Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

     Or something like that.  I do love this time of year, and I need lots of reminders to enjoy what’s important and not sweat the rest.  The energy level is definitely up in Room 207.  Some of the whales in our classroom window now have Santa hats on and they are swimming through dreidels.  There are still a few black crows flying overhead, left over from Halloween, but the kids didn’t want me to take them down.
     In math this past week we worked on number lines.  An open number line is a valuable math tool for solving problems, showing your math thinking, and checking for accuracy.  It does, however, require that you are fluent with skip counting backwards and forwards by 10s and that you are familiar with the friendly tens fact strategy at the very least.  We are going to set the number lines on the back burner and start working on money.  For the kids who need more experience with the tens and ones, they will get that with dimes and pennies.  This is always a fun unit and just before the holidays we will set up stores in the classroom and students will take turns be shoppers and storekeepers.
     We finished the three stories we do in the Starting Off Strong book.  I sent the books home this past week.  I love the Starting Off Strong stories because they emphasize using evidence from the text to back up your opinions about the stories.  This leads us right into our book clubs.  We will be doing book clubs with holiday books starting this week.
     The kids have been working on narrative writing this past week.  We learned that narrative writing is about one small moment, includes details about actions, thoughts, and feelings, uses words that show the order of events (first, next, then), and has a concluding statement.  You can see if your child remembers the actions that go along with that description of narrative writing.
     For our classroom holiday party I have to make some changes to the original plan.  This year the students are doing separate performances for the school and for parents.  The snack time in between the two concerts is not enough time for a party.  If you would like to come back to the room after the concert (for parents--that starts at 10:30), we can do a potluck lunch and have a special holiday dessert.  I just sent out the Sign-Up Genius for it.  If you were signed up on the one that Ally Johnson sent out you will have to sign-up again—sorry for any confusion.  Here's the link:

Hopefully that link works!
Upcoming dates:
December 5th—Reading/Math log due
Wednesday, Dec 7th Hour of Code (our class will have an hour of code at school, this is the third year Ray has participated).
Wednesday, Dec 14th, Second & Third Grade Chorus Concert 10:30 am with a potluck lunch to follow in the classroom.
Wednesday, December 21st  Last day of school before the holiday break.

Tuesday, January 3rd  First day back to school after holidays.

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