What's Happening in
Mrs. Greenberg's Class?Here is what we are learning this month...READING:We have been getting back into the swing of what Reading Workshop looks like and sounds like. We have decided that during reading time it should be so quiet that we should be able to hear a paper clip drop! Our class has been also practicing and pushing ourselves to build our reading stamina and to read long and strong for at least 20 minutes. Sometimes we get so lost in our books we read for longer. Learning different strategies to help us develop as independent readers is another constant in our classroom. Asking questions before, during, and after reading is a great way to help our comprehension. Each day we have been learning a new strategy to help us think and connect with our stories and characters.
Some strategies we have been working on are:
- retelling after each book or chapter using our fingers (first, then, next, last, finally)
- predicting what might happen next in our books and what makes us think that
- thinking about our characters' feelings and why they might feel that way
- visualizing (what mental picture do you see as you read
We are also focusing on being active readers with the help of our Critters. Our Critters have really helped us to think more deeply about our stories and our characters. We have been pushing our thinking by making predictions, noticings, wonderings, and connections and most importantly proving it by providing evidence from the story. We have loved jotting down our ideas on Post-its to keep track of our thoughts.
It's also been a great tool for us to when conversing with our partners about our books. Being an active reader is a skill that we are not only practicing in school, but also at home. We should be always thinking about the plot of the book, as well as the characters that live inside them.
Reading + Thinking = ACTIVE Reading!
Your child should be practicing these skills every night in their "just right" books!
Every student now knows how to choose a "just right" book by using the Five Finger Rule. A "just right" book is a book that allows students to enjoy the story or information while still having the opportunity to practice important skills of accuracy, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Research has shown that children learn best when they are reading books on their independent reading level. These book baggies go home every night for the students to do their nightly 20 minutes of reading, as well as any homework that may be assigned. These books also come back to school each day so we can continue reading them in class. Every week your child will be "shopping" from the classroom library to swap out books from their book baggie, if necessary.WRITING:
Through out the month of September, we have been growing as independent writers! We have been trying to solve our writing problems or "Uh-Oh" moments. For example: "I'm done" or "I don't know what to write about" and thinking "How do I solve this problem myself?" Encouraging students to be resourceful will allow them to become independent and confident writers. Each student has been given writers notebook that will be the keepsake for all of their ideas. Students will be decoriating these notebooks with pictures and items that will help spark ideas and turn into detailed stories. We have discussed how good writers generate ideas for their writing by thinking of important people, places and objects as well as remembering first or last times they did something and how they felt.
The class has also been deepening their understanding between Prompt vs. Process writing. Prompt writing is when you answer a specific question and finish in a timely manner whereas process writing takes the children through the 8 stages of the writing process. Immersion, Generating, Selecting, Collecting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing. Process writing also allows students to choose the story idea they are writing about within the genre being taught.
Through out the year students will have the opportunity to practice and improve their prompt and process writing skills. Our first narrative writing unit is Realistic Fiction. We have been practicing planning out our stories by thinking what happened first, then, next, after and last. We have discovered that planning helps us remember how we want our stories to go! Students have been immersed in this genre through reading and listening to gripping stories and turning to these texts as mentors. We have been learning how to add in the setting, internal thinking, dialogue and action bit by bit. These craft moves really stretch out our stories and help our readers picture exactly what is happening. We can't wait to show you our own edge of the seat stories and how we have grown as writers!MATH:
Math has been an exciting time in our classroom. We have been practicing skills that we learned in first grade such as combinations of 10 and our double facts; and are now learning all about place value! We have been using place value mats and charts to help us read, write and compare 2 digit and 3 digit numbers. We now understand the value of numbers and how to determine how much these numbers are worth. We have been also practicing adding on 1's, 10's and 100's to any given number. We love to see how high we can count all together. Today we started at the digit 8 and added on 10 all the way up to 1,008!
Big Ideas of this unit are:
-place determines value
-place value patterns occur when making and adding on groups of 10
In our classroom we have a Math Word Wall where we put up important Math Vocabulary words to remember.
