Hello students, friends and family of Room 216,
I have spent a wonderful winter vacation dreaming up new and exciting projects for us to tackle together in the New Year. I hope all of you are well-rested and ready to take on the challenges ahead. Bring on 2013!
I thought this would be an appropriate time to show you all what we were up to at the end of 2012 (it’s been too long since my last post).
In Writing, we were learning how to write paragraphs. We talked about the importance of knowing the purpose before you write. Sometimes we write paragraphs to explain, sometimes we write them to describe and other times we write them to persuade. Knowing the purpose is key to writing a good paragraph.
In Math, we learned how to estimate, how to round to the nearest 10, how to find missing numbers in addition and subtraction questions and we learned this really cool strategy called, “banana split” to help us add quickly in our heads.
In Reading, we focused on making predictions before, during and after we read. We also discussed how to write an effective response to a reading question. A lot of reading responses have to do with the “big idea” in stories. We made a chart to help us identify the big idea in stories we read together. We’ll be working on this more in the upcoming weeks.
I can’t wait to see you all on Monday! Until then, enjoy the last weekend of winter vacation. :)