Dear Room 105 Families,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing winter break.
We had a great first week back in the classroom!
We are in the midst of a nonfiction unit for both reading and writing workshop! We are learning that non-fiction books teach us facts and information; they have no characters, and no plot. We are identifying text features in the nonfiction books we’re reading. While reading nonfiction books at home, go on a text-feature hunt. Help your student recognize the text features in non-fiction books. Does your nonfiction book have a table of contents, glossary, bold words, and/or labels and captions?
In Reader's Workshop, we are working on reading aloud like an expert. We'll be celebrating our work by reading aloud "like experts" to the Kindergarteners. Ask your child to show you some of the strategies/habits they're practicing to read aloud like an expert. A few include marking important parts, explaining key words, and adding feeling to our reading.
Because we're learning a LOT of information about our nonfiction topics, we're also writing our very own nonfiction All About Chapter Books! In Room 105 we have experts on bikes, snakes, gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming, whales, weather, trees, owls, and many, many, more things. Students are writing a chapter book with a table of contents and chapters that teach about the topic. We’re learning how to organize all of our information into chapters, then create catchy chapter titles. You can help your child by talking things out with him/her. Ask them questions about their topic; have them explain the facts they've learned. We're learning what readers might ask-- who, what, where, why, when, how, about the topic, so practice role playing with your child. Ask them to explain, who, what, where, why, when about their topic. Talking over things will help their writing as they orally story-tell to plan then write.
Be on the look-out for some published books about these topics in the coming weeks.
In math, we just completed our unit on addition facts to 20 and will be moving on to subtraction facts to 20. We have learned lots of strategies (beyond finger counting) to add 2 numbers and 3 numbers. We have learned to try and use doubles facts, near-doubles facts, and the make-a-ten strategy to add. We have also learned the "think addition" strategy and fact families to help us with subtraction. Please encourage your student to use these strategies rather than just counting on or back with their fingers.
Students should begin using the xtramath program to help them with their math facts.
Here are a couple of other fun math games students can practice at home on the computer or ipad (apps available):
Ten Frame Mania
On the Computer try abcya.com
Balloon Pop Subtraction
Math Lines Addition
In Science this month we're continuing our study of plants. We’re learning that not all plants need to start from a seed. Our cuttings have sprouted roots, we will replant these in soil and continue to watch them grow. Next week we will begin growing bulbs and spuds. Want to bring some science home? Try your own "kitchen scraps science experiment" at home with leftover potato pieces, carrot tops, garlic cloves and onions. We've had a lot of questions about seeds, bulbs, roots, and stems. How plants can grow without soil, and why some plants reproduce from cuttings but others don't? Who knew not all plants grow the same way?! Exciting stuff!
Spelling homework will continue every two weeks. Math homework will be sent home once per week and will be due Fridays. Please continue to use xtramath and raz-kids at home.
January 17th: Boosterthon Fun Run Fundraiser Begins
January 26th: Fun Run
February 3rd: No School
Sign up for Secret Reader
Gym is Wednesdays- wear gym shoes
Library is Friday- return books
Send an email for an early dismissal