Yesterday, we read Apple Trouble for our Book Treasure book. In this book, Hedgehog has finished building a cozy nest for winter. Unfortunately, a ripe apple falls from the tree above and gets stuck in her spines, making it impossible for her to fit in her new digs. She has several friends to whom she can go for advice, but their instructions simply make her situation worse. Your child should have brought home their envelope, retelling sheet, and a little apple. Retelling sheets and envelopes are due back to school by Tuesday. The apple stays at home in their treasure boxes. If your child would like to listen to the story again before they do their retelling, just click on the video below.
This week I have introduced another aspect of The Daily 5, Listen to Reading . Students may listen to reading a few different ways. They may go to the computers and go to one of four websites and listen to stories that are at their reading level. Students may also go over and sit at the listening center and listen to books on tape. Finally, students can take an individual tape player to somewhere quiet in the room and listen to books on tape. Listen to Reading is quickly becoming a favorite classroom activity!!!
We will be having our first Social Studies test on Friday. A study guide came home today. Please help your child review for the test by going over the study guide each night. Everything that will be on the test is on the study guide!!! We have also finished Unit 1 in Math and will be testing on it on Monday. Watch for review sheets to come home on Wednesday and Friday. Please go over any concepts that your child is struggling with. THANKS!!!
Last week we learned another aspect of Daily 5. We began “Work on Writing.” During “Work on Writing” students are writing independently around the room about what they choose to write about. We started off just writing in our reader’s response notebooks. The students were given an activity ring to keep in their book baskets. On the ring are 12 ways to respond to texts. We have learned 3 of them; story map, favorite part, and beginning, middle, end. We did an example for each activity together as a class two weeks ago. Last week they picked from the three activities and wrote about a book that they had read from their book baskets. Students wrote at their desks, but will eventually be allowed to sit anywhere in the room and will have a choice about what they are writing about. Each day we have been building stamina, and are already up to 20 minutes!!
Today we got to decorate our treasure books. We brought in stickers, pictures, and words to glue on our notebooks. These will be our writing notebooks. We will be putting all of our “treasured” stories in them. We are so excited to start using them. Here are some pictures of us decorating them. If you would like to see a picture of us with our finished products, click on Treasure Books, over on the left hand side, under pages.
This week we are working on making predictions in our reading. Take a look at this terrific video that tells about predicting before and during reading.
This week we are working on Unit 3 in spelling. The skill for the week is the spelling patterns of “ou” and “ow”. Spelling homework is due back to school by Friday. Please help your child study for the test on Friday. Also, I found a website to practice the “ou” and “ow” spelling patterns. Just click on the picture below to go to the website. Once there, click on “ou and ow”.
This week’s spelling words are: will, each, about, how, up, your