We have been having a fest of our own at school. Many things have been keeping us busy, so busy that I’ll have to blog during the week with more and new events as I like to keep each blog somewhat short so I don’t loose you with too much information.
This week we started our global read aloud project reading Marty Mcguire. After studying the cover and reading the “blurb,” we each made predictions of what we think will happen in the book. We read the first two chapters and have partnered-up with a second grade class in Buffalo, NY. We skyped with them this week and shared our favorite parts of the book, so far. We are excited about the book but please don’t go out and get it and/or read ahead because we (along with the rest of the world) are enjoying the adventure together. Here’s a look at our prediction work:
Each Monday a new Bingo log will go home. It will also reflect other homework that will be enrichment activities to what we have been learning in class. For example, there will be Brain Pop Jr. Lessons to watch and complete a quiz. The Brain Pops on the bingo board will connect to what we have learned in school. Printing the quiz is optional, just make sure to cross-off what is done at home on the Bingo board.
Here’s a quick list of last week’s festivities:
Your child is getting to know his/her weebly site. I encourage you to do some work enhancing the site at home (adding the background design and pictures). You get to the weebly sites by going to the QAE Library page/resources/social news/weebly. If you need the log-in formula, please email me. I’ll also ask Heidi to include it on the next weekly email. Thank you to Erin K. for uploading our first stories on the Writing section of our websites! Please give them a read and leave comments!
Place Value: (ask your child how much his/her name was worth when they built their name with base-10 blocks)
Expanded Form: (is a way to write a number that shows the sum of values of each digit of a number. ex: 148 = 100 + 40 + 8).
Doubles & Halves: (ask your child doubles facts and then “what’s half of ____”)
Marty Mcguire (Through class discussion, we concluded that Marty is a bit opinionated but keeps her comments to herself)
Realistic Fiction (We started making plans for our first realistic fiction story)
We sure know a lot about soil already!
We finalized our classroom guidelines and agreements and signed-off on them. I’ll send pictures of our posters this coming week.
We are getting ready to begin our first PBL unit in a few weeks. I marked several books on our Amazon Wish List that are great resources for our project. If you’d like to contribute a book that we’d get a lot of use out of, please do!
Thank you to our volunteers that started this week or at least got a class introduction!