I can hardly believe we are already in the fifth week of school. I hurt my back last week and all of my amazing students were there to offer help as well as use their best behavior thus far. I am much better now, just in time for some birthday celebrations. A funny story about me, when I was younger I was convinced that you didn't have to go to school on your birthday and would try to convince my mom every year to let me stay home and relax all day. Sadly, I have come to find that the world does not stop to give you a break on your birthday, but it a great excuse to eat lots of dessert.
This week we will be learning a lot! We are continuing our spelling with trigraphs- specifically the spr, spl, and thr. The words given are spring, spray, thrill, three, splash, and split, however I encourage students to see how many words they can find that fit the pattern. Please help your student to learn this pattern for about five minutes each night this week. We will also be starting with cursive this week, our books were back ordered but they have arrived and our class is ready for the challenge. Language arts will continue to focus on connections (text-to-text) by reading books that have similar events, characters, and themes. We will also talk about problem and solution and how they fit into the plot. We will end our week by naming the parts of the story (rising action, climax, falling action).
Math this week is focused on estimating differences (the answer to a subtraction problem) and sums (the answer to an addition problem). We will also explore the relationship between addition and subtraction and use a number line to help us find the answer. Please keep working on math facts for about five minutes a night. If you child is fluent with addition (knows the answer in less than 3 seconds) then move on to subtraction, and then multiplication.
This will be our last week of social studies before we move into our first science unit. Monday is constitution day so students will get to learn a little bit about the constitution before we finish our unit on communities.
A note about grades. Grades have been added to skyward, but not all of the assignments have been sent home. I often grade on the weekend and then send the papers home the following Thursday. Sometimes, there will be assignments that students turn into me via email or showbie, or even a partner activity. Those assignments will not be sent home but may appear in the gradebook. If you see a grade that concerns you, I would love for you to look over the assignment with your child at home and see if they can figure out why they missed something.
Sorry for the long post, I hope you all have a wonderful week!