December 13, 2013
Mark Your Calendar December 17 Class Christmas Celebration 2-3 PM *December 20 Spelling Bee (grades 4 and older) Early dismissal at 11:10 am December 21- January 6 Winter Break January 7 Classes resume Our new Unit of Inquiry is How We Express Ourselves has begun! CENTRAL IDEA: Tales can help to explain the unknown and teach lessons. LINES OF INQUIRY: Purpose of Tales (Fairytales, Fables, and Tall Tales) Similar tales between different societies Responsibilities of actors KEY CONCEPTS: Function, Perspective, Responsibility Related Concepts of pattern, motivation, interaction LEARNER PROFILE: Principled, Thinker, Open Minded
We started off this unit with a Read Aloud Story Comparison between the classic Three Little Pigs story and The Three Javelinas, a Southwestern version. Next we used a Venn diagram to record our knowledge about both stories; what was different and the same, and how they can be classified as fairytales. Here is what we noticed on the right! As we read other tales such as the Gingerbread Man and Thumbelina, we are learning to use strategies to retell using the story elements: Setting, Characters, Problem, Details, Solution or Lesson. This helps us learn to recall what is read and to think about this genre of literature. MATHEMATICS
November and December saw us reviewing and applying our understanding of patterns to numbers and the world around us. We also jumped into more Symmetry with pattern blocks. We enjoyed building symmetrical designs and recording them along the “line of symmetry”. This will help us think in patterns as we continue with our next unit on subtraction in the next week. Here are some highlights of what we have done so far!
I almost tricked Mrs. Hollister with my design!!
We did this great design together! Partner Symmetry with Pattern Blocks! We challenged each other to make a “tricky pattern” and the other person had to make it on the other side of the line of symmetry.
This is not as easy as it looks!
Just for fun on a Snowy Day!
Hmmm! Creative thinking at work!
Snow Flake Symmetry to decorate our classroom
Language Arts We are integrating many Language Arts topics throughout this Unit of Inquiry. Our focus will be on the patterns and elements of stories, comprehension strategies and responding to Literature. As we continue to work on Letter Land Curriculum we are beginning to work on vowel pairs and vowels in consonant patterns. In Spelling, we are applying this knowledge into our Writing and Word Work during the week. We continue to work with your child to monitor their reading comprehension and fluency skills during Daily Five and Café times. As they continue to develop their level of reading, we assist them to select new “just right” books that they can enjoy independently. Your child is free to bring in Fairy tales and folktale stories from home for their Daily Five and Café block enjoyment. We will make sure they are returned of course!! We hope you will enjoy revisiting Fairytales and Tall Tales with your student during read-at-home time in the coming weeks!
Warmly, Wendy Hollister and Toni Burns