This last day of January has come way too fast. I feel the longer I teach, the faster the time goes...blessing or curse?
Math has been a time to focus on fractions this week. So far, we have really just been practicing parts of a whole and understanding what a numerator and a denominator are telling us. We will move into fractions of a group next week. We will begin to see fractions that look like this: 16/4 which is like saying 16 groups of 4 and how many 4's do we have? Are there any left over?
Reading begins a new unit next week. We will begin our stories about cultures starting with Suki's Kimono. This is a story about a girl that chooses to wear a kimono on the first day of school that her grandmother gave her. Her sisters think she's crazy because she's not wearing something that's popular. We will focus on comparing and contrasting information with a Venn diagram. The grammar skill will be adjectives and articles. These are describing words and articles are a, an, and the. Spelling will focus on CVVC and CVV words. Reading and spelling tests will be on Thursday next week.
Social studies time has been used to study Kansas history by researching various communities and locating different counties on a map. We finished this up today (Friday.) Next week, we will be in our social studies books reading about communities and immigration. This ties in nicely with our unit in our Reading Street series.
A reminder that parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, February 17. Look for a note to be sent home next Monday stating whether or not you are requested to come to this one and if the time I've selected works for you.
Thanks for all you do,