOVER.
C = closed syllable - follows a CVC pattern, like mat
L = consonant le - follows the end pattern, ble, in the word ta-ble
O = open syllable - follows a CV pattern, such as cu, in the word cu-pid
V = vowel teams - follows the pattern of 2 vowels next to each other in a word, like the two ee's in speech
E = silent e - follows the pattern CVCe, as in spike
R = r-control - follows the patterns with the sounds: ar, er, ir, ur, and or
Learning these syllable types will help us learn how to read and spell multisyllabic words.
This week, we're being reintroduced to our word recognition strategies, The Beanie Baby Strategies. Each beanie baby represents a strategy readers use when they come to a word they don’t know.
We’re continuing to add reading strategies each day. As we learn a new strategy, it is added to our CAFE menu.
C - comprehension
A - accuracy
F - fluency
E - expand vocabulary
See the reading strategies tab on this website for all our strategies.
This week's focused strategies are: predicting, clarifying, summarizing, and using pictures as we read.
Daily 5 - We're working hard on building our reading and writing stamina. We've successfully mastered 15 minutes for both Read to Self and Work on Writing. Children were introduced to Listen to Reading today.
All children read last week for Paws to Read, thank you for your home participation!
We’re continuing to revisit First Grade math skills and learn math routines. We’re also starting to work with online resources. We've all logged onto IXL and I'll introduce SumDogs next week.
Bus evacuation drill is Wednesday. All children regardless if they ride the bus or not, will go through our 2nd grade bus safety curriculum.
We’re working on generating ideas for our writing by using our “Ideas Notebook.” This notebook is a list of personal stories or fictional stories your child is interested in writing about.
We'll receive our QuickWord Handbook on Wednesday. This is a little dictionary that I can add words to, to help with spelling. This is a valuable resource we’ll use all year. We also add 5 new words to our Word Wall each day to help with a quick reference for spelling.
Have a great week!!
September 14, 2017
It's been a great start to our new year. We've been working on classroom routines along with building a community of active learners.
One routine is Daily 5. Daily 5 is a classroom organization system which allows for student independence during reading. This independence allows me to teach small reading groups. We've started with Read to Self. We established the following rules and have been practicing them daily.
1. Stay in one spot
2. Read the whole time
3. Eyes in your book
4. Get started right away
5. Zero or one voice level
6. Just right books
7. Clean up when done
You might want to use these rules at home too.
Today, we started learning the routine for Work on Writing during Daily 5.
We established rules such as:
1. Write the whole time
2. Write at your desk or tummy write
3. Zero voice level
4. Get started right away
5. Underline words you don't know how to spell
6. If you can't think of something to write, start with a picture.
We practiced for 5 minutes and will increase our stamina each day.
We've been working on learning strategies all good readers use. We've learned that all readers, Check for Understanding. We stop along the way and make sure we understand the story. Good readers also, Cross-Check. If a word doesn't look right or sound right, we must go back and fix it. When we Cross-Check, we say, Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense? There are arm movements with the strategy. Ask your child to show you. Another strategy is, Tune into Interesting Words. As we read, we're paying special attention to new words and learning what they mean.
We're reviewing First Grade skills such as: money, time, calendar, patterns, and basic facts.
School rules- B.E.S.T.
and Bus Safety next week
Our Weekly Schedule:
Tuesday: Phy. Ed.
Wednesday: Music and return Reading Logs for our weekly checkin
Thursday: Phy. Ed.
Friday: Media (bring your books back to school)
Book orders due September 21st. Our classroom code to order online is: HBBG6