Because of our two calamity days last week, we will continue working on a few of the standards and skills originally planned for last week. Hopefully, we will have a full five days this week!
In Reading, we will continue our read aloud, The One and Only Ivan. We will work on non-fiction reading skills with Scholastic News magazines and will be completing the January common reading assessment, too. This will not be for a grade, but will help me know what we need to focus on in our instruction.
In Writing Workshop, we will continue working on our research reports on our chosen topics. We will specifically work on introductory paragraphs and concluding paragraphs. There is not deadline set yet. Some students are close to finishing their first drafts while others are still finishing their research. We will work on this project for a few more weeks.
Both classes will be doing a Mystery Skype with another class somewhere in the world on Monday (2/3/14). Our practice Mystery Skype between our two classes last week was a lot of fun and helped us to better understand how this whole process works and how we can be most successful. We are learning about strategizing, map skills, research, reporting, and working together cooperatively. Watch for student written reviews of this activity coming soon!
In Word Study, we will have our assessment over the Common Prefixes List 2 on Friday. Students can go to https://www.spellingcity.com/Hoover5fis/ to practice their words at home. Here is a list of the words in case your child's list was misplaced.
Valentine's Party - A letter was sent home a few weeks ago with information about the party and a list of names. If the letter did not make it home to you, please let me know and I can forward a copy to you. The party is pretty low key, with just a small snack and a Valentine exchange. Our room mothers are organizing a snack, and students should bring a Valentine for every student in the class if they wish to participate in the exchange. We have 26 students in our class total.
Valentine's Day Parties - February 14th (small Valentine exchange with snacks)
February 17th - No School (President's Day)
February 19th and 27th - Parent Teacher Conferences
February 28th - Last day of second trimester
March 12th - Report cards go home
Related Arts Schedule:
Monday - Art Tuesday - PE Wednesday - Library Thursday - Music Friday - Art