Hello K/1 Families! We are very excited about all of the fun learning we have planned for this last full month of the school year! Put on your seat belts! Zoom-zoom!
Thank you to all the parents who chaperoned our field trip. It was extremely successful with all your help and we learned lots!
Thank you to all the parents who have made us feel extra special this week! It’s been great so far and we still have more days to come! J
You probably know that students need to be at school each morning by 8:30. However, you may not know that 8:30 is actually the start of the instructional day. This means that learning begins at 8:30, so students should be in their classrooms at this time. We have noticed a number of students continuing to enter the building right at, or just after 8:30. When this happens, the student is late to class and misses out on valuable learning time. Late entries also distract other students and can disrupt the learning environment. Therefore, we realized that we need to be clearer about arrival times.
Teachers will be on duty at the front of the building each morning until 8:25. If you arrive after the teachers have gone inside, please take your student into the office, where Mae will give your student a tardy slip. Thank you for adjusting your schedule, if needed, to allow your students to be ready to learn at 8:30.
8:10 – 8:25 Arrival
8:30 Start of the Instructional Day
In math this week, all three groups are focusing on place value. One group is focusing primarily on using objects to compose (put together) and decompose (take apart) two digit numbers, particularly with teen numbers (11-19). The hands on objects will help students build a concrete understanding of how numbers work. The goal is for students to understand that numbers are made up of groups of tens and extra ones. Another group, is working on composing and decomposing two digit numbers from 11-99. Students will be applying the place value strategies to solve addition and subtraction story problems. Students are also learning how to write two digit numbers in expanded form (ex. 57 = 50 + 7, or 30 + 6 = 36). The last group is advancing their understanding of place value with three digit numbers. Students are learning that ones, tens, and hundreds can be taken apart in different but equivalent ways. For example, you can decompose 256 into 200+50+6, 1 hundred, 14 tens, and 16 ones, or 25 tens and 6 ones. Students will progress from ten being represented by ten ones, ten being a unit with a physical model, and finally ten without a physical model (mental).
We have begun our end of year literacy assessments. We are ecstatic to see all the growth that students have made throughout the school year. Students will continue to learn about the author’s purpose for writing books (entertain, persuade, inform), through a variety of different fiction and informational texts. Students should understand that entertaining books are meant for fun or enjoyment. Informing texts are meant to teach us more about a topic or to teach us how to do something. These texts are non-fiction or informational and include many facts for us to learn. Texts that are meant to persuade try to convince us to change our opinion. Students will continue to use mentor texts to include lots of details into their “small moments” stories. Their small moments will include a beginning, middle and end.
Please remember to return book bags on Tuesdays so that everyone in each crew will receive a bag to take home. It continues to be super important that students are reading their “familiar books” each night at home so that they can practice the reading skills that they are learning each day in class! We are sprinting all the way to the finish lines folks!!! Keep reading friends! Finish strong!
Expedition #3: Bee Helpful
Global Issue: Population
Driving Question: How do we increase the number of bees in our community?
Did you know that one third of all the food we eat would not be in existence if it was not for bees? Ask you students about all the crops we would not have if it was not for bees. Students have been conducting a variety of different experiments with their crews on how bee colonies work and the pollination process. Students have learned a great deal about how important bees are to our community. Students have discussed a variety of reasons why bees are disappearing. They are problem solving solutions to keep the bees from disappearing. Over the next two weeks, students will be making seed bombs and researching different pollinator plants that bees need for survival. We are going to BEE very helpful to the bees!
Please save the date (May 19th from 12:30 -2:00). We will be culminating our last expedition with a public garden day at Joslin Gardens. A sign up genius will be coming soon. We will need drivers for this event, so be ready!
Dates to Remember
May 12- Early Release (12:15 dismissal)
May 19th, 12:30 – 2:00 at Joslin Gardens Bee Helpful Expedition Culminating Event with 4/5
May 29- no school – Memorial Day
Table Talk/Learning Extensions:
*We hope that you are enjoying daily read aloud time with your students using the book baggies we sent home. Please remember that the questions are designed for oral comprehension. Your child should still be bringing home familiar books as well!
*Ask your child about what they are learning in our BEE helpful expedition. Research new facts on the computer. Go bee hunting in parks, backyards, and other outdoor places and observe the bees. Are people trying to get rid of them? Can your child educate others – posters, chatting, etc.
*Have your child choose small moments from all their adventures and either orally describe the event or write it in a journal.
*Try some of the following fun place value activities to reinforce the skills learned at school.
- Place Value War – Grab a deck of cards and play the traditional war, except flip over two cards at a time instead of one. Students have to decide which card will represent the tens place and which will represent the ones. Play different rounds in which the larger number wins or the smaller number wins.
- Place Value Snack – Build a variety of numbers using Saltine crackers (100’s symbol), pretzel sticks (tens symbol), and marshmallows (ones). Students can practice trading ten marshmallows for a pretzel stick (10)
- Place Value Riddles: Take turns making up riddles and solving for the number. Make as easy or hard as you desire. “’I’m thinking of a number that has 5 tens and 2 ones. What number am I?” “I’m thinking of a number that has 12 tens and 16 ones. What number am I?” “I’m thinking of a number that has less than 5 tens, but more than 8 ones. What number could I be?”