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April Newsletter

Hello Families! I hope you are all enjoying your break. In case you haven’t already heard, Pet Study is in full swing and we are more than excited to become pet experts! Over the last month, the academic push has continued as students learned how to write narrative stories and developed skills in addition and subtraction. See below for more details. K210 has really done some amazing work over the last few weeks. Most of which you will be able to see on the next Family Friday this month (check Save the Date). Among these exciting accomplishments, here are a few more highlights of the month:

  • We learned how to conduct an interview and ask strong questions.
  • We interviewed Simona, a second grade teacher, and her pet chinchilla Chi Chi.
  • We also interviewed Ashley, the Science teacher, and her snake Etai.
  • We finished our Narrative Stories and celebrated by reading them to each other.
  • We learned how to write number sentences using the plus or minus sign.
  • We will begin making our 3D Pets.
  • We will hold more pet interviews.
  • We will begin our new writing unit.

This month has been filled with exciting events. We can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure.

Best,

Camille

Guess what we are learning?

 

This month in Writing…with a dash of Pet Study

We will learn how to write “How-to Books”. This unit of writing will also combine with Pet Study as students will begin to write books on how someone would take care of their 3D pet. Before writing that book, students will participate in writing a class how- to book and then produce a how-to book with a topic of their own choosing. This unit will challenge students to use descriptive details to explain to a reader how to do or make something (example, how to make a sandwich or how to tie your shoes). We can’t wait for you to see our books, maybe we’ll teach you a thing or two.

This month in Math…

Now that we have learned how to use both the plus and minus signs, we will begin to use these signs to help us solve realistic math problems. Students will use their knowledge of  STRONG Math Work to organize and explain mathematical thinking with use of pictures, numbers, and on occasion words.

This month…

Pet interviews will continue and this month we will meet Annemarie and her service dog Domino. After learning about service dogs and therapy pets, and the difference between the two, the class will get to interview Annemarie and learn how Domino helps her. If we’re lucky she may even show us a trick Domino can do as well! Here are a few more things to look forward to this month:

  • We will continue to practice rhyming by using Word Families.
  • We will begin to construct our 3D Pets and learn more about how to care for different types of pets.
  • We will continue to conduct more interviews with pet owners and record what we have learned.

March Events

March 14th- Reports go home

March 15th- Half Day and Parent Teacher Conferences (PLEASE SIGN UP!)

March 22nd- Peck Slip School Auction

March 30th- Spring Break Starts. Return to school April 9th

 

March Newsletter

So guess what? It’s March! Seems like only yesterday we began our year together. Now that it is the middle of the year, the big academic push has begun and students are beginning to learn more strategies in reading, writing and math. See below for specifics. Over the last month, K210 has done some amazing work. Most of which you were able to see during the Butterfly Celebration. After becoming expert lepidopterists, K210, spent time preparing for the 100th Day of school. Once the 100th Day arrived, we enjoyed our 100th day snack, made hats, did 100 exercises and viewed our 100 Museum; it truly was a great day. This month we will begin our final study, Pet Study:A Study of Interdependence! This study is a grade favorite as students will learn more about the different types of pets and how people/pets take care of each other. We will conduct interviews, go on trips and have visits from various people who work/train different pets. How cool is that? Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:

  • Guided Reading groups and Literacy Centers kicked off after break.
  • We learned how to write all the uppercase letters of the alphabet.
  • We learned the Sight Words “by”, “to”, “do, “boy”, “girl”, “my”, “he”, “ball”, “all”.
  • Camille had a one on one reading day.
  • We started our new writing unit.
  • We will learn how to write Narrative stories.
  • We will learn more about addition, subtraction and counting on.

This month has been filled with exciting events. We can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure.

Best,

Camille

 

Guess what we are learning?

This month in Reading…

We are ankle deep into Guided Reading! Each small group has spent time reading with me each week and have added a few more stickers to their Thinkmarks. The books students are bringing home will begin to change and will seem challenging at first. These books are called Just Right Books. Each of these books will have one hard word, a extra line of text and a few more pages of reading. You’ll get to see these news books starting next week.

