Sorry for the lack of updates. I'm still trying to remember to update weekly.
We have two new students! One is in my class all day long and the other is only in math. They are both wonderful boys and I'm excited to have them around!
No spelling words this week. We can't handle it with all the changes. We are back into Reading Street and we will read Adelina's Whales this week. We've been working on compare and contrast and on fact vs. opinion. We are writing an expository essay on how camels are able to live so well in deserts. We are working on our tricky cursive letters (f, k, o) and some overcurve letters (a, c, o, d, g).
We are getting into tougher multiplication concepts this week! We worked on multiples of 10, 100, and 1000, and we rounded to estimate products. We will use place value to multiply and we will use models to multiply. If your child is struggling with multiplication facts, please practice at home! All of our math songs we listen to are in the "YouTube" tab at the top of this page.
We are reviewing the water cycle and weather this week and we are starting in on our unit on rocks, minerals, and fossils! I love rocks and I have a lot of them to show the class. This unit is not usually a favorite and it may not have been lots of fun to learn about when these kids were in 2nd grade, so I'm excited to change that.
We are going to have some sort of Christmas party at the end of December. I'm not sure about the details yet, but it sounds like in the past it has been a pajama day with a movie and a treat. I'd love to do this, but with an activity, too. I'm hoping to get donations of graham crackers, frosting, and candy so we can make little "gingerbread" houses! I've done this in the past. It's messy, but it's one of the most exciting activities I've done. Keep an eye out for an email about this.
December is on Friday, so hopefully an Elf on the Shelf will visit our classroom! Everyone in my class celebrates Christmas, so it would be a blast if the one I've had visit decides to come again. If your child thinks Santa and elves are not real, please have a conversation about how they're allowed to believe what they believe, but don't ruin it for their classmates. The majority of our class believes in the magic of Christmas!