What We’re Learning
Reading: We will learn the sounds /h/, /s/, /f/, and /v/ this week. As we learn more sounds, we’re working on reading and spelling more words with the consonant-vowel-consonant spelling pattern.
This week we will also learn the last of our purple “heart words.” A set will be sent for practice at home sometime this week.
We will be reading a nonfiction text about reindeer for our reading comprehension lessons. We’ll record facts that we learn about reindeer, and we’ll discuss how text features such as headings, labels, and photographs aid in understanding what we read.
Writing: We are taking a break from Writer’s Workshop until we return from winter break, but we will still be doing a LOT of writing! This week we are taking what we learn in our shared research of reindeer and organizing the information into sentences with illustrations that match the text. Then we’ll organize our sentences/pages to make All About Reindeer books.
Math: We’ll be working in small groups most of the time between now and winter break. This will allow me to focus more on specific needs and it will give the kids opportunities for lots of “fun” practice as we continue to work on counting and comparing sets. Building that number sense now really helps as we move forward with place value, addition, and subtraction.
We have enough snacks for this week. If you are able to send something in to get us through to winter break and the first few days when we return to school, it would be much appreciated.
Our library schedule will be a little “off” until the new year, due to extra events being held in the library. If your child has a book checked out, it can be returned to school at any time, and we can just keep it in the classroom until we have a library visit planned.
We’ve had a lot of colds and flu going around. I encourage kids to take their water bottles home to be washed every day. Please check your child’s backpack and wash those water bottles frequently!
Things to Work On
Zipping and tying! When winter weather hits, it’s a HUGE help to me if your child can manage his or her coat and shoes independently or with minimal help.
Rote counting to 30 or higher.
Read for 10-20 minutes every day outside of school.
Monday, December 5: No school. Professional development day for school improvement.
Tuesday, December 13: Christmas program, 6 p.m., high school gym.
Friday, December 16: Early release at 11 a.m. No lunch will be served.