Sunday, November 25, 2012

Classroom Update - Late November!

Now that Thanksgiving (if not the leftovers) is behind us, I wanted to update you on what's been going on and coming up in our classroom.  It's an exciting time of year, and with shorter and shorter days we're going to be fitting as much as possible into our classroom.

Science!  We have brought our Sound unit to a close.  We learned that sound is made of vibrations, it travels fastest in solids, fast in liquids, and slowest in air, and that two ways of measuring sounds are pitch and volume.  We did a series of Sound Investigations that were not only fun but extremely educational, and learned some of the habits of good scientists.  Our Sound Maker Parade was a fun way to showcase some of our learning for families and also to use what we had learned.  Now we move on to Geology!

Field Trip!  To kick off our Geology unit, we will be attending the Children's Museum of Maine for a learning session on Geology.  Please be sure to get your child's permission slip back to school as soon as possible so we can all enjoy this instructional, enticing experience.  Like Sound, Geology is all around us and presents a plethora of potential learning experiences and investigations.

Math!  We just finished up our unit on Measurement, which also focused on Perimeter and Area.  We will be doing our assessment of these skills early this week, your child should already have a pretty solid understanding of the foundational skills involved in these areas.  We have spent a few weeks practicing measuring with classroom units and standard units, and exploring the properties of perimeter and area of various shapes.  Sir Cumference helped us understand some of the different ways to measure a circle.

Reading and Writing!  Our class continues our work on the skills of a good reader during our Reading Workshop (Daily 5) and how to structure Better Answers during our Writing Workshop.  You may have heard that your "Turkey" wrote a letter to the farmer to try and trick its way out of being eaten this year, those writings will go home towards the end of this week.  We have some very creative writers in our class!

I hope you had a relaxing, replenishing, and thankful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

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