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Theme studies is a combination of art, drama, English language arts and Social Studies. In theme studies our focus has been on our personal identies and getting to know each other and our classmates. We learned about the famous artist Pablo Picasso, abstract art and cubism. We then recreated our own self portraits which expressed who are through cubism. We have also begun talking about our heritage and how that connects to our personal identity. We will look at how language, traditions new and old to connect to our personal identity. In October we will be looking at our responsibilities and begin to explore rights.
This year for birthdays I have been giving students a scholastic birthday coupon that can be used to order a book during their birthday month. Please keep an eye out in their agenda for these coupons close to your child's birthday.
In math this month we have been exploring numbers and how to represent them in different ways. We have been skip counting by 10s starting at different points. We learned about estimation and practiced estimation of a collection. We have also been learning about equality and how to balance different types equations. We have been learning about how equations can look different. For example, 20=10+10, 19+1=18+2, 19+1=20 etc. We have also been filling in different equations so that they are balanced. For example, 13+?=14+2. Students have been learnig and practicing balancing equations through a variety of small math group activities and centers. Students have also brought home math practice which will focus on developing and practicing number concepts and mental math. In October we will be working on problem solving strategies, and patterning in math.
Our current chapter book read aloud is the One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Students are using real reading comprehension strategies while the story is being read aloud. We are wondering, making predictions, wishes and explaining our thinking before, during and after our reading. Students have been working on their independent reading goals during readers workshop. Everyday we spend a chunk of time enjoying our chosen books during our read to self times. It is one of our favourite times during the day. Students have been working hard on making their own choices of good fit books during our read to self time. I have been reading one on one with students to help them with their reading goals and strategies. We have also been having lots of discussions on great books that we are reading and enjoying. Students are encouraged daily to chose home reading books. Home reading books can come from the school library, the classroom library or home. Don't forget to log their home reading every night.
Writer's Workshop and Word Work
We got our new writing journals for the year where we will be collecting all of our writing. We have been writing everyday. This month we have been working hard at building our stamina during writing times. We have been developing our ability to generate ideas in writing. Students created heart maps which mapped out people, places and things that we hold close to our heart. This heart map will help us throughout the year come up with things to write about. We also have been writing about our "Dot" moments. These moments are inspired by Peter Reynold's book The Dot. We have been thinking about times where we have struggled to learn something and overcome this struggle. Students are working on describing these moments in their lives. Our writer's workshop is linked to our word work or spelling in Room 41. During writing we have been working on independent spelling strategies. Students are learning these important strategies so that they can get all their amazing writing ideas out into their journal with confidence. Some of the strategies being used are...
- Using word wall in our classroom.
- Using our personal word office which has lists of words.
- Bubble gum stretching the word out.
- Approximate spelling
- Using a book where we may have seen the word.
- Using a word family.
Stay tuned for our Halloween plans.....