Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fantastic Friday!!

What a great week! My camera has technical difficulties, so no new pictures today (will fix over the weekend). In Reading we continued learning how readers think while they read and how to write about our reading. There are many different ways to write about what you read... you can retell the story (with important transition words). You can write about what you learned while you were reading, and you can even wonder about things and have questions while you read too! Many of us like writing about our favorite part of a great story too! We also took care to use capital letters in the title and the names of the authors, as well as when we begin a new sentence! In math we learned all about doubles facts and how knowing doubles can be a good strategy to solve problems. We took it a step further and learned about "doubles plus 1". If you know 5 plus 5 equals 10... then you know that 5 plus 6 equals 11!! Add one to the addend of the double means adding one to the sum! When you know this, you can even go further and think about doubles minus 1... and doubles plus 2! We played a fun game to go along with our skills practice and even used our learning to practice "doubles fact families"!! Doubles fun, all week in math, and we loved it! In writing workshop we launched our first unit on personal narrative and writing "small moments". Every writer writes about what they know, and the small moments in their lives, and that's just what we did! We learned how to persevere the way writers do when they feel like they have no stories, or if they get stuck in the middle of a story. We also learned how important writing workshop time is, and how writers never waste a single moment of writing time. We even learned how to go back to a story from yesterday, and add MORE!!! Which is exactly what writers do!! When you think you're done (you've only JUST BEGUN!)... Add more to the words, or add more to the picture, or start a new piece! Every friend, every writer has small moments in their lives, and I can't wait to uncover your student's noteworthy small moments! Help your young writer NOTICE when small moments happen in their lives... chances are, there's a great story hiding inside that small moment!! We also wrote letters to our new friend and classmate, Lucas! Welcome Lucas, we're so glad you're here with us! We ended fun Friday with our new tradition, the 2W 2B sing along! And I must say... we sounded gooooooood! We learned some new songs, and sang some old favorites and the room was jam-packed-full of joyful, smiling happy singers! Now that's how to close a fun Friday! Enjoy your weekend! I hope to see you at Open House here at SES on Thursday, September 26th. Come at 5 for a free dinner courtesy of our PTO and Teacher presentations in classrooms from 6-7.

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