8/14/17

8/14/17

 

Hello wonderful K/1 Crew families!  To our familiar friends, welcome back!  To our new friends, welcome aboard!  We are about to enter into an exciting year of learning together!

The elementary school will be having our curriculum night at 5:30 on September 7th to speak more indepthly about our standards and expeditionary work for this school year.  Until then, we wanted to give you some idea of what the day is like for our k/1 learners so that you will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about their day!

8:30-9:00 Morning Meeting:  Students will come together in a circle on the carpet to participate in a greeting, share activity, and morning message

9:00-11:20 English/Language Arts block:  Students will engage in reading and writing.  Students will work independently, in small group and with a partner to accomplish a variety of reading, writing and word work activities.

11:20-12:00 Lunch in our classroom

12:00-1:00 Global Arts

Movement with Ms. Lisa

Art with Ms. Marie

Music with Ms. Marg

Extra recess with Ms. Elizabeth

1:00-2:00 Math

2:00-2:30 Recess and Snack

2:30-3:05 Expeditions

3:05-3:15 Pack up/“Shout Out”/Dismissal:  After packing up, students assemble on the carpet again to give each other “shout outs” as they highlight positive moments from the day.

For the next several weeks, we will be establishing routines, learning classroom procedures, and building relationships in our crew.  Beginning next week, your child will be bringing home a yellow folder every Tuesday we call the “Tuesday Folder”.  Most weeks, the folder will contain notes or student work for you to review.  If the folder comes home empty, you can assume there was nothing that week to send home.  Please send the yellow folder back to school Wednesday morning.

Reminders:

August 21:  Early Dismissal-SOLAR ECLIPSE 12:15

Please check the blog each Monday for information from k/1.

You can also check out the Exploris Home page for the most up to date school information.

http://www.exploris.org/

New Elementary building code:  1997*

Thank you for entrusting us with your precious K/! Children!

Laura-lauralewis@exploris.org

Maggie-mgargan@exploris.org

Elizabeth-ejordan@exploris.org

Wendy-wbernstein@exploris.org

6/5/17

Wow!  The last week of this awesome school year has arrived!  This is such an exciting time of year as we all reflect on the growth our little learners have made over the last ten months of learning.  Kudos to the kiddos!  Thanks to our supportive Exploris families for all you do throughout the school year to support our Exploris community!

End of Year Conferences

Students continue to shine as they share their work and learning experiences with parents at end of the year conferences.  It is an exciting time of year to reflect and discuss academic, emotional and social growth.  Just listen to our little change makers talk about what the Exploris core values mean to them.  This is only the beginning!

EC Parent Survey

The EC teachers want your feedback.  This is your chance to let them know how they are doing.  If your child receives EC services at the elementary school please complete the survey in the link listed below.

https://docs.google.com/a/exploris.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0zmPRzTw7uH0nnmnCOkXgfoK57dBw6FtC6_0FqT2Fly6xlw/viewform

Safety/Parking

Please make sure you are being extra cautious with your child (or children) at drop off and pick up.  We have lots of additional traffic with end of the year festivities and parent teacher conferences.  Additionally, please remember that carpool does not begin until 8:10 with adults present outside to ensure your child’s safety.  Thank you in advance for your extra precautions in the parking lot.  We want to maintain everyone’s safety over the last two weeks of the school year.

Math

In math over the next two weeks, students will be immersed in a unit on geometry.  Students will use a variety of manipulatives to identify and describe the attributes of a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes.  Additionally, students will compose two and three-dimensional shapes.  First graders will also be learning how to partition shapes or cut them into halves and fourths.

Reading/Writing

We are in the final week of our end of year literacy assessments.  We are ecstatic to see all the growth that students have made throughout the school year.  We will review the literacy skills that we have learned throughout this school year.  In writing, students will continue to work on finishing up their small moment stories.  They will continue to add lots of juicy details that include a clear beginning, middle, and ending.

Please remember to return book bags one final time next Tuesday, June 6th.  Keep up the reading at home to reinforce the reading skills students have learned all year.  We are sprinting all the way to the finish lines!  Keep reading friends!  Finish strong!

