Balanced Literacy:Phonics: This month in Fundations we will learn the following letters and their sounds: Ww-wind-/w/, Yy-yellow-/y/, Xx-fox-/x/ and Zz-zebra-/z/. We have also been working on tapping out words to hear the individual sounds (segmenting) and blending them back together.
Writing: This month we will be finishing up our “How to” unit. We will soon start writing our own books that will follow a simple, patterned structure. These books are also great for practicing sight words.
Independent Reading: We are enjoying independent reading every afternoon. Each child is matched up with a collection of books that is “just right” for him or her. Students are learning how to use a variety of reading strategies when they come to a word they don’t know:
*Owl Eyes- Look at the pictures for clues
*Lips the Fish- Get your mouth ready to say the first sound
*Stretchy Snake- S-t-r-e-t-c-h out the word sound by sound
*Skippy Frog- Skip it and then go back and try again
*Tryin’ Lion- Try going back to reread the sentence
*Chunky Monkey- Look for familiar words or chunks within a word
*Flip the Dolphin- Try flipping the vowel sound
We are also working on monitoring our own reading to make sure it makes sense, it sounds right, and that it looks right.
Mathematics:This month we will continue our work on the Bunk Beds and Apple Boxes unit. We will find number combinations for a given total, with an emphasis on finding combinations that add up to 10. We will also explore how we know when we have all the possible combinations. This unit also facilitates learning with how to write number sentences and the use of appropriate math symbols.
Science:This month, we will begin a new science unit: Exploring Properties of Objects and Materials. In this unit we will investigate the physical properties of water, sand and other sediment. We will work on formulating questions to investigate, we will classify objects and materials, and we will use scientists’ tools (hand lens, Proscope with iPads, and pan balance).
Conferences:The spring conferences are beginning. They will begin on March 19th. Please be sure you have signed up for a time online on signup.com. During the spring conferences we will talk about your child’s progress and look at some of your child’s work.