This week in Superkids, we will be really working on our spelling patterns. We have found that we are really good readers but we really need to transfer that to our writing. Our spelling patterns this week are words that end in zz and ss. We will also be looking at what plural words that end in (s) and (es). We will also be breaking words back down into syllables and remembering that every syllable has a vowel. If a word has 8 syllables (I know right, that’s a long word), it will have at least 8 vowels. Ask your child to tell you the vowels in su*per*cal*i*frag*i*lis*tic. I bet if you ask your child to break this word down into syllables they will be pretty darn close to spelling it correctly. In guided reading, we have already finished two chapter books and will spend the next two weeks reading Issue 2 of our Super Magazine. The theme is all about things that trick us. Ask your child about some of their favorite articles they read this week. What was something new they learned?
In writing, your child has publish their autobiography. They will be hung in our classroom this week. Come and check them out! We are starting unit two of writing this week. We will be studying poetry and write and publish our own poem. We will first study nouns, verb, adverbs and adjectives so that we can be descriptive in our writing. Later int he week we will move into using nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs to write a poem. Ask your child to tell you what a adverb, verb and adjective is.
In math, we are diving deep into story problems, two party story problems, part part whole story problems and problems with missing addends. We are thinking about different strategies and pulling out the important information in each problem. The children are learning a new strategy called “pencil boxes” or I get to call them “marker boxes” because I draw on the table with a dry erase marker. Ask your child to use the “box” strategy when solving a math story homework problem at home. Also our BIG strategy in our classroom is, “If I can teach it, then I know it.” Do not be alarmed if you visit our classroom during math time and the children are busy writing on the desks with dry erase markers. The children are teaching each other how to do math problems on the tables AND explaining their thinking. This is huge. Math talk, math talk, math talk!! Ask your child: Barret has 9 celery sticks. Fred has 32 celery sticks. How many fewer celery sticks does Barret have than Fred?
Our math unit post test is this Friday. It is heavy on story problems!
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Thank you for all your support so far this year. I feel incredibly lucky to be your child's teacher. I am impressed everyday by your children, their creativity and their excitement for school!
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