How the World Works – Materials – The students will begin applying their matter knowledge and experiences to come up with something they would like to teach about matter to a kindergarten student. Ask your child about the properties of matter and the ways in which we can manipulate materials to cause them to change and interact. This will be a good way to reflect on some of the experiences and learning they have been exposed to so far.
How We Express Ourselves – Creativity – We will be combining this unit of inquiry with the matter unit. When we move into this unit, students will use their knowledge about matter to create their own invention to solve a problem. Please kindly send in recyclable materials from home for this. We would like your continued help in collecting recyclable items such as the following:
- Paper/toilet rolls
- Egg cartons of any size or shape
- Small boxes such as cereal boxes
- Large and small milk and juice cartons, yogurt cartons (clean)
- Fabric/yarn scraps, buttons, ribbon etc.
- Cards, magazines (child friendly)
Reading – Our focus is on FLUENCY AND COMPREHENSION. No matter what your child’s reading level is, we want to encourage you to continue to listen to him/her read daily. We do not get a chance to read with your child each day in the classroom and we really count on parents to ensure that they are getting daily practice and guidance with an adult. Thank you for your help with this.
Writing – The classes have begun the ‘Punctuation’ writing unit. It can be so exciting!! Don’t you think? In this open writing unit, we are learning how using punctuation marks can make our writing more interesting and readable. Some of our favorite stories are all about the punctuation. Ask your child about the books Moo! or I STINK! We are looking at different genres of writing and how punctuation impacts the way the reader reads what writer’s write.
Math – We have begun our unit on place value. As we are building our understanding of place value, it is important for students to be able to write and know the value of 2-digit numbers. What is the difference between 42 and 24? Which is more? How do you know that? How many tens and ones in each? At home: Play the game Who has more? Use regular playing cards (take out tens, jacks, queens and kings, aces are one) Spread the cards face down. Each player draws one. The person with the highest number gets one chip or counter. Next draw two cards. Players have to think about making the biggest number possible by deciding which card to put in the tens place and which in the ones place to make the highest 2-digit number. Highest number gets a chip. Draw 3 cards (if your child is ready for this) arrange them in hundreds, tens, and ones to make the largest number possible. Read your number. Highest takes a chip. Start again with one card and repeat. Need More Challenge? Keep going and draw 4 cards, making the biggest number possible with thousands. hundreds, tens, and one. Students must be able to say the number each time.
Save the date! Friday, March 27 is a Student Led Conference day for elementary students. Please plan to attend this opportunity for your child to share his learning. This is not a typical school day. Students will only attend school, with you, during your scheduled conference time. More information is in the school newsletter and will be sent home via email, soon!
Monday, March 9 – No school
Tuesday, March 10 – No school for students (PD for teachers)
Friday, March 27 – Student Led Conferences – Formal Uniform
Wednesday, April 1 – Activities sign up for Term 4 begins
Thursday, April 2 – Term 3 After School Activities ends
Tuesday, April 14 – Activities sign up for Term 4 ends
Monday, April 20 – Term 4 After School Activities begins
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