March is Reading Month 2018

We had such a great time this month celebrating reading! Along with enjoying some wonderful books with our Mystery Readers, we made a class bracket for March Book Madness. The Bad Guys series had a very close win over Dog Man!

We wrapped up this fun month with our Read-a-Thon. Our class snuggled up in their blankets, read fairy tales, did a room swap with Ms. Yankee’s class, read under tables and around the room, munched on great snacks, and watched a play performed by the second grade teachers. It was a really wonderful day. Thanks for helping to grow this special group of readers!

Learning Update

Writing
This week the students will use their best persuasive language and write a review about a book, movie, video game, restaurant or popular place. The focus of the review is to support their opinion with many reasons and examples. They are so excited to be reviewers!
Math
We are wrapping up Unit 4 by reviewing strategies for solving 2 step word problems and counting money. We will have an assessment on Wednesday that covers word problems, three digit subtraction and counting money. The homework for this week will have some one and two step word problems to practice.
Reading
The classroom is buzzing with poetry! The children enjoy listening to poetry and they are creating some of their own poems. This week we will be learning about how to make poems moody and how to stretch out comparisons.

Learning Update

Writing
On Monday, we will share our realistic fiction stories with the kindergarteners (our make up from the snow day). Our next unit will focus on opinion writing through the structure of reviews. We will be studying different types of reviews including app reviews, restaurant reviews, movie reviews and others. Looking forward to creating a class review together.
Math
Our focus this week is word problems and digging into the action of word problems. Children will also learn a new strategy, the adding up method, to solve for an unknown partner with 2 digit numbers.
​Reading
This week we will venture into poetry. This is a fun unit! We will not only be reading poetry but also writing it.   
Word Study/Spelling
Look for this week’s spelling words in the Homework Packet. We have been studying long vowel patterns and this week we will continue with long i and short i words.  Our word study focus is for children to recognize patterns in order to become better spellers and readers.