Monday, November 30, 2009

Week 15

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It is always nice to gather with family and friends to enjoy the day.

This week's story is a biography called "Tomas Rivera." Tomas was a young boy who picked crops with his family. He developed a love for reading and writing. He grew up to be an author and a teacher. The phonics sounds we will be working on this week are qu and wh. The wh sound is particularly hard because the kids don't really say wh anymore. They replace it with the sound of just w.

The new vocabulary words are:

In math we will continue with addition and subtraction fact practice. The new skills this week will be measurement. We will be using the foot and inch. I got the new IXL math set up so we will start using that today. This program has 140 skills to practice. It should be a great supplement to our math program. We are going to use the money activities this week. Thanks to those of you who donated toward its purchase.

Questions of the Week:
Monday - Use last week's lined page to tell me about your vacation. Tell me lots!!!
Tuesday - It is a new month. What month is it? How many days in it? Anything special in it?
Wednesday - What did we use to make butter last week? How did we do it?
Thursday - Happy Birthday, Bingo, 1929. What is your favorite game?
Friday - Use the word 'family' in a sentence.

Thanks so much to all of you that helped with the feast. It was a great success and fun for the kids. The next three weeks will be busy. We have the usual curriculum to cover but I hope to be able to work in several seasonal activities. I love the holidays and hope to make them fun for the class.

We will be taking the week before Christmas off from the reading series - not off from reading. We will be doing some activities using some of the great seasonal literature.

I hope you have a great week.

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