Standard form, word form, expanded form, greater than, less than and equal to are important words in this unit that hang on our word wall.
We can't wait to see what new words are coming!
* It is extremely important for students to practice their combinations of 10 and double facts up to 12+12. This will help them become fluent and successful in addition and subtraction going forward.
Our first social studies unit for the year is Active Citizenship. Students will learn what it means to be active and contributing members of their community and society.
Big ideas of this unit are:
- How citizens are responsible to the community.
- Why citizens should vote.
- How citizens show patriotism towards their country.
- Why citizens pay taxes.
Some essential questions we will be focusing on are:
- Why do citizens need rules?
- How do citizens show patriotism toward their country?
- Why do communities collect taxes?
- Why do citizens vote?
Structures and Properties of Matter
In this first unit, the children will act as a problem solvers and engineers. We will study the properties of materials and explore why certain materials are used for specific purposes. The unit will involve students collaborating with their peers to investigate, observe, and categorize items based on their properties. We will also work together to design and build a variety of structures. The purpose of which is to show their understanding and connections between the properties of materials and their uses. This unit is an exciting and hands-on rich experience in which the students will be active participants in their science education.
You can encourage their curiosity about the world around them at home. One suggestion for you and your family to support this unit is by asking your child to describe the properties of objects (color, texture, size, flexibility, etc. Another idea might be to gather common household items and ask your child to sort and classify these items in some way.
During the next few weeks, you could also encourage your child to observe and discuss the different materials that are used in buildings and playgrounds. Some questions you might ask are:
SPELLING:We are excited to begin our study of Spelling! This year, we will be using a program called Fundations®. (You can learn more about it online at www.wilsonlanguage.com .) Fundations® provides a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics. Research indicates that systematic and explicit phonics instruction is effective for all children.Your child will continue to use a Spelling Notebook that will come to and from school each day. Glued into the notebook will be their spelling homework for the week including list words, “trick” words (words that cannot be sounded out, only memorized), and enrichment words (Enrichment words are OPTIONAL and are there to provide children with a challenge each night).
What do you notice about ________?
What materials are used and why were those materials chosen? (Use your senses to describe...)
How are the structures of a playground arranged? From what materials are they built? What would you change about
the playground equipment if you could?
In Unit 1, there will be a lot of emphasis placed on the closed syllable which makes the vowel short (a in apple, e in Ed, i in itch, o in octopus, u in up). A closed syllable is a word or part of a word that has one vowel closed in or followed by one or more consonants. The vowel does not need to have a consonant in front of it, but it needs to have at least one consonant after it. Examples of closed syllables include at, mat, math, mast, and clash.
The following concepts will be taught:
-The digraph, two letters that make one sound as in whistle (wh), chin (ch), ship (sh), thumb (th), and sock (ck).
-The 2- and 3- letter consonant blend, as in trip (tr) and strip (str).
-The digraph blend, as in the word lunch (nch).
-Blending and segmenting up to 6 sounds in one word, such as script
-When to use k, c, or ck when spelling words. Students will learn to use cmost often at the beginning of words unless it is followed by e, i,or y.They will learn to use ckat the end after a short vowel and kafter a consonant.MORNING ROUTINES:Throughout the year during Morning Routines, the children work everyday in their Math and Grammar books that review Common Core skills in each of these academic areas. The Math book reviews concepts that will be taught throughout the year while the Grammar book focuses on language arts skills such as parts of speech, using correct tenses, punctuation, spelling, editing ect.Some of our new learnings include: homophones, homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, singular and plural nouns, compound words and contractions! Stay tuned to find out what other fun ideas we encounter from our morning work.CLASSROOM CHARTER:We are in the process of creating our classroom charter ( promise) to each other in Mrs. Greenberg's classroom and Sousa School. We will be thinking of words that best describe how we want to feel when we come to school and what we can do or say to make everyone feel that way. We are going to always try and be our best selves and continue to grow.