Monday, November 14, 2011

ACADEMICS (Nov. 16 - 22)


Our story until Thanksgiving Break is "Moses Goes to a Concert", by Isaac Millman. Moses is a deaf boy who learns about playing percussion instruments from a talented, deaf musician, when he and his classmates attend a concert.

The story is told in words, as well as American Sign Language, introducing hearing children to the signs for some of the key words and phrases. At the end of the story there are two entire conversations in sign language, and a page showing the hand alphabet.

Skills include: main idea and supporting details, summarizing, using a diagram, and context clues.


We have been focusing on singular possessive nouns after completing our study of singular/plural nouns, and common/proper nouns. Plural possessive nouns are next and that's when the FUN begins, along with a little confusion!


After learning the three forms used to express numbers (standard, expanded and word), we are moving on to comparing numbers in the hundreds and thousands using the greater than (>), less than (<), and equals (=) signs.


Our community unit has begun and the three types of communities (urban, suburban, and rural) will continue to be our focus.


Our study of roles of living things continues. The students completed a camouflage activity where they got to "hide" a camouflaged moth to show how animals adapt to their environment and protect themselves.

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