In reading we have been talking a lot about what goodreaders do; how they chose books, the tools readersuse, what independent reading is, and how to find a
“just right” book. We have also been discussing why
a book s and how readers keeptrack of the wonderful stories they are reading.Having these discussions and charting our thoughts ishelping us to establish our classroom reading routinesand develop a reading community.We have also started sharing our first read aloudtogether. The story is titled, The Chocolate Touchand it is written by Patrick Skene Catling.Ask your child:Who is the main character?Give two details to describe him.
What “problem” does John have?
This week we launched our study of mathematics with theEveryday Math program. Our first math unit is dedicated toreviewing skills and concepts that have been mastered in secondgrade. Students worked this week with number grids, numbersand number sequences, explored the SRB, and reviewed toolsfor mathematics. Next week students will work to analyze anddisplay data, name collection boxes, chance, and findingdifferences.Students will have math homework Monday
Thursday . Mostof the homework will be found in their Home Links booklet.Remember, the answers to the homework are found in theFamily Letter in the front of the Homelink Booklet.I am planning to assess the students the week of the 22
. Wewill have an in-class review and a study guide will go home thenight before the assessment.Ask your child:What Everyday Math games did you play with the airliner?What is a Math Message?Do you feel confident with number patters and number grids?
We have also been enjoying a variety of books this week that have sparked great conversation inthe classroom. Ask your child about the books we have read using the questions below.Miss Nelson is Missing! by James MarshallDescribe the children in the beginning of the story.
How did Miss Viola Swamp help Miss Nelson?The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai GersteinWas this a true story?What did Philippe do in the story?That Makes Me Mad! By Steven KrollWhat things make you mad?What makes you feel better?The Blue Day Book For KidsWho were the characters in the story?What was the story about?
Week In Review
Volume 6, Issue 2 September 12, 2008
Miss Reiner’s Room