# Daily Archives: January 24, 2020

Math

This week in math the 3rd graders revisited the concept of fractions. They learn to compare and simplify fractions. Then we went back to long division with or without remainders and solved some division word problems.

This past Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our class observed the holiday by learning more about Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights. In turn, we also studied the lives and contributions of Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges. In ICT class the students typed paragraphs about these civil rights leaders and practiced copying and pasting pictures onto their documents.

In projects the students continued with STEM Careers! We reviewed what STEM stands for and what STEM Careers are. Then this week, we were graphic designers and food scientists! We had a blast!

In science we discussed vaccines: what they are, what they do, and why they were a groundbreaking invention.

Science

This week the students took a test about the energy and ecosystems which most of them did very well in. Now we talk about weather, starting with the revision of the water cycle. We discussed what elements affect the weather: air pressure, air humidity. What is the wind caused by?

Thank you to all of those who called their grandparents to ask about their life as children. It was very interesting to listen to the students sharing their grandparents’ stories!

Next week the students will have a social studies test: American revolution and the Civil War.

This week, we continued writing our narrative pieces and discussed how we can make our problems and solutions realistic.

In Morning Meeting, we have been counting our days of school. As we near closer to our 100th day of school, we are noticing how many tens and how many ones make up each day. We will celebrate our 100th day of school on Wednesday, February 5th. Please look out for more details about this exciting event in next week’s e-mail.

In Language Arts, we focused on words with ‘ng’ such as ‘king’, ‘swing’, and ‘bring’. We read a story using these words and answered comprehension questions. We practiced reading a poem ‘A Song for a King’ orally. We practiced our sight words by playing ‘Sight Word BANG’.

In Projects, we wrote stories about a snowman – focusing on our sequence words ‘first’, ’next’, ’then’, and ‘last’.

In Math, we are working on subtraction within 20. We made and used rekenreks using beads, pipe cleaners, and cardboard. We used the rekenreks to solve addition and subtraction within 20.  In math stations, we are solving subtraction problems using number lines, counters, and rekenreks. We are solving word problems using picture clues.

# Kindergarten weekly news

Kindergarten weekly news

Despite the gloomy weather our Kindergarten class experienced another fun week in school!

On Thursday we learned and mastered our first sight words*; the, you, are. Thus, we finished the third Jolly phonics workbook! The books were sent home to proudly show to parents!

In maths, we have been working on Counting and cardinality within 20 and practising addition. As an alternative to addition when working with the numbers we introduced the concept of number bonds.

In Science, we have finished our Penguin unit by watching the movie Happy Feet. It was a great opportunity to assess our Penguin knowledge and think about friendship and family values.

*Sight words are words that are most commonly used and should be learned as a whole and recognized upon sight.

# This week in Pre-k

This week in Pre-k

English: In, we have been working with sound f, and learning concept words (elephant, frog, lion, monkey, parrot, zebra).

Science: In Science, We have been talking about the characteristics of animals.

Social studies: In Social Studies, we have continued with clothing and food as basic needs.

Math: In math, we have been reviewing making up to 5 and comparing sets of objects.

As always have a great week