Sunday, October 14, 2018


Fall has officially arrived! 

     With the ending of fall break and the weather that has arrived in Parker, is clear that fall is upon us! I spent some time on the final day of break changing the kids seats around, replenishing markers and sharpening pencils. Each new quarter brings changes and more opportunities for learning! I am so impressed with how much my students have already learned and I look forward to seeing what they can do this quarter! 

What have we been working on in class?? 

We have been diving into our new reading lessons in the Lucy Calkins We Are Readers series. We have been learning what good readers do and how to read independently by looking at pictures, searching for words we know, making inferences, and using our phonic skills to unlock some unknown words. We have been reading independently with our book envelopes and with books of choice. We have practiced in groups and with partners. We are learning how to make great connections with literature and that we are ALL matter where we are in the process! Thank you also to all our reading group volunteers. Those guided reading groups are such a valuable time for all of our students. 

I can draw a hat. 
I can fold my bed. 
I can play soccer.

In writing we finished up our whole group name study and then began trying to write all on our own. We wrote about the Digger Dash and about our Pumpkin Patch field trip. We also did a short author study on Todd Parr and made an "I Can" book. Here are a few examples of work done completely by the kids. SO much to celebrate in these three pages! We will now spend time focussing on writing about small moments in their lives. 

In math we have been concentrating on number sense, writing our numerals, patterning, graphing whole group questions, exploring with the math materials and how to count in a variety of ways. 

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Digger Dash


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