The students have continued to impress Ms Brenda and I with their reading and writing!! Each group is exploring different reading and writing concepts that are at their level.
All students have been working on editing, punctuation, summarizing, beginning/middle/end and main idea. Please practice these skills at home with your child! Your children are also becoming skilled writers! They are all writing multiple sentences independently and have a lot to say! It is exciting to watch the students find their voice as authors! Within our new unit the students are beginning to develop a strong idea of how to write nonfiction texts and what makes them different from fiction stories (content, tables of contents, headings, labels, index, glossary, etc). As we evaluate texts we use this new information to influence our own development as authors. We have also studied nonfiction pictures and illustrations and are working on creating nonfiction and accurate illustrations. This is a very challenging skill!!!
Math this month has focused around MEASUREMENT! We began by comparing different objects and deciding which ons were longer, shorter, and taller. We learned that there are a lot of different tools that are used to measure such as stopwatches, thermometers, rulers, timers, balances, scales ... and more! We studied a variety of items and discussed what they were used to measure. Next we began to measure items using both standard and nonstandard forms. We measured with cubes, paperclips, rulers and more! We also had a lot of fun exploring with the balance and comparing the weight of different objects.
We will continue this learning next week as we dive into weight and learn that objects can be longer and taller but still weigh less than other objects! We will then use this learning to create our birdseed babies. When we make these babies we will have to measure a lot! We will take our pantyhose that we brought in fill them with birdseed so that they weigh the amount we weighed at birth. We will measure as we go and when it is the right weight we will measure the correct length and tie it off at the correct length as well. We can't wait to see how much we have grown!
In addition to measurement we have be working hard to continue to practice our addition and subtraction skills. It can be challenging to remember to watch the sign carefully to make sure we complete the correct operation on each problem. We have grown a lot with our math skills! We are also working with missing addends and fact families to dive deeper into how numbers are related within a math sentence. Its our goal that we can not only add and subtract but also gain a deeper understanding of exactly what is going on during those processes.
We had a great time at our Spring Book Fair! Thank you so much for your support through our Book Fairs and Scholastic Book Orders throughout the year. Your positivity and support of reading makes a huge difference in your child's education. We will have one more book order coming home Monday May 1st that will be due back Friday May 5th. Thank you!