As we enter our new unit COMMUNITIES, the students have been learning about a variety of communities that we know about and discussed how they are alike and different. As we've learned about different communities, we've learned that communities have leaders, jobs, rules, and have to use cooperation! We know that each of us belong to a community, so we started exploring how we fit into them. During this unit, the students will explore what it means to be a member of a community and how communities can be successful.
So far, the students have learned that our classroom is a community and that they are also a part of a family community! During our study of families, students learned that all families are unique and special and not all families look the same. Each student created a family glyph to show who lives in their house and were able to talk to share about their family with their friends. As we learned about our classroom community, we talked about the things a community needs and discussed if we had them in our classroom community. This led us to create a classroom job chart to hold us accountable for completing jobs throughout the day! We can't wait to learn more about our place in the world!
As we continue to reflect on what it means to be a member of a community, we moved on to our school community. We discussed members of our school community (students, teachers, parents, Leadership, etc). We found that each person has a role or job and that is part of why our community is successful. We took a tour of our school and met important people in our Riverview community. On our tour we met Mrs. Thomas, Nurse Bridgers, Mrs. Pierro, and the Leadership Members: Ms. AnneMarie, Ms. Donna, Ms. AK, and Ms. Liz. We also met with Chef Lisa, Mr. McGuire (technology), Ms.Fleming(custodian), and Ms. Shelby(tide watch.) Each person shared with us what their job/role is in our school community. We were able to ask questions and make notes, which we will use for our writing activities next week as we continue to learn about our school community. Be sure to ask your children about the importance of all of our school helpers!
The students are doing a great job with Daily 5! They are becoming so independent and working hard to become better readers and writers! During Daily 5, the students can choose from the following activities:
1. Read to Self- we practice reading books and using our reading strategies on our own reading level.
2. Read to Someone- we read books to or with a buddy and practice using our reading strategies.
3. Work on Writing- we write stories with text and illustrations of our choosing.
4. Listen to Reading- stories are read aloud to us on an IPAD .
5. Word Work- we practice different literacy skills, making words, and writing words.
While they are working independently, Ms. Amber and I can pull small groups for Guided Reading!
We continued to work with your child in guided reading groups. It is a very exciting to see them begin to become readers and grow already so much from last week. Your children will continue to meet with me at least two times a week to work on new reading strategies and skills. They will then take home the book that they read with me to show off their reading to you!
As we are working on becoming strong readers, we are diving in to some of our CAFE skills that will help us to read accurately. This week, we built on the strategy "Do the Pictures Match the Words?" with our next CAFE strategy "Cross Check." When we "cross check" we are checking if the words make sense that we are reading. We often use the phrase "Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?" to ensure the sentence or word we are reading fits.
Many CAFE strategies from this point on will be ones that we focus on for two weeks to help ensure that the students are comfortable using them.
During our writing time, students are continuing to work on writing intentional pictures and adding labels and/or sentences as they are ready. This is an exciting time of year as we begin to see the students really emerge as readers and writers! We also spent time this week writing about a community that we are all a part of individually.. our families! We worked on drawing intentional pictures of our families, labeling our family members, and writing a sentence about our illustrations.
Our focus in math has been 2D and 3-D shapes! Some 3D shapes we are learning include cube, cone, pyramid, triangular prism, rectangular prism, and sphere. We have also been reviewing teen numbers (and higher numbers!). We are all becoming experts on 3D shapes. We can name them, find them in our environment, and find 2D shapes within the 3D shapes! Check and see if we can find any at home or in our community!