Since beginning a new month, the children have begun blending sounds together more and more in class. We have been using our magnetic letter boards to form CVC words and for some reading groups, CCVC words. The children are becoming more independent with applying reading strategies in class. Please continue to practice sight words at home on a regular basis. Feel free to go to my "Trick Word" tab up above under "academics" for a full list. These trick words are often seen in our literacy group books, therefore they are important to learn and memorize. The students are also working hard on writing a kind sentence for each new birthday book we create (we have had a lot lately!). The children are beginning to remember each important writing convection.
In math, the children are working on breaking apart word problems. They have been great listeners while searching for clues in the written problems Miss F reads allowed. They search for words that give clues to wether or not they will be adding or taking away. In addition, many other students have been working hard to "prove" their answer. They are practicing drawing out a quick picture and verbalize what they think the answer is OR isn't.
In addition, we are in full swing practicing addition fluency. Students are asked 2 days a week, to visit Xtra math on a tablet to practice those math problems. Both in Xtra math and in whole group lessons, students are seeing ways math problems can look (sometime horizontally, other times vertical). The children enjoy the change to answer their xtra math practice within 3 seconds so they can get more smily faces :)
On Friday, we were lucky to have author Jason Robie come in to class. He read us his book and gave us a writing assignment to complete. The children enjoyed creating their own stories in class. In addition, Mr. Robie gave the kids the task to name his main character! Each student K-4 got to write down a name they wanted the main character to be. He will be picking one name from the box and giving "credit" to a MACS student soon :)
Currently, we took a break from science (we had a hefty weather unit we just finished up) and are focusing on different American symbols. We have been reading books, watching videos and discussing special symbols that represent our country. Our first symbol is the American Flag. Students learned that the flag didn't always look the way it is now. We researched about who supposedly created the flag and much more!
We had an exciting week in Micro! The children started on Monday with a Town Hall Meeting. We had one student from our class earn an integrity award! Congrats to Clara for her honesty and making the right choice when no one was truly watching :)
In addition, the children completed a writing assignment on what job post they would like to change to. The students are applying writing conventions taught during literacy to their independent piece. The children copied a sentence starter off the board and then filled in the remaining bit by sounding out or using the word bank on the whiteboard! Below are some pictures: