This week in math we will focus on building a strong foundation with understanding place-value up to the millions. Students will use place-value charts as well as number lines to model numbers. Some of the key words/concepts this week are value, standard form, expanded form, word form, and digits.
We will start the first unit in our Wonders reading series this week. The theme for the first unit is "Think it Through." This week's essential questions is: Where do good ideas come from? Students will read how characters in fairy tales come up with creative ways to solve their problems. The students will use sequencing, predicting, and finding synonyms as they read the texts for this week.
We will continue writing our "short" personal narratives this week during writing time. The students have chosen on special moment from this summer to write their first published writing piece for the year. We will focus on writing a strong lead as well as including "juicy" descriptive words in our "Summer Shorts."
The spelling focus for this week is short vowel words. The students have their lists to practice at home. We will also have time to practice in class with a test given on Friday. If a student misplaces their words, they can go to the Spelling Corner of our website to get the words.
Each week I will post 2 questions for the students to show what they have learned through the week. After discussing the questions, write a brief summary of what your student's response in their planner.
1. What is the relationship from the tens place to the hundreds place? Hint: each place is tens times more than the previous place.
2. What are the elements (parts) of a fairy tale? Hint: students should mention the characters experience a difficult task, there are usually imaginary creatures, and the stories frequently end in "happily ever after."
I hope you all have a wonderful week and I look forward to the learning adventures we get to experience this week.