Monday, December 7, 2015

Week of December 7, 2015

Letter of the Week:  
This week we will be working on the letter Uu. 

Star Word:
The star word and the letter person worksheet were sent home on Monday in your child's red folder.

Letter that have been introduced so far in Unit 4:
n, h, s, f, v, z, p, e 
Words students should be able to read and write are: 
can, man, men, den, ten, tin, tip, sip, zip, zap, fit, fig, fog, dog, hog, hot, hat, cat, vat, van, did, tag, tad, mad, dad, den, end, fed, get, hem, hen, met, net, peg
We are finishing up Unit 4 this week and we will start Unit 5. Students are working on blending words at a faster rate. You will notice your child writing more words, and beginning to read phrases and matching words to pictures.
We are working on forming the letters in a word very close together. We say, "Letters in a word like to hug" "Words need their space". During morning meeting we take apart words and sentences. We are also working on reading and writing Star Words during our Skills lessons. 

We will post pictures throughout the week to show you what your child has been working on.
As you start to see some of the games and activities, talk to your child about what they were doing in  each center. 

Writing & Reading
In writing we will continue our Over the Weekend writing. 
In writing, we are focusing on putting spaces between our words this week. Most children are using their fingers to add a "finger space" but it has not been mastered by all children. So we are going to learn ways to add a space between our words (using our finger, popsicle stick or hopping away from our word). We will also be writing sentences as a group at the carpet during morning meeting.

In reading, we are going to continue to practice sounding out 3 and 4 sound words at a quicker pace. We have learned several chunks so far: ch, sh, th, ck, ou, ee, ow. It is important that children quickly recognize these chunks as they are blending words. I've come up with a ton of decodable sentences that have these chunks. We will have a center focusing on reading these sentences and recognizing blends. We will also read authentic text at each child's instructional reading level to focus on: using picture clues, stretching out words from left to right, rereading, and asking ourselves, "Does this make sense?"

As always, reading at home every night is encouraged.
Thank you!

We are finished with Module 2 in math! We will have our assessment on Tuesday, and Module 3 will start on Wednesday.
In Module 2 your child should be able to recognize 2 dimensional shapes (rectangle, triangle, hexagon, circle, and square (special rectangle). They should also be able to recognize 3 dimensional shapes (cone, cube, cylinder and sphere). All children should also understand the positional terms (above, below, beside, under, over, next to, on...) We had a Shape Fair on Monday with 4 different centers.
As we start Module 3 you will notice your child using the words longer, shorter, and taller. We will compare children to objects around the room, and we will also compare two separate objects. Try using this language at home!

So far, the kids learned that a female chicken is a hen, and a male is a rooster. A male cow is a bull and a baby cow is a calf. They also know that a female pig is a sow and a male is a boar. A baby pig is called a piglet. A female sheep is a ewe (pronounced: you) and a male is a ram. A baby sheep is called a lamb. They are also learning about crops. This week we will continue to work on our farming crafts that we will hang in the hall. I will take some pictures so that you can see what we have been working on!

Vocabulary your child will be introduced to: 
crops, harvest, pasture, calf, bull, produce, grazing, hen, rooster, chick, peck, pig, boar, hog, wallow...

We do not expect students to master all of this vocabulary, but it is important that they are exposed to this language. They will now have the prior knowledge that is necessary to gain mastery in future grade levels.

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Have a fantastic week!

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