October 18

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for coming to the Parents Teacher Conference the other day. I am always available when you have a concern or question; please just drop me a line!

 

Reading

Children have been working on fluency, stamina, and comprehension.
Learning includes:

  • read prefixes and suffixes as snap words
  • read vowel teams in the middle of words in different ways
  • figure out the meaning of words
  • check our reading by ourselves (stop when it doesn’t sound right→ reread → use different strategies)
  • tell a short retell, leaving out little details 
  • figure out what the author wants to teach us (lessons we can learn the story)
  • make good predictions based on back blurbs and picture on the front page
  • How do we know if an author’s writing is powerful? (writing that gets readers to gasp, cry, laugh or sigh)

Children learned to use what they have learned in writing to help them think deeply while reading. They paid close attention to authors’ intentions, for example, by asking themselves ‘What is powerful?’, ‘Why did the author do that?’ and ‘How did the author do it?’ 

Example (Those Darn Squirrels! By Adam Rubin)

  • ‘What is powerful?’ : the description of Old Man Fookwire and his name
  • ‘Why did the author do that?’: makes the reader laugh
  • ‘How did the author do it?’: creates a ridiculous character, includes surprising descriptions 

After the break, we will scaffold what we have learned by quickly revising and tackling challenging tasks. I will also continue conducting reading assessment on each child.        

Writing

Children are revising and editing their small moment story, using: strategies learned, the checklist and teacher/peer feedback. They are aiming to publish their work by the end of October so that they can write about one more small moment at the beginning of November. 

Learning includes:

  • check writing against a checklist
  • revise writing according to the checklist
  • revise in a way readers REALLY feel the way we want them to feel
  • include what the character sees, hears and feels
  • make the reader wonder what will happen next
  • writers use rich vocabulary (use different words for say)
  • describe emotions and objects using precise words
  • edit, using the editing checklist 
  • come up with a title for a story
  • give and use feedback 
  • fix up spelling

Maths

This week, children undertook a post assessment of unit 1 and a pre assessment of unit 2. Please play the maths games with your child at home; it will help your child develop his/her number sense. After the break, they will start unit 2 study: Shapes, Blocks, and Symmetry. 

Unit 2 has three mathematical foci: Features of 2D and 3D Shapes, Rectangle and Symmetry. 

Focus points of Features of 2D and 3D Shapes will be:

  • Identifying and describing names and attributes of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Attending to features of 3D shapes, particularly the number and shape of faces
  • Naming, notating, and telling time to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour on digital and analog clocks
  • Also developing fluency with the doubles combinations to 10 + 10

Focus points of Rectangle will be:

  • Examining the angles of quadrilaterals and sort these shapes into two categories—shapes with 4 sides and 4 right angles and shapes with 4 sides, but not 4 right angles
  • Arranging square tiles in rectangular arrays
  • Describing rectangular arrays of tiles
  • Drawing rectangles by attending to the lengths of the sides
  • investigating how many different rectangles can be made from a given number of tiles
  • Recognizing that rectangular prisms have rectangular faces
  • Recognizing which faces of a rectangular prism are the same size and shape
  • Constructing a rectangular prism from rectangles
  • Comparing rectangular prisms

Focus points of Symmetry will be:

  • Describing and identifying objects and designs that have mirror symmetry
  • Constructing 2D and 3D symmetrical designs with mirror symmetry
  • Identifying lines of symmetry

Please refer to the Family Letter attached(M17-18 ) (M5-6) for more information. 

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

After understanding static and current electricity, we had circuit stations to discover what a circuit is and to explore how they work. Each station required us to do a task or a challenge. We recorded the data we discovered in our investigation sheet. We gathered a variety of objects that are made from different materials. We tested each object if it was a conductor or insulator by using a circuit.

We also investigated and recorded how electricity is produced.

Fun Day

One of the activities children enjoyed is to draw a self portrait inspired by the film Wonder. Children were encouraged to think: ‘Who am I?’ ‘What are my important qualities?’

Other

  • October 21-25: School Holiday
  • October 31: Halloween event led by Student Council. Click here for more info.
  • October 28: please return maths unit 1 assessment.

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