It has been a great week getting to know the students in room 1! We have done a lot of community building activities to help foster a positive learning environment. It is really important to me that all of my students feel safe and cared for while they are in school. We spent the first week and a half talking about C.A.R.E.S. This acronym helps students understand what it means to be respectful and to be a positive member of our community. C- Cooperation A-Attitude R-Responsibility E- Empathy S- Self-Control.
I told the class the most important thing they can learn this year is how to think! In each aspect of the school day it is important that students develop the ability to think deeply about their learning and raise questions. This will be a theme running throughout the year.
In reading students are learning about the different places where it is important to stop to think. We are investigating 6 “signposts” which are places that the author has left clues for us to investigate. When students are able to notice one of these signposts the next step is to stop and think using guiding questions. I will provide more information about the signposts so these important skills can be practiced at home.
In math we have begun our unit on multi-digit numbers. Students have been learning about place value, comparing numbers and rounding. Please see my earlier blog post to help your child practice rounding at home.
As writers, students were introduced to the genre of realistic fiction. We talked about the elements of the story; characters, setting, problem, events and solution. It is important that students realize that the fictional books they read and the fictional stories they write have these story elements.
I hope you have a great weekend!