Good Saturday Morning, Families.
The kids are SO excited for our field trip to Tanner's on Monday. Hopefully the rain holds off and it's a beautiful fall day at the orchard. We will keep an eye on the weather. If it looks like it's going to rain all day, we might have to have a change in plans. I'll let you know if we need to cancel it or change plans. Mrs. Norburg, Mrs. Schick, and I are keeping an eye on the weather.
The children have been working very hard. We worked on beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words. We practiced chunking words, breaking them down by sounds and syllables, changing out the beginning sounds, and counting the number of words in sentences. Students continue to learn new sight, unit, trick, and nonsense words weekly. We have been working very hard on writing sentences and writing short stories (1 - 2 paragraphs). We work on writing letters, numbers, and words correctly. We practice using inventive spelling; using our reading and writing strategies to try to figure out words we do not know or recognize.
The children have been listening to me read a mystery suspense chapter book about a boy and his missing invisible dog. The students have been reading class library books and taking A.R. quizzes daily, reading their leveled books with me during Centers, reading / listening to stories / taking short quizzes on stories on "RAZ Kids," doing reading activities on "Starfall" and "ABC Mouse." The children have been writing words with digraphs in them, playing short vowel sound word board games, and coloring pictures whose words have particular digraphs in them. The kids were tested on beginning, middle, and ending sounds, Fundations words, and pre primer sight words this past week.
In Math, we continue to work on Unit 3. The children have been utilizing different strategies to understand numbers, counting, adding, and subtracting using various manipulatives and learning tools. Students have been working on "IXL" and "Everyday Math" activities to further practice their number skills. I am sending home number lines and number grids in plastic sleeves with the kids, so they can practice counting / hopping up (adding) and counting / hopping back (subtracting) at home, as well. The children have taken part in daily Calendar Time. Students completed a "Scholastic News" magazine on fire safety. In Social Studies the children continue to learn about how to be good leaders and make good choices. We watched a Mystery Doug Science video about how maple syrup is made. We continued to learn about the sun, shadows, night sky, Big Dipper, and the North Star. Students took the Unit 1 Science Test yesterday.
Just a reminder...This coming Friday, students will be released early from school for Parent-Teacher Conferences. There will be no student attendance on Friday. Conferences will run Thursday from 4 - 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Each conference will be 15 minutes long. Please be on time so we can be conscientious of all the parents attending conferences and be respectful of everybody's time. Since it is such a short time, I will be doing a quick review of how your child is doing in class and ask if you have any questions or comments. Have a wonderful weekend! I look forward to seeing you all this next week! Sincerely, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann