Next week is a very short week! We will not have new spelling words for the two day week. Instead, the kids will continue doing activities with this week's spelling words and they will have new ones for the Monday after break.
I am looking for volunteers to help with the Christmas Celebration. I like that one to be pretty relaxed and fun, with a focus on crafts and games. It will be on the last half day before Christmas break. If you are interested in coordinating that, please let me know! Ideally, I'd like to have one volunteer in charge of coordinating the party. Once I have a coordinator, I'll send a note home asking for volunteers to be in charge of crafts, games, and breakfast and direct parents to email the coordinator. Parent who don't want to volunteer are still welcome to come and join the fun on the day of the party.
This week our reading strategy was visualizing. Good readers have a movie playing in their head, and they are always keeping track of details and visualizing the story they are reading. It is the most fundamental skill, because without a good understanding of the story and what is happening, all our other strategies fall apart.
The class has finished their first story! We have been reading them in class and will continue next week.
Word problems were our focus this week, and we did a big focus on multi-step word problems. We were able to use a lot of our reading strategies to help take these problems apart and make sense of them. We have a math test on Monday. The kids should have been bringing home a study guide each night this week with a few problems to work on. The test is exactly like the study guide, so they should be ready.
The mad geniuses in my class were making electromagnets this week. They learned how they work and did an experiment testing their strength as they are changed. It was fun, ask them what they learned!
We spent this week studying famous US landmarks, both natural and man-made. The kids put together presentations and showed them to the class. You can see them too, just ask your student to show you on their laptop.
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