Dates to Remember

 

Thursday, June 8th  Field Events/Time TBA-Please  make sure students have a change of clothes at school.  Please apply sunscreen/bug spray in the morning at home.

June 9 Early Release, 12:15 pm:  Last day of school! (11:00-11:45 K/1 will be having a picnic outside with our 4/5 friends as a final farewell. ) There will be no after school on this day.  Please make sure you have made arrangements for dismissal.

 

5/30/17

We hope you all had a lovely Memorial Weekend and enjoyed the extra day off with family and friends.  A special thank you to all the parents who made us feel so special during Teacher Appreciation Week!

End of Year Conferences

Thank you to all the parents who have signed up and/or already attended the end of year parent teacher conferences.  We are delighted to share all the hard work and growth that your children have made this school year.  We look forward to all those conferences yet to come!

EC Parent Survey

The EC teachers want your feedback.  This is your chance to let them know how they are doing.  If your child receives EC services at the elementary school please complete the survey in the link listed below.

https://docs.google.com/a/exploris.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0zmPRzTw7uH0nnmnCOkXgfoK57dBw6FtC6_0FqT2Fly6xlw/viewform

Safety/Parking

Please make sure you are being extra cautious with your child (or children) at drop off and pick up.  We have lots of additional traffic with end of the year festivities and parent teacher conferences.  Additionally, please remember that carpool does not begin until 8:10 with adults present outside to ensure your child’s safety.  Thank you in advance for your extra precautions in the parking lot.  We want to maintain everyone’s safety over the last two weeks of the school year.

Math

In math over the next two weeks, students will be immersed in a unit on geometry.  Students will use a variety of manipulatives to identify and describe the attributes of a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes.  Additionally, students will compose two and three-dimensional shapes.  First graders will also be learning how to partition shapes or cut them into halves and fourths.

Reading/Writing

We are in the final week of our end of year literacy assessments.  We are ecstatic to see all the growth that students have made throughout the school year.  We will review the literacy skills that we have learned throughout this school year.  In writing, students will continue to work on finishing up their small moment stories.  They will continue to add lots of juicy details that include a clear beginning, middle, and ending.

Please remember to return book bags one final time next Tuesday, June 6th.  Keep up the reading at home to reinforce the reading skills students have learned all year.  We are sprinting all the way to the finish lines!  Keep reading friends!  Finish strong!

 

Dates to Remember

Friday, June 2: Box Tops Due

Saturday, June 3, 3:00 – 5:00 at the Elementary Campus: PTO Hosted Going Away Party for Summer.  Make sure you RSVP below:  https://explorispto.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/farewell-celebration-for-summer/

June 9 Early Release, 12:15 pm:   Last day of school!  There will be no after school on this day.  Please make sure you have made arrangements for dismissal.

5/22/17

The Joslin Garden Day was BUZZing with students, siblings and families learning more about bees and pollinator plants!  Thanks to everyone who helped make Friday a special day!

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 week, students will be researching pollinator plants, and making seed bombs in preparation for our open garden day at Joslin Gardens.

We are continuing our expeditionary work this week.  Students are making posters about what THEY can do, to help increase the number of bees in our community.  Bee on the lookout for your little k/1 change maker to ask if they can plant more flowers OR remind you to be kind to a bee!

 

Math

In math this week, we are wrapping up our place value unit.  Students will be taking a post-assessment to check their knowledge and progress over the course of this unit.  After we get back next week from Memorial Day Holiday, students will begin a unit on geometry as they explore different geometric shapes and their attributes.

Reading/Writing

We will be continuing with 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!

Dates to Remember

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?”

5/15/17

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!

 

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 week, students will be researching pollinator plants, and making seed bombs in preparation for our open garden day at Joslin Gardens.