 

This month in Writing…

We have begun Tapping!! Students are learning to how to spell CVC words by practicing “SAY IT, TAP IT, WRITE IT”.  Here’s how we have been practicing, try it with your child:

  •  SAY IT- dog
  • TAP IT- stretch out your left arm in front of you, make sure it’s strong and straight. Take your right arm and say each letter sound in the word dog, start at your shoulder and get ready.
    • d (duh)- shoulder
    • o (ahh)- middle of your arm, around the elbow
    • g (guh)- wrist
    • Go back to your shoulder and slide down to your wrist as you out the word together.
  • WRITE IT- write the word and use it in a sentence.

Well now that you know how to TAP, you have a better idea of how your child is using this spelling strategy to write the words in their new stories. This new unit is all about Narratives. Students are learning how to tell true stories of things that have happened to them. This could be anything from going away, having a party, visiting a friend/relative, etc. As students are writing these stories, we have been practicing using our new writing checklist (below). This checklist has been helping students monitor their own work progress and making it their best work before being ready to publish and present to others. We can’t wait for you to read these stories once they are all done.

This month in Math…

We have started learning about addition. Through partner games such as Collect 15, Racing Bears, Toss The Chips, Shake and Spill, and many more, students are beginning to grasp the concept of putting two numbers together to get a total. Students are also learning how to write STRONG Math Work, when problem solving. This math work allows students to explain their organize and explain mathematical thinking with use of pictures, numbers, and on occasion words.

      

This month…

We also met Superflex and Rock Brain. Everyone wants to be like Superflex, who just like his name, is super flexible. Superflex is very comfortable with changing his thinking and is okay when things don’t always go the way he planned. Rock Brain, is known for being rigid and stubborn. He is very uncomfortable with change and only wants things to go his way or no way at all. Once students met these characters they started to see a little bit of themselves in both characters. As a class we spent several days acting out Superflex and Rock Brain scenarios and incorporated them into times in our day where you could be Superflex. These two characters will also help solve peer conflicts and have been placed in our Peace Corner for the rest of the year.

    

Among these events, here are few more things coming up:

  • We will practice rhyming by learning about Word Families.
  • We will learn how to conduct an interview.
  • We will practice being Superflex.
  • We will learn the sight words “was” ,”went”, “will”, “this”, “then”, “they”, “has”, “had”, “how”.

Save The Date

February Events

  • February 7th -Butterfly and Moth Celebration
  • February 12th- March Report Card Information Session
    • Please sign up if you haven’t already. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445adaf22aaff2-information
  • February 13th- 100th Day of School
  • February 16th- Lunar New Year (school closed)
  • February 19th-23rd- Mid Winter Recess (school closed)

 

This might help…

Last month, we learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his dream. We watched a video from Kid President to learn more about who Dr. King was as well as how he helped change the world. This video sparks a great conversation about diversity and inclusion.

February Events

Save the Dates

  • February 7th -Butterfly and Moth Celebration
  • February 13th- 100th Day of School
  • February 16th- Lunar New Year (school closed)
  • February 19th-23rd- Mid Winter Recess (school closed)

February Newsletter

Can you believe it’s February? Our class has done some amazing work over this month. We finished our Butterfly Books and our Non-Fiction All About Books, learned about Martin Luther King Jr., and we are about to start a new writing unit. How cool is that? As we move into February, the curriculum becomes challenging and will begin to push students thinking. Students will begin to use more sight words in their writing, read their sentences and begin to use invented spelling. It is truly amazing to see how much they have grown.

Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights happening this month:

  • We published our All About Books!
  • We will have our Butterfly Celebration!
  • We learned the Sight Words “all”, “ball”, “boy”, “girl”, “by”, “my”, “he”
  • We will begin learning out blending and tapping words out.
  • We will start the Writing for Readers unit.
  • We will learn how to be flexible with the help of Superflex and Rock Brain.

I can’t wait to see what adventures await us this month!

Best,

Camille

Guess what we are learning?

This month in reading…

It’s been a few weeks since books were sent home with Thinkmarks to practice learned reading strategies. As we continue to grow as readers, we will review these strategies during Guided Reading groups. These small groups allow me to get to know each student as they develop their reading skills. Overtime, other strategies will be added to the Thinkmarks. Keep watching the Thinkmark as the next few weeks pass by.

