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All About February
Reading:
The students have been activating their "super powers" to read and take on tricky words.  These "super powers" are reading strategies, and include: pointer power, picture power, sound power, snap word power, reread power, partner power, and persistence power.  They've been learning:
  • to point under each word.
  • to match what you say to the words on the page.
  • to look for familiar words (sight words).
  • to build a bank of high-frequency words they can read in a snap.
  • to look for initial sounds of words to help with the tricky words.
  • that our reading needs to sound right.
  • to study the pictures to make predictions before they read.
  • to retell stories.
  • to go back to previous pages to help figure out a word they already read.
  • to stretch out words.
  • that partners give reminders to use a "super power" when their partner is stuck.
  • that Super Readers don't give up!  They try a strategy and another and another.
  • to use their voices to bring their books to life.
  • to use punctuation to figure out how to read.
  • to talk about books and retell them.
The 6th Graders celebrated our reading with us!  They came down to our room and the kids did a book introduction, read their chosen book, and did a retell at the end.  Everyone really enjoyed this!

Writing:
We continued with our Narrative Writing Unit.  The students have been writing true stories and have been learning:
  • what makes writing easy to read (spaces, punctuation, and lots of letters in every word).
  • to tell who, what, and where when writing a story.
  • to sketch across the pages to hold on to their ideas.
  • to include vowels in every part of a word.
  • to use writing tools (vowel chart, checklist, and individual word wall).
  • to revise their writing.
  • to write a beginning to a story.
We celebrated our writing, too!  We had an Author share in our room; each student picked one story to "publish."  They fixed it up, edited it, made a cover and title and read it to the class.  The kids really loved this and were so proud of themselves!

Math:
The students: practiced counting, reading, and writing numbers to 20; counted forward beginning from a given number; compared and ordered groups up to 20 objects; learned about solid shapes (sphere, cone, cylinder, and cube) and the terms face, edge, and corner; discovered solid shapes in real life; learned about flat shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, and hexagon) and found flat shapes in solid shapes.

Letters: J, W, Q, Y, Z, and V
We've been focusing on 2 letters/week and practicing letter/sound recognition and letter formation.  We do a couple pages in our workbooks, phonics activities on the smartboard, worksheets, and letter games.  The students are working very hard!

Sight Words: or, up, not, see, big, can, an, but
Sight words are being introduced (2/week).  We learn and practice them through songs, poems, and word work activities.  Keep practicing at home, too!

Social Studies:
Valentine's Day--We read books, did worksheets, and watched a movie.  We sorted and graphed candy hearts and enjoyed our Valentine's celebration!
Groundhog Day--We read books, did worksheets, and made predictions about whether Punxatawney Phil would see his shadow or not.  We even watched Phil!
President's Day--We learned about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington through books, activity sheet's, and videos.

100th Day of School:
We celebrated the 100th day of school this month!  We did many number games and activities, practiced counting by ones and tens, wrote about what we learned in 100 days, and did 100 wiggles.  It was a fun day!

Read Aloud Day:
On Read Aloud Day, a community member comes in to read a book to each classroom.  Mrs. Parent, from the Beardsley Library, read a book and did a craft with the kids.  The students really loved this...and so did she!  

School Wide Rules:
*Maintaining personal space by keeping my hands, feet, and objects to myself.
*Following directions the first time they are given.
*Using kind and appropriate language and tone.
*Completing work that meets teachers' expectations.

These rules were implemented this year in grades K-6.