In religion this week, we are continuing to look into Jesus' childhood and upbringing. We're going to wrap up our first chapter next week and are excited to present our first school Mass for the new school year on Thursday at 9:00!
In reading and writing this week, we looked at sensory details. We tried to find details in our individual readings to add to our chart that we created, and then tried using these details in some of our writing. We also decided on topics for our first books! We're working on books to publish for our classroom library! We're all really excited about this!
We continued to look at arrays this week. We learned how to make multiplication problems for arrays, and also how to skip count using arrays. Towards the end of the week, we even touched on division (although the kids didn't realize it!) Simple Solutions seem to be going well, and I'm really liking the Engage NY math program, so we're going to keep plugging along! Even though those are things that I'M happy with, I think the highlight in math this week, was probably getting to make arrays using Cheese-Its!
We also kicked off Mystery Skype! Mystery Skype is a game that you play on Skype. The goal is to guess where the other class is located by using only yes/no questions. The class to guess where the other class is first, wins! We played our first game on Friday with Mrs. Zolikoff's class from Arizona. The students did a great job asking questions and using their maps to keep track of which states were eliminated. In the end, we ended up guessing their state just in time - only 1 question before they guessed our location! The students were a little nervous at first; I think because they weren't really sure what to expect, but after we were done, the kids couldn't get over how much fun it was! I'm already working on coordinating our next Skype!
- Be sure to check engrade to keep up to date on how your child is doing. Any assignment below 70% should be corrected by your child, I will regrade these and give him or her a few extra points.
- Until the students are feeling better about cursive, I will allow them the option to do an unscramble assignment in the place of their cursive homework. They can write the answers from the unscramble on the homework sheet, or staple the extra paper to their regular homework.
- We're currently (and slightly) in the lead in the Forget-me-not contest! Thank you to everyone who has purchased flowers to support the Alzheimer's Association! I'm very proud of all the purple outside our door!