This month in writing…

Now that our Butterfly and All About Books have been completed (we can’t wait to show them to you), its time to move into our new writing unit. We will begin to learn how to write narratives with words that match the pictures and invented spelling. Invented spelling allows students to stretch out the words they are trying to write and then recording the sounds they hear. While writing these books we will learn to how to add speech bubbles, punctuation, and conventions.

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This month in math…

We have been learning all about Geometry. We went on shape hunts to uncover the hidden 2D and 3D shapes within our classroom and hallways. There were shapes everywhere! As we begin to wrap up this unit, we will take the first steps into discussing addition, counting all, and counting on. Counting on and counting all are strategies we are learning to help play new adding games. These strategies and games are laying the foundation for understanding addition and writing number sentences.

This month…

  • We will have our Butterfly Celebration.
  • We will learn how to write uppercase V,W, X, Y, and Z. We will also review the letters we have learned.
  • Upcoming sight words: was, went, will, this, then, they, has, had, how.
  • We will practice being flexible like Superflex and learn to try and not be so rigid like Rock Brain (school program).
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Important Dates

January 15th- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (School closed)

January 17th- Class Trip to American Museum of Natural History

Save the Date!

January 15th- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (School closed)

January 17th- Class Trip to American Museum of Natural History

December Newsletter

Dear K210 Families,

Can you believe its December?  K210 has done some amazing work over the last month. Since we are still in full Butterfly Mode, we have been working hard to learn more about butterflies. So far, we’ve watched our butterflies emerge from their chrysalises and will begin to identify their body parts. We even learned and observed them meeting and mating. How cool is that? This month we will begin learning more about Luna Moths! Last week our Luna Moth cocoons arrived and we are patiently waiting to meet them. Lepidopterist can also be writers who teach people all about what they have learned. Since we are such amazing lepidopterist, we are beginning to write facts that we have learned about butterflies. Soon enough we will place all of these facts into a book that will teach someone else all about butterflies. We can’t wait to finish our butterfly books and read them to you! Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:

  • We published new stories!
  • We learned the Sight Words “see”, “go”, “so, “no”, “in”, “an”, “on”, “have”, “can”.
  • We are learning the letters v, w, y, x, z and qu, as well as their corresponding sounds.
  • We wrote compliments and stories with our families on Family Thursday,
  • We will learn how to use our Reading Toolbox to help us become better readers.
  • We will learn about Non-Fiction books, as well as their features and will begin to write our own books about butterflies.

This month has been filled with exciting events. We can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure.

Best,

Camille

Guess what we are learning?

This month in reading…

We started discussing why we read books. What is the purpose of reading? As a class we charted ideas and determined that we read books for the following reasons:

  • “because we want to learn”- Jojo
  • “to learn words”- Jaylon
  • “to make our brains smarter”- Catherine
  • “to make ourselves smarter”- Max S.
  • “so we can learn to sound out words”- Vered
  • “because its fun”- Camille

During this month, we will learn how to become better readers and use the Reading Toolbox. Our Reading Toolbox is filled with great reading strategies like Picture Walk, Move left to right, Mouth & Picture and more to come. Soon students will get their own Reading Toolbox bookmark to take home daily and practice these reading strategies at home.

This month in writing…

We are learning how to write like lepidopterist. This means learning how to write facts, like the ones we have learned about in the butterfly non-fiction books we have been reading. We will also learn how to identify the text features within non-fiction books so we can incorporate them within our own books. We can’t wait for you to read them!

This month in math…

We have wrapped up counting. After discussing ways to count efficiently and accurately, since that is what great mathematicians do, we practiced using these strategies while playing math games. This month we will learn how to play Just Right Games. Just Right Games, allow students to work with their math partner and practice math games that have been created based on their level. Some students receive math challenges, which push their mathematical thinking and encourages partnerships to push each other in order to complete the challenge.

This month…

  • We will learn the letters v, w, x, y, z, and qu as well as the corresponding sounds. We will also review the letters we have learned.
  • Sight Words we are learning up, am, all, ball, be, he.
  • We are lepidopterist! As our class learns more about Luna moths and their lifecycles. We also observe how they change and learn vocabulary to describe what we see.