Hello Families. Have you heard about our science experiment with air and parachutes? Has your child tried to build one at home? We have been exploring how air interacts with parachutes. I have included pictures and a few short videos from this experiment at the end of this blog.
Can you tell me about wind resistance and how this helps a parachute float to the ground?
We have added the following trick words to our word wall:
a, and, his, is, of, the
Ask your child to teach you the song I taught them to help them remember how to spell the word “of.”
We have begun Reading RTI. This is when we work with children in small groups to work on specific reading and phonics skills, based on assessments we have given. During this time your child may work with me, Mrs. Sontag, Mrs. Behr, Mrs. Lukianov, Mrs. DiStefano, or Mrs. Pimentel.
Our class has learned all of the beanie baby reading strategies and should now be able to use these independently to sound out unknown words.
We continue to work on our fluency as we read aloud. The goal is to read as if we were speaking.
As your child reads with you at home, ask him/her how he/she would “scoop” a sentence.
Here is an example of what I mean by "scoop" a sentence.
I read the book, The Night of the Veggie Monster, by George McClements to the class. It is about what happens when a boy has to eat a pea with his dinner. This is a perfect example of a small moment story.
I will refer back to this book often to remind them what a small moment story looks like as we do our writing.
We have learned several ways to calm down when we are excited, nervous, upset, or disappointed. It is important to be calm so that we are able to make good decisions about our reactions.
Show me some of the ways you could calm down. Is there one that works best for you? When might you use one of these strategies?
We also began to look at the size of the problem vs. the size of our reactions. This is something all of us can relate to! Even Mr. Jones, who came by for a visit during this time. While our feelings may be big, our reactions need to match the size of the problem. Our class will continue to explore this concept next week.
Have a great weekend!