*Children published stories from their personal moments in their writers' notebook. They created a book cover on Kid Pix or drawing by hand and made an illustration for inside their book as well. The books are in our book shelf for all to enjoy.
* We discussed the qualities of a good citizen and what qualities a superhero and an everyday hero have in common.
* Some of the Good Citizen qualities we brainstormed were - caring, helpful, courageous, perserverance, generous, empathetic, resilient, inclusive, respectful, engaged, compassionate, honest, and kind.
* Children were asked to think of a personal hero and list three good citizen qualitites that they possess. Children followed the writing process as they wrote about their hero.
- First, children used a graphic organizer to plan their thoughts and writing. They listed what a hero is and mentioned a hero of theirs along with 3 great qualities. The children then explained why they possessed those qualitites.
- Next, children used the organizer to write a rough draft - adding an topic sentence as well a closing sentence.
- Then, children edited and conferenced.
- Finally, the children wrote their final draft and illustrated their hero as a superhero.
*Spelling - In this unit we have worked with homophones; soft c after e, i, and y, and reviewed other spelling rules such as doubling the consonant after a cvc word before adding ed or ing; breaking multisyllabic words into syllables before spelling; and long spelling (tch, ck, and dge) right after short vowel. Ask your child if he/she can explain any of these spelling rules to you.
* Guided reading groups
*Pen Pals in Honduras: Children each have 1 or 2 penpals in Honduras and worked on writing a friendly letter to him or her. The letters will be delivered with Hilario over winter break. Thank you, Mrs Pelletier, for connecting us with these friends.
* Children explored with typing and then reflected on this month's focus FA BEE - Be inclusive.
Children then used KID PIX to illustrate an example of being inclusive and typed a sentence explaining what being inclusive means.
Working on journaling and Hero Paragraphs and Posters
*Bar Modeling for addition and subtraction
*Comparing two sets
*Real-World Problems: Two-Step Problems
*Multiplication - how to multiply and repeated addition: 5 x3 = 15 repeated addition: 5 + 5 +5 = 15
*Division - how to divide to share equally and repeated subtraction: 6 (divided by) 2 = 3 repeated subtraction: 6 -2-2-2=0 it took 3 groups of 2 to share 6 equally.
* Real-World Problems: Mulitplication and Division
Some Vocabulary: share, set, divide, division sentence, repeated subration, equal groups, times, multiply, multiplication story