Monday, November 10, 2014

News and Information

Hello families! Sorry that it has been so long since I last posted!

This week's spelling words are: might, sight, light, right, fighter, and tight.  As you can tell we are doing the -ight family as many of the words on the 3rd 100 word list have the -ight sound in them.

From now until Thanksgiving break:

If your child hasn't yet completed the first 100 words and isn't on their way through the 2nd 100 words, then please be sure that you are regularly practicing them!  Please send them back to school when your child knows a list or 2.  The motivation is great!  A celebration for all of those that have finished the first 100 as well as a bigger celebration for those that have finished the second 100 word lists will be happening the Friday before Thanksgiving break!

In social studies we are beginning to talk about Pilgrim children and children of today.  It is a fun way to learn about a long time ago and compare and contrast it to their own lives.

In science we are working on a class "science fair project".  Shhh!  The kids don't know yet....   We are going to figure out why the Statue of Liberty is green when she is made out of bronze!   It includes vinegar and salt--for those that love salt and vinegar potato chips it is a sensory filled experience! :)

In math, we are working on fact families and truly understanding what the equal sign means.  We are also working on some graphing that will include some Thanksgiving fun!

A little note about reading levels and such....the key to documenting reading levels is for your child to be able to read with accuracy the text that they are presented with.  This means that they need to say the correct word AND/OR correct themselves when they make a mistake.  They also must be able to retell and relate to what they have read without much prompting to do so.  These are the key features to showing that you are able to read a different level than where you currently are.  So, if your child is able to read chapter books but doesn't read words accurately and doesn't go back to fix a mistake when they realize it doesn't make sense, then it isn't considered a "just right level" for them at that point even though they can "read" it.  If you have further questions about this, please let me know!  But this is certainly a way that you can help your child at home!!!  :)