Learners have been doing a great job exploring the role of our national and local government in our Inquiry Unit - Who We Are. Our wonderful librarian has shared great resources with our class in order for our learners to read all about our government system. Learners have also been able to scan QR codes to read about our government on a variety of websites too!
In math, we are taking our knowledge of place value and applying what we know to round numbers! Learners are doing a great job rounding numbers to the one hundred thousands place and estimating to find the sum. Ask your learner why estimating is important and how they use estimation in their life! As we learn about estimating and rounding numbers we are continuing to practice writing numbers in standard, word, and expanded form!
One of my favorite things we are working on this week is our writing. Learners are working on writing about something special they did with a friend. We are working on expanding our writing, using circle maps, tree maps, and different colors to represent each paragraph. I am so impressed with how far their writing has come since the beginning of the year!
We have a few exciting things coming up soon! Keep sending in your Write - A - Check forms and picture money. Picture day and the start of the book fair will be on Monday.
International Dot Day was this Monday! Learners wore dots and created illustrations to represent how they could leave their mark on the world.
This week is also Freedom Week. Learners have been reading about our government and using the program, iCivics to further their understanding of our rights and responsibilities. Today was Constitution Day! Learners discussed the three branches of government and how our government was formed. In groups, learners determined the role of each branch of government.
Along with Dot Day and our Freedom Week celebrations, we also had our first guidance lesson this week! In Daily 5 we are continuing to work with our first group of spelling words as well as work on writing. In Math, we have started to learn about the importance of rounding numbers and how to round numbers to the ten thousands place.
This week we have continued working on place value to the one hundred thousands place, learning new reading comprehension strategies, and discussing what communities need. We were able to hear from the City Planning Department and the Parks and Recreation Department to learn why those departments are important to our community. Tomorrow we will hear from the Economic Development Department!
We have also started a new daily routine. Learners have been working on a new program called Xtra Math each morning. It is another way to practice our fact fluency! Learners complete Xtra Math each morning on a computer or an IPad.
In Daily 5 we are focusing on making connections while we read. Learners made Text to Self connections from their library book.
Some of my favorite things we have done so far this week are writing our classroom essential agreements, practicing reading comprehension strategies, and working on our Who We Are inquiry unit! Learners are doing a great job discussing rights and responsibilities within a community and what it means to be a citizen. Today, we started looking at similarities and differences between communities around the world and what communities need to run smoothly. We also had our first Spanish class today and learners were able to meet our new librarian and check out 3 books from the library.
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