It is always exciting when we reunite after break. We enjoyed sharing stories, experiences, and catching up.
*Reflection: Children reflected on their vacation focusing on things they did regularly such as reading to accomplishments and exciting moments they may have experienced.
The goals were for children to reflect as well as brainstorm some experiences that they could write about.
*Spelling Unit 20 Focus : /oo/ sound as in zoo. Spelled: oo, u - consonant -e, and ew
We discussed where we see each of these spellings such as beginning, middle, and end of words. We also practiced the ui for suit.
We continue to practice other rules and skills such as breaking words into syllables in order to spell it correctly as well as looking to the base word for accurate spellings.
*Reader's Theater: We began Readers theater as a whole class and will continue to practice fluency, decoding, expression, and comprehension through the use of reader's theater in reading groups.
*Looking Ahead: Poet/Author, Lynn Hoopes, will visit our classroom next week to work on poetry with the children.
* We discussed personal goals which we will focus on throughout the remainder of the year. We began with a discussion and brainstorming. Children then chose 2 or more goals to focus on. They wrote these goals out on an index card and decorated it in order to make it a visual reminder which they keep on their desk.
*Continued to practice mental math techniques and strategies
This week we discussed the following strategies-
* STRATEGY: Add tens to three digit number mentally using the 'add 100 then subtract the extra tens' strategy
Example: 345 + 80 is the same as 345 + 100 = 445 - 20 = 425
We used number bonds for 100 to discover that 100 = 80 + 20. This allowed children to see the difference of 20 that needs to be subtracted after the 100 is added in the example above.
*STRATEGY: Add hundreds to a 3 - digit number mentally using the 'add the hundreds' strategy
Example: Add 172 + 300 by separating the (hundreds from the tens and ones) 72 from the 100 to allow you to add the 100 + 300 = 400
Then adding the (tens and ones) 72 back in 400 = 72 = 472
*Meaning of difference