News for the Week of Nov. 21st
Here is the news for the week of November 21st. We have a field trip to Cooper Park this Friday. All chaperones please show up to school at 9:15 tomorrow morning.
I want to publicly thank Ms. Prato for coming in and using her skills and talents to assist me in teaching writing to your children!!! If anyone else would like to come in and assist in a lesson and bring in ideas from their field, let’s have a conversation about it!
I also want to thank Ms. Ramirez for volunteering to come in to do a cute Thanksgiving craft on the 22nd. If anyone would like to conduct our December holiday craft, I’m open to suggestions!
Our Thanksgiving Party is being help on November 23rd at 9am. All our welcome. There was a notice sent home about the party, so if you would like to contribute anything, please let me know.
Lastly, I hope, for those of who celebrate, that you have a wonderful holiday with your families. Enjoy!
This week our class is learning about……..
For our nonfiction unit, our class will finish reading Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs. During this week, the reading skills we will be working on are are asking and answering questions pertaining to the different topics within the text. Students will use post-its, thinking maps and involve their partners in this very important skill in nonficiton reading. Asking questions about a text, whether for clarifying or seeking deeper meaning, allows for a more well-rounded understanding of a text.
Children are continuing to work on gathering research for their nonfiction piece. I would like to clarify what we’re doing, so everyone is on board. The research email I sent out was to explain how the children should begin gathering their research. The nonfiction piece that they are writing will contain an introduction, conclusion and three body paragraph. The three body paragraph will contain subtopics of the main topic (just like a nonfiction book or article). Therefore, the research that the children need, needs to be with them each day. I understand library material is time sensitive, so you may have to check the book out again or resort to taking things from the internet. Also, researchers are constantly researching, so you may want to continue researching their topic with them weekly. They will be using this research to formulate ideas into their own words and include them in their informational piece. Videos are good pieces of supplemental research, but it will be hard for them to write in class about what they observed in a video sometime before.
I’ve already gone over this with the children, but the topic shouldn’t be too broad, such as Animals or too narrow, such as The Antenna of the Empire State Building. It should be a topic where they can use multiple resources that have various information on a topic they can pick and choose to write about. I want the children to pick things that interest them also, but I want the literature for them to not be too complex. Remember, they’re using their research to write about the topic, so if their topic is something in the medical field, they might come across a lot of content that might be too difficult for them to understand. For those that have research already, I’ve conferred with them and everything looks good. I know this is a lot of info, so if you have any questions, please ask.
Next week, the children will have their assessment on Tuesday on the topic of skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. The assessment includes solving multi-step word problems. Your children are continuing to participate in Reciprocal Math that will allow for more group work during problem solving. They are switching roles each time they’re doing it and I’m happy to say, for the most part, your children are working diligently in a group sharing their knowledge and skills with their peers.
Children will now be delving into the topic of NYC long ago in which we will access multiple resources to write an informational brochure in their own words.
Our reading unit aligns perfectly with the topic of this week! Fossils! The children seem to really be excited about this new and interesting topic. We are going to continue making our clay models of fossils, now making comparisons with seashells. Pictures to come!
The children are still in need of practicing their addition and subtraction facts. During homework each evening, please spend about 10 minutes going over this. It is essential that during Math, they have perfected this skill. This unit is division and multiplication. Math facts need to be practiced each evening.