Handwriting
We have been practicing our writing and the kids are LOVING writing with fountain pens. They are all doing a great job… just working on having them continue that handwriting in other places.

IPC
We have started working on our insect research project, they have chosen their groups and will begin researching next week. We may ask them to finish a little bit at home with you as well if we run out of time.

Math
We have been learning a little bit about place value and how we carry over when we get to 10. We have had some fun math games and they are really enjoying it. We have also learned how to skip count by 2, 3, 5, and 10.

Science fair
6th grade invited us to come see their science fair presentations. They have a lot of fun ideas and hopefully sparked some sciencey thoughts!

Week of April 16th

We have been working on connecting what lessons we have learned about and how they may be similar or different to other books we have read.

Math
We have started patterns and the kids had a ton of fun making different kinds of patterns using blocks and their bodies. Check the math tab for new info about the unit.

IPC
We have started learning about plants and insects and did a fun experiment on Friday to see how water goes up the stems of celery.

Week of April 9th

This week we talked a lot about the lessons we learn from books such as working together is better than working by ourselves, or that we should try to think of our friends perspectives and how they are feeling when we make choices.

Writers workshop
We have been adding chapters to our realistic fiction stories and the kids are really enjoying the opportunity to have their characters solve new and different problems.

Art
We are working about a 4 part art project while doing a self portrait that uses 4 styles of art. This week we focused on pointillism.

Math
We have started working on color and will do body movement patterns and number patterns next week.

Field trip!
The kids had a ton of fun and thanks so much to the volunteer moms!

Week of April 2nd

Writers Workshop
The kids have been LOVING writing and its hard to get them to stop. We have been creating series books where kids are on their 3rd~ book using the same characters/setting/etc. We have talked about how we can expand on the same info and create new problems and or trouble for our characters to solve.

If they want to create stories at home and share them in class they are more than welcome to as well. We love having a book basket of student created books to share in our classroom.

We have been looking at how authors are like directors and teach us how to read their stories by using commas and words such as whispered or screamed. We have been talking a lot about going back and making our reading more smooth or to fix the way we say things to build fluency.

Math
We finished unit 6 today and will be starting unit 7 Monday. Please sign and return their math tests by Monday.

Upcoming events

Week of March 12th

We had a crazy crazy exciting day on Friday while we were Leprechaun hunting. We search all over and he made a mess of our room a few times and even left some green footprints and handprints around the room. Unfortunately he escaped at the end of the day… It was quite a fun and exciting day…. feel free to keep the search at home as well!

Writers workshop
They have been blowing me away with the amount of writing they are doing! They are in LOVE with fiction books! This week we talked about creating series books and creating new books using the same characters, but getting into new problems!

We are studying characters more and more and finding out how different characters connect. We have been reading the first of the Magic Tree House Series as a class and using out new tools during read aloud and buddy reading.

Math
We have been working on different combinations and taking that to the next level with questions such as:

I have 10 crayons
I have 4 red and the same amount of blue and green.
How many do I have of each?

I have 12 crayons.
I have the same amount of green, blue and purple crayons.
How many do I have of each?

They have been doing super well and am very impressed!

Ours schedule for Japanese Culture Day.

Week of March 5th

Math
We have been reviewing several of our techniques and skills to help us with addition and subtraction. They kids are keeping up super well and very impressed. We are now working more as well on being able to explain our thinking and why we use certain strategies.

We are studying non fiction and going through a few new post it notes to help us work on comprehension such as marking important parts, finding how different parts are connected (what would happen if this part wasn’t included..) We ended the week talking about characters and how we keep track of what they are doing.

Writers workshop
We are able to connect a lot to what we are learning about in readers workshop and the kids are on fire!! They love writing non fiction and they are coming up with a lot of fun creative ideas. We have talked about how we make a “problem/trouble” in our stories to add some more excitement.

Art
We used a combination of oil pastels and watercolors to help us create a self portrait of us when we are older, and what job we would like to do.

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Week of February 26th

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the wonderful sunshine toward the end of this week.
On Thursday afternoon 1P and 1G got a chance to go to the main building rooftop so we could get some sunshine and read outside for a class period. It was nice to get some fresh air and spend some time reading with new buddies or by ourselves with the sun rays!

Week of February 12th

First off I will be gone next week and the kids will have a familiar sub. I will return after mid-winter break. My apologies for my absence.

Math
The kids have been learning about ways to measure and comparing measurements with things that change size such as a kids shoe and things that remain the same such as our class craft stick sets. We will then work on comparing distances.

This week we finished off our Tools For Understanding Books by talking about figuring out what a word means by looking at the sentence.
We also created our own audiobook which I have emailed you that we will share with Montessori on Monday!

Writing
This week we worked on talking about book reviews and why our books are some of our favorites while working on ways to compare as well as recommending a book for a another friend. We will finish off our opinion writing next week.

IPC
The kids have had a ton of fun learning about the brain, we compared our brains and animal brains as well as starting to make a poster on how to protect our brains such as wearing a helmet and eating healthy.

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