Week of October 12-16, 2015
What We’re Learning
Reading: We’ll continue to work on the foundational skill of breaking words into separate sounds (phonemes) and isolating the beginning sound. We’ll also wrap up our review of the alphabet.
This week we’ll be learning about community helpers with a focus on fire fighters. We’ll read several literature selections and informational texts about fire, firefighters, and other community helpers. Our comprehension focus will be on sequencing events and on identifying the main idea.
Writing: In writer’s workshop, we have been making books or scrolls with several pieces of information about a topic. This week we will work on asking questions about the topic to help each other generate more ideas for elaboration.
Math: The kids are loving the geometry unit, and they’re learning a lot! At this point they should be able to tell you the difference between two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes (with a little prompting). This week we will work more with two-dimensional shapes, especially squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles. We’ll classify shapes by their attributes, and we’ll explore the idea that the shape remains the same regardless of its orientation or the way it’s “pointing.”
Friday, October 16: Deadline for next Scholastic Book Club order.
Friday, October 30: Halloween party. Information will be sent home next Monday.
Wednesday, November 4 and Thursday, November 5: Parent-teacher conferences. A letter with your scheduled time will be mailed to you near the end of October.
We’re still pretty low on snacks. Please send some if you are able to. Thank you!
We’ll go to the library on Wednesday afternoon. Please help your child remember his or her book! They must return one book before checking out another.
Please be sure your child has a jacket or sweatshirt for morning recess.
Things to Work On
· Identifying and naming all capital and lower-case letters of the alphabet in random order.
· Rhyming – deciding whether two words rhyme (such as cat/bat) and generating more rhyming words (given two or three rhyming words like cat/bat/rat, the child comes up with one or two more like sat/fat).
· Counting to 30 or more; counting 10 or more objects.