January 10, 2020 Class News
It was such a wonderful first week back from Christmas break! All the kids seemed very happy to be back in our normal school routine and see their friends again. We were all very tired by the end of the week – make sure to get lots of rest this weekend and we will start fresh again on Monday!
Sight Words: This week we learned two new sight words – by and words. Next week, we will be learning the words what and not.
Phonics: We learned our first “digraph” this week – two letters that when put together, make a whole new sound. We learned the digraph /sh/. We sorted pictures that began with /s/ /h/ and /sh/. As a class, we brainstormed words that begin and end with the /sh/ sound. Next week, we will be learning the digraph /ch/.
Literacy Centers: In reading groups this week, we brainstormed and wrote words that began with the digraph “sh”. Students then picked one of the words we brainstormed and used it in a sentence. The students continued to do the sight word center with Ms. Miller and independent iPad center. In the phonics center this week, students looked at a picture and had to cut and glue letters in order to build the CVC word that matched the picture, they then had to write the word and at the end created a secret word based off of the letters they had left. They are all gaining confidence in sounding out and blending these words independently!
Writer’s Workshop: On Monday morning, the class was so eager to share all about their Christmas break. We wrote at least two things we did over break in our Writer’s Workshop notebooks and drew pictures to go with our writing. We continue to practice beginning sentences with an uppercase letter, using finger spaces between words, and ending our sentences with a period.
In honor of our new year, students learned what a resolution is – a goal you set to help yourself or others be better. Students came up with their own goals for 2020 and wrote them using complete sentences. One student’s goal was to help their Mom and Dad make breakfast in the morning; another’s was to feed the homeless. We also created a self-portrait to go with our new year’s resolutions! Come check out your child’s project!
Math: We began a new Common Core Standard this week – composing and decomposing numbers 1-10 (breaking apart numbers into their sub-parts, for example we can break apart 4 into 2 and 2, 3 and 1, 4 and 0). We explored this concept by using pipe cleaner and beads to show how different ways of grouping can create the same number.
We also began Counting Collections in Math this week. Counting Collections consist of students grabbing a bag of items that are sorted, for example, some they can choose from are dinosaurs, erasers, gold coins, and other small items. The students take a recording sheet and go anywhere in the classroom to count their bag. Once they have counted the items, they have to record that number on their sheet. They can do this in many different ways, for example, tally marks, ten frames, circles or groups of 5 or 10. Students counted up to two bags of items during this time. Incorporating Counting Collections into the classroom gives students practice with not only counting but counting objects and recording their findings. We will continue to do this same routine once a week!
Social Studies: In preparation of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., we read a mini book about his life and circled all the words we were able to read independently. We then wrote about one dream that we have for the world and glued our writing on a blue cloud. This work is on our Wow Work Wall, come take a look!
Religion/Peacemakers: On Monday, Mrs. Dahlgren came in for peacemakers (a monthly discussion about bullying). Here is a not from Mrs. Dahlgren:
January – This month’s lesson was about bystanders. We talked about the choices a bystander has to make (to do something to help the person in need or to ignore the problem), what happens if the choice is to ignore the problem, and who has the power when choosing to be an up-stander. We read Willow Finds A Way by Lana Button.
Common Core Standards we’re working on:
- I can read common sight words.
- I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
- I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
- Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
- I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
- With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
- I can spell simple words phonetically.
- I can read CVC words.
- I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
- I can read the words in a book in the right order.
- I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
- I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
- I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
- I can help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
- I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
- I can write numbers from 0-20.
- Monday, January 20th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
- Sunday, January 26th – All School Liturgy/Open House for Catholic School’s Week
- January 27th – January 31st – Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
- Wednesday, February 12th– All School Liturgy for Saint Valentine’s Day!
- Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, Tuesday February 18th – No School, Winter Holiday