Reading: We are honing in on the basic reading skills that the kids need to have mastered in order to be prepared for 1st grade in our whole group lessons as well as our small reading groups. We are working on using a variety of reading strategies to figure out unknown words such as looking at the picture, tapping each sound and blending, looking for chunks you know, and asking yourself what makes sense. We are working on understanding what we read and being able to remember, retell the story in order, and share a connection to the story. We are learning about the story elements of fiction such as characters, setting, problem and solution to help us further understand what we read.
Writing: We began our opinion writing unit this week. The children are learning what an opinion is vs facts as well as using reasons or examples to back up their opinion. We have practiced these orally and will apply them next week to actual writing. We are still working on the basics of writing such as writing neatly, using word spaces, and attempting correct capitalization and punctuation.
Math: We continued our work with addition and subtraction with games as well as making a class number story book. We also practiced estimation using a reference as well as attributes of shapes.
Science and Social Studies: Our cool tool was the difference between tattling and reporting. For science we observed the progress of our milkweed seeds and began creating a milkweed journal to record our observations. We also enjoyed a visit from some chicks that 3rd grade hatched!