- Weekly Update -
Updated March 6th, 2020
March is a loooong month. Often students show great progress in the stretch between February vacation and April vacation because we have multiple, uninterrupted months of learning. I am excited for the next month and a half of learning and I look forward to sharing all of the academic and social-emotional progress.
Math: This week students worked on identifying the unit fraction (1 part of the partitioned whole), and labeling the shaded and unshaded parts of a whole. Students worked confidently with identifying fractions within one whole and are now practicing labeling fractions greater than one.
Integrated Science & Writing: For the next month we'll be integrating response writing with a mini-unit on habitats. Students will be reading about habitats and animal adaptations, watching brief video clips that highlight these adaptations and writing about what they learn. In an authentic way, this prepares students for responding to specific text-based questions.
This week we focused on:
* identify animal adaptations within one habitat
* comparing adaptations across habitats
* discussing food webs and how animals are connected
Reading: Our final focus in our non-fiction reading unit investigates narrative non-fiction. This looks at texts that have story elements, but are also true. Students demonstrated critical thinking as we discussed what are the key facts.
Spelling, grammar and handwriting:
Students continued to practice their cursive lower-case letters and this week learned letter 'f'.
We focused on the 'cvc' a-e pattern and the -r control 'o' spelling rule (e.g. work, torn).
I'm pulling small groups for targeted phonics review for the next month.
Technology Time: Ms. Murphy joined us on Wednesday to review digital citizenship guidelines and share reminders for appropriate school technology use. Then we introduced Osmo. Students worked in small groups or pairs to explore this interactive, collaborative tool for developing critical thinking skills.