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### A week ending with Ant Day?  What could be better?!

This Week:

-Morning Meeting:  More greeting practice– have your child teach you a butterfly handshake or an alien handshake!

-Math:  We have moved into our first “number strand” for math. We will do many activities with the number line and counting to cement a strong understanding of how numbers work. To this end, students built staircases of numbers and played games identifying which number was missing and how we knew it was missing.

Please encourage a lot of counting at home—car rides can be a great time for this! Give your child a start number and an end number (“start at 27 and end at 34!”). Once this is comfortable have them count backwards (“start at 23 and end at 5!”), or count by 2s, 5s and 10s.

-Writing:  Students wrote their first poems this week! They each chose a nature item and looked at it with a poets’ eyes—poets see the beauty in the everyday world around them. Students were encouraged to look closely at their items, illustrate them, and then use powerful language to describe what they saw.

Here is one of the finished "drafts".  I will type the poems up to publish them!

-Project Time: Our ant unit came to a resounding close with our Ant Day celebration! Our entire classroom transformed into an ant colony, with nurse ants caring for the ant eggs, larvae and pupae, guard ants manning the doors, housekeeper ants scrubbing the tables and scout ants searching the school for crackers to feed the colony. Our 4th Grade Buddies got in on the fun– we shared our completed Ant Books with them, and then played a round of Fill the Hill.

Ant day was so incredibly engaging, I only have photos from the 4th Grade visit!

Thinking of a question to solve the puzzle of where your partner placed her ants is hard work!
﻿The big reveal!
It's a match!

-A “sneak peek” at a few of the pages of the books about ourselves that we’ve been creating:

"When I grow up, I want to be a parent with kids."

Next Week:

-Math: We will continue exploring the number system with games about adding and counting.

-Writing: Our second poems: we will learn about more poet “tools” that can be added to poems.

-Reading: Our reading program will begin on Wednesday with small, leveled reading groups and an Elf Book on Friday!

Posted September 27, 2015