Thank you all for taking the time to come in and meet with me this week. It was lovely to have a chance to chat with you and learn more about your child. I am excited about the opportunity to continue to work with you this year to support your child.
One way that we could use your support is in our upcoming unit. We will be learning about heritage and why we should preserve it. We will be asking the children to think about anything they have in their family that has been passed down from precious generations. It might be a recipe, a necklace, a quilt or a family dance. Please have a talk with your child about what has been passed down. After the break we will be asking interested parents to come share something from their family or cultural heritage as well.
Week in Review
Math: Students were working in groups towards their learning goals of either
- Subtracting over 100 barriers
- Using summarizing to improve accuracy
Here are a couple of video’s of how to practice subitizing. Remember to ask: What did you see? How did you know? The purpose of the game is not the addition. It is getting the brain to see the numbers automatically without counting. (sorry for the poor video quality)
Reading: The students have been working on their individual reading goals.
Writing: Students are writing narrative stories about the life of a rock. They will animate this story in Scratch.
UOI: Use scientific language to explain how the earth’s surface changes.
I time: Use the design process to improve their straw rockets.
Other: Learn the basics of coding.
Website of the Week: https://scratch.mit.edu/ The students were introduced to Scratch this week. It is a site where students can use block based coding to create animations, games and many other programs. We will be using Scratch throughout the year on various projects. Students learn many problem solving strategies and math concepts from it.
Book recommendation list:
Parents are often interested in knowing about appropriately leveled books for their child. In an effort to help you with this, UNIS has compiled a list of recommended books for each grade level. You can find a link to this list at the top of this blog. Or just click here.
We are also encouraging parents to log in to Biblionasium in order to see a log of your child’s reading. Your child should have sent you an invitation this week. Otherwise go to Biblionasium.com register as a parent then enter code KAJKY-25214 when prompted.
We will be asking your child to log the reading that they do nightly and during the school day.
No school next week. Have a wonderful October break.