Saturday, September 11, 2010

ACADEMICS (Sept. 13-17)

Our story this week is "Phoebe and the Spelling Bee". Phoebe would rather do anything than study for Friday's spelling bee. She prefers to fold her spelling list into a paper airplane, and even pretends to have a stomachache. Phoebe finally uses her wonderful imagination to remember tough spelling words. Skills we will focus on are: problem/solution, making predictions, prefixes, and using a glossary. We will be having our own spelling bee, just for fun, at the end of the week. The test for this selection will be Friday, Sept. 17th.

Our first chapter focuses on place value. We are currently studying ways to use numbers, and learning how to write numbers in the hundreds, using standard, word, and expanded form.
We have learned about sentences, sentence fragments, statements, questions, and commands, and are now moving on to exclamations! Following that we'll study subjects and predicates.

Our first unit of study is map/globe skills. We are learning about the 7 continents and 5 oceans using our maps and songs! We'll soon be moving on to compass rose directions and map symbols.

We have begun studying life cycles, which include complete and incomplete metamorphosis examples. Students have brought in lots of caterpillars and we are anxiously awaiting their transformation into beautiful monarch butterflies!

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