The Harvest Party is next Friday. The parade will start around 2:20. Please have your child bring their outfit to school that day and we will change around 2:00. Volunteers for the party can arrive at 2:00.
Make sure to return your child's October reading log on Wednesday Nov. 1. There will again be a classroom reward if most children return it. :)
We discussed the difference between fiction and non-fiction. We charted several differences between the two. We started exploring non-fiction conventions and how they can help a reader find and understand text information. We learned about table of contents, index, and glossary. The students are recording information about each feature in a booklet.
Students finished publishing their Best Part of Me stories. We began learning about small moment stories. We discussed how a small moment is something small that happens in our lives but has special significance. We read several mentor texts to help us see how to add details and write about a "seed" story not a "watermelon" story.
This week we learned about the -le syllable. Students noticed that the consonant that comes before -le always joins it when reading the syllable. The class read and sorted words by their -le patterns (-tle, -zle, -fle, -ple, and more).
Our learning goal this week was to tell time to the hour and half hour. Students took a pre-assessment on Monday. We discussed the parts of a clock - face, hour hand, and minute hand. We worked on identifying times using an analog clock and writing times on analog and digital clocks. This time unit is mostly a review from first grade. We will be continuing to explore time concepts later in the year.
We discussed what makes something living. We went outside and collected living and non-living things. Students learned about the 5 needs of plants and animals. We learned about habitats and classified plants and animals by the environment that would best meet their needs.