100th Day of School!!!
The 100th Day of school was so much fun! We began our day by reading some fun 100th day books, then we danced to the song For the Love of Money as I passed out $100 bills! We then wrote about what we would do with $100. That afternoon, we set up our museum. Our projects were wonderful and the whole school (or almost) came to visit our 100th Day of School Museum! Your children were SO proud of their work and everyone was very impressed with the creativity of the projects. Thank you for your help and support!
Something new to our math block this month is our calendar binders! We love using our calendar binders to keep track of days of the week, the months of the year, the weather and more. Each child has their own binder to make working with the date each day even more personal. It is amazing how many math concepts are tied into the date! A big concept that we have introduced this month is number lines. We have explored number lines and learned how to construct number lines. We have learned that a number line is a tool for solving math problems. The children are so proud that they can use the number line to answer questions such as “What comes (before or after) ___? as well as “What is one (more or less) than _______?” We have also practiced filling in missing numbers on a number line including patterns such as 5’s, 10’s, or 1’s.
Our Community Unit and Buddies!
During our COMMUNITY Unit, the children took a look at the smallest community that they are a part of which is their families. We learned that families are alike and different and that there are roles that we each play within our family in order to make it successful. We then learned about our classroom community and began a job chart in classroom to help our classroom community run more efficiently. As we have compared and contrasted communities, we have noticed that successful communities all seem to have jobs, goals, leaders, and rules. As we keep expanding to study communities that we are a part of, our next logical step was to learn about our school community. In order to do this, we took a tour of some of the important places in our school community and got to learn about the jobs people are doing every day within our community. We asked them what their job entails and what tools they need to do it.
Recently we have started to learn about our CITY Community which is Beaufort! We have talked about what cities need to be successful, why we need certain places in our community, and our role and place within our city. This has involved using Google Earth to find our houses and other places in our city, learning our addresses, making replicas of our houses, and even creating buildings to make our own 3D community! Our 8th grade Buddies have been very helpful in completing a lot of these projects!
As we have been learning about jobs in the community, we are currently reading and talking about all of YOUR jobs. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! The kids are LOVING that the learning is so personal and seeing a glimpse of the millions of jobs available to them. We were also lucky enough to have several of the firefighters from the Beaufort County Fire Department come in to our school to teach us about their job and why they are important to the community! They also taught us about fire safety and even showed us their fire truck! In the coming weeks, we will learn about our city and our state and even place a field trip to get out and SEE our city community first hand! Stay tuned for more information!
As Daily 5 rotations consist of five choices: 1. Read to Self: we practice using our reading strategies and reading books independently on our own reading level. 2. Read to Someone: we read appropriate level texts to or WITH a buddy. 3. Work on Writing: we practice stretching out words and writing sentences (stories) and practice labeling pictures. 4. Listen to Reading: stories are read aloud to us on IPADS to help with comprehension and fluency. 5. Work Work: we explore and practice with letters and words. We have recently been learning about and working with digraphs and short vowels CVC words (th, sh, ch, wh).
This time of our day is when each student receives targeted instruction on his/her appropriate level from the teachers in small groups while the rest of the students are engaged in independent literacy activities from our Daily Five. Some students are working on Guided Reading with Ms. Jenny, and others are working in small groups with Ms. Brenda. Our Guided Reading groups are going wonderfully and the students are all growing as readers and writers! I am really proud of the progress they are making! Keep reading the guided reading books that are coming home each night! This helps improve your child’s reading skills and fluency! Reading with you at home also helps instill the love of books and reading which is so important!
We had so much fun exchanging Valentines and eating a special snack!