Our first week of school was extremely busy!
In class, we have been very busy organizing and labeling all of our supplies, learning new routines and procedures, and getting to know each other. Some of the activities we completed were discussing what we need to do to be successful this year, how to get along in class, and our feelings about the first day of school, which we displayed on a graph. We read and discussed the book Chrysanthemum and are going to start reading The Mystery at Jamestown.
Next week, we’ll be moving more in depth into our curriculum. These are some of the things we’ll be working on:
Language arts – Choosing books that are just right for you and the procedures for borrowing books from my classroom library. We will also work on developing detailed sentences and paragraphs, reviewing parts of speech, and writing correctly capitalized/punctuated sentences. Students will have a writing journal to write in at least once a week, if not more. In the next week or two, we will begin our word study spelling/vocabulary program.
Math – We’ve been doing a “Daily Math Jam” and will continue these for a little while. These are short reviews for me to check students’ background knowledge of math topics such as place value, rounding and estimating numbers, fractions, fact families, time, etc. We will begin the year by studying different types of graphs.
Science – We have talked a lot about making observations and then using them to make inferences about what we have observed. (Like our “Brown Bags” we have been looking at in class.) We will transition from these lessons into reviewing the scientific method – creating and testing a hypothesis, making observations, and recording and analyzing our results.
Social Studies – We will begin Social Studies with an introduction to geography. We will learn about the 7 continents, 5 oceans, geographic features/landforms, geographic regions of North America, and major bodies of water in the U.S.