Week #1 is almost at a close and it’s been lovely getting to know all the wonderful personalities in the classroom. We’ve been busy getting to know one another and establishing routines in the classroom. It’s been a great start!
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This week we have begun our first math unit on Mental Math. Students have been learning a variety of techniques to make addition and subtraction quick and easy. We’ve reviewed some basic foundations in math including what are even numbers and practiced identifying what the next/previous even number comes after a number. Eg: What is the next even number after 36? What is the even number before 48? We had a short quiz so I could gain some information on who has a solid understanding of these concepts.
In Language, we began choosing texts for independent reading at the beginning of each morning. We’re working on reading “stamina”. This means reading quietly, independently for a sustained amount of time. We hope to increase this stamina as the year progresses.
The students also wrote letters to me telling me all about themselves. We brainstormed the parts of a letter and all the necessary components and then practised including these in our own letters – also giving me a great indication of the variety of writing levels in the class.
BOOK WARS! – Our first read aloud will be the introductory book in our classroom”battle of the books”. We are reading:
We will be reading “The One and Only Ivan” in class, but I have encouraged students to try to read the text on their own at home as part of their home reading program. Students should be reading for a minimum of 1/2 hour each evening and this will be the major part of their homework requirements for the year.
How do the book wars work?
Students are encouraged to read the book(s) being highlighted that month at home as home reading. We will discuss and rate the books in class.
How does my child obtain a copy of the book?
I have chosen many award winning, readily available books. I would encourage students to visit a public library, borrow from a friend, download an ebook from itunes or the public library, or purchase at Chapters. I understand that purchasing books can become expensive and I will have a couple copies for loan of each title in the classroom.
Does my child have any homework to complete while reading the book?
I will post questions on the blog for students to answer from time to time and we will discuss in class the books at the end of each month.
You will be able to clearly track how many books your child reads during the school year by participating in our home reading program. Also, of course, the improvement in reading fluency and comprehension.