We had a busy morning today in our virtual classroom! We had students being pulled out to go to their ESOL class, which is a class Mrs. Thomson has in a breakout room, and we had Mrs. Robinson pulling students to do a reading screener with them to determine a very general reading level. Students are doing well learning to use the breakout button to go to the room and to return. Thank-you for your patience as some parents have had to help their children with the breakout room. It will get easier! The screener Mrs. Robinson did gave me additional data I will use in setting up reading groups. Some groups will be fluent with children being moved to other groups from time to time.
We studied this painting by Claude Monet looking for clues that would tell us about the weather. Ask me to tell you the clues that helped us know it was a windy, sunny and possibly cool day.
In reading, we practiced identifying rhyming words. We read this poem about a puppy. After we talked about what yappy, squirms and slumpy sounds and looks like. Ask me to tell you what words rhyme in the poem.
We are also continuing to count syllables in words. The students are gently pounding the syllables with the opposite hand they write with so that as they begin writing, they can pound the syllables to break words apart so they are easier to spell. Use the opposite hand they are writing with allows them to keep writing as they gently pound the syllables, making it an efficient strategy.
We reread the story Danbi Leads the Parade, by Anna Kim, this time looking at the pictures as I read. We identified the main characters and the important events in the story. We made a text-to=self connection with Danbi making a new friend. We drew a picture to show ourselves meeting a new friend. Together, we wrote a sentence that identified the text-to-self connection.
In math, we learned about zero and practiced writing zeros.
In science, we reviewed what engineers do and listened to the story Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty. This is part of a series of books that are on Epic Books. I will assign this book, as I did Ada Twist, Scientist, but remember it's a suggestion not really an assignment. It's a great book!
As I am writing this, I heard the very sad news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away. There are several great children's books you might want to share with your child about this amazing woman, but are already sold out at Amazon. I assigned two books about her on Epic: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Sara Spiller.
Have a wonderful weekend!
We studied this painting by Winslow Homer this morning. We thought about weather words to describe what was happening in the painting. Ask me about the weather in this painting.
In reading, we continued to work with beginning sounds of words. We looked at an, which is a rime, and added a beginning sound, the onset, to read words. We read words such as can, fan, ran, etc. This is a skill we will work on throughout the year.
We practiced visualizing today as we read the book Danbi Leads the Parade, by Anna Kim. This story is about a little girl who moves from Korea to the United States. The story is about her first day of school. The students drew quick sketches of what they were visualizing as they listened to the story.
In math, we worked with finding hidden partners in the number 3. Ask me to tell you the hidden partners in 3.
Have a nice evening!
A huge thank-you to all of you for helping us get through our first online test. Next Wednesday is Math. Hopefully it will be a little easier to get everyone on because we won't have Mrs. Abramson, but will have support from Ms. Lillis, who is one of our amazing para-educators. The math test does not have the cute little worm and is not as user friendly, but we will go over the practice test again and hopefully since they have already had the reading test, it will be easier to administer. The big difference will be that this test goes to a frustration level, so it's really important that you not help your child with the test questions. Please just remind them to try their best and not be upset if they don't know all the answers. They aren't supposed to know all the answers. Please don't explain the questions to the children. You can only support them with technical help.
We took a break after the test and made pictures or designs with o's. I thought this might be a good way to unwind after the stress of taking a test like MAP-RF for the first time.
We worked on finding hidden partners in numbers again in math.
Thank-you again for all your help today!
Have a nice evening!
Today we reviewed rhyming words and isolating the beginning sounds of words. These are important foundational skills that children need to be efficient readers and writers. While we were working on these skills, Mrs. Robinson did a quick screen on many of the children to get a general reading level. The kids had to navigate to a break-out room for the quick test, and return to our regular room. I'm thankful for the help from Mrs. Robinson, and it's also giving the children the chance to go to the break-out room. We will be using these more as we go along, and the smaller groups will give the kids time to talk to each other.
We listened to an old rhyme and studied the picture to help us understand two words in the rhyme. Ask me to tell you about the word scholar and noon. Here's the rhyme we read:
In math, we found hidden partners in towers of Lego. We started with a tower of 5, then broke it into two smaller towers or parts of 2 and 3. This is decomposing, and it's a very important concept for children to understand that will help them with addition and subtraction. We also looked at how moving counters into different configurations did not change the number.
We listened to the story Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty. This book is about a little girl that very early in her life discovers she wants to be a scientist. Ask me to tell you about Ada Twist.
I assigned this story to your child on Epic. It is not an assignment really, I just thought they might want to hear it again. They seemed glued to the screen when it was on!