A Peek at the Week-October 3rd

SPELLING-Our spelling words this week are:

  • out
  • she
  • them
  • then
  • many

Please continue practicing past words. Our spelling tests have 10 words-5 new words and 5 words from past weeks.

DAILY 5-This week we are starting reading with a partner. We will learn how to interact with a partner and how to discuss books.  The goal is to have 3 sessions of Daily 5 everyday.  Read to self and write about reading will be done everyday and the third round will be a choice for everyone. Read to a partner is one of the choices, along with listening to reading and working with words. The last two choices will be introduced in the next two weeks.

MATH-This week we are starting unit 2. This unit concentrates on addition skills. This unit focuses on achieving “fact power”, being able to recall quickly single digit math facts up to 9. Having fact power also helps students with their MAD MINUTE test that we take every day(I give the same test for a week). Children get 2 minutes to do 30 math problems-if  he/she passes by answering all correctly they do not have to take it again that week. If he/she does not pass, they take it again the next day until they pass. Please practice math facts at home!

SCIENCE-This week we are starting our first science unit on Earth’s Land and Water. We will learn about major bodies of water and landforms that make up the Earth’s surface. Describe how water flows downhill over landforms and pools to form bodies of water. Finally, we will learn to identify sources and uses of water can be protected and conserved.

EARLY RELEASE DAY-There will be an Early Release Day on Thursday Oct. 6th. Students will be released at 1:30.

FIELD TRIP-Don’t forget to send in your field trip slip for the El Charros lunch. Slips are due Friday!  All parents that want to go on this trip are welcome!!!

Book Treasure-Owen

This week we read a wonderful story by Kevin Henkes, Owen.

The clinical name is transitional object, but for young children, a beloved blanket is more like a lifeline. And that’s exactly how Owen feels about his baby blanket, fondly named Fuzzy. The Owen-Fuzzy relationship is cruising along smoothly until a nosy neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, leans over the fence and asks his parents, “Isn’t he getting a little old to be carrying that thing around?” With kindergarten just around the corner, Owen’s parents wonder if he should in fact relinquish his prized Fuzzy. Kevin Henkes uses his signature mouse characters and jewel-tone watercolors to explore the antics and foils of one mouse-boy, one rag-blanket, and two parents wondering how to help their son kick the habit. This is what Henkes does best–playfully bringing childhood fears and feelings to the surface while portraying real-life parent-child tensions. Mrs. Tweezers, a real sourpuss, is no help at all. She offers terrible over-the-fence advice, such as dipping Fuzzy in vinegar (as if to cure a nail-biting habit) or stealing the blanket in the night.

It is not until the eve of Owen’s first day of kindergarten that his mother hatches the perfect solution. Ultimately, she finds a way that Owen can hang on to his first true love while also taking the next step into middle childhood–a solution that suits everyone, including Mrs. Tweezers. Caldecott Honor Book, Horn Book Fanfare Honor List, ALA Notable Book, Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, ALA Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice. (Ages 3 and older) –Gail Hudson

Take a look at our book treasure this week!