Dear Room 205 Families,
I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving with your friends and families. Thank you to all the families who contributed to the Thanksgiving Feast, it was lots of fun!
It's hard to believe it is already December. This month can be a challenging time for students as they are very excited for the holidays and we often see an increase in disruptive behaviors in class as we get closer to the break. I decided to create an incentive for the students and starting this week they can earn pom poms for good behavior. The hope is they will work together to fill a jar with pom poms and earn a special day. This way we can focus on positive not negative behaviors.
In math we started Chapter 6, Mental Addition. I also created new math centers so students can practice developing their skills after they finish with the lesson. Centers include math games, challenge packets, and a word problem station.
We will continue to have our fast facts quizzes on Thursdays. Flash cards will go home on Monday and students should be practicing throughout the week. Also, please have your child visit the site of the week to practice their math facts.
The students did a great job with their scarecrow writing last week. We collaborated for over a week on elaborate details for setting, character, and movement. Then the students created poems using the charts we made together. They were so good I hung them in the hall in the quilt. I will keep them there through the holidays and then they will go home. I will let you know in advance so you can keep an eye out. This week in writer's workshop we will start working on narratives stories.
Students have been doing a great job in their reading groups, literacy centers and with their independent reading. Students each have a book bag with three "just right" books, two narratives and one expository text. They have also begun keeping a reading journal. The journal is so they have a place to respond to the literature they read and to practice using comprehension strategies independently.
Students continue to enjoy Reader's Theater. Each week 5 students participate in a short play. They practice with their group several times throughout the week and perform for the class on Friday. The purpose of Reader's Theater is to help develop their reading fluency and to learn to collaborate with peers.
Have a great week.