District Mission: Our mission is to educate and inspire each student to love learning, pursue excellence and useknowledge, skills, and attitudes to contribute to an ever-changing global community.
Grade September 23, 2011
In writing our workshoproutine is in place. Thisweek we focused onnarrowing our topics.Students were encouragedto write about recent events from their ownlives. We then narrowed our focus into what
is called a “small moment.” Small moments are
easier to control for our young authors.
Each monthstudents areintroduced to anew author. Weread many booksfrom theselected authorand try to learnabout their livestoo. My thoughtis by the end ofthe year, yourchild will befriends and have many favorites written by 10authors!
In math we identified, explored and compareddifferent coins. We learned a new game topractice skills of exchanging coins for thoseof greater value. In addition, we beganplaying with numbers with the game
“TheNumber of the Day.” The object was to list
as many number sentences that equal anidentified number. This exercise supportsbuilding fluency with number facts,identifying patterns in math andunderstanding the commutative property. Tryit at home with any number!
This week wecontinued working onbuilding stamina.Stamina is thestrength or ourreading muscles. Inaddition, we talkedabout taking care of books and how to putthem back into our class library.
Literacy stations are the independentstations that students work through while Iam pulling small groups for readinginstruction. Because of the demand forindependence, this takes awhile to teach andpractice. There are 12 stations available for