This week in Math, we began adding two-digit numbers that require regrouping. We learned several strategies: writing numbers in expanded form and adding, drawing a picture and grouping ten ones into one ten, and making the next ten number to add. All of these strategies are preparing students to learn the standard method of regrouping, which we will learn next week.
In Science, we discussed the life cycles of a butterfly, frog, and polar bear. We also had a special visitor from the Little Red Schoolhouse! She talked to students about birds, and their beaks and feathers. This was a great program, since we have been learning about the six animal groups and animal needs! Next week, we will learn about fossils.
In Religion, we talked about what will occur during students’ First Reconciliation step by step. We discussed absolution, examining their conscience, and receiving a penance. Next week, we will continue to discuss Reconciliation to prepare for the sacrament on November 17th. Please remember that students need to memorize the Ten Commandments, as well as the Act of Contrition prayer, by the week of November 12th for their test. Also, look in your e-mail for a message from Barb Campbell regarding Reconciliation on November 17th; there is a seating chart and more information included.
In Reading, we read “A Chair for My Mother” and focused on identifying the beginning/middle/end of a story, as well as character traits. Students thought of character traits for the main character and used the text to find evidence to support their ideas. Next week, we will be reading another text to go along with our Unit 2 Theme of “Making Decisions.” It is a short story called “I Wanna Iguana.”
In Shurley English, we continued classifying sentences with the parts of speech we have learned so far: noun, verb, adverb, and adjective. We also identified the complete subject and predicate in sentences. Next week, we will review and take our test on Chapter 4.
In Spelling, our focus was ou words. To practice spelling words at home, please click here. In Phonics, we worked with vowel teams in order to read and write words with long vowel sounds.
This week’s newsletter secret is: life cycle.