June 7th Talking Points

June 7th, 2013

Ask your child about:

-Creating a 5 senses book about the Plainsboro Preserve
-Identifying 2D shapes and how many sides and vertices they have
-Using smaller shapes to create bigger shapes (showing it more than one way)
-Being able to flip, slide, and turn shapes to create an ongoing pattern
-Writing small moment stories
-Reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and creating our own response activity
-Cambridge music concert
-Mystery reader

May 17th Talking Points

May 17th, 2013

Ask your child about:

-Completing the end of year math test. The students did very well and scores will be provided on the final report card. I’m beginning to do final assessments for math and literacy as we speak.
-Solving subtraction story problems and creating their own
-What makes something living vs nonliving (grows, breathes, eats).
-Identifying the parts of a plant and their purpose (roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruit/vegetable)
-Continuing “small moment” stories in writing workshop
-Mystery reader

May 10th Talking Points

May 10th, 2013

Ask your child about:

-Solving basic subtraction problems using multiple strategies (drawing a picture, using a number line, using fingers)
-Solving addition and subtraction story problems by writing the matching equation
-Math yearly review of coins, sorting, more/less, counting objects, reading 10 frames, graphs, etc.
-New writing unit called Small Moments where children are writing stories using transitional words such as, “One day, first, next, then, all of a sudden, in the end, finally…”
-Rereading a sentence/word when we don’t comprehend it
-Identifying character traits in books (adjectives)
-Mother’s Day plant sale
-Mystery reader
-Our grass is growing very tall as we begin our study of plants!

April 19th Talking Points

April 19th, 2013

Ask your child about:

-The sense of touch (reading The Black Book of Colors and making our name and other words using a brail alphabet)
-Using a number line and counting on to determine the missing addend with numbers above 10 (10 + blank = 17)
-Switching equations so the sum is represented first (5 = 3 + 2)
-Beginning to solve addition story problems in these four ways: (1) drawing a 10 frame (2) making a simple sketch (3) writing the equation and (4) writing words to explain reasoning
-Discussing how character’s feelings change throughout the course of a book
-Writing about our 5 senses in writing workshop
-Continuing Spanish and handwriting book lessons
-Sight word “look”

April 12th Talking Points

April 12th, 2013

Ask your child about:

-Making a digital book using the app Scribble Press (will be sending home a link to view these next week!)
-Determining multiple combinations for a given number (ex. – 6 can be 1+5, 2+4, 3+3, 0+6)
-Solving flipped addition equations such as (blank) = 3 + 3 OR 4 + (blank) = 9.
-The sense of sight facts and experiments
-The sense of hearing facts and experiments
-Retelling stories identifying the major events
-Reading and writing the sight words “go” and “be”

March 22nd Talking Points

March 22nd, 2013

Ask your child about…

-Mr. Smith coming in to sing Irish songs on his guitar for Saint Patrick’s Day
-Combining numbers up to 10 using various manipulatives and introducing the symbols + and =
-Using a balance to show ways to make 10
-Our publishing party in writing workshop and adding a Caldecott medal to our covers
-Adding a dedication page an all about the author page to our published All About books
-When trying to solve unknown words in reading, cover up the word you don’t know and come back to it

March 15th Talking Points

March 15th, 2013

Ask your child about:
-The mystery reader
-The author visit from Mr. Michael Dooling
-Comparing and contrasting books and characters using a venn diagram
-Making leprechaun traps, reading books, and other activities
-Mrs. Chang reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue with a craft and matching treat!
-Showing combinations to make the numbers 4 through 7 (2 and 2 is 4 or 2 + 2 = 4)
-Publishing an All About Book by revising, editing, and adding details to our sketches

March 1st Talking Points

March 1st, 2013

Ask your child about:

-Learning about the history and value of a dime and quarter
-Using the “coin toss” app to graph heads and tails of each coin
-Making All About books about each coin (currently in our “book bag” at school)
-Comparing fiction and fiction text characteristics
-Going on our winter nature walk and making observations of living vs nonliving things
-Adding more than fact on each page of our All About books in writing workshop

February 22nd Talking Points

February 22nd, 2013

Ask your child about:

-The mystery reader
-Our class trip to the state theater to see The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare
-Two Rider assistant teachers (interns) visiting us for a couple of week every Thursday. Their names are Miss Occhiogrosso and Miss Hegenauer.
-Dental health: Making a model mouth out of marshmallows and writing a story about what we think the tooth fairy does with all the teeth
-President’s Day: reading books, listening to songs on YouTube, voting on our favorite president, and creating Lincoln’s log cabin out of pretzel sticks.
-Money! We learned the physical characteristics of a penny and nickel so far. See if your child remembered who and what is on the heads and tails side! Also, ask your child about how the book A Chair For My Mother relates to money.
-How children and adults use money in their daily lives.

February 8th Talking Points

February 11th, 2013

Ask your child about:

-The mystery reader
-Learning about Chinese New Year and making red envelopes and a dragon
-Trying Chinese New Year treats from Zach’s mom (rice cakes, gold coins, chocolate)
-Assembly given by the Philadelphia Zoo
-Continuing to use strategies, such as a number line, to determine more and less
-Reading books to accurately identify the beginning, middle, and end, characters, setting, and problem
-Playing a new sight word game called “Roll and graph a sight word”
-Playing a Valentine sight word game