On Friday May 19, the K/1 students and a group of the 4/5 students will be combining what they have learned about bees and pollinator plants into an educational, open garden day. This fun event will take place at Joslin Gardens, where students will be participating in a scavenger hunt, nature journaling and making seed bombs. We will leaving school at 12:15PM, and will be returning around 2:30PM. We will need lots of drivers, so please see the Signup Genius info below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ba9ac2da1f58-k1field

Math

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).

Reading/Writing

We will be continuing with 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!

Dates to Remember

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?”

5/8/17

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

Reminder

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
Math

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).

Reading/Writing

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?”

4/30/17

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!

4/5 Tool Drive

Over the past six weeks, students participating in the Food Shuttle’s Hunger Heroes Exploration have been learning all about food insecurity in their community and the ways in which gardening can help families alleviate hunger.  Our Hunger Heroes worked as a team to design their own service learning project and from April 3rd to April 30th they will be hosting a garden tool drive to raise funds and material donations to create garden tool kits for low income families experiencing food insecurity in Raleigh.  These kits will be distributed at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s monthly mobile market at Martin Street Baptist Church where local families are able to receive emergency food relief.  Students will be collecting gloves, hand trowels, organic potting soil, pots, seeds, seedlings or money to purchase these items.  All donations can be dropped off to the front office of Exploris Elementary.  Thank you for your support!

Reminder

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
End of Grade Testing – Request for Proctors

End of Grade Testing begins Wednesday, May 23 – Friday, June 2, 2017.  We need volunteers to assist as proctors.  Help is needed at both Elementary and Middle school campuses.  This is a great way to fulfill your volunteer hours.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F48AAAB22AB9-endofgrade2

Thank you very much for your help!

Mae and Mary Margaret

 

Math

We will be continuing to develop a broad range of strategies to solve simple addition and subtraction tasks and story problems.  One group is finishing up the addition and subtraction unit.  They will be working to master their understanding of when to add and when to subtract.  Students will use many hands on manipulatives and the part-part-whole method to help them decide which operation to use.  One group is advancing their understanding of addition and subtraction by beginning to develop their place value skills and understandings.  These students will be completing a pre-assessment activity to determine whether students group a certain number of objects into tens and ones.  After this initial activity, students will be using objects to compose (put together) and decompose (take apart) two digit numbers.  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 advancing their understanding of place value skills and using those skills to manipulate numbers with much more efficiency to solve a variety of different addition and subtraction problems.

Reading/Writing

We are continuing to focus on fictional texts. We are going to start learning about the author’s purpose for writing books (entertain, persuade, inform), through a variety of different fiction and informational texts. Students will continue on using 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?

Our first case study will investigate why bees are important to our community.  We will BEE visiting the Natural Science Museum on FRIDAY, MAY 5th to view the entomology exhibit and enhance our bee knowledge.  Students will visit the butterfly conservatory to compare and contrast the different life cycle stages between bees and butterflies.  We will explore the pre-historic North Carolina exhibit to view the extinct animals and see if there are any connections to the loss of bees in NC.

If you can volunteer to be a walking chaperone, please follow the below link to sign up!

**Ms. Wendy’s Crew needs one more chaperone!  Thank you!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ba9ac2da1f58-field

Dates to Remember

May 2- open PTO meeting

May 5- Walking field trip to the Natural Science Museum (Leaving school at 11:15AM)

May 12- Early Release

May 29- no school

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 what they are learning in word work this week.  Hopefully they can tell you the word study patterns they are sorting and practicing spelling for the week!  Where else can you find those patterns in the books you are reading?  Rhyming words? Synonyms? Antonyms?

*Find common activities around the house where students can find real world examples of adding (putting together) and subtracting (taking apart).  See a few examples for some ideas below:

  • Cooking– doubling recipes or ingredients, adding ingredients together (How many cups of dry ingredients did we use in . . .?)
  • Basketball Player Statistics (or other sports)– How many points did two players score together? What is the difference in the score between the winners and losers of the game?
  • Toys– How many color legos and color legos did you use to build your tower?
  • Allowance– How much money do you need to earn to be able to buy . . .? How much money will you lose if you don’t do . . .?  If you do . . . and . . . how much money will you earn?