Reading: We are continuing to work on reading non-fiction texts. One skill we worked on is identifying the main idea. We learned that headings can help to categorize information. After figuring out the main idea of a section of text, readers can figure out important details. We also talked about how non-fiction readers use expression and read with an explaining voice.
Writing: In writing this week we improved our lab reports by learning from other scientists. We shared results with each other and engaged in conversations to figure out explanations for the results. Additionally we used magnet books to offer deeper explanations and ideas for future experiments. This week, I provided the "Problem" for each experiment. Next week, kids will develop their own problems.
Math: We wrapped up our unit on telling time by learning about the calendar and reviewing time equivalents. We also worked on problem solving involving time. We ended the week with a telling time assessment and that will go home late next week.
Science: Two main concepts were covered through science and writing this week. One concept is that magnets can attract other objects through materials. For example, a magnet can attract a paper clip through a piece of paper. Additionally, we conducted an experiment to see if the size of a magnet affects it's strength. We learned that it was actually the smallest magnet in our experiment that was the strongest and that the size of the magnet does not make a difference in the magnet's strength.
Fundations: The spelling pattern this week was words with the suffixes -y, -ly, and -ty.
Second Step: Our next unit is on impulse control and problem solving. This week we focused on calming strategies. We discussed how it is important to calm down before solving a problem. Here is a photo of the poster we will use in our classroom:
How could you tell that the smallest magnet (the dot magnet) was the strongest?
Show me how to take a deep breath. Why is it important to take a deep breath slowly when you want to calm down?
What does it mean to use an explaining voice when you read nonfiction? Can you show me how you would read a non-fiction book with an explaining voice?
Dates to Remember:
Monday, January 18th: No School
Tuesday, January 19th: Delayed Opening (10:30 Arrival)
Friday, February 5th 9:30 AM: Writing Celebration- Magnet Science